Though I’m only 21 I’ve been reading blogs for a long time. I’m sure we can agree on the fact that blogging has spread like wildfire in the last few years, and with that we’ve seen an increase in the effort and work that goes into it, as well as in the quality of the contents. So much so that nowadays people can base their entire careers around it!
I read from blogs every single day, mostly beauty-related ones. This post includes 5 things that have put me off when I’m reading a post or when I’m simply scrolling through a new blog. I would really like to know yours and see if you have my same pet-peeves.
A little disclosure: I wrote these things from a reader’s perspective, because despite having blogged for a month or so now, I’m still a reader above all else! I have a great deal to learn too!
Not having a Bloglovin button
Bloglovin is a wonderful way to catch up with new posts from your favourite bloggers. I love Bloglovin (do you follow me there?). I wonder how I managed to live without it for so long. For me it is extremely important to be able to easily find the Bloglovin button on a new blog so I can make sure not to miss any new post. Bloglovin’s feed is chronological so you can make sure you don’t miss anything if you check it every day.
In addition to that, you can also “like” and save the posts in folders you create. From my perspective, not having a Bloglovin button means that I’m probably less likely to come back to your blog. Make what you want of this, but I’m sure every blogger wants traffic and wants to make sure that their reader comes back again and again…
Not having a simple comment procedure
One the best plugins you can get for your blog is Disqus, an amazing way for readers to easily leave comments and for you, as a blogger, to answer them. It gives you notifications when you get comments as well as answers from other blogs.
You only need to have an account and once you have it and are logged in you won’t have to re-enter your name, email, website etc. every time. I find it a bit annoying when I have to enter my details over and over again. It can be a big turn off for readers, at least for me. I also don’t like the fact that once you’ve left a comment with these other systems you don’t get a notification if the blogger actually replies to your comment. Unless you either a) go back to check it on that blog b) click on “notify me of new comments via email”, the latter meaning that you’ll get an email every time a reader leaves a comment on that blog.
My advice is: get Disqus and enjoy its use. It’s one of those life-changing blog-changing things.
Not engaging with their readers
I don’t know about you, but I always try to leave meaningful comments to any post I read. Obviously, I don’t always leave a comment, but if I do I don’t just write a short sentence and leave a link to my blog, bish bash bosh. No, I always make the effort to write something related to the post, maybe ask something I’m interested in. However, I don’t always assume I’ll get a reply because, the truth is many bloggers don’t bother getting back to their readers! And I’m not talking about those who get over 30 comments for daily posts or have thousands of followers on Bloglovin. No, I’m talking about ‘non-pros’, with a manageable amount of interaction.
Maybe it’s just me, but this totally gets on my nerves. I often have a look at old posts by some bloggers and find that they never reply to comments! Even when they’re genuine comments by genuine readers. Once I see these things I often decide not to leave a comment on purpose, just because I know I’ll feel offended if I don’t get an answer. Let me know what you think of this, do you feel the same? Am I selfish to look at it this way?
When links open in the same page
That’s a huge pet-peeve. Always double-check that your links (social links included) open in a new tab. Because I really don’t want to go back and forth and lose the page I was reading. Plus, I definitely think it will improve your readers’ “blog experience”.
Not having an ‘About Me’ page
I might be nosy but I always read people’s bio. Some bits of info I like to find out include your name and where you come from (though I haven’t fully stated it, for those who are wondering – I’m Italian). Knowing your name will make it easy for me to communicate with you, making it more natural, like I’m talking to a friend.
I think it’s also a nice idea to include something interesting about you, your background, what you do in life. I love reading these things, after all, we (bloggers) are all people who have a life, feelings and many other things to offer. Finally, the easier the ‘About Me’ page is to find, the better! BTW, you can read mine here.
That’s all that came to mind. I might be doing a second post on more things that get on my nerves in the future but for now, enough complaining from me! I just want to say that if you are reading this, I will still read your blog even if you are not on Bloglovin, leave a comment even if you’re not going to answer (but I will be sad!!) and if you don’t have Disqus I’ll still make the effort to enter my details every time and receive your emails.
Let me know the things that put you off in a blog! It’s nice that we share these kind of things as it can only help us get better!
Have a good day!
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