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My Top Ten Blogging No No’s

My Top Ten Blogging No No’s

For this week’s Blog Club I thought I would share my blog dislikes with you.  These are the things I would put into Room 101 like a shot.

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Top Ten Blogging No No’s

 

  • No/Hidden/Hard to find social media icons – It depends on your blog template, but I will look for a nice group of social media buttons on the top right hand side.  My heart sinks when I don’t see them.  If I am on your blog please just make it super easy for me to be able to tweet you or follow you.  Remember PR agencies won’t spend ages looking, they will move on.
  • Small pictures – Small pictures make me sad.  Especially, when I am on my phone/tablet and they then become tiny.  I think all pictures (with the exception of badges etc) should be as big as your template allows.
  • Captcha – I realise people have to protect their blogs, but I really hate captcha.  Often I have written a comment, clicked it away and not even realised that the captcha was there and so the comment was lost.  Some seem very temperamental and I haven’t got time to try to figure out the code and keep inputting.  I have Akismet as a spam filter and it puts into moderation anything it is not sure of.  I prefer this as it only takes me a few minutes to approve the few that it holds back.  Maybe try a click box if your human system instead?
  • Unclear fonts – A font might look cool or appealing, but consider what it will look like on the screen and on an entire post?  Clean, easy to read fonts get my vote.
  • Bright coloured backgrounds – I love colour, but I think colour on blogs should be treated with caution.  Just try to think about the reader experience, could your coloured page be giving them a headache?
  • No author bio box – I understand that some people are camera shy, but when reading a blog I like to see who is speaking to me and so I may switch off if I never see your face.  I love a little box probably near your social media icons (!) that tells me a little snippet about you.
  • Tiny disclosure – On some blogs I would need a magnifying glass the read the disclosure on reviews and sponsored posts.  This annoys me, just be clear and honest that you have been given the item/been paid to write the post.  I think the disclosure should be same size text as the rest of the post.
  • Pop ups – I know that people are trying to encourage subscribers or followers (aren’t we all!), but they really annoy me when I am trying to read a post and they pop up in my face.  I recently installed a Hello Bar, which I though was a happy medium, thinking it would stay at the top of the page.  However, it moved down when people scrolled down the page, so I removed it.
  • No information on the ‘About Me’ page/no ‘About Me’ page – If I enjoy reading a post, I might want to read a little more about you and your family, to make a connection.  The absence of such information makes it harder for me to identify with you.
  • Empty sidebars – O.K so clutter isn’t really the way to go, but I like to be able to get quick links to other posts and see a little bit more about you, when they are just empty, I feel unsatisfied!

So what would you put into room 101?

There will be no Blog Club post next week, but check back on 6th January when it returns.

N.B This is just my personal opinion and no offence is aimed at anyone who’s blog has any of these aspects! 

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Showing 67 comments
  • Alice Megan
    Reply

    Phew! I’m only guilty of one of your sins I might go rectify it now actually 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Tee Hee! I hope you got it fixed 🙂 x

  • Bex Smith
    Reply

    Totally agree with these. I’m slightly guilty of one but trying to break the habit and I don’t have a blank About Me page but it certainly needs some work… *adds to list of things to do after Christmas*

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Glad you agree huni, They are just things that drive me mad. x

  • lucy dearbeautiful
    Reply

    This is a great list for giving blogs a little refresh. The lack of social media links is a big bugbear of mine, as is not making it easy for me to subscribe. And I love a good about me page, its definitely true that it helps you to connect with the blogger if you can learn a bit more about them and their family. x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely Christmas x

  • Ali
    Reply

    Another brilliant set of tips, thank you so much for blog club it’s so handy. I’ve recently changed my blog and this is a fab checklist. I’d like to learn how to create one of those photos with product images on a white background that lots of gift guides have, any ideas? I was going to head over to pic monkey?

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I am glad you like it huni. The gift guide things will just be a design in picmonkey with the products as overlays. Does that make sense? x

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy
    Reply

    Oooh I agree with all of these! Especially the captcha – drives me bonkers!! xxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I HATE it! So annoying xxx

  • Lucy Goodwin
    Reply

    Think I only tick one on your list, as I have an about me page because of having such a big family I don’t have a bio in my side bar as the same info is on my about page

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      You could always just put a little sentence about you and a picture and then link to the About me page? Might help to draw people to that page. I alway think of making things super easy for people to see the information and not assuming they will look. But that is just me, I’m sure what you have works perfectly well for you huni. Have a wonderful Christmas x

  • Gym Bunny Mummy
    Reply

    I completely agree with you on these, I’m currently refreshing my blog for the new year and really need to add more in my About Me but I just can’t think of anything interesting to say about myself!!

