Bad Blogging Habits

I subscribe to and read a lot of blogs. I really like being part of the blogging community but there are some things (which I’m sure a lot people don’t even realise they are doing), that just get under my skin and make me less likely to read a blog. Here are some of the things I consider bad blogging habits:

Only showing excerpts in your RSS feed.

I know I’m not the only person who is bothered by this one. Zelmaru featured this prominently in her post about Things Every Blog Should Have. A lot of people read blogs from work through a feed reader, myself included. When I see only an excerpt of the post and am forced to click through to the site to read the whole thing, most of the time I will skip it. A lot of sites are blocked in workplaces (tumblr is completely blocked for me). Do your readers a favour and let them see the whole post through their reader.

Making it hard to comment

I’ve been to a few blogs that only allow you to comment by signing in with Google, OpenID, Facebook or something similar. This is a giant pain. If you want comments on your site (and who doesn’t?) make it easy for people and allow them to link back to their own blog is they have one.

Posts consisting entirely of Twitter updates

These really aren’t interesting. If people are interested in your Twitter updates, I’m sure they’ll follow you.

Just another WordPress site

Seeing this as your blog’s description does not instill a lot of confidence. It’s not just another blog, it’s your super-awesome blog that everyone should read! Here is how to fix this in WordPress if you don’t know how:

  • Go to your blog admin interface
  • Under Settings, click General
  • Change your tagline to something that describes your site
  • Ta da! No more generic description.

Anyone else have blogging pet peeves?

12 responses to “Bad Blogging Habits

  1. Excerpts and difficulty commenting, for sure.

  2. Other than my long list that you cited in your article, I'm beginning to hate blogs that have moving parts that move much faster than I can read them. A rotating banner is very cool. Rotation every 10-12 seconds is cool. Rotation every 3-4 seconds makes my eyes burn.

    • I don't think I've seen that, but sites that subscribe to the 90s fashion of flashing GIFs all over the place can be pretty annoying.

  3. I can pretty much agree with the things on your post. I also read blogs through a feedreader during breaks at work, so seeing only an excerpt means I can't actually read more than those sentences. Which is a shame.

    Then of course my personal little.. not pet peeve.. but something that makes me less keen to comment on someone's blog is when I can go back several posts and notice that they never reply to a single commenter. By no means do I expect anyone to have the time to reply to everyone, but when you see there's not a reply to anyone it's just a bit sad and makes me less inclined to post a comment.

    (Btw I love commenting here, but my browser likes to eat Diqus, so it usually depends entirely on the mood of my browser if I'm able to.. I have no idea how to fix it.. earlier tonight I couldn't, went back now a few hours later – same browser – and now it works *lol*)

    • It bugs me too when people never respond to comments, it really takes away from the discussion element of blogs.

      I hate that Disqus is giving you problems πŸ™
      One of my friends told me that when he's at work he can't see the comments at all. I have no idea what causes it.

      • A lot of work places disable javascript and pop-ups/add-ons for their users – so I suspect that's it. When it comes to me at home though I honestly have no idea what the issue is since it seems to work at times and other times not.. Guess I just have to time my commenting! πŸ˜‰

  4. I forgot the name, but I HATE that link preview thing on WP blogs. Hate it! It's beyond me why anyone would enable it – why would I want random windows popping up when I hover over a link?!

    The other thing I dislike is… you won't like this :P… non-standard comment systems. Blogger's one kinda sucks, but having to wait until Disqus or Intense Debate loads is more of a pain to me.

    • The preview is turned on by default on wordpress.com blogs, and most bloggers don't know that they have the option to disable it. It is a pain! True, you CAN disable it client-side, but yech. That involves disabling it in every browser, something about cookies, and not the snacking kind.

      As one of the bloggers who started the Disqus revolution, I still vastly prefer it to blogger's native comment system. And on the blog author's side of things, it has much better administration tools for filtering spam without resorting to annoying capcha (captcha is FAR more annoying than disqus loading IMO)

    • I’m not a big fan of the preview links either. They are far too small to get a real look at the page being linked so there’s not a lot of point. It really bugs me when wowhead links come up like that.

      It’s hard to get a decent commenting system. I don’t like the general Blogger one at all. The WordPress one is okay, but I don’t like how you have to double-confirm subscribing to comments. I really like Disqus other than the problems it seems to cause some people. The loading I don’t mind so much, I usually find it pretty fast.

  5. You know until I read this artivle I never really bothered looking at my RSS feed, and now I can see its got shortened posts, which I absolutely hate Β¬.Β¬

    now I just need to figure out how to fix it πŸ™‚ thanks for the pointer tho as it may have been forever before I checked that