Blogging Pet Peeves

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I absolutely love blogging, and I love the blogging community.  But sometimes a little bit of complaining feels good, so here are some of my personal blogging pet peeves.

  • Comment “like” spam (consisting of a website address typically containing the word sexy): these likes are extra annoying because, unlike comments, you can’t delete them
  • Legit comments that end up in spam
  • People who leave a comment saying I’ve followed you, please follow me back, along with a link to their blog.  But their blog has nothing even remotely to do with the topic you blog about.
  • Things that make it hard to read a post, whether that be a wild font colour or über-long paragraphs.  Sometimes I end up giving up on trying to read a post because it’s just too difficult.
  • You come across a cool blog, and you want to follow it… but you can’t for the life of you find a follow button!
  • Weird messages via the blog contact form: I like getting messages from other bloggers, but sometimes I’ll get messages from random other people that just leave me scratching my head.
  • Say you see a notification in WordPress that someone has followed you.  You want to check out their blog, so you click their site address in your notifications.  Then you get a message from WordPress saying the site doesn’t exist.  What the hell?
  • The occasional waves of blogging insecurity: It seems like for a lot of us these come along every so often, and I wish I could build a nice little mental barrier reef around my blog to keep them away.
  • Writer’s block: I have a blogging spreadsheet that includes my idea farm, so the ideas are there, but sometimes the brain is just not interested in thinking about what to do with them.
  • I have a small social media presence related to my blog.  Since it’s all blog-related I avoid some of the common pitfalls of social media, but because I’m not on there much there’s a lot of things I don’t understand, and it makes me feel old.  From made-up words I’ve never heard of to hashtags I don’t understand (I just discovered what #ff on Twitter is, which explains why occasionally I would get a large pile of notifications), it’s a regular reminder that I grew up in the days when The Oregon Trail and Super NES were cutting edge, and now I’m puzzled by the young whippersnappers these days.

Are there things that go along with the blogging experience that bug you sometimes?

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71 thoughts on “Blogging Pet Peeves”

  1. Some of the same. I haven’t gotten a lot of spam, though. My biggest pet peeve is with guest bloggers. I’ve had issues with people not respecting my deadlines and/or other things I have set up to get those done.

      1. As a result of people testing my patience I’ve closed my blog to guest bloggers except if I ask them. I’m going on vacation in August and have gotten a few people to fill in but that’s it for the foreseeable future.

  2. Don’t go west in March–your trip will begin with a blizzard.
    Don’t go west in May–your trip will end with a blizzard.
    You can’t go wrong with April.
    (The Donner trail people must’ve been out of their minds leaving in August. Don’t know what they were thinking.)

    Power to Princess Toadstool!!

    Yeah, I have no idea. A lot of wordpress confuses me. I too hate it when there’s no contrast on the screen–e.g., pale pink font with a dark pink background. AARGH.

  3. I have a lot of the same pet peeves. Especially the one that say someone has followed you and you click the link only for it to say it doesn’t exist. I.Do.Not.Get.That!!!!

  4. gravatar profiles that say they have a blog, but they don’t have a link to their blog. Whenever someone stops by my blog I like to reciprocate and that is difficult if I can’t find their blog link. For blogs with no follow button there is always RSS feed, but I admit I never check mine. If it’s not in my WordPress reader I don’t stay up to date. Insecurity is a big one for me…on days I get a bunch of traffic (for me) but have zero likes and no comments makes me feel like no one actually liked anything they read. Twitter makes me feel old too! But I am starting to engage more on there. I’ll have to #ff you tomorrow ,lol.

    1. I initially didn’t realize I was getting spam until I discovered the WordPress comment spam folder, and it had a ton of comments that had been marked as spam.

        1. If you go to My Sites in WordPress, on the menu on the left-hand side a couple of items be Blog Posts is comments. It has sections for all comments, spam, and trash.

          1. I checked and I still don’t have any. Perhaps it’s because I upgraded my account? 🤔 Nevertheless, this is a good thing. I hate spam.

  5. Totally with you on ‘the site does exist’ – if you’re reading my innermost thoughts I should be able to read yours or at least know that you are not some dodgy person!
    Also with you on the follow button.
    Also, and this may be controversial, private blogs or posts. It comes across as cliquey even if that’s not the intention. Or that someone thinks that they are very important. But maybe that’s my own insecurities because it reminds me of not being popular at school. 🤷🏼‍♀️😬

    1. Yeah I’ve never really gotten the private blog thing. I’m sure people have their reasons, but doesn’t having an anonymous blog accomplish the same thing without excluding other bloggers?

