A couple of days ago, I asked a number of fellow bloggers what really annoys them in the blogging world. As us bloggers are quite an opinionated bunch of people, you can imagine that I wasn’t short of answers. The interesting thing is that many of us hate the same things, so I thought I would compile a little list of bloggers’ pet hates and share it with you:
1. Not being able to comment
Be it Captcha, Disqus or commenting systems that don’t allow you to comment via your mobile phone, bloggers like to make their voice heard, so being restricted by commenting systems or anti-spam plug-ins like Captcha really winds us up.
2. Shameless blog pimping
Almost as much as not being able to comment, bloggers hate comments that don’t have anything behind them or comments that have been made simply to pimp another blog or website.
3. Bad spelling and grammar
Nobody is perfect and we all let it slip sometimes, but blog posts that are full of bad spelling and wrong grammar can be a major turn-off. Letting spell-check run or editing aren’t asking too much, are they?
4. Lacking disclosure
Not disclosing relationships with companies or payment for sponsored posts, does not go down well with Britain’s bloggers. The majority of us doesn’t have anything against reviews and paid for links, but we want to know, if another blogger has received payment or a product in return for their post.
5. Not giving credit
In a niche like parent blogging, it is no surprise that we’ll sooner or later will blog about the same or a similar topic, but if you read a blog post and write something in response, crediting the original post will be really appreciated. Lifting someone’s blog post and giving it out as your own won’t though, so don’t even think about it.
They might be fun for some, but quite a few bloggers find memes annoying and feel like they are put under pressure to write about things they aren’t really interested in when they receive a chirpy ‘You’ve been tagged’ via Twitter.
7. SEO ‘experts’
They offer you ‘Free and unbeatable content in exchange for a link’ and tell you that your blog will benefit from it. Shame that bloggers are quite happy to create unique content themselves. “SEO ‘experts’, go home” is a chant most bloggers are singing, especially when they are trying to threaten UK bloggers with US laws.
8. Blogging about blogging
Do this, do that, don’t forget to do this and don’t you do that. Bloggers telling other bloggers what to do, do not have a massive fan base – simply because most of us love to blog by our own rules.
9. PRs that don’t do their homework
Many of us like being approached by PRs who are representing brands that we like, but being offered a baby grow when your youngest is currently studying for his GCSEs is just wrong and most of all lazy. It takes 5 minutes to scan a blog and read an ‘About Me’ page and it will be worth it.
Obviously this is just a collection of thoughts and in no way meant as criticism on any blogger. I like to think that we all have our own little space on the internet and what we make of it, is entirely up to us as an individual – that’s the great thing about blogging. Of course, the one or the other issue will get on our nerves, but what annoys the hell out of me, might be perfectly acceptable for the other.
So what do you say: What’s your biggest blogging pet hate? What gets really on your nerves and what can you live with?