Blogs that irritate me




I am a blogger. I love blogs, they are a great asset to my life. I would rather read a blog now than a book but some blogs irritate me and within seconds I can jump out of a blog before reading a single word. I have to as they almost physically hurt me, absorb too much energy or add to my mashed fibro head. Even if it is a really great blog content, mid blog I can easily leave it as I don't like hard work.

Here are some of the things that irritate the hell out of me:

Music

If I click on a blog link or web page and it has music you can guarantee I immediately close the page down. Why would you want to insult my ears like this? Stop now and slap yourself across the face for thinking that YOUR taste in music is superior to my sensory overload. I can not cope with music as I read your blog, even soothing stuff drives me nuts. Web pages, chronic illness and music do not mix in my world.






Asking me to sign up to your mailing list within seconds

If I have found your blog and instantly a big square hinders my vision asking me to sign up to your email subscriptions or blog posts I never look for the square to close this box down I just close down your blog from my tabs.

I have a small box to the right of my blog for email subscriptions if people like me they will look to subscribe without me throwing it in their face within seconds.

I fully understand bloggers needs to make money  but do you realise how annoying it is to throw this at people within seconds? If you live, sleep, eat and breathe for SEO ratings then please have the courtesy to ask me after I have finished your blog. A simple sentence at the end of your blog would suffice. Chances are the people that sign up to your bombardment never actually confirm the subscription by email anyway. To me, this shows that you care more about your mailing list totals and google analytic than my enjoyment with your words.






Does it read well from an iPhone


I tend to do most of my blog reading in bed at 3am from my phone. If your blog looks super on a computer and then fails to read well on a mobile, you have lost me as a reader.



Lengthy blogs

I have the attention span of a gerbil so if your blog is too long then I give up before midway.
You have bored me silly. I can not read this long with chronic fatigue and fibro fog and memory loss. This is why I started reading blogs as I can not read books anymore.  Less is more so stop typing so much!



No images bore me silly.

My inner child needs pictures or I am out.




Overly depressing

Depressing blogs that drain the life's blood from you are a massive No to me. I know many bloggers who have discussed topics that are powerful and the brutal honesty provoke emotions so deep but they do not cast a dark cloud of doom over their blog. I know a few blogs that I can honestly say I have never read as they simply look like the torture of the mind. A harrowing image and once single word is enough for me to never return. I do not live in a blinkered world and do not require fluffy glib language. I read an amazing powerful blog about eating disorders this week and it was not fluffy in any way, it was possibly one of the most honest, sad, beautiful things I have read lately but it was not depressing at all if this makes sense.




Font is hard to read

Boring as they may be, some fonts may seem cool and trendy but you just can not read them at all. The subject matter could be the best written but if the font is hard to read then I leave.




Certain colour type and contrast

I saw a blog recently with pale lilac writing, so I left. I have no patience for crap typing and as a Mum of two dyslexic children, it is annoying that people do not cater for every reader. White background and bold or dark text is a sure way to make me stay.




Flashing images

I have a chronic migraine, you insensitive swine! 





Adverts in my reading area

I detest this so much it is so irritating to have my flow of reading and concentration hindered by constant adverts. I usually leave a never return. If you need to put adverts on your blog why have them in the most annoying place ever? Put them at the top, the bottom, the sidebar but flooding your blog with adverts is annoying to the reader. 




Anonymous blogs

Don't like at all. How am I supposed to form a bond with your words if you do not feel I am allowed to know who you are. If you do not have an about me page I also never return.




Snooty blogs

The ones that have delusions of grandeur and hierarchies.  An example of this is a blog with endless comments but no replies from the blogger. 






What do you find so difficult and irritating when reading a blog? 
Please let me know and I will add it to the list. It may help us bloggers know how to improve our blogs so that our readers get more joy whilst reading. Who knows I may even sort my busy background if people find it too off-putting and distracting.

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Love, gentle hugs and easy happy reading.

Ness xx

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Comments

  1. Pet peeve: Blogs that take forever to load!

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    1. Candice, forgot that one! I never wait I close that down Love Ness xx

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  2. So I'm guilty of that pop up that requires you to sign up after 5 seconds... Feel super bad, I'm off to deactivate it now.

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    1. Hi Ros, Ha ha sorry. Massive hugs Ness xxx

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    2. OR,I have a pop up sign in opt that shows up ONLY on the first page you go to, not everyone. PLUS I enabled the pop up so that it will only show to a reader the FIRST time they come to the blog, after that, it will never show up again for that paticular person (unless they clear all their cookies, which usually only happens occasionally). I know this is a 'sticky' one, just wanted to interject that their are compromises between one extreme or the other. :)

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    3. Kristine, that is a really great system and an option I did not know even existed. Thanks for sharing Love and hugs Ness xxx

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  3. I hate those pop-up's too! Other than that I think the ones I dislike most are shallow blogs.

