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Top 10 Book Blogger Pet Peeves

It took me a bit of brainstorming to think of my blogger pet peeves. But once my brain got to thinking, the ideas kept coming! But to prevent this from becoming too much of a rant, I’ll just stick to the 10!

My pet peeves are about what I see on other blogs rather than what annoys me about being a book blogger. If you want to know about the latter, check out my Pros and Cons of Blogging list.

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I’ve even added solutions to all of my pet peeves in an attempt to improve the blogging world! You can thank me later guys ;)

My Top 10 Book Blogger Pet Peeves

1. Reviews that are just a summary of the book.

Sometimes it’s necessary to contextualise your opinion which is fine by me since I do it too. When a review is purely “he said this and then she did this” it drives me crazy and wind up ranting about it.

SOLUTION: Ensure your book reviews contain your actual opinion and thoughts on the book before you publish them. That way they are 100% more useful to your readers. Otherwise, re-name your reviews to summaries to avoid confusion.

2. Badly written reviews.

We all have our off days, but if your review is sloppily written (bad grammar, punctuation etc.) you’re wasting everyone’s time!

SOLUTION: Proofread your reviews. If you’re bad at this, have someone else read your review before hitting publish.

3. White text on a black background.

Or any light coloured text on a dark background. If you’re human, you’ll feel slightly blinded after trying to read.

SOLUTION: Don’t do it. Use a lighter colour for your background and dark colour for your font to enable readability and prevent your readers from becoming temporary overwhelmed and blinded.

4. Blogger comment system.

I hate that the profile options to comment are so few. The Name/URL option means I can’t use a gravatar, the Google Profile option means I can’t link my site and have to type it manually. It’s beyond annoying! Especially when I’m browsing on a touchscreen device and the comment system isn’t even supported. 90% of the time I don’t bother commenting on sites with the Blogger default comment system because I can’t.

SOLUTION: Switch to WordPress already! Or you know… use another commenting system like Disqus, IntenseDebate, or Livefyre.

5. Captcha.

It’s just an extra step needed in commenting that I don’t care for. Unless your site/post really interests me, I won’t bother trying to get the captcha right when I fail the first time.

SOLUTION: See solution #4.

6. Insincere/generic comments to leave a link.

I find this mainly happens with blogger memes (which is why I don’t really take part in them). If the primary comment on a post by a user is “Nice post. Check out my site here: http://digestingthewords.com” I get annoyed. I have on occasion deleted the link from the comment entirely…

SOLUTION: Leave a comment that is thoughtful so that the post author can actually reply. Comments are about generating conversation not about leaving a link!

7. Script fonts used in the main body of a theme.

I don’t mind it so much on titles/headings/subheadings but not for every single word in your post. It’s hard to read and look unprofessional. Use I actually saw a post about blogger pet peeves in which the person was using a script font in the body of their theme. I was tempted to comment about this but common sense told me that it would be rude, so I just clicked x on the tab silently.

SOLUTION: Use a Sans or Sans-Serif font. Arial, Georgia, Helvetica, Tahoma, Times New Roman, and Verdana, are all examples of great fonts to use in the main body of your site theme.

8. Excessive ads.

It looks obnoxious when a sidebar is 80% ads and I don’t stick around for it.

SOLUTION: Stick to a select few ads. Maybe the ones that are the real earners? Otherwise, stick them in your footer where they’ll be less noticeable and load last. I shouldn’t scroll down 3/4s of your site and still see ads.

9. Image heavy themes/sidebars.

This annoys me less than excessive ads, but I still don’t like waiting around for a web page to load because the blogger has chosen to include a million images on the side for whatever reason.

SOLUTION: If the images are that important to you – leave your top 5 favourites, put the rest on a page of it’s own, link to the page under your top 5 favourites. You can even swap the top 5 images around every so often to keep things relevant and interesting!

10. Excessive meme posts.

I don’t mind when a blogger takes part in a couple during the week ’cause we all hit those slumps where we have nothing better to post. But if all I ever see from you on Bloglovin is meme posts, I unfollow.

SOLUTION: Take part in less memes or post so much original content that no one notices the frequency of your meme posts.

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So that’s my list. If you’re a culprit of one of my pet peeves, I implore you to look at my solution suggestion before leaving this post!

What are your blogger pet peeves?

22 thoughts on “Top 10 Book Blogger Pet Peeves”

  1. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf says:

    Oh my gosh! Number one!! Yes!! I should have put this on my list! Some reviews just read like a summary of the synopsis with an I liked it tacked on the end! I don’t claim to write well, but at least I throw my opinions in!

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      It’s one of the first things I thought of for this post. I always click off on sites with these types of reviews!

  2. Lexie C. says:

    Word up on the meme only blogs that seem to just…flourish…:sigh:

  3. My ParaHangover says:

    Oh, yeah, I agree with #1, too! I’ve learned who writes re-caps and who doesn’t :) And yeah, script fonts in the body…. I found a blog that had that the other day and I really struggled reading the review but I wanted to leave her a comment… Oh well…

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      Oh I do the same on blogs I just can’t read. Maybe the blogger will notice that not many people comment one day and change for the better?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Becky B. (@GeckyBoz) says:

    I love how you wrote solutions to these issues. :) yeah reviews that don’t really say anything drive me insane too.

