Thursday, April 07, 2011

Reasons why I don’t read your blog

Now that I have a little bit of time, since cutting out blogging daily, I figured I'd go through my feeds and see what I could cut down on. Spring clean some of the mental clutter in my life. There are a lot of blogs out there that I start reading, add to my blog reader (I now use Google Reader), and stick with for a while. But every so often, I go through my list, weeding out various blogs that aren't making the grade for one reason or another. So here are some of the reasons why I'd delete you from my feeds or you wouldn't make the cut to begin with:

1. You don't blog regularly. If you haven't updated in a long while or so, I'll likely drop you. I want current! I just deleted some blogs that hadn't been updated since a year ago, etc.

2. You don't answer comments. I've been making every effort to answer every comment left on my blog -- I can't answer each and every one, but I would say I respond to a good 80% of them. It's a point of etiquette with me, as well as a way for me to thank my readers for taking the time to comment. I appreciate you, and I want to let you know. Plus, I think blogging is about engaging others in conversation. If you don't want to interact with those who read your blog, why are you writing at all? Just pull out a little diary with a lock on it and share your thoughts there. Also, as long as you have contact information, then I will respond. I still get comments that have no contact information, and those unfortunately I read & then delete them from my inbox. Often, profiles will lead no where with no info.

3. You don't use images or photos. It's really hard to read big blocks of text. If you never use images or pictures, my eyes glaze over. I just can't do it. Though, if you post here & there with images but sometimes without, that's fine. But there are some bloggers out there that only use text. BORING!

4. You use too many photos of the same thing. I can’t stand blogs that have the exact same photo of their cat, dog or goldfish sitting in the exact same position, but then moved an inch and you photographed it again, and then posted all the angles. This makes me not want to read your blog. You don't need 28 pictures of the same pet/kid/craft. Post a few, and post a link to all the rest. Who cares if you think they're all fabulous. If I want to see 85 pictures of your cat Fred, I'll click on the link.

5. You don't use the shift key. I'm sorry, but it is impossible for me to read blog posts with no capital letters. I know people who blog like this, but it just doesn't work for me.

6. You blog useless/meaningless information. Your blog posts are filled with "I had a chicken pot pie for dinner with a side dish of this and a salad topped with that". "I went to the bathroom, and washed my hands." "I went to Walmart to buy toilet paper and cream cheese". NO ONE CARES! And No One Cares What You Had For Lunch. I want interesting stories please.

7. Crazy punctuation, use of "hooked on phonics" for words, over-use of quotes, lots of exclamation and question marks. Why do people have to put exclamation marks all the time!!!!!! It drives me nuts!!!! And people who write words like "no" for "know", etc. Poor conjugation as well drives me nuts. Words that are supposed to be 's but are marked as pluralized with an "s". And the lack of spell check... I guess it's the enriched English student in me, but I can't stand blogs where the author cannot take the time to spell check their blog post before publishing. Blogger, Windows Live Writer, etc all have a Spell Check feature. It's a simple click of a button. DO IT. Your friends will thank you. I know I've had spelling errors in my blog posts before, no one is perfect, and when I catch them, I go back and edit, but some people don't even proof read what they are typing.

What about you? What makes you unsubscribe, not even subscribe in the first place or stop reading a blog?


Aurora Rising said...
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sapphireblue said...

I have to agree with you about the bloggers who blog about every single thing. It's almost like Facebook or Twitter people who post everything. I like to know about people's everyday lives, but there's a point of excess.

Capitalization and punctuation is good. I can get in a hurry and forget. I can't stand when people that post like this, "cuz, wuz, dat" for the whole post. Makes it hard to read. Spell it out.

My big thing is people who are such downers. I vent about my personal life all the time, mostly to vent, but I'm not negative all the time. Some are like Debbie Downer on SNL.

Bébé Duperron said...

I'm so bad at replying to comments, so I apologize for that! I also really try not to make too many spelling/grammar mistakes but English is my second language so I know I do leave some in my posts.

Nowadays I mostly read blogs from people I know in real life.

Maureen said...

I agree with all your points - save the 'big chunk o text' one. The whole beauty of blogging is that its accessible to all, including the coding challenged. Sometimes it's not that folks want you to read a big block of text, its because they dont' know how to do anything else. :(

And you are SO good with replying to comments. When I blogged, I replied to people's comments with my own comments half the time! LOL!

g-girl said...

teehee. i weed through my blogs every now and then also. it sucks! i think you left out lacking a connection with said blogger-but that comes from responding to comments.

Jen Sirois said...

Yes! I concur with your list. I clean out my feed regularly for the same reasons. I can't think of any reasons I'd add.

Anonymous said...

Oh man! Ditto to all of that! I agree with deleting the Debbie Downers too. :) One of my biggest pet peeves is when bloggers force you to their blogs to read their posts - I figure they're trying to increase their hits, and they're writing for money. That makes it easy for me to hit the delete button. Plus I'm lazy. I like to stay in my google reader. :)

Bea said...

Mostly my blogs are already culled down that way. But my real issue seems to be time. I put the computer on the back burner at night because I only have 3 hours home before I go to bed and 15 minutes awake in the morning before I go to work during the week. Not blogging, reading blogs seemed the best thing to remove to make the schedule easier.

My Inner Chick said...

--I want to be entertained & enlightened.
I don't want to subscribe to a blog...and then the blogger decides to use guest writers!
If I subscribe, it 's because I want to hear their VOICE.
I will not subscribe if the site is not updated with new content.
Loved the post!!