Comment censorship: I don't understand how some bloggers think that deleting a negative comment makes it disappear or somehow invalid. As a rule, I don't delete comments. You can leave me a comment saying that I'm a horrible human being, but I won't delete it for two reasons: 1. It just doesn't bother me enough and 2. I want people to feel free to say what they think. If you call me out on something in the comments, I won't even hunt you down and attack you in a back alley. Probably.
|In Soviet Russia, comments MODERATE YOU|
I've gotten negative comments in the past and they are all still there, even the ones that questioned my humanity because I don't like Santa Claus. I will delete a spam comment if it gets through, unless it's the complimentary kind of spam (you know, "You write good, very inspirational. Check out my Viagra"). If a negative comment is funny, I actually enjoy it a little. You can get away with a lot if you make me laugh while you do it.
Blogs that have comment moderation turned on make me suspicious too. What are you so afraid of someone posting? I've only heard one good reason for having the moderation turned on, but in general it just seems unfriendly.
Asking me to vote for you. I don't care that you've been nominated for some inane blogger award by some publication that no one has heard of, but if you bug people repeatedly on your blog and on other social media outlets to vote for you, I will go vote for the other person just out of spite. Mention it once if it's important to you, but don't harass your readers into going to another site and registering just to vote for you just so you can win some award that allows you to put some button on your side bar that says "Fitness Endurance Weekly's Most INSPIRATIONAL Blogger Winner!".
"Click to read more" If you have it set up in Google Reader or on the main page of your blog to not show your whole post as some sort of clever ploy to get more page clicks, then guess what? I'm not reading. I have never seen a first paragraph of a blog post that is gripping enough to make me feel like I must know more, and chances are that you're not a good enough writer to make me change my mind. If you are that hard up for money, get a part time job and stop pretending that your readers are too stupid to understand what you are doing.
Alluding to something, but refusing to elaborate. I get that somethings are too personal to blog about, but then just DON'T. Don't hint about it, don't say "I'm going through a vaguely horrible time in my life" and then never elaborate on it. If you don't want to talk about something, then don't. Hinting at it makes it seem like you want people to ask about it and that comes off as manipulative.
|Don't be a Cordelia|
Having just one long paragraph for a post. Things like grammar errors and typos annoy me in a passing way, but I cannot read something that's just one long paragraph full of run-on sentences. The enter key is your friend...use it.
Word verification. A lot of the blogs I read have this turned on and I assume they don't know freaking annoying it is, or else they would have turned it off. It's under Settings if you use Blogger and Google is your helpful friend if you can't figure it out. For the love of all that's good in the world, stop making me type "Injowe Ttlqueo" every time I want to comment on your blog.
Overuse of emoticons. I admit when I first started blogging that I used emoticons, but I realized one day that I was doing that as a lazy crutch to avoid working hard enough to make my writing clear. If I'm reading a blog post and it has a line like "After I worked out, I had oatmeal for breakfast. ;)" I'm confused as to why that is winky face worthy and if "oatmeal" is code for something else. The occasional smiley face is fine, but if you have over 3 per post, then you're beating a dead horse (would a smiley face here make that sting less?)
|See? A smile makes everything better.|
3 part race recaps. Unless it was an ultra marathon, there is just no way that is warrented. Even if it is an ultra, more than 2 parts is pushing the limits of what I want to read. I love reading recaps in general, but a little streamlining goes a long way and it's nice to remember what your audience wants to know (things like race logistics going smoothly, how organized the race was, etc). Also, if I read a long race recap and you play coy and don't post your time? You are dead to me. I could just look up your time, but I don't care that much and I also assume it is slow or else you would have included it in the recap.
Some people have "Bolded questions at the end of a post" on their hate list, but I'm still ok with it.
What do you hate about blogging? Say whatever you want, I won't delete your comment, even if it's about how I suck at blogging.