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.
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.
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.
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?