Sunday, February 19, 2017

Annoying Things Bloggers Do

I've been blogging for many years now. I think I started when I was in high school. I started off on paper and then I graduated online. As I've written, blogging has evolved. It used to be about the writing. And it still is, sort of, but it also involves networking, having fabulous photos, and quality stories. There are thousands of bloggers out there and while most are perfectly friendly, there are some who clearly forget about having proper etiquette. No one is perfect, but there are some things that have bothered me. I know I'm guilty of doing some of these at one point, but I quickly learned, and hopefully other bloggers will too:








1. Not reading the rules of Facebook groups properly. For example, some state that a thread MUST be completed at a certain time the following day. But a lot of people don't bother. So then when people tag them about finishing, they come up with excuses. Look, life happens. But if you think you can't abide by rules, don't leave your link. Sometimes a thread will be forgotten now and again--it has happened to me--but finish it as soon as you see the tag and try not to let it happen again. Make a list of threads you have participated in or you can even click SAVE POST from the toggle on the right side.




2. Leaving comments like, "Great post!" or "I really like it!" on a blog. This is not cool. It basically means you didn't read a thing. It's okay to start with GREAT POST--I mean, I do it--but continue on. WHY is it great? What do you like about it? Likewise, don't just leave "Cool" or "Wow" or "This is really informative."



3. Not following through. Oh man, I see some bloggers leaving their links all over blogging groups and not completing. There are some names that I know won't reciprocate, so I skip them. Trust me, you have a reputation online. If you think people aren't noticing you not following through or constantly being late, you're wrong.



4. Leaving a comment on a blog or social media pages asking others to follow their blog. Stop it. If people like your blog, they'll follow it on their own. Don't be tacky.



5. Messaging people on Instagram or Twitter asking if they want to buy their product. Many do not. And do not start with "Hi Hon!" like we're old friends. Who are you? I once had to reply, "Hi Hon! No, I don't want your diet pills, I believe in carbs and chocolate!"



6. Having those annoying auto messaging if I like a Twitter page. I never read them and I find them irritating. I almost dread joining a Twitter Follow thread because I know I'll get those automated messages thanking me for following them and oh, if I like their Twitter feed, how about following them on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.



7. Linking up to my Hey, It's Okay post to a NON Hey It's Okay post. One chick had hers linked to a post about floors. I mean ??? It had nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. Stop doing that. Link up a PROPER post. When you join link ups, make sure you are following the rules. (If interested, I have Hey, It's Okay up every week!)



8. Leaving previews up when links are left on blogging Facebook threads. It clogs up everything. Many threads have rules saying to REMOVE PREVIEWS but people ignore it and say, "I don't know how." Well, Google is your friend. If you don't know how, perhaps stop leaving your link? I'm part of some groups who will simply delete your link with previews and people get so worked up over this. "Why was my link deleted?" Um, read the rules?



9. Blogs that have CAPTCHA or music can come across as irritating to readers. Most of the time I get the CAPTCHA wrong, and I won't try to figure it out more than three times. Not everyone has the same taste in music as you. Plus, some people forget to turn their speakers off, so please don't give a stranger a heart attack. Also, PS, don't have dozens of pop ups. If I have to click close more than two times, there's a problem.




Being a blogger can be difficult. People think all we do is write and reply to some comments, but it's not true. Many of us get paid to do this. We research, we edit, we take hours making sure a post looks as fabulous as it can be. But remember that other people are doing the same as you, so take the time to do the right thing.




Do you have something to add to this list?




60 comments:

  1. Yes!!! The captcha drives me insane haha. One thing that drives me crazy are blogs that are solely focused on reviews for products, I enjoy more real life posts.

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  2. Ahaha captcha is annoying but luckily I'm not seeing too many of that out there.. Agreed with Jen - I get that sponsored posts are a necessary evil, but if your whole blog is one sponsored post after another...? Bye Felicia!

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  3. If you do forget, just fix it, we don;t need to hear about your dog eating your homework. It happens. I hate reading a travel post about some city and having no clue where it is. They never say, like I know where Bicjubutyi is? But the I didn't read your post comments has to be my least favorite. You don't even have thread the entire post, just a couple paragraphs, skim the pictures and the last paragraph and most 7 year olds can come up with a decent comment. I started replying to those comments with a comment thats in response to the comment I wish they had left. lol

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  4. Hell yes. Anyone that leaves "great post!" or "cool!" just is looking for a follow or comment back. I want to be like f-u but you know that's so not kosher. In my real life, I'd say f-u. Hahahaha
    Love this post! Because you are awesome sauce.

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  5. I couldn't help but smile with your list of pet peeves as a blogger and am telling you, these are very minor. Mine most of my pet peeves are related to PR clients and brands, and etiquette which leads to misunderstanding.

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  6. OMG I so love this... I hate having to click those pop ups all over the place grrr... Also I'm sorry those social icons to the left really big and sometimes the little arrows to make them go away don't come up so now you have those icons in the middle of what I am trying to read. And I'm older I'm 45 I wear progressives but please why does the font need to be SOOO tiny??

