Sunday, May 27, 2012

3 Things I Don't Like About Your Blog.

I follow a quite a lot of blogs and it gets hard to keep up so when I get the time, I try to read a week's worth of posts on my dashboard all in one go. If you haven't figured out already, that's a LOT of reading. So it takes a couple of hours and usually I don't mind because I like reading blogs just as much as I like writing them. But there are some things which kind of bother me when I'm trying to read or respond to a blog post.



1. Annoying background music.
Or any music actually. I hate when a song automatically starts playing when I open your blog. And I really hate when I can't even find where on the blog the music player is! I don't get why bloggers want to force us to listen to music that they like. I mean, what if I already have my own music playing, don't you see how annoying this could be?
Also, most of the time, I open a couple of blogs at the same time in different tabs. So when music starts playing from ONE of them, I have to check which one it is then find the player then pause it. Very inconvenient.

2. Confusing design and layout.
I don't like it when it's difficult for me to find my way around a blog. Like when I can't find old posts or the 'post a comment' link. I also don't get the point of having loads of unnecessary stuff on your blog. Sometimes it's difficult to actually read the content of the blog due to colours or small font. Also, I know people who have lots of widgets and other stuff at the sides of the page. This makes the page load super slow, which sucks for the person who actually wants to read and comment on your blog.


3. Captcha (word verification) on comments.
I know you're trying to prevent getting spam comments and whatnot but I removed the captcha on my blog a long time ago and haven't had any problems at all. I think people are more likely to comment if they don't have to bother with typing in the code. And for readers like me it's very tedious to type in code after code as I go about trying to read and comment on as many blogs as I can.


I could add more to this list but I don't think it would be fair for me to critisize the content of people's blogs because it their blog, they can write whatever they want on it and I have no right to judge them. I mean, if I don't like it or find it interesting, I just don't have to read it. That's why I don't get people who bother writing hate comments on blogs.

Anyways, what are some of your pet peeves when it comes to reading blogs?
Anything you don't like about mine?
I'd love to know!

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88 comments:

  1. I dislike the music one too. The Captcha one, is a necessary evil in my opinion. But there's one thing about Malaysian blogs that irks me is the AdSense they put on their blog, even when they're just starting out. I don't mind them if the blog is like, read by tons of people, but when you only got 3 followers, well, its annoying and its not making any money.

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    1. Ahh right, haha. Well, I've never come across one of those not-so-popular AdSense blogs. But yeah I can see why that would be annoying.

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  2. The music's the worst. It lags so much then :/
    You'r blog's totally cool. Purple and simple :)
    xx

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    1. Yeah the whole page lags because of the music :/
      Haha thanks! :)

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  3. I tried to get the Captcha off mine but don't know how?

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    1. I can help you!

      Here are the steps:
      - go to your blogger dashboard > settings (click on the drop down arrow on the middle button, before 'view blog') > Posts and comments > show word verification (select 'no')

      and you're done :)

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  4. Captcha is probably the most annoying thing in the world. I hate it. And I don't mind the music as long as I can stop it and start it at my leisure. Like having a playlist is fine, but not automatically starting it. And if I can't find the 'follow' button on a blog then they just lost out on a follower.

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    1. Yeah I wouldn't mind as long as it doesn't start automatically (which is usually does) and doesn't lag the page.

      Ahh yes that annoys me too! Blogger used to show a 'follow' button at the top bar, like next to 'Share' and 'Next Blog' etc. But they removed it :/

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    2. I know you have to use GFC button by the followers icons now :(

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    3. Yeah :/ And it sucks because some people don't even have the GFC on their blog!

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  5. Well hopefully I've avoided 1 and 3

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    1. Yupp.
      Your blog is really simple and easy to follow :)

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  6. I agree with you in all three, especially the music part. I get jumpy when I'm reading blog and opened another one and suddenly there's music. It might give me heart attack one of these days. I don't read and listen to music at the same time. captcha sucks too.i wrote a blog before, a tutorial on how to remove it. I guess some bloggers don't know how to do it or they don't know they have it. I even forgot to remove captcha on my other blogs until i replied to comments and saw that have captcha on those blogs. I hope a lot of bloggers will read this post.

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    1. Hahaha, yess. Specially when my volume is set on high and the music suddenly starts playing!
      Yeah some people don't know how to do it with this new blogger interface.