  • Kat
    Reply

    Phew, wipes brow! Ha ha!! Completely agree on all points!! Xxx

  • Laura Evelyn Bee
    Reply

    Love your blog club posts….such useful information!!! Thank you (again!).

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thank you huni! I am glad you enjoy it x

  • Kay
    Reply

    i have to agree with these blogging NoNo’s! I think my site covers most of these, but my “All about me” section definitely needs work!! Xxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Glad you agree! 🙂 xxx

  • Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    Reply

    Totally agree! Can’t stand captcha, and swirly typefaces are difficult to read. I’d add to the lists backgrounds/wallpaper that while pretty take forever to load xx

  • Another Bun
    Reply

    My about page needs some work too – will definitely get on to rectifying that soon!

  • Single Mother Ahoy
    Reply

    I keep thinking about putting an author bio at the top of my sidebar… but I already have the photos at the top of the page so I’m not sure whether it would be overkill…. I guess the only way to find out is to do it and see how it looks! Thanks for another great post!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I think a little snippet is always a good idea, just a couple of lines about you. Glad you like the post x

  • Adventures of a Novice Mum
    Reply

    Thoughful no nos! I don’t like captchas and like pop ups too. I definitely need to sort out a better placement of my bio pic; you did comment on this as an improvement when you kindly visited my blog much earlier on in my journey.

    Thanks for another informative post.

    Happy New Year … before you know it. 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Glad it was helpful x

  • becky
    Reply

    Great List Any! I do need to sort out an author bio but its still on my to do list! I just updated the all about us/welcome page as I hate when you go take a look and they have apparently just had baby…to realise new baby is now in preschool!

    My other bloggy hates are captcha…god how I hate it! And also the “subscribe to me” boxes they don’t make me want to subscribe in fact I probably click close tab instead! I also hate when you click a link and it takes you away from the page instead of opening a new window (something I just became aware I was doing…arrgghh imagine me horror!)

  • JOhn Adams
    Reply

    I’d share most of your dislikes! Captcha is a particular dislike of mine. #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      So frustrating isn’t it x

  • The L's Mum
    Reply

    Great post. I and to think to myself for a moment whether I did any of those things. Mostly like you all of that annoys me to. Some things I may need to improve on such as the picture on my bio, I am semi-anonomous on my blog, just a personal choice, so I do have a pictures of me on the bio and on my about me page but my face isn’t the centre of attention if that makes any sense. Anyway lots of ways for me to improve and thank you for pointing some of those things out. Attention to detail is important in blogging x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni for the comment. There is still so much I need to learn, but I like to pass on what little I do know, as that’s what makes this blogging community so great x

  • Tegan
    Reply

    So much yes to all of these. There’s a few themes getting around at the moment too that have the comment box font set to grey. It’s almost impossible to read and if I didn’t love the blogs they were on, it would definitely put me off commenting.

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Yes a good tip would be to visit your own blog & then you can see what things look like to readers x

  • Emma T
    Reply

    I agree with all of these especially no author bio (pic usually), bad fonts, dark backgrounds, captcha (argh, especially now it seems to have changed from the easier numbers to that stupid click I’m not a robot to get to the actual captcha!).

    But small pictures…I don’t see the point of putting them in at all. People who join in photo linkys and then put small pictures. Absolutely no point because people can’t see the pictures. It’s like they’re ashamed or don’t really want to put them in but feel they should. I think if you’re going to add tiny pictures, then you may as well not bother at all!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I am with you all the way x

  • Kohl Mama
    Reply

    I think I agree with all of your little pet hates and I’m so very pleased |I’m not guilty of any blogging faux pas! May run off just now to go and write a little more on my ‘About Me’ section though 😉 You always write really useful posts,thanks! #TheList

  • Baby Chaos
    Reply

    Oh, I definitely need to apply some of these to my blog, I am very camera shy but I must have a half decent photo to put up on my blog…
    Thanks again for such a helpful post =)

  • The DADventurer (Dave)
    Reply

    Good list. I think I only do 1 or 2 of these, so hopefully I’m not too annoying! I hate Captcha – pretty much turns me off from commenting, plus fonts you can’t read are really annoying. It also really annoys me when people have things, like badges, on their blog but don’t align them all – looks a bit unprofessional when some stuff is left aligned and others centre etc! #thelist

  • www.mamamim.com
    Reply

    Thanks so much for these tips Aby – they’re great! I really want to work on making my blog better this year and I’ll be taking your advice.

    Happy New Year to you and Baby!

