|Here is a cute cupcake before we begin. |
Hopefully it is enough to keep you
from getting annoyed at me.
So I'm browsing through a new to me blog, Hope Studios, and I am reading a great post she wrote called "10 Things I Hate About Your Blog." Genius, I say.
Just to clarify, this is not a bashing bloggers sort of post. This is just a list of peeves and constructive criticism that apply to all of us, myself included. For the record, I have made most of these mistakes myself. My list is a bit more themed towards food blogs, since that is primarily the type of blog that I follow.
Let's get to it.
10 Things I hate about your blog
1. Music that auto plays - If you simply must auto play music, put the widget for it at the top of your page so I can turn it off quickly. 99.9% of auto play abusers hide the widget at the bottom of their blog and if I can't find it within 3 seconds I will just close down the page. That isn't exactly a good thing if you are trying to get new readers, right?
2. Hocking too much junk - This is a rough one because the thrill of getting something for free is very enticing. Be prepared as a blogger to be tempted by all sorts of pitches for free junk, and a lot of times it is just that, junk. Really think about if it is worth writing a post about, if it is something your readers are interested in, and if you can write the review of the product without coming off like you are hocking junk.
3. Cluttered design - Take a critical eye to your sidebars and consider ways to combine elements so that they don't take up too much space. I've always thought that less is more when it comes to blog design, but I still struggle with this.
4. Dark background / neon text - It is hard to read. If I can't easily read your posts, then I'll just leave. Simple enough, right?
5. No easily accessible contact/ about info - The first time I visit a blog I typically check out the 'about' page. If you don't have an email address associated with your blog, and may I ask why not, just let the reader know to leave a comment with their questions.
6. Too many step by step photos - This one is a toughie. I would say that if your photo somehow helps someone in the cooking process, for instance a shot of creaming butter and sugar for cookies, that is good. After all, not everyone knows what that should look like once it is creamed. On the other hand, blurry, dark or otherwise not so great pictures of every step in the process is really not needed. I can't tell you how many out of focus, dark and barely decipherable pictures of a hand holding a teaspoon of spices I've seen. *Updated* I felt I should clarify this a bit. What I meant was photography overkill for a recipe. Photos of the process are good. 25+ pictures where it is literally someone holding their ingredient in their hand, then a shot of them adding it to the bowl, then a shot of them mixing it, again and again, that is what I consider too much.
7. Exclamation points - I use to be a big offender of this, and I still have to reign myself in. Let me give an example. The other day I visited a brand new to me food blog. In one very short cooking post there were 10 exclamation points. Two sentences even ended with three (!!!) exclamation points. I've seen other blogs that pretty much use exclamation points to end every sentence. Ask yourself, am I really that excited? Don't get me wrong though, I'm not saying never use them, I'm just saying, take a critical look at your posts and see if it is being abused.
8. Using DH DD DS abbreviations - A lot of you will disagree with me on this one but using the "Dear Husband" abbreviation is just more than I can handle. Over the top cheese ball, if I had to put it into words. My solution? Every time you write DH I read it as "Dumb ass" or "Damn" Husband. Hey, it works.
9. Being a judgmental food snob/elitist - There is a difference between sharing your beliefs or being passionate about a subject compared to putting down those who disagree with you.
10. Being too critical of other bloggers - Heh.
What do you think? Do any of these bother you or not bother you?
To not be a total jerk face, here is:
A few blog things that bug others but don't bother me:
1. Typos. They happen to everybody. I couldn't care less. Of course, if it is a typo on an amount for an ingredient this can be troublesome and ruin a recipe, so double checking is always a good idea.
2. Less than great photos. We all start somewhere and I know that I was terrible at taking food pics when I started. Not that I am all that great now, either.