Pet peeves. We all have them. Today, I'm sharing things around the blogosphere that drive me up the wall. Please don't take me too seriously. I'm not trying to call out one specific blogger, or say that I won't read your blog if you do any of these things. The truth is I'm guilty of a few of these myself. When you're young and new to something, you honestly don't know any better. Hopefully by the end of this post, you will have learned something new or read something that has you nodding your head in agreement and chuckling because you've "been there." Without further ado, here's my list of blogger pet peeves. Enjoy!
1. Captcha. It is the devil. The actual red horned and long tailed devil. If I were to somehow end up in the eternal inferno upon my demise, I feel as though I would be forced to spend all of eternity trying to discern whether or not that's a 3 or an 8.
On a more serious note, I know some of y'all who use captcha think you have a very valid reason for doing so. I'm going to be 100% real with you--once people find out you use captcha, they will not comment on your blog. There are loads more effective alternatives to keeping your blog spam free without driving away potential commentors. Personally, I have my blog set so that I have to manually approve comments. This has single-handedly cut my spam problem by about 95%. Please, please, if you want to have any kind of interaction in your comment section, lose the captcha.
2. Bloggers who don't respond to their comments. Ever. I get it, we are busy, busy people. And I understand that you can't respond to EVERY comment. I don't. But I do make a concerted effort to make sure that you guys know that I enjoy what you have to say. I can't tell you how many blogs I've given up on because they refuse to respond to comments.
Before she disappeared, one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Elizabeth from Elizabeth Ivie, would take the time to respond to nearly all of her sometimes 100+ comments. That shows dedication. And in return, she has some of the most loyal following of any blogger I know.
3. CONSTANT Self-Promotion. If at any time during our blogging relationship, you have every reached out to me for help trying to grow your numbers, you know the FIRST thing I will always say is you WILL give more than you take.
I mean it. If you ever look at my Twitter feed, you'll see that I typically only promote one or two of my own posts per day, whereas I promote other blogs 10-15 times a day. Whenever I stumble across an interesting article that I think my twitter buddies might find interesting, I share it-- sometimes multiple times a day. The result? Not only do I have the satisfaction of knowing that I helped a fellow blogger, but sometimes, those bloggers will give me some shout-outs as well. Instead of focusing on growing your "numbers" focus on cultivating relationships.
4. Mob Mentality Styled Attacks. I can't tell you how many times I've stumbled across an all-out twitter war because someone accidentally tweeted something that was taken out of context and now has been turned into a huge deal. A mistake is simply that, a mistake. If they have apologized, there is no need to beat a dead horse. Stop jumping on the hate train and attacking everyone. The blogosphere is smaller than you realize, and you never know who is watching.
5. Mean girls. This is another biggie. I know in high school things were a bit cliquish, but I assumed that once we graduated we left that type of behavior behind. I'm sad to say that the blogosphere reminds me quite a bit of my adolescent days. Some of us suffer from mean girl syndrome (see above picture)
This drives me absolutely batty. I've seen somethings, I mean actually physically seen some things with my own eyes that has caused my blood to boil. I will never, for the life of me, understand talking down to someone because you feel they aren't on "your level." If being on your "level" requires that I behave like that, then I can truly tell you that I'd rather be forced to endure 10 straight hours of having to listen to Nicki Minaj's greatest hits. And we all know how I feel about Nicki Minaj...
So there we have it. Short, sweet and simple. Can you relate to any of these? What are some of your biggest blogging pet peeves?