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My Blogging Pet Peeves

Over the years I have been blogging, a lot has changed! I started when I was 15 back in the 90s and the word ‘blogging’ didn’t exist it was called either weblogs or online journal. I’m now in my 30s and I’m still going and sure over the years I have stopped and taken breaks etc However I always find myself coming back to blogging and now it my job – I seriously couldn’t be happier.

So you’d think I seen it all and done it all, right? Well yes and no is my answer.  I still find things in blogging new and fun, well also sometime find things annoying and those are the annoyance/ pet peeves  I’m talking about today.

I like to say none of them are particularly bad and it your own choice how you want your blog to look like. When I say pet peeves/annoyance  I’m talking from a reader/visitors perspective and how when I visit your blog what I find annoying about it. I would like to point out I’m not calling out any particular blogs, it just something I noticed when visiting so and so blog.  Visiting blogs and reading a new blog post I’d say is part of my job that is fun and enjoyable. There are a few pet peeves which stand out to me:

Popups:

Hundreds and hundreds of pop-ups, so many would loads in a sort space of time that it impossible for me to get to the actual blog. I visited a blog once where a total 7 popups greeted me simultaneously, I had to close it down as I would just crash my browser.  Ok a short pleas to a lot of bloggers out there – stop with the popups! These popups slow down your site and really messed up your SEO. I noticed recently one would popped up and that fine but then another would appear from the side, I know there are plugins that helps you with that. But maybe have a think of what it like for your readers/visitors point of view and have a pop-up reshuffle.

 

The layout/colours scheme is all over the place:

I visited blogs recently a couples of blogs where the layout is all over the place, there no colours coordination. There a red here and yellow there and for good measure let throw in some pink. To make it worst the actual blog part is on a black background. OMG please stop! First the black background really hurts my eyes and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feel this, secondly sort out your colours scheme, get some proper colours orders in place. I understand if you don’t have photoshop but there are hundred of free online image editor to use which you can Google, also look on Pinterest for colours scheme board or look at this website which helps with colours coordination.

 

Common Bloggers Courtesy:

Recently a few bloggers have asked me questions about something and I have answered, but I never get a thank you. I find this to be really rude, I helped you out so the least you can do is say ‘thank you’. I feel as in real life you should have common courtesy to others online. Just take a few moment to say ‘thank you’ to someone who have helped you. It isn’t just ‘thank you’ it’s also ‘please’, or ‘would you mind?’ Just the little thing can make a different. I talk to people in the blogging world as how I would talk to people I meet on the street, maybe put that into practice.

 

Facebook/Disqus comment section:

I’d admit I did use Disqus for quite a while on here and I found it really useful to keep tracks of commented and helped me create a little community. But recently Disqus been messed up and I’ve stopped using it. I don’t mind Diqus so much – but I do mind the Facebook comment sections on blogs. For me as someone who is a professional digital marketing person, I do find it really unprofessional and really messed up the overall look of the blog, I would never recommend a client to install it. I think the other annoying thing about the Facebook comment is that when I do leave a comment it linked to my private -nothing to do with my blog – profile and recently I’ve been getting an influx of people asking to add them as a friend. It gotten so back I had to put up a statement on my private account for people to stop sending me requests, which amuses all my private Facebook friends. So yes the Facebook comment plugins/widget might not be such a good idea, perhaps use something else.

Music/java script/videos:

This was a big trend I saw perhaps 10-5 years ago with new bloggers excited about having there own blog space so they would add hundreds of music plugins, videos and little silly animation. And this was before Myspace was big. Recently I’ve noticed a few bloggers are going back with adding their music station (especially with something like the spotify widget) and also adding silly java script animations. I visited one blog and I was blasted with music and all these silly java script animations, I had to close it down as once again it would crash my browser.  I know it exciting to have your own blog and yes you want to make it your own space and there is nothing wrong with that. But my god you got to calm down! A lot of people are now on tablets and on phone, it isn’t always easy to turn off  the music and silly animation. Also the readers could sneakily be looking at your blog while in class or at work, they don’t want music to suddenly draw attention to. So my advice would be to lose all the music, silly java script and perhaps save it for your social media pages.

I think that is everything, please as always feel free to add anything else in the comment sections.

Anna Nuttall

Hello, it’s so lovely for you to join me. Let me introduce myself. I’m Anna Nuttall living in London and married to my husband, Richard. I worked in retail for ten years before I left and fulfilled my addiction to social media and blogging, where I’m now working as a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger and also in digital marketing.

58 Comments

  • Lesley-Anne

    It annoys me when you want to leave a comment and you can’t or when there isn’t a simple follow button. Another great post 🙂

  • Anna Nuttall

    The one thing I didn’t mentions was how the subscribe button be so close to the comment box that you often end up subscribing to something you didn’t want! I find that really irrtating.

  • Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I share many of the same pet peeves as you do! The pop-ups are annoying – there are ways that you can set it so that repeat visitors don’t keep seeing it over and over, and yet…lol. I hate the videos that play on blogs. I get that they’re part of their ad network but I can’t stand them!

  • Julie

    I feel ya! I am against disqus as it requires ME to manage settings. I wanted to leave a comment, not manage another app so I don’t have emails flood my mailbox. I can’t stand it and no longer leave comments on disqus. Facebook doesn’t bother me too much, but that might change,

  • My Cool Toy Vids

    Pop ups are the big ones for me. I used to use them to get more readers, but realized that it doesn’t work as well as in theory and just annoys everyone. It sure annoys me when I try to go to other people’s page. Sure, one is fine and once I click out of it, I wouldn’t expect it to pop up the next time I visit. There are some good pop up plugins out there that have an option to show it just once in a certain periods of time to the same IP address.