    I'll take a deep, even somewhat dark blog anyday over one that just talks about nothing.

    I don't mind fairly long ones as long as they're on topics I'm interested in and they explain things clearly.

    I don't mind music as long is it's in a video embedded that I have the choice to listen to or not.

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    1. Hello Giftbearer, what a fab name! Yes, shallow blogs are a massive bore. I have come across a few and shuddered trying to read so jumped out.
      Long blogs were great for me till I got fibro, now I think I just can not function for that long. But we all have different symptoms as I know many of my friends on line still are able to enjoy books. Lovely to have you here, Love Ness xxx

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  4. Blogs that aren't mobile friendly aren't just annoying, they're penalized by Google! I do almost all my reading off N iPhone when it comes to blogs.

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    1. Hi Brittany, I never knew that google penalizes them blogs. I am the same with reading from my phone. It is a great way to pass the time at 3am. Love and hugs Ness xx

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  5. depressing blogs get to me...having a chronic illness is bad enough without adding super depressing blog posts into the mix! I think I might be guilty of making mine too long without enough pictures...oh dear

    Caitlin - Chronically Caitlin

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    1. Hi Caitlin, don't worry the lady a few comments up Giftbearer likes long blogs. It is all a matter of taste. I doubt any of us get it completely spot on, I know I am guilty of some stuff ha ha Love and hugs Ness xxx

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  6. You nailed it! One of mine is blogs with dead links. They'll have their social media icons at the top and you click on them and they lead to no where.

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    1. Hi Kim, Ooooh that is a good one dead links. I emailed a blooger once and told her thinking I was being helpful and she was rather uppity about it so I never bother now. It is such a waste as I always have a little look at their other pages and if I liked the way the reading flows I have a look at all the blog. Love and hugs Ness xx

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  7. I agree with just about all of these. I've stopped reading blogs I enjoyed simply because the writer never interacted or responded to her audience or because the background made it too hard to read. I am guilty of having a subscription popup though...

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    1. Hi Hannah, I am guilty of a busy background on my webpage but my blog itself is white background. Totally baffles me why people don't interact back, I am the same on facebook if I comment and they just ignore my comment completely I don't see a point. I follow a Mummy blog and she has thousands of readers but always makes the time to comment back so lovely. It is my favourite blog about families as I feel I know them as people. (The blog is http://www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk/) Love and hugs Ness xx

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  8. I agree with all of these as I scrolled through the page yep to every single one, I really enjoyed reading this I agree blogs need pictures but I hate ones that have to much. Xx

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    1. Danielle, thank you so much, you made me smile. Love and hugs Ness xx

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  9. Aw, I always wondered if being anonymous was seriously off putting. My readers always tell me not to unmask because I would start to self censor and I currently share a lot about fibro, money, my family, career, etc, that I simply couldn't do if I were signing my real name and people knew who I was talking about when I describe a difficult family situation. Seems unfair to talk about family who didn't agree to be featured online by their real names, or have to censor details to be sure I wasn't going to hurt anyone's feelings or be unkind. And honeslty, some of my feelings are unkind at times! Be a shame if I've lost readers over the anonymity but I'd regret losing the whole blog more ;)

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    1. Hi Revanche, sorry for the delay, I have been unwell so playing catch up. Don't you listen to me I am only one person. If you having anonymity in your blog makes you happy and blogging makes you smile then that is beautiful. Massive love Ness xx

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  10. I could relate to so many of these! Music = instaOUT for me. Can't handle it! Haha. Anything but a white background makes it so difficult to read - I don't mind the background borders, just like white in the reading portion. I'm still tweaking my opt-in pop up, but definitely think it shouldn't be bombarding within the first few seconds. I'd rather people have a chance to read or explore a bit and then decide if it's for them. This was a great read, Ness! Xo Kami

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    1. Hello Kami, sorry for the delay, I have been unwell so playing catch up. Thank you so much love and hugs Ness xxxx

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  11. My blog is guilty of a couple of these. But, I would add center-aligned text to the list of reasons why I run away. That and poor contrast are my two big ones. Oddly, I sometimes find yours hard to read because the font is so dark, it's almost like the whole page is in bold type, so I struggle with it sometimes.

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    1. Hello Julie,
      Mine is guilty of loads of stuff, I am forever changing it to try and modify, one day I will be 100% happy with it. I only noticed the other day how it was not very mobile friendly so I altered that and at the time of writing this blog it was still quite a busy back ground.
      Funny I don't mind center-aligned text as it doesn't interfere with my reading.It just does not look as swish I think.
      Thank you so much for pointing out my font. I asked my dyslexic son his opinion and he said the same. So just changed it to a more dyslexia friendly font. It is such a minefield. I may do more research into this subject as it does interest me.
      Love and hugs Ness xxx

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