We were asked to list the five biggest pet peeves we have, but I couldn’t leave the last one off. Instead, here are six of my biggest blog pet peeves:
1. You have music automatically playing on your blog.
Seriously, that drives me nuts. When I open a website, whether it’s a blog, regular site, etc, it is super irritating that to have music blasting. What’s more irritating, is when I cannot find how to stop the music. If it’s not a quick find, I will click on the little “X” on the top of the browser tab and just close the site. That pretty much ends me ever visiting that site again.
2. Your header is huge and takes a while to load.
Headers are definitely important, but having a header that fills the monitor completely and takes forever to load, thus will not allow me to scroll past it to get to the content, drives me nuts. When I go to your blog, I want to read your content and view your pictures, not just your header. During the IFB conference this past February, I learned via the live feed, that your header should not take up more than 1/4 of the monitor screen. This of course varies per monitor (some of us do not have those super huge awesome wide screen monitors, some do), but it is still a very helpful tip.
3. Your blog takes a long time to load.
I love blogs that have a good amount of photos mixed in with text. However, sometimes too many photos can bog down the load time of the page, which is stinky. Sometimes, the browser cannot load the entire picture, so only the top section loads, and I can’t see the rest of the image. This leaves me frustrated and curious all at the same time, because I want to see your image, I just can’t, because it’s taking too long to load, or won’t load at all.
4. The text color is difficult to read on your background.
If my eyes start straining to read your post, or a headache begins a-brewing, I will close the site. I am already wearing contact lenses, I don’t want to do further damage to my eyes, and leave your site angrily with a headache. The easiest to read is black or dark gray text on a white or very light colored background.
5. I can’t find where to post a comment on a post easily or at all.
I have come across so many blogs that I’ve desperately (well, maybe really, really wanted) to comment on a post, and there is no “post a comment” or “comment” link in site. Here’s what happens when I cannot find that friendly little link:
-I will open the post individually in a new tab to see if a comment box or link appears
-If no link or box appears, I will then go back and search for a way to contact the blogger (usually via twitter)
-If the blogger has a twitter, I will tweet them that I couldn’t find a place to comment on their blog, and but that I enjoyed the post, or whatever I wanted to say (in under 140 characters, of course).
-If the blogger does not have a twitter, I will generally reconsider commenting, and just close to site. This makes me sad.
6. I want to follow you, but I there is no “Follow” button any where in site.
I know you are reading this and thinking, “she’s got to be kidding me”. Alas, I am not. Sadly, I have come across quite a few blogs with no way or only one way to follow. I like blogs that have different options to follow. Take my blog for example. You can follow my blog via google friend connect, bloglovin’, rss feed, subscription via email, or through amazon kindle. I wanted to provide as many options as possible, because each reader is different. Some like google reader and/or bloglovin’, some prefer to receive an email, some prefer an rss feed, and some may want to read on their kindle.
If my only option to follow is an rss feed, I won’t follow. I know, I know, harsh, right? I’m just sharing the truth. I do not like email subscriptions either, personally, but that is just me. I prefer google friend connect (google reader) & bloglovin’.
Do you have any blog pet peeves? What are they?
Friend Friday is a group that allows fashion and beauty bloggers to get to know each other and to share their thoughts and opinions on different topics. For more information or to join us, please visit ModlyChic. You can read all of my fellow bloggers’ answers as well as Katy’s answers to these questions here.