    Mim 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Happy New Year huni. Glad to help x

  • Louise
    Reply

    I agree with these – especially captcha which seems to be a pet hate for many of us! Too many big photos can also be unappealing sometimes and as I often read and comment via my phone, it can be frustrating when sites don’t display well (and some of the comment plugins don’t work well on phones either) – I now have a mental list of blogs that I can only really comment on using my computer, which is fine when they are blogs I love and follow regularly but would probably put me off following a new one.

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I have big photos, but there is a blog I like with loads and even on the PC they take so long to load that it does make me click off it sometimes, so I know what you mean x

  • Mum Reinvented
    Reply

    Love these! I HATE captcha with a passion when trying to comment on blogs! I’m guilty of the no picture of me thing having blogged anonymously for the last six years but I’m itching to change that this year, just depends if I’ve got the courage to come of of the blogging closet so to speak!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I hope you find the courage x

  • Katy {What Katy Said}
    Reply

    Phew! I am ok with all of these!! Social media icons are annoying, also when people have different names for different social media- pick a name and keep it consistent!!! Thanks for hosting hun! #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ha ha! You passes the test! 🙂 x

  • JoyandPops
    Reply

    This is a great list and has given me some inspiration. My blog is only 4 months old and as I’m a little hopeless with technology it’s still all a bit basic. I’m guilty of not having social icons, bio etc – though I do have an about me page and no captcha (hate that too!) so I’m getting there!
    I am quite excited about my plans to step up my blog this year with a bit of a makeover so I’ll make sure those icons and bio are at the top of my list!!
    Xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks hun, I am so glad that this post has inspired you. Good luck with your blog for 2015 xx

  • Astrid
    Reply

    Okay, I told you I’d be guilty of at least a few, and I am. Thank goodness “posts without pics” isn’t on your list, but I guess that’s because pictures are such a basic must-have for any blog post that you didn’t bother listing them. I am going to look into that author bio thingy. Still waiting for my husband to send me a pic of me though, cause seriously, I don’t have any from beyond age sixteen or so. For your readers who don’t know, I’m blind, which is the reason I don’t do pics in posts and dont’have a selfie from beyond age sixteen. By the way, I didn’t see a box where you can add social media links on any free theme on WordPress.com. I think that’s a feature for premium themes but I haven’t foudn apremium theme that my screen reader and I both like.

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I don’t like posts without pictures, I guess I went for small pictures as it is more common than none at all. I hope you can get a picture you like x

  • Yvette
    Reply

    Ooh great idea and post. The social media icons on my template really bug me – I feel they are too tucked away but they ARE top right, but very top right! I have been pondering putting a little author bio box (already have about page), but didn’t want to clutter my sidebar (!) but you have given me a nudge! #thelist

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni, glad it was a helpful post x

  • nessjibberjabberuk
    Reply

    I was a bit worried when I first started reading but I think I’ve passed the test! I don’t have a photograph of myself on my front page as I think it would put people off reading! There is one on my ‘About’ page for those brave enough to venture there!

  • Emz
    Reply

    Again v helpful! Read this then updated my ‘bio’ and am mid sorting my social media icons this morning! x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I am so glad that it is helpful for you x

  • Kristine
    Reply

    Captcha is the devil! If it is a dark background, I don’t read it. Comprehensive list as usual.
    Thanks #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks for reading. x

  • playathometeacher
    Reply

    Great tips thanks! I got rid of the captcha now I need to go and update my about me section!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      So glad they have helped x

  • lifeloveanddirtydishes
    Reply

    Love these posts. So useful. I’m constantly tweaking my site to get it right. Wish I knew more about web design. #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks for that, I am so glad they are useful x

  • Penny Pincher
    Reply

    very informative and good for me as I’m a new blogger, thank you 🙂

  • Donna
    Reply

    This is a great posta nd I can’t believe I have only just see it – I agree completely! x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni. Good to know your in agreement x

  • Sarah HP
    Reply

    Love your blogging posts. I’m a newbie blogger only seven posts in – I’ve committed a few of these. Top of my list is to figure out how to add social media buttons to my blog. Will also take a look at my pictures and tone down my bright turquoise background!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Glad they are helpful x

  • Carla
    Reply

    Some really simple and effective tips. I am with you on pop ups, they drive me crazy! I’ll be looking through your other blog tip posts as I streamline mine. Thanks!

  • Charlie
    Reply

    Really helpful post thank you, my blog is still work in progress as I’m figuring things out as I go, the above pointers are very useful! Just off to tweak my blog now 🙂 x

  • Squidge and Me
    Reply

    Love this, I’m just starting out with my blog and any hints and tips are so useful x

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