Why I HATE your blog.

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Okay so I don't hate any blogs, I just dislike some things people have on their blogs and it gets quite frustrating sometimes when all I want to do is read an awesome post that someone has shared a link to and I'm greeted by like a gazillion pop ups. I must admit, my title was a little clickbatey but I just liked the ring to it.



I was browsing through some blogs the other night as I normally do when I'm bored, I like to find some posts that grip me and pull me in, a blog that I can fall in love with like I have done so many times before. A few of these example are; I really enjoy reading these bloggers posts, I enjoy reading what they have to say on different subjects so I go back time after time, I have them bookmarked for easy access and it's not just their content I like, it's the fact that their blogs are easily accessible! I can view them on my mobile, tablet and laptop with no problems and that's what I need from a blog. I need to be able to find everything easily so that I can completely snoop on the About me page, contact, disclaimer etc... But the other night I found some blogs that just didn't sit right with me, it was messy, I was fumbling about trying to find content so I just gave up after a few clicks. Admittedly I got the idea for this post from reading skinnedcartrees post "5 things that make me leave your blog and never come back"  and thinking that there are a few things that really get me about some blogs.

So what exactly is it that I dislike about certain blogs? Well.... here's a list of some things that will probably mean I don't come visit very often, if at all.

Pop ups, pop ups everywhere!

Okay, so I get that people want to collect as much information from their readers as possible and get people for their mailing list etc... but does there need to be so many pop ups? What I'm talking about is when I close one pop up for another to appear before I've even seen what the website looks like!! I counted a total of 5 pop ups on one blog before I seen the home page... 5!!!!! WHO NEEDS 5 POP UPS IN A ROW?! seriously. So multiple pop ups are a no go for me.

A font that's practically unreadable.

If you're using a font that is all loops and squiggles then chances are I'm never coming back because why would I visit a blog I can't read? If I can't read your content there's no point in me being on your blog. Keep it clean and easy to read.

Not Mobile Friendly.

When it comes to browsing blogs 9/10 times I'll be on my phone, in bed searching through twitter to find new posts I want to read. I'll find one that totally appeals to me, I'll be excited to read it, click the link and it will take me to a jumbled up mess that can't be accessed properly from my mobile and it will really make me sad as I loved the title of the post. But there's no way I'm getting out my bed, going across the room and starting up my laptop just to read one post because I can't read it on my phone. It's not gonna happen. One thing I will say is that I know I'm not the only one who finds this annoying as I've spoken to others who have thought this and I've read a few posts that speak about it. So if you can, I really, REALLY recommend that you make your blog mobile friendly.

No sub links to different category's.

If I'm coming to your blog to read your posts I want to be able to filter them by category's, like if I'm in the mood for a lifestyle post I want to be able to click on a link that takes me to all your lifestyle posts. The same goes for beauty, fashion, parenting and other posts. I like to have all the information at the click of a button so to speak and if I can't navigate around your blog with ease it drives me nuts, especially if I've read one of your posts and loved it. 

No search bar

Again, this ties in with my point above. If I can't find links to certain posts of yours or I know I've read a post of yours and I try to find it but you have no search bar this drives me crazy. I just want to find that post that I loved so much so I can read it again but it's no where to be found! And I'll be dammed if I'm searching through all of your twitter just to find it. 

Hardly any text in a post.

Now I totally appreciate the fact that some posts just don't need a lot of text, sometimes it's better to be minimalistic about your post rather than rambling on but on the other hand, there are posts that should be more than a few sentences such as reviews. I read reviews to find out as much about the product as possible so I can make an informed decision on wither to buy it or not. A lot of the time I do purchase things based on reviews and I'll thank the blogger for posting such a great post that led me to me buying the product but I really can't do that if the post is two sentences long and there's no actual review happening. In these cases I'll just leave and not read anything else because why would I? I don't want to get my hopes up about reading the post on some amazing miracle cream and it turns out to be a paragraph on how the product looks. 


Adverts EVERYWHERE 

Here's the thing about adverts, they are a great thing to have in some ways but when you plaster them throughout your blog so that every time I scroll down I see a new one, it makes me want to scream. These sort of ads are annoying and unnecessary, ESPECIALLY when I'm on my phone because I always end up clicking them when I'm trying to scroll so I just leave the blog to never return. It's just unwanted and really there's no need, you can still have ads and have a great looking blog that won't repel readers. 

There's nothing about you. 

