Blogging Don’ts That Are Totally Subjective

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I see this so often on Pinterest: “Things You Should Never Have On Your Blog” or “Biggest Blogging Turn Offs” or even “Why I’m Not Reading Your Blog”. And I click out of curiosity and end up rolling my eyes and getting a little annoyed. So many of the items they list are completely subjective and their opinion, and they don’t really have a viable reason for not having. But there are some that beat the rest in the that’s-totally-subjective contest.

Read More Tags

If you haven’t already seen, I use read more tags. The read more tag is when you add it after a certain section of a post, so it must be clicked to continuing reading a load the actual post page. I saw one blogger didn’t like this because she didn’t want to have to load a new page. While that’s fine and dandy, I’m keeping my read more tags. They keep my home pages cleaner and easier to navigate, and make it easier to track my stats for what posts get the most traction. If my whole post was on the home page, I can’t exactly track my stats for that post. So, it’s beneficial for me to have the read more tag and I’m keeping it.

Pop Ups

One of my biggest pet peeves in blogging is pop ups, and for some reason a blogging don’t is not having one? Pop ups are usually the “subscribe to my newsletter!” boxes, and I will immediately close the tab and find something else to read when it shows up. I can’t see the content or read what you’re writing when a box pops up covering. No, I don’t want to subscribe until I know if I like your work or not. Personally, I think it is best to have the banners at the top, or integrate subbing into your posts. Even putting a box in your sidebar I can click on is preferable over a pop up for me. Of course, if you think it works for you do it, just I am not a fan at all.

Profanity

So I totally get why people say not to curse in your writing, and it has the potential of offending readers. However, I am not a person to shy away from it myself, and believe that it can be a powerful tool to get your point across. For example, I wrote a post on Look Through My Lens on Why I Am A Feminist, and I used some profane words to get my point across. There is profanity in the image of this post, and I chose not to remove it. It’s certainly a preference and has it’s time and place, I am not including it in the majority of my writing. Again, it’s subjective to what you want and what your readers want.

Pin It Graphics

I am mainly including this because when I saw the reason the blogger hated when we don’t have a pin it button, I was confused and annoyed. Her reasoning was that it took too much work to manually pin it. I don’t know what she meant by manually pinning it, especially when sharing buttons at the bottom are available and a Pin It button can be added to your browser, so I didn’t exactly get why she required that we add a plugin with a graphic over the images, when there are simpler options available. I know it’s best to make your site accessible for the laziest human on earth, but come on.

This got very rant-y and of course is mostly my subjective opinion. What I want to be taken away from this is you can do what you want to your blog, it is your corner of the Internet after all.

What are your blogging pet peeves? Let me know with a comment,

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26 Replies to “Blogging Don’ts That Are Totally Subjective”

  1. The pop-ups really drive me nuts. I understand this is an effective tool to build your subscriber list, but I get so distracted and, like you said, if it’s my first visit, I don’t KNOW if I want to get your emails continuously. Like let me be the judge before you assault me with your popups. LOL, sorry,

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  2. Good points all. I’m especially with you on popups. Pet peeves for me are posts that have so many ads I have to scroll down and down while trying to figure out where the ads end and the article begins. Flashing ads cause eye and head problems, so I jump off any page with flashing graphics.

    I share a lot of posts on social media, so I’m always grateful when a blogger makes it easy by adding the sharing buttons. Like you, I prefer them at the bottom of the post, so I don’t have to scroll to the top.

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  3. ok, LOVE this post! I feel the same way about these “blogging don’ts” posts. I love my read more buttons, my pin-it buttons, and I find pop-ups annoying. It’s all subjective. I probably will never stop reading a blog because it has something that I wouldn’t put on mine; I think everyone has different tastes and that’s ok. There are definitely things that make a good website!

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

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  4. Great points, I really enjoyed reading this blog! I briefly discussed similar with Stoney deGeyter on LinkedIn last week. There are so many rules for blogging that are really arbitrary at this point. Many of them purely because Google has caught on to people trying to ‘game’ the system and they’ve worked around it. When it comes down to it, what works best for you, is well liked by your readers and gains you more genuine followers is a great way to go!

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  5. it seems the majority here hate pop-ups and I am n exception. The minute one comes up I just close the whole fricking blog post. I must say I don’t really mind slang, or cussin” as my grand-daddy used to say…I HATE certain words though and will leave a blog the minute I see one. They usually are scatalogical in nature and definitely meet the cussin requirement. I think the only things that people should NEVER do in a blog is plagiarize or use copyrighted material. other than that, it is all subjective. Great post by the way

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  6. I’m right there with you on the pop-ups. I absolutely despise them!! I specially hate the ones that pop up after I share a post, that say “thank you for sharing”. Could they be anymore disruptive?

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  7. I agree with every single one of these, especially pop-ups and pinning. Re: pop ups- I subscribe to very few newsletters; if I feel drawn enough, I will find the subscribe box myself! And I have a Pin It button in my Chrome, so I don’t really care if you don’t have a built-in pin button. Looking forward to following your blog, cheers 🙂

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  8. I got about three sub-headings in before I realised that I was confused as to whether these are your likes and dislikes or whether they are those of other people that you have picked up from their blogs. I re-read your intro, still didn’t understand and so I stopped reading. The subsections themselves are fine – well written and clear, but maybe the intro section could do with some modification?
    Kind regards Robert.

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  9. I like your post a lot. It’s very clear:)
    One thing that I don’t like is when people link their blogs in my comments…They would write one word such as “nice” or “cool” and a looong link. Those “nice” or “cool” don’t even feel personal anymore. I don’t know, i find it rude sometimes:(

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  10. Great tips, unfortunately my blog is about what has happened to me in the day and thoughts going through my head at that point in time. My inner voice seems to swear quite a bit which is transferred into the blog. As you say it might offend people but to be honest I don’t care. The blog is for me, my personal thought bank. If that’s how I feel at the time and that’s what my inner voice is saying, it’s being noted.

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  11. Oh my, I DESPISE (isn’t cap locks a no-no as well?) pop-ups. I agree, if I like the writing then I can easily find the follow/subscribe link. Seeing a pop-up makes me want to run away. Maybe authors that write articles offering lists of “Do’s and Don’ts” are suffering from writer’s block.

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  12. I cant stand pop ups. Jeez like why have too many pop ups on your page? Also, any blog without read more tag isn’t nice IMO. A read more tag makes your homepage look clean. When there are too many google ads on a site it makes it very annoying. I swear.

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