I was tagged by Misti Sandefur of Life of a Writer to offer seven little pearls of blogging wisdom on what not to do as a blogger if you want to keep your readers, subscribers, and fellow bloggers in your network happy. So here you go... seven reasons I won't read your blog:
1. Your font choice makes my eyes bleed.
I'm still a sweet young thing, so if my eyes are straining, it needs some work. Keep the sizes large enough to be easily read, don't use serif fonts (like Times New Roman, Courier, etc.) for screen-based reading, and stick to dark fonts over light backgrounds. Strain my eyes and you've lost yourself a reader, no matter how good your content may be.
2. You're a niche-idiot and it shows.
If I can tell from the first post or two that you really don't know much about the niche you're blogging in, I won't be back. Niches chosen just to earn money are pathetic. If you're not knowledgeable and passionate, it's going to show quickly.
3. You make me log in to post a comment.
I hate that. It's stupid. There's not a single good reason to do it (and don't pull that "it fights spam" card with me dearies... that's a crock of something). Put your readers first, and make their lives easier. Filter spam in some other way. If I can't interact with your blog (because there's no chance in hell I'm registering with your blog to leave a comment... I don't care if you're my best blogging buddy in the world on that one), then I probably won't waste my time with your blog in the first place.
4. Your comments are crap-infested.
If you don't care enough about your blog to get rid of spam comments, then I don't care enough about your blog to read it.
5. You have no blogging balls.
I hate boring bloggers. I won't read a blog if a blogger doesn't have it in them to speak out on issues that matter to them. Blogs aren't about being sweet, warm, and fuzzy all the time. I want to get to know a blogger. I want to see what they're passionate about, from what tickles them pink to what royally pisses them off. If you're afraid to speak out against anything at all, you really don't belong on the blogosphere.
6. You think widgets make you super cool.
If your sidebar(s) are littered with tons of blogosphere bling, I won't stay long. I mean, I may stay long enough to laugh at you for thinking you're little miss or mister popular (with your "oooh, I'm a member of this network that doesn't mean anything," or "I'm a girl blogger; hear me roar" crap), but I won't actually read your content. Stop joining little blog groups that make you stick their logo on your blog. Stop adding that Twitter crap to your site. Stop bragging about nominations that don't mean anything or awards you got because no "big" blogs felt it was worth competing for. Just stop. If you have too much space, remove a column. Add something worthwhile... sites you would truly recommend as resources, recent posts (above the fold, or there's very little point), popular or featured posts (to drive traffic to older content that you don't want buried), awards that actually mean something, etc. Just stop adding every new "cool" thing that you come across. If it has no real value, it's just an eyesore.
7. You're Google's little ....
If you bend over and take it every time Google announces a policy change (or are they hormonal whims?), changing your blog or posting style to make it more "Google friendly," kiss me goodbye as a reader. I'm the reader dammit... you write for me! Well, you write for all of us actually, but you get the point. Write for people; not for search engines. We'll know. Trust me.
So there you have it. I tried to not use the advice given in similar posts I've seen, while still focusing on some pretty big blogging sins (as well as personal pet peeves of mine). And I do believe I'll tag:
Latoya: of Writers' Brew
Matt: of A Musing Scribe
Denise: of A Writer's Life
Can't wait to see your lists of blogging no-nos ladies and gent.