Okay, So if I'm visiting your blog and I really enjoy your content, love your layout, everything is going great, I will want to know more about you. I will want to see who you are, what things you like and a little bit more about you. Now this isn't me being creepy, I promise! It's me wanting to relate to the blogger on a deeper connection than just guessing who they are. If I can't see who the blogger is I really won't want to keep coming back to your blog unless your content is absolutely amazing!

No engagement with readers.

I get that not everyone has the time to reply to every single comment on their blog or answer everyone on twitter etc... but I hate when I see NO engagement at all, like the blogger never talks to or acknowledges their readers. For me this is a big one because readers are taking time out of their day to read your posts. I totally appreciate that the blogger spent time writing, editing and so much more for their post but why else are they publishing it if not to engage others with their content? It just doesn't make sense to me and if you never acknowledge people why would I want to spend more time on a blog and commenting on things to not hear anything back.... ever! It's just nice to be nice. 

Automatically adding me to your mailing list
  
This really grinds my gears because if I wanted to be subscribed to your mailing list I would sign up myself.... when I see those mail chimp emails in my inbox asking me to confirm my subscription to your blog after every time I comment on your blog I'll probably just never comment as I can't be bothered with the extra hassle. 


There you have it, 10 Things that quite annoy me about certain blogs. I know that everyone has their own preferences to how they like things and I've probably stated a few things that others don't really mind but these are the things I just can't be bothered with. It's exhausting sometimes trying to navigate certain blogs just to read content. If I have to jump through hoops to read a post, I probably shouldn't be reading it in the first place and that's my view of it. 

What are some things you dislike about blogs? 

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63 comments

  1. I agree with these! The one that really gets me is not being mobile friendly! Some posts that I've really wanted to read have gotten skipped over because the spacing is all messed up when I try to read on mobile! Another thing that bothers me is when the text isn't clear. Not just font, but some people have black text on a purple background, or other similarly unreadable things. I honestly prefer black and white, but at least make sure it's readable! Great post!

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    1. Yeah the black writing on a purple background is a killer! I hate that sort of stuff so much! The white background a dark text is always the best, so much easier to read. Thank you!

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  2. This was so helpful, thanks so much for writing this lovely! You can get so caught up on content sometimes that other things just get forgotten. Hoping to make a few changes to mine now :)
    Much love, Jade x

    www.jadeannloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww I'm actually glad it helped! But I love your blog!!! I always read your stuff haha. So I don't know what your changing beauty ;) xx

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  3. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it x

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  4. Really enjoyed this ! And i def fell in love with this post ! Hope it's ok to give you a follow! X

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    1. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it!

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  5. Totally reasonable I think and a great reminder to put a search bar on my new blog, oops!

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    1. Thank you! I love being able to search through posts!

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  6. I had to go check my blog on my phone after reading this! I also tend to do replies to comments in big batches so I could do this a bit more often I think.

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    1. Haha, I'm like you, I do replies in big batches but you can always tell when someone is interactive with their readers

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  7. Great post I think most of us are guilty of at least one of these...including me! Oops.

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    1. Oh yeah, we definitely are at some point or another haha I made sure to get rid of all that stuff when I found it annoying on others blogs lol

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  8. This list is so true! Especially hate automatically adding one to the mailing list, it's so annoying isn't it? I do sometimes post a lot of photos, but always try to write a bit to accompany the pictures, but I so agree with you when it comes to reviews though, it should be at least more than a couple of sentences ;)

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    1. Yes! That one is just a killer at times. There's posts that don't need a lot of words but there's most that really do but only have I've a couple of sentences and it's so annoying!

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  9. Haha i love this post! And i couldn't agree more with all your points!

    Darriyan xo
    www.darriyancateland.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it!

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  10. Lol it frustrates me when I see a post with no words because it gives us bloggers a bad name. We are all meant to be writers.

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    1. I really enjoy posts that have a good bit of writing because I love to read posts but I do appreciate that some don't need as much words at times,

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  11. I agree with all you have said. I find the pop ups freaking annoying. And the automatic subscriptions so sneaky. You can't make me follow you if I don't want to.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the post! They really are sneaky, if it's one I can untick its okay but the ones that hide it..... No thank you!

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  12. Yep, yep and yep why do people do this to their readers!? Google hates it, readers hate it - people need to stop doing these things!

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    1. Yes! So much yes. It's highly annoying

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  13. I totally agree. My hate is the pop-ups. Especially when they appear as you touch the screen to scroll down and open one of them. I often close my browser then and don't return. As I said on Twitter, I desperately need to do some housekeeping on mine, but not guilty of these points thankfully!!