  • Galina V

    Oh yes, the pop ups are obnoxious. I dislike Disqus as well, it often doesn’t want to work on my laptop, such a pain. And don’t even start me on the music. I’m not interested in,listening to anyone’s music choices

  • Samantha Carraro

    I can relate to so many things you wrote!
    I hate popups and don’t get me wrong, I get the subscribe one when I open a page but sometimes a million popups appear when I’m reading a post and I get so nervous and annoyed that I stop reading and close the page.
    Music is another thing I don’t like, especially if I forget the volume at its max and the music starts and blows up my ears; and I understand you when you talk about the courtesy “thank you”, it happens a lot to me too.
    Great post as always 🙂

    Samantha | https://samanthacarraro.wordpress.com/

  • Angie (FeetDoTravel)

    Oh yes, the pop-ups! Reading the comments here, it seems that quite a few people feel the same way. I think more people need to read this and maybe the blogging world won’t have quite so many lol.

  • Leslie

    I have one pop-up…and that’s just because they are so darn effective. BUT I set it so it shouldn’t show up again for two weeks for repeat visitors. It’s hard finding the right balance. I’ve always hated Disqus as a user. Also agree with Sam, simple fonts are best.

  • francesca

    Hahaha this did make me chuckle. I totally have the same peeves!! Pop ups are annoying especially this ones that ask you to subscribe to their site before you have even had a chance to snoop around on it!! I also can’t stand the terrible layouts and colour schemes it all seems so decades ago on a black background with loads of random colouring! And absolutely agree with the simple common courtesy!! Its not so hard to give a thank you is it!?

  • Desteny

    Totally agree with you on these! I don’t like pop ups… but I’m dabbling with a pop up for my newsletter right now. I’m always reading stuff promoting it and raving about how great it is, but it hasn’t helped me at all. I plan on getting rid of it this week.

  • Cori

    I’m fine with Disquis comment system as long as the option to post as a guest is offered. I don’t want to create ANOTHER account just to leave a comment. Just my opinion.

  • Grady

    I use Disqus and have really enjoyed the conversational vibe it brings to my site, so although I understand it’s not for everyone, I do think it works for me, but I totally agree with you on every other point! ESPECIALLY pop ups, oh my gosh! I want nothing to do with them and nothing will make me leave a site faster! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xoxo
    Grady

    http://www.gradybirdblog.com

  • Taylor Mobley

    I hate overwhelming popups. I don’t mind one subscription popup, I usually appreciate that! I hate Disqus. It is annoying to me that I have to log in every time and it always asks to post on my fb.

  • Shearly

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I don’t know when or why we all became obsessed with pop-ups and it is so nice to hear someone else say it!

  • Life as Mum

    Love this post! It’s so true I hate dark backgrounds on blogs.
    I also hate loads of pop ups and especially music! I instantlly go off the page if there is music

  • Liz Mays

    I can definitely understand your problems with these things. I do encounter some difficult-to-navigate blogs. I’m not sure if it’s just my browser or if the sites have formatting issues.

  • Kara

    Totally with you on the pop ups – they drive me mad. Another gripe of mine is too much advertising – I know bloggers are keen to earn money, but in the middle of the blog post I am ready…..reallu?

  • Anosa

    Ugh pop ups! They are so annoying, why does anyone think its a good idea?! Glad I am not the only person who has these peeves

  • MomJonz

    Pop ups all of the place, yes. I can handle a few, but when one pops up every 5 seconds wanted me to sign up or buy something. I’m all for ads, but not punching me in the face.

  • Baby Isabella

    We’re not fans of Disqus either and on a couple of occasions our comments on other blogs won’t log. It’s really frustrating to re-do a comment again. Totally agree with the pop ups as well, it’s enough for us to leave a site on click x

  • Kayla

    I agree with so many of these! Especially that about pop-ups. If I click a link to your blog, I shouldn’t have to close out of one (much less several!) pop-up that keeps me from your content! I’m way more likely to want to come back again if I get to see what I came for without being hassled.

  • Jemma

    I actually don’t mind pop-ups at all and don’t see what the big deal is with them. They’re easy enough to close and they can be really effective too.

  • GiGi Eats

    POP UPS! OMG ! I ranted about this! If you have a SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG pop up that comes on the screen before I can even check out your site… You better believe I will X right out of it and I certainly WILL NOT be subscribing! NOPEEEE!

  • Jamie

    AS a new blogger, I appreciate the opinions expressed here. The pop up thing drives me nuts too, especially when it is from a huge, well established site with thousands of visitors. Perhaps they got that way by being pushy with the pop ups lol but that’s not my thing and I almost always close the screen.

  • Mimi

    Oh, I can’t stand pop-ups either. One is fine asking me to subscribe when I’m leaving the site, but not all the adverts and what not! Your blog is gorgeous by the way! I love all the peachy pink accents.

    Mimi | According to Mimi

  • Stacey Loring

    I hate pop ups. I was playing around on my blog and our a few up there just to see how annoying they were on different mobile devices. I thought I set them all off except for my top smart bar. Ditzy me apparently didn’t. I wish I could find everyone who may have attempted to visit my blog and apologize to them and let them curse me out or whatever.

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