  5. justiceministries says:

    Some awesome pet peeves, as well as some helpful hints. Thanks for taking the time to give some helpful advice. I was having and still have my daughter check my posts some times. Especially if I feel something is off but can’t see it.

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      It’s no problem. I found myself doing it for a few so I thought why not do it for them all. :)

      I hate that feeling! I do the same with my siblings when I feel like something just doesn’t look right haha Sometimes it’s just that I’ve been staring at the words for too long!

  6. Midnyte Reader says:

    I love how you provided solutions to your peeves.

    Yes on all these and especially to the reviews that are really summaries.

    I kind of want to switch to WordPress, but I just can’t take the leap!

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      I’m a huge advocate for WordPress because I’ve used so many different blogging platforms. It’s honestly the easiest and most user friendly software for blogging on the internet right now. It’s not too hard to use either – I teach WordPress classes and even people who struggle with multiple tabs manage to get the hang of WordPress! There are even book blogger plugins on WordPress to make things easier for you. You should definitely think about it!

      The fact that you’re a .com site means it’s a little more easier for you since you don’t have to worry about a URL change either! :)

  7. Terri M. LeBlanc says:

    Thanks for the suggestions on the other commenting options! I’m definitely going to do some research this weekend.
    Terri M. LeBlanc recently posted… Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 7My Profile

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      It’s no problem. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your research! :)

  8. Roberta R. says:

    re: your comment on my blog about me using images in my latest post
    You know, it isn’t always such a big deal…I did enjoy your post above even with that single image at the top. Contents pay :).
    I even had to smile at some your comments (especially the one at the end). And it was so original of you to actually add solutions.
    Ah, Blogger comments. I know what you mean. I indeed am aware of the issue – and at fault in that respect. I solemnly swear I’ll look into Commentluv or something…
    Roberta R. recently posted… Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge Day 7: Top Ten Book Blogger Pet PeevesMy Profile

  9. annettesbookspot says:

    White text on black. I forgot that one, but my eyes are older, and I find that really difficult. Good one. Thanks for stopping by. I love your quote “Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” Not sure I’ve heard that before, but I totally agree. It’s one of the big reasons I started blogging. Thanks for visiting!
    annettesbookspot recently posted… The Other Side of Life – Yarn CraftsMy Profile

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      I love it too! I found it randomly when I first created my blog and I thought it was just perfect :)

  10. Lizzy's Dark Fiction says:

    #1 – These reviews annoy me too. It doesn’t actually tell me if the book was good or not. It’s not what the story was about, but how the story is written that is important to me.

    #5 – Why don’t people moderate posts instead of Captcha? It prevents spam from being published and doesn’t annoy your friends.

    #8 – If I think a book blogger is blogging to make money, I won’t follow. The passion has to show. If you want to make money book blogging, then open a tour site or design site. Don’t harass people with a million ads.

    #9 Or how about those sidebar things that make noise…uck.

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      I don’t mind if people want to make money from their blogs. I don’t see a problem with it because blogging can easily become a full time job if you want it to be. I just don’t like it when a site has more ads than content on a page.

  11. Julie S. says:

    This is a great list, and I really like how you added solutions! Captchas, Ugh these are just awful. Those insincere posts with two words and a link are quite annoying. I don’t delete those, but I won’t visit the site either.
    Julie S. recently posted… The Blue Between ReviewMy Profile

  12. alexia561 says:

    Great list of peeves! I forgot about several of these, including the synopsis reviews that don’t really tell you much about the story. I’m so paranoid about accidentally posting spoilers that my reviews wind up on the vague side sometimes, but I always try to mention what aspects I loved about the story.

    I’m still on blogger as it seemed the easiest platform when I was starting out, and now I think I’m a little too lazy to move everything. ;)
    alexia561 recently posted… BBNYC Day 8: Your Favorite Book Blogger MomentMy Profile

    1. Farhana Chowdhury says:

      I started on Blogger with my book blog having used WordPress in the past. I kept noticing things that I wanted to do but couldn’t do on Blogger until one day I just bought a domain and left Blogger completely. The process was actually pretty easy and I’ve never looked back since!

      Thanks for visiting!

  13. April @ The Steadfast Reader says:

    Yes. Yes on so many of these.

    I especially agree with the meaningless comments. It’s one of the reasons that I feel uncomfortable with memes and giveaways that highly encouraging comments… if you have nothing useful or more original than ‘Super!’ or ‘Awesome!’ to say, it’s almost better just not to say anything…

  14. Mark says:

    I’m with you on the summary “reviews.” People just don’t get those aren’t really reviews. And I’ve struggled with the blogs where they hide one review in the middle of a bunch of Meme’s each week. It’s rather hard to find the reviews, you know.

    Then again, since I review stuff other than books, I may be shooting myself in the foot in a similar way.
    Mark recently posted… TV Recap: Agents of SHIELD 1-11 – The Magical PlaceMy Profile

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