This is a confession. I know, I know… day early. However, this ISN’T a MOMMY CONFESSION. This is a much deeper, somewhat personal confession.
Some bloggers intimidate me.
I’m a newbie, novice (call it what you please) and I have come to LOVE BLOGGING, but I have also noticed a less desirable side of blogging.
When you are new at something, you have to start somewhere. Some prefer to dive right in and learn it themselves. Other may prefer to educate themselves through books and courses. But no matter how you prefer to go about learning it… EVERYBODY LOVES SUPPORT along the way.
And this is USUALLY the case…
BUT NOT ALWAYS.
I have noticed a trend among some more experienced bloggers to complain about the mishaps of us newbies… and I will be honest, it can be intimidating! I just try my best not to take it to heart.
The following list is meant to be funny… and as a friendly reminder to those more experienced to take it easy on us newbies! We’re learning. Please and Thank You!
TOP 5 Pet-Peeves of BLOGGERS
- Platform Choice – Blogger users think you’re a stuck-up snob if you use WordPress. WordPress users think they are elite and professional in comparison to Blogger users. Can’t we all just be friends and realize that more often than not, it’s a choice regarding ownership (NOT whose better than who).
- Poorly Designed Blog – There is nothing worse than if your site looks and appears amateur. If you have a header that extends beyond the fold, cluttered sidebars, lack a button (note MY sidebar, NO BUTTON, amateur here), or use Comic Sans font (or any font too big, too small, or difficult to read), others will (more likely, than not) automatically assume that you are not worth their time of day. Sad, but all too true. I’ve read it… this is what other bloggers are writing and posting about.
- Captcha – Nobody likes it. Period. In fact, I have heard some bloggers say they won’t even bothering commenting on a post if they have to bother with captcha. Captcha is that word (and number) authentication process you have to go through to leave a comment on some bloggers’ posts. I’d recommend just switching your commenting settings so that you have to moderate comments before they appear (even if its just a one-time deal for first-time commenters). This will most likely prevent spam and eliminate the need for the captcha that everybody seems to despise. (and please note, that I will still comment even if I have to deal with captcha and try 3 different word/number combinations before my comment is accepted)
- No-Reply Commenters – Feeling lonely? Feeling like nobody is responding to any of your replies or comments? It may be because you are a no-reply commenter. Which means that when a blogger receives an e-mail that you commented on their post, the author pops up “no-reply commenter” and they have no e-mail address to respond back to. There are easy fixes to this problem for Blogger users (just Google search “how NOT to be a no-reply commenter and a plethora of tutorials will pop up); however, it’s not quite that simple for those of us that use WordPress. I ended up having to create a test site of sorts to set-up a Bloggers account and manage my e-mail settings for when I reply on others’ posts, then deleted that blog and reverted my account back to Google+ (so far, this has seemed to resolve the issue).
- Manner of Commenting – Finally, the way you comment on others’ posts. Nobody… I repeat, NOBODY… appreciates the generic comments of “following you, please follow me back.” It leaves the impression that you are desperate for followers and haven’t even taken the time of day to read what they had to say because you aren’t even sharing your thoughts or reactions to it. I was slightly guilty of this myself when I started blogging. I’d share that I was a new follower, but would never share WHY. Share that you’re following, but ALSO share what intrigued you to do so. Bloggers are much more inclined to check out your site if they feel that they can relate to you. So be genuine and skip the desperate, generic comments especially when participating in link-ups.
These are just a few of the things that I have noticed and learned as a newbie. Hopefully, this can prove helpful to somebody else as new to this as myself. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m loving every second of it.
What are YOUR best tips and advice to follow when it comes to blogging? I would love to hear them, so please share below! Here’s to an AWESOME week!