- Infrequent posting.
- Too many colours and font sizes used in one entry, especially colours that make my eyes hurt.
- Oversharing about your sex life, real or fictional.
- Excessive vanity, unless itâ€™s done for humourâ€™s sake.
- Trying too hard to be funny, or to write in a style that seems unnatural to the writer.
- Writing that is full of grammatical and spelling mistakes.
The best part of the above is everyone has a different idea of what is acceptable so really this list is not very useful to a blogger seeking to stay out of my bad books, something that was done deliberately because I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you specifically because I’m not :)
The biggest turn off to me though is the “firsting”! Don’t get me wrong: I think it’s a compliment to the blogger that you want to be the first to comment on their blog (especially since you don’t get much from it but the “rush” of being first â€” or is there a prize no one has informed me about?) but can’t you write “first” then leave something substantive? Some people simply declare that they were the first to see a blog post and don’t even read it…ever. I’m not sure why but that really bothers me. I feel that bloggers share posts and leave their comments open to solicit opinions or insight or even just have an area to exchange jokes and perhaps this firsting business is a case of the latter and I’m just too old, unhip and uncool to see that? Someone explain it to me please!
And while you’re at it, share your own blogging annoyances below.
Edited to add: sting reminded me of one of my other blog-related woes, something that some bloggers insist on putting me through. I am speaking to archiwiz, Solomon Sydelle, Oluwadee and sting sef, but since I love them I guess I don’t mind so much that they put me through hell every time I have to comment on their blog.
What am I talking about?
Let’s say I read an entry on Writefreak‘s blog and want to comment. I click on comment and this appears.
I select the third option, fill in my details and drop my comment.
But when it comes to those four ladies (and others of you), I get this screen:
Guess what? I don’t have a blogspot blog! And I’m never logged in as goodnaijagirl.at.gmail.com so I always have to a) logout of my email and log back in as GNG or b) use the second option which requires me to login using my old blog location, http://goodnaijagirl.wordpress.com (instead of http://goodnaijagirl.com) first before I can comment, and then if I want to leave a link to my current blog I have to post it in my comment! Phew! That is more exercise than I should have to go through to drop my comment, don’t you think? Especially if all I have to say that day is “First!” ;)