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    1. Yes, pop ups are the worst for me I think, it's annoying when you can't get rid of them at all!

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  14. Love this post! I better double check my blog! Very helpful!

    Steph

    Whytehappenednext.wordpress.com

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  15. I definitely agree with a lot of these - especially pop ups! Gosh those really annoy me. I also really love this idea for a post!

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  16. I cannot stand when I click onto someones blog and there is just adverts everywhere, even worse when I've clicked the X on all them and theres more photos in the blog post than words :') Ugh so many pet peeves haha, great read though gave me a giggle x

    Jordan || Darling Jordan

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    1. Yes! So much yes. It's annoying as hell and I just don't see the point if I'm honest,mint makes people leave,..... Not stay!

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  17. Ugh, I can relate to so many of the things you mentioned. The pop ups are seriously so annoying. And to make it worse, some of them hide the close button so I have a hard time closing it, which just makes me leave their blog entirely. I also love knowing the person behind the blog. I feel like I can connect with them on a deeper level and trust them more in a way. Great post!

    Kathlyn | Kathlyn's Korner

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    1. Yes, pop ups are just horrid, I so hate when you can't close them. Yeah knowing who the blogger behind the blog is so amazing.

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  18. All I was say8ng whilst reading this post was 'yes'! Completely agree with these! Such a fab post!

    http://youcancallmecaz.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I totally agree with this! Nothing worse than a blog that is hard to read, or where you get harassed with ten billion pop up ads..... I just wanted to read your blog post- not be plummeted into something I didn't sign up to! Great post lovely X

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    1. Yeah it's so bad when you want to read a great post that sucks you in with the title and then you can't because there is things that just make you leave entirely.

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  20. I definitely agree with all of these points and pop ups are the bane of my life! Just no, I wanna read your blog, not yours ads! X

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for reading, I'm glad you agree! Pop ups are so annoying for sure!

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  21. This is a good idea to help people improve their blogs, I'm currently trying to split mine into a travel section and fashion section. But struggling on Wordpress haha! Love Jessica Ann xxx www.whosthatjessann.wordpress.com

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    1. Aww that will be really good, I hope you mange to get it done! X

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  22. I am guilty of atleast one of these - oops! but it is a working process!

    Lauren | laurmatthews.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha I've been guilty of some before as well

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  23. Ugh so true,pop ups are the worst!

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  24. So many fair points here! I hate pops up too. Does anyone ever to click on them?! And adverts but I am sure that sometimes it's out of your control when you have a free account. #MMBC

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  25. 100% agree with this post, I like when everything is easy to access especially most of the time I'm reading on my phone I don't be able to read without any interference. Pixie xx http://pixieox.co

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  26. I HATE it when I get added to a mailing list. Really does annoy me. And posts that are VERY short annoy me too.
    So I agree with most of this post!

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  27. Really interesting post. I like to be able to read blogs on my mobile but I find that if a blog or website has a mobile view and there is a button to 'view web version' I will alwayd click it. I just find it easier to use in website view.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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  28. I loved your blunt honesty in this and it's really useful to know these things so I can make my blog the best it can be!

    http://online-elle.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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  29. This was really helpful! I am fairly new to the blogging world and although many of these seem like the should be common sense - who likes pop-ups?? Saying that, mine is a free Wordpress account so I don't know what it's like in terms of ads. I hope not! They're certainly not intentional if they're there.

    I didn't even know auto-subscribing was a thing; it sounds annoying! My site didn't have a search bar but I've added one now after reading this and it has also been a good reminder to catch up with my comments! (I always intend to and usually do reply to comments but I'm rubbish at time management and sometimes I forget, so thanks for reminding me to do that now!)

    So yes, thank you for posting! I was drawn to it from the title when @cbeechat retweeted it :)

    Lozzy x

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  30. I completely agree with all ten things you've posted!
    Something else that annoys me is when it's obvious a blogger hasn't edited or even proofread their blog posts. I'm not talking the odd typing error, because let's be honest, everyone makes them, but it's when there's three in the first paragraph. I get having an authentic voice is part of being a blogger, but nobody likes having to decipher what you're trying to say constantly.
    Rebekah,
    https://rebekahgillian.wordpress.com

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  31. Adverts and pop ups put me off so I don't end up reading many posts because they're in the way. I agree that most of the time the blogs are read on the phone so I try to bear that in mind. Great post and I don't feel like I'm the only one! Xh

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  32. The one of these that I really have to work on is providing information about myself. I just find it so hard to write about myself. I'm working on it, but its a slow process. Try not to hold it against me if you visit my site.

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