      1. I’ve done it in the past to limit my readership to people I knew in real life or knew VERY well online, but that was with an existing non-anonymous blog that I began to wish was more anonymous, but didn’t really want to start all over with a new blog (although I’ve done that too… now on my third blog, with two still in some sense operational).

  6. I’ve experienced a lot of the ones you’ve mentioned, too.

    Though it hasn’t happened that much lately, at one point I had some bloggers (mostly ones I didn’t know) reblog some of my posts. Most do so in a way that clearly directs their readers to my post(s) and mentions my blog name, but others sometimes reblog in a way that makes my post seem like theirs. The appearance of plagiarism. That bugs me. In the latter cases, the bloggers are often bloggers who rarely even write their own posts. For some reason they decide to create blogs that primarily consist of other bloggers’ posts. I think they searches by topics they like, and then sort of quasi “claim” the posts.

  7. Most of those you mention are my pet peeves too. Also I have lots of people just leave “what?” in the comments. These all luckily found in the spam folder, but would never get aired anyway, as I have to publish them first when I have checked them. Why do people waste their time with doing that?

    1. I get a lot of the “what?” comments that end up in my spam as well. My guess is they’re posted by automated bots as a way to distribute links to their site.

      1. Never though about automated bots. If not, it’s a lot of wasted time, that they could do better with their lives. I block them, so I see much less now.

  8. I didn’t know what “like” spam was until I got that on one of my posts where different spambots liked every comment that either I or another blogger wrote. So annoying! 😡 I also feel equally tricked when a spam comment manages to somehow override being sent straight to the spam section and then I get a notification that someone left me a comment. I get all excited to read who it’s from, only to see it’s some dumb spam generated sentence.

    I am not a fan of some bloggers who close their comments section after a certain number of days. That makes me feel as if the blogger is not interested in conversing with people after a time. To me, even if a post is very dated, someone could read it a year or two from when it was posted and have something to say. Turning off comments discourages that.

    I have a Twitter under a similar name to my blog username but I don’t use it to promote my posts. I tried doing that out a few times though I think all it did was attract spam.

    No offense, but I do give the side eye to blog accounts that follow me and seem to have nothing remotely in common with me. I got followed by a blog advertising construction services which has left me very confused.

    1. Yeah closing comments seems strange and I wonder sometimes if it’s intentional or the person just doesn’t realize what their settings are.

      1. I mainly notice this has been done by bloggers with a ton of followers (like more than 10,000). Maybe it is a moderation thing for some bloggers, or they prefer it that people discuss the post when it’s still “new”.

      2. I admit to being one of the people who closes comments, and the reason I do it is that sometimes revisiting the particular thing I’ve posted about and mentally made an uneasy peace with is just too upsetting. I think this would depend a lot on the nature of the blog.

  9. I totally love the idea of a blog spreadsheet. Never thought of that. I “vent” in my blog. Sometimes I will write things that I originally intended my very first blog for…but my blog is so all over the place. I guess that’s why it’s called “confessions of a sufferer of anxiety and depression.” Just to spit it out. But have given me something to think about. I wish I would get more comments on my blog. How did you get so many followers? I have like…18..maybe. 🙁 Thanks for blogging. And thank you for leaving responses when you read my blogs.

    1. I found that initially I had to work hard at getting followers, mostly by searching for new blogs and engaging with them on their blogs. One good way to find related blogs is by checking out the blogs who are commenting on blogs you’re already reading (ok that was a very long sentence, hope it made sense). Over time you’ll build a core group of people that you regularly read and comment on each other’s blogs, but it can take a bit of time to build that up.

  10. I hate when people make a blog post like “How I started blogging” or “How you can start a blog” just so they can throw their SiteGround affiliate links all over it. I also hate when people all have the same stupid stock photos of laptops and roses on a marble tabletop. I’ll stop because I’m getting negative, but wow.

      1. Exactly. I get that you need to fund your blog. We all do. If I ever use them, it’s because I was going to talk about a product anyway and I have a disclaimer on every post – even the ones that don’t have any links at all. It’s so frustrating as a blogger to know exactly what they’re up to…. but some people make blogs for the sole purpose of having a passive income, so idk.

  11. Amen! You’ve summarised most of my pain points. I think my worst nightmare is person x emailing about how much they love my blog and would like to contribute because they know exactly what would fit it… and when the topics will range from marketing to gambling yet are a cat blog LOL

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