I read and subscribe to a lot of blogs. I am a blog addict. When I first started in 2010 I was just a blogger, then I realized I had better get to know some of the other bloggers who were in my niche. Being a {insert niche here} blogger I didn’t really need friends to sell my content, but I wanted to know how other bloggers had their sites. I was always searching for ideas for fresh content. I commented like a mad person to get my name out there and that mostly did the trick. I started off like most people with a blogroll that consisted of people who had me on their blog roll. I don’t just blog about {inset niche here} anymore, so readership is harder earned, but feels so much better. Now I just don’t care if people blog roll me. I read what I like. I comment because I have something I wanna say, and because I know bloggers love comments.

So, I find myself seeking out new blogs and sometimes I want to scream at their owners. I know quite a few people who have great content, but are still on blogger. Blows my mind really. I know one wrong post, or advertiser and they will likely loose all their content. Your content isn’t really yours on blogspot. They are hosting you, and they can decide you are too offensive, making too much affiliate link traffic or whatever and then just make you disappear. It happened to me. Starting over from scratch made me more aware of options I had. With wordpress everything is possible. Some things I have needed help with. Having friends who blog, I found people that could help me and I learned how to make my blog better. If you love your blogging, invest a little into it and you will have more freedom over your content.

Blogging is more than just great writing, unique reviews, or great photos. Blogging is also a way to meet new people. I love discovering new blogs and unique content. I also believe firmly in this.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King

Since blogging and writing are my passion. I take that to heart. I live by that. This is a list of my top pet peeves. I look at sites and see this stuff and I am instantly annoyed, or I assume you are really new. Let me show you what I, as a blog reader, look for.

 

  • Easy to read content.  If you are blogging on a mostly black blog, please please change the color of writing from white.  Your blog is not easy to read.  Do you actually read your content?  If you did the you would know that shit is not working.  Get grey or red or better yet, change the background color.  Please and thank you!
  • A search bar.  If you a review site and you peaked my interest with a few posts, I may want to check if you have reviewed something I know.  It gives me a basis for comparison.  If I loved it and you hated it then well, at least I would understand something about you.  Not having a search bar means I will never know.  That is very frustrating.  Also, it’s fun to see what people are searching for on your site.
  • A twitter account.  Come on, for crying out loud!  You are not going to be able to make an impact there if you don’t exist.  Social media is really important, especially for bloggers.  I get so frustrated when I see blogs without easy to find links to their social network.  You should be on social media, how else do you expect to find readers.  In this present time we have access to so many things.  The world has become smaller with our use of technology.  I have “friends” that I can talk to almost daily on the other side of the world, all thanks to twitter.  If I have a question about something, I can do a quick shout-out to twitter and I am almost guaranteed a response.  I can #hashtag and event, idea, or subject and find plenty of resources (or stupid comments at least).  Get on there right now if you aren’t.  Follow people.  Other bloggers especially.  If you work with companies, ie. review stuff for them, you should follow them, too.  Say something to them and ask them to follow you.  A follow list on twitter is not like a blog roll.  It is not going to cost you rank or anything to follow someone.  Are you not on twitter?  Really?
  • Easy to find social media buttons on the front page.  Do this now if you haven’t got them.  That is so annoying.  I wanna follow, but I can’t because you didn’t think enough to show me were you hang out on the web.
  • An easy way to subscribe.  If it is not on the front page, you are doing it wrong.  I am not going to look for too long before I decide I don’t want you in my email, anyway.
  •  An easy comment system.  I know a lot of you are trying to prevent spam from occurring but really?  I have to sign in to comment?  Guess what, I won’t bother.  That shit sucks.  I know some bloggers use Disqus and have no problem getting comments, but I bet they would have even more if they didn’t.  Think about that!
  • A blogroll.  Really, no blogroll?  So you write a blog, but you don’t read any?  Maybe you don’t read blogs but you like other informative sites, share that then.  What do you read on the net?  Nothing you just write your post and log off?  I doubt it.  Your readers probably want to know what you read.  You should get some friends.  Other bloggers, especially in your niche will help you grow your blog.  They will inspire you and give you a place to leave your comments.
  • Original content.  Post something that is actually yours.  Stealing is a big no, no when it comes to blogs.  I recently had a blogger submit content to my review round up site and half the posts contain stolen content from other bloggers.  Since this is a smallish community the blog theft was found out and exposed. (thanks in big part to social media)  We look out for each other, and stealing is not a sin that will not soon be forgiven, or forgotten.  Also, I hate to see a well designed book blog and find it is nothing more than blog tours and cover releases.  You want readership and to make affiliate money?  You have to be willing to put the work in.  Do something along with posting those pretty, free graphics.
  • Optimization for mobile usage.  Some people like to look at sites on their phones, ipads, tablets, kindles, etc…  If your site is not readable on a mobile device you are missing out on readership.  What?  Really!  I have read, commented, and subscribe to blogs from my Samsung phone.  Get mobile optimization on what you have, or use a theme that supports it.
  • Images that fit.  It is more annoying to me to see images spilling over into your sidebar than you could ever know.  Nope, I don’t care if it was just that one time, because you have preset graphics.  That is pure laziness.  If you don’t care what you site looks like then I can guess you probably don’t care about quality content either.

 

This is a bit rant like I know. I am an avid blog reader. I subscribe to so many blogs I get fresh content daily via email, and I read almost all of it. I might start off on a familiar site and end up on the other side of internet clicking blogroll, facebook, and twitter links. I read all kinds of blogs too, not just book blogs. I know what great blogs look like. I know what readers are looking for. Some of those bloggers pay to have their sites looks awesome. I made this, and every blog site I have owned on my own. I take a certain pride in creating content that is easy on the eyes and I make changes when I think something isn’t working. I want to fix something before my readers, all two of them, even see it. I have invested time in this site. It isn’t that hard to create a site with easy to read content, great graphics, that is easy to follow and subscribe to.

This is not directed at any one person, or site. I just had to get that out before my head explodes. I am just sick of seeing people doing it so wrong. Got some things you see on blog sites that are driving you crazy? Comment with them here.

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