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  7. yes these things also annoys me. but sometimes it happens when a new blogger joins the group. new blogger are impatient and they want to grow quickly. so mostly they use these kind of tactics to gain followers

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  8. thanks for these reminders! Some of these have bothered me too!!

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  9. Every single one of these are so annoying. I really despise captcha and usually end up blocking those that have it. And for not finishing groups.

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  10. This serves as a good reminder of the importance of etiquette. It seems like I never get as many people reciprocating as I should. I know there have been a few times when I relied too much on my memory and thought I would remember to go back and do something. I am now keeping lists and it has become much more manageable. PS-I love the unique appearance of your blog. It stands out.

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  11. Auto-messages are hands down the WORST. It's so spammy! Captcha's don't bother me, but blogs that play music drive me crazy.

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  12. Oh my god, yes. And don't even get me started on the ones who have it set up so that when you leave a comment, there's also an automatically checked box to subscribe to the blog or mailing list. Trying to trick me into reading your blog is a sure way make NEVER want to read your blog.

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  13. Your points are all extra valid. I haven't been blogging as long as you, but I've noticed the same annoyances. It's like, "Are you trying to be a pain?"

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  14. Haha captcha's are the mosttttt annoying thing for me lolzzz

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  15. THis is so true! LOL I´ve seen a lot of "So cool" and that´s it, What I don´t like too much is the "I´m not a robot" Thing, It asks sometimes like 3 times to validate! haha

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  16. I agree with all of these! I hate auto DMs on Twitter so much I don't even read them anymore and any website that auto-plays music or a video drives me crazy since I usually have my own music in the background.

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  17. I for one am tired of the cliques on Facebook groups. We are all business owners and should start acting like it! Thanks for this post!

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  18. Hahaha these are spot on! My favorite ones (that annoy me) are the twitter follow messages that come up for you to follow their blog, and the random messages to try peoples products

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  19. This makes me feel better - CAPTCHA and the twitter response thing drive me crazy - I thought I might be the only one though. Also the preview thing on. Facebook. I didn't participate in threads until I figured out how to do that. There's so much info on how to do these things and bloggers are so friendly and helpful there's just no excuse.

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  21. I think those that don't know what engagement is annoy me more. Blogging is supposed to be social so its a bit off when you bother to comment and they don't acknowledge you (although I do understand if there are hundreds of comments). Most of the time I have a great experience.

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  22. Captcha just showed up on my posts. I didn't think I had a choice! How do I get rid of it. It drives me nuts! I'm going to go investigate!

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  23. I have just joined a few of the facebook groups where you interact with others - hopefully people will behave!

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  24. 😂😂 This made me laugh. I will try not to make you mad!

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  25. This post is spot on. I am so amazed at how many people don't follow the rules. No one should have to be micromanaged. We all have lives outside of Blogging.

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  26. All I have to say is... GGGUUURRLLL PREACH SOME MORE. I get really annoyed when someone doesn't reciprocate or do most of the things you just mentioned here. Specially cold msg me on facebook to join a company or buy a product without even taking the time to even say hi!

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  27. Haha spot on. I admin a few groups and the amount of people that drop links is insane. It is annoying for the rest of us who actually reciprocate x

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  28. these are hilarious. i am a new blogger and i thought i was the only one who was bothered by these things because maybe i just did not understand the culture. i thought you had to have those dumb pop ups in the middle of the piece. those are the worst!
    the one i hate the most is when bloggers don't take the time to let someone edit/proof their writing. and i don't mean like a little misspelled word, i mean like 12 misspelled words and grammatically incorrect sentences. how can you call yourself a blogger if you cant even write a sentence correctly.

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  29. As a new blogger, I am definitely going to try to be aware of these things!! Hopefully I am not guilty of too many of them. I am working very hard to reciprocate on fb groups and building real connections online

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  30. Some very valid points. Yes it's very annoying when people are passive-aggressive or leave snarky comments on posts when it's a topic outside of their niche. There's life outside of blogging so when life happens a little understanding certainly does go a long way.

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  31. I think the term is to be considerate of others. We're all in the same industry and if it fails we all go. We should be more considerate of those that make time to do the right thing, that's for sure.

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  32. LOVE this. Reading the title, I thought it was going to be funny things we all do - like photograph our food and make our kids eat our recipes!
    That said, I appreciate this even more. #5 and #6 boil my blood! As for leaving previews up, occasionally it helps for a follow Facebook thread because all you have to do is hit "like page" instead of opening up a new tab. Only exception!
    The thing that gets me is Instagram. When people want to keep their ratio a certain way of following vs. followers and they follow you and then unfollow you when you follow them back. Who has the time for that? And has anyone ever had a client say, "I like you. I like your following, but you're following too many people back so we won't hire you!"
    Umm.. no.

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  33. This is great! We bloggers need to follow these rules. Thanks for the needed kick in the but.

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  34. How about the " I am not a robot" and " confirm if you are not a spammer" checkbox? So annoying!

