Blogging is all about communication — I get that. If you write something and I understand it, that’s communication. At what point should grammar and composition enter in the scale of importance?
I’m no English teacher. I went to university to become a teacher and once I finished I realized how much I hated being a teacher. Teaching would be great except there are all those kids! I make my own mistakes and I do regret every silly typo and grammatical error, honestly. I can live with the occasional oops, we all make them. It’s the blogs that make the same silly mistakes over and over again.
Things that make my eyes roll when I read blogs:
- Never capitalizing the letter i when speaking in the first person. “When i think of what we did on saturday nite I laugh.”
Makes me want to get the ruler and slap ’em on the fingers. Capitalize the letter I and the letter S in Saturday please.
- Apostrophes. “There were several mum’s and dad’s at the park.”
Seriously, people, an apostrophe is all about possession and if those mums and dads don’t own the park, leave the apostrophe off.
- Bad spelling. “I rembember being at the park and mediatating for 20 minutes.”
Yes, I understand she remembered being at the park and when she was there she was meditating but I had to change thoughts from what she wanted me to understand to “why didn’t she spell check, it’s a great article but could be so much better.”
- Comments. “I really love your comments, please leave one.”
Then they make you jump through hoops to do it. First you have to join Disqus or some other thing or you have to be logged in to WordPress or Google. If you make me work for it, you’ll have to do without my comment.
- PopUps. “Enter your name and email address to join my list and get this book so I can capture your email address.”
This is popped up right in the middle of the front page. How do I know if I like you yet and then you make me hunt for the secret x to close the window. I choose to leave. Just ask me nicely to join, don’t scream at me. Maybe we can be friends.
- Enter the CAPTCHA
I don’t mind if I can read it but if I put it in once and I get it wrong, I’ll try again. If you use one of those super tricky ones, I give up. Nobody’s blog is worth that much of my time. If you use Akismet, do you really get that much spam anyway?
- No social share buttons.
After putting a post up saying that nobody ever “pins” your photos or shares them on Facebook or Twitter. It’s because you make it like work. Add the freakin buttons.
- Load time.
The faster your blog loads, the faster I can read it and the faster I can leave a comment. Check your cache plugins – they’re usually the culprit.
- No sign up by email.
I like your blog but I can’t be bothered with RSS. I check my mail, click to open your blog, read, comment and go away. It works for me and I’m not alone.
- Stupid tagline.
“Just Another WordPress Site” is never going to make you a cent, folks. It’s on the WordPress settings page under General and it’s a great spot for keywords.
I could go on but I know you’re bored. What peeves you about blogs?