(This mostly applies to personal blogs)
Recently, I blog-walk a lot, mainly to get to know more bloggers and surely to get more visitors to my blog.
It’s no surprise, bloggers tend to visit other blogs and commenting on their posts and hoping that the other party do the same or at least visit back.
I think this summarizes it well:
Blogwalking is a technique to increase blog traffic by visiting other blogs and leave your marks there. The other blogger is then expected to reciprocate by visiting your blog. It is a popular term among the Malaysian, Indonesian, and Philippines bloggers but a rather obscure term in other parts of the world.
So, I’m no expert but I noticed a few things that keep demotivating me from visiting other blogs. Of course, I still visit them because I can’t change who they are, and how they choose to blog and I never forget blogger buddies. It’s just something that I’d like to share and I’m sure there are bloggers out there who think the same.
Here are the 10 Things I Dislike When Blog-Walking (not in any particular order):
Now, I don’t mind listening to a music that you like which likely is the kind of music that I like myself. However, the problem comes when I am already listening to a song, or when I don’t feel like listening to any music at all and I have to search the off button in your blog.
Usually, these auto-play widgets will be on the sidebar and I’ll just turn them off but I’ve come across some blogs that go to the extent of hiding their widget entirely. Y u do dat.
To be fair, I don’t really mind the background music but I usually open 2 different tabs of your blog and your music will just collide. Then, in my head, I’ll be like a DJ mixing songs, except that I am mixing two same songs.
2) Comment systems that don’t work
I’m reading a content, a long content. Then, I write my comment, a long comment. Hit submit and then it fails.
I know sometimes this kind of problem happens and it might happen in my own blog but there are a few comment systems out there that I can’t even click the post comment button. I have to sign out, refresh the page and then log in again using my name and url, or using social media accounts.
To counter the fail posting comment problem, I always make sure that I copied my whole comment before I click submit. It makes a huge difference of whether I want to continue visiting other blogs or just say F-that, I’ll just watch some MaximBady videos. “Sooooo…”
The most common pop-up when I visit blogs is the subscribe to this blog pop-up. I know, it’s a way for bloggers to get subscribers easily and I don’t blame them. Actually, I do blame them, haha, because they can just put their subscribe widget at the sidebar. It’s no harm. Unless you have lots of unique visitors and your blog is a magazine-type of blog, then please do so.
4) Stock images
I know a lot of my blogger buddies use random stock images but I am more interested in a picture that has something to do with you. An awesome picture that you took, a selfie, and such. I don’t hate that you use these kinds of pictures because I know you put some personal pictures in your other posts. But if you have random images of other people and miscellaneous objects in your whole blog posts then the chances of us getting to know each other will not be so high haahahaa.
5) Unrelated content and title
Some bloggers put an interesting title for a blog entry but write something that is completely irrelevant in it. We know what you are trying to do, to get visitors to click your post link and read everything you write and hope them say something like this in their mind, “Wow, even though the title is misleading but I’m glad I read this great content.” Okay, that’s just mean but you get my meaning. For me, I always try my best to match the title and content but I may have make mistakes in the past. And I know that if I shared music videos, the title might be catchy and visitors will be dissapointed because it’s actually just a song. So, I put the singer or band name together in the title to avoid that.
6) Full posts in homepage
Okay, firstly, I like looking at pictures and usually bloggers who like putting lots of pictures in their blog are also those who only uses high quality pictures. These bloggers are usually travel or food bloggers and I really do like looking at their sharp and high pixel pictures.
However, if they don’t shorten their blog posts and don’t have the read more button on the homepage, it becomes challenging for a visitor like me to stay on when they set their minimum posts per page to 10 or more posts. Come on, I am blog-walking, not blog-crawling. LOL.
7) No reply to my comments
Alright, some of my blogger buddies don’t reply their comments and I’m fine with that. It’s just that, a reply to a long comment that I left on your blog would really impact on my motivation to visit your blog more and also other blogs. People who received my blog comments know that I don’t leave a hi-bye comment but instead a one or two sentence which I took the time to do so in hoping for a serious or funny reply.
Again, it’s no big deal, it’s the way some bloggers’ style is. Well, I’m just saying that I like receiving replies
8) DONATE HERE
I’ve come across some blogs who have the words “Donate here” on top of a pay-per-click widget. Now, I know what these widgets do and I bet most bloggers know too. And when I see bloggers put those words in their blog, I automatically assume that they only blog for money. I know, I know, of course bloggers need money to blog and I understand the sincere motive behind it. But I can’t help it, I just have that thought instantly and of course I’m not thinking it alone.
Those widgets are only meant to be clicked if your visitors are interested in the advertisement shown.
Also, if there’s a good reason for a donation then sure why not.
9) One sentence posts
This is the opposite of number 6. If I see a post which only have one sentence in it, usually it’s a post or a short rant. It’s understandable for me. But you have to admit, having short posts like that for 90% of your blog isn’t going to attract lots of visitors. If your blog is your personal diary then good for you but people won’t be coming back constantly just to read a sentence or worst, not even one picture included.
10) Inconsistent blog entries
I have flaws in my blog as well, many of them but this one is definitely one of them. Probably applies to more than 50 percent of bloggers out there.
Nowadays I try my best to blog everyday or at least once every 3 days. It is hard there’s no denying that. But I dislike it when I look forward to reading your newest post but you still haven’t write anything new in the last few months. I can’t say the same for my blog though, I’m the only one reading my blog haha.
So okay, I guess that wraps up my life in the blogosphere, everyone hates me now. Wakaka. But seriously, you guys have to agree on some of the things I said about blogging. And like I said, I’m no expert. All this is just opinions from an amateur blogger. That’s all.
By the way, Friday is tomorrow so Happy Friday and Happy Blogging, everyone!