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  35. funny post! I had to go through each one to see if i was guilty of them. I started new to blogging maybe a few months ago so I didnt know those were some of the pet peeves people had!

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  36. Girl you and I share the same blogger annoyances. I hate the people that comment to follow them on threads where it's just "share your page." So annoying.

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  37. This is a great list of what not to do when you are trying to network with other bloggers and trying to gain more subscribers. I think I sometimes leave my preview on, so I better start googling.

    One thing that I find annoying is the subscription pop up plugin, it really annoys me when sites have it on and every page that you are on, they popped up.

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  38. This is something that we can all relate to! It's important that we also think about the other people and how they might feel when we don't deliver as expected or if we don't treat them how we want to be treated. It's all about being supportive of the industry that we're in.

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  39. I agree with most of your points. I do have a bugbear about people getting stressed with not removing previews though. I am out and about all day and add my posts to threads from my mobile phone so can't remove preview (I know there's a way to do it but my office has put Facebook behind a firewall so I can only access it via the app - not the desktop version) I wouldn't be able to add my links to thread if I have to remove the preview and I miss out on a lot because of that. Rant over - I agree most of the other things are annoying!

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  40. Although some of these habits irritate me more than others, I can definitely agree that all of them are annoying. Believe it or not, after almost 7 years of blogging, one of my biggest pet peeves are bad photos! Larger images and natural light are both simple fixes and really make a huge difference.

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  41. Oh I can so relatet to all of these myself, it gets so annoying sometimes especailly as I manage a group which its constant tagging of some people. I have stopped now, if I notice bloggers ignoring the rules I just delete and ban them.

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  42. i can relate to everything! especially the #7 haha Hey it's okay anyway! haha lol

    -Karlyn Cruz

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  43. Haha this post is so relatable! Number 2 is one that bothers me a lot. You can tell when someone does not read the post entirely.

    xo, http://www.lovekimber.com/

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  44. Haha, I totally agree with you on all that! In this day of networking, I wish bloggers would just slow down and put some thought into their words!

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  45. I could totally relate. It annoys me to see people dropping links on group threads. I'm like how hard is it to read the rules before posting right! I really appreciate those that actually follow the rules to recip.

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  46. Wow seems like this is more of a call out of your fellow bloggers then a blog post. I would say everyone has their own ways of promoting their blogs and even if you don't agree with some methods doesn't mean it doesn't work for them. I would rather someone just send me a message if something is upsetting them. We all get frustrated but negativity is never a good thing to promote on your blog. Just my opinion.

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    1. I respectfully disagree. Not reciprocating is not a way of promoting your blog, it's a way of showing that you aren't capable of following rules and helping another blogger out. If you expect comments on your blog, you should do the same for others.

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  47. I found myself reading some of these and feeling a little bit guilty.
    Capcha is the Bain of my life. It's like you can never type the code correctly! Why can it just be a word such as yes and we just type it and that's ok?

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  48. These points are definitely some to look out for and try not to do or do better not to do them. I am glad I read your post.

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  49. I agree to all your points that you've mentioned! The most annoying thing for me is those popup boxes that open as soon as I click someone's blog. It turns me off. And secondly, I don't like people posting horizontal pins in Pinterest Facebook threads!

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  50. I so agree with your list. People are just looking to drop their links and don't bother returning favosr or following through when it requires some effort.
    Here's one more, happened just this week: a long-lost acquaintance sent me a friend request on FB. I was pretty happy to hear from her. Accepted the request and sent her a message "Great to read from you, long time no hear, how's it going?". No answer. Instead an invitation to like her business page. AHA! I liked her page and promptly sent her an invitation to like MY blog page. Nothing. So I guess I'm gonna give her a week and then I'll unfollow her and her stupid page, hahahaha!
    Visiting from Coach Daddy's six words challenge. I wasn't above or below you, I just liked your Lincoln, duck!

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  51. I think my browser has just eaten my first comment...damn you, browser! So what I wanted to say: I totally agree, at least on most of the points. I am not bothered about the twitter.. but these captchas..aaah once I gave up commenting after the stupid error message appeared for the 5th time!

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  52. I do not like auto-messages on Twitter. But… what really impresses me is when someone takes the time to read my profile, and addresses me by my first name in a direct message. I don't know if this can be helped or not, but bloggers with a great deal of pop-ups, videos running, those ads that come shooting from all directions, and banners that cover comment boxes and have invisible 'X's to click…that annoys me because it slows up my computer and I usually have to reload everything again.

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  53. A couple of my blogging pet peeves right here lol I haven't been blogging for long but I have encountered all of these so far. To be fair, blogging is a lot more work than I originally thought so I'm not surprised that some people try to cut corners, so to speak. However, now that I work in SEO I see how those "easy tips" really hurt people in the long run... or even in the short run. You just won't get the organic traffic and engagement you are really looking for.

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  54. I really don't like automatic dms on twitter, they're SO annoying!! To begin with I used to think that they were genuine and I would reply!

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  55. I hate those captchas that require you to do math. Are you kidding me??

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  56. Great post, wow, really informative!

    Sorry couldn't resist ;)

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