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  7. Funnily enough, I've never experienced the first one, at least on blogs. But generally speaking, yeah, even on other websites I dislike the automatic music. As for #3... yeah, tiresome, but not something really annoying. I'm worried about #2 and my blog o.O I wonder if I've got that... in fact, I'm not even sure if I've got #3 either o.o

    Well, be completely honest if you want to tear mine apart... ^^

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    1. Haha, then you're lucky!
      Nahh, your blog is kind of perfect, not confusing at all and easy to read :D
      The only problem I have is I can't find the 'follow' button? Or maybe it just isn't loading for me.

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    2. O.O I didn't even realise there was supposed to be a 'follow' button :P I always do it.. manually, I guess. But will go do :) Thanks for that.

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    3. ='_'= Sorry, I'm not a very techie kinda person... how exactly do you add a 'follow' button? o.O

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    4. Haha, it's pretty easy:

      - go to 'layout'
      - on your side bar, there should be a box saying 'add a gadget'
      - click on it and under 'basics' you juts scroll down and find the 'followers'
      - click on the + sign next to it and then select 'save'

      and you're done! :)
      let me know if you have any issues because I don't know if my instructions are clear at all :P

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    5. x) They were superdy clear, thank you very much ^^

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  8. Yeah, i removed my player last night. Haha. Even though it's just a music box song version, it still annoys me (even me! I know) :) And -- i don't know if I have captcha in my comments (too lazy to check!) but it's irritating too :D lol.

    Lots of love honey!xx

    p.s. And yes, why is the follow button missing in the upper part of blogspot? I hope they fix the new blog interface. It's really annoying.

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    1. Hahaha I'm glad you removed it :P
      Yess! They really need to fix it because not everyone has a follower gadget on their blog.

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  9. You can write about anything you want?.. Preferably something to do with Art/Writing/Books which are the main themes on my blog...Or you could d something about purple! As your blog name and blog are purpl, my fave colour is purple and I'm changing my theme to a slightly purple orientated one! ;) x

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    1. Hahaha, ok i'll think about it then write it over the weekend, sorry for the wait!

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  10. I totally agree with you! The music gets on the nerves as it decreases the net speed, and sometimes its difficult to figure where the music player is placed in order to switch it off :P
    The captchas are damn annoying too!
    Will check out your entry :)

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    1. The math sums captchas were still bearable! I hate the ones with the letters plus numbers :/

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    2. Yes! Oh and now they have blurry pictures with numbers on them, some of them are impossible to guess!

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  11. I love this post! Also I agree with every one of the. Especially the captcha, my blog dosn't have it as I have wordpress but most of the other bloggers have it and I sometimes avoid comenting because of it!
    Btw I love your blog! Its so simple but pretty at the same time! Im definetly following ur blog :)

    xxxx

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    1. Haha yeah I sometimes avoid commenting because of it too.. but usually I don't realise there is captcha until AFTER I have written my comment :P

      Aww thanks! :)

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  12. I agree with this post. But to me whatever design elements they put in their blogs are okay as long as they make it easier for readers to navigate on their blog. Captcha annoys me too, but I'm not sure if I have it. I think I need to check it out. Music annoys me because I usually play music on my own too while reading and automatic players mess up with mine. Hate it!

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    1. Yupp, you should make sure you've removed the captcha, I can't remember if you have it or not.

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  13. I gave you an award at my blog!

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    1. Hate captcha, but I think the music is the worst.

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  15. Honey I`m watching u for a while! I like your blog and I was thinking...maybe we can follow each other! tell me what do you think, kisses :X

    FashionSpot.ro

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    1. I wonder how many other blogs you comment that on :P

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  16. The irritants on blogs are well captured in this nice post!

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  17. yea..... you just named everything I hate about some blogs. I'm the same way. I follow way too many and fall behind, way too often. See, I'm behind now, and playing catch up. Do you have captchas? i hope not!

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  18. I once had music in my blog but then I got annoyed by it because it still had to buffer for a while. So yeah, I just removed it. While captchas are okay with me, I hope my blog does not fall with your number 2. Haha. I just recently changed my layout and as of now, it's fine with me. Maybe you can check it out & tell me if something bothers you? Cause few bloggers post things like these.
    Your blog is really simple. And I love the color!
    Follower #167 here. ;)

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    1. Oops, I forgot. I commented on your guest post for Albert!
      xoxo

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    2. Glad you removed the music :P
      Hahaha, I know, no one else wrote about this, so I thought 'why not?'. I tried not to offend anyone though.

      Your blog looks good!
      And gosh, I really like the blog title :)

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    3. Oh I didn't realise he posted my guest post already!

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  19. Thank you so much for visiting and being my 100th follower! I appreciate the support! :D

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    1. You're welcome and congrats on reaching a 100 :D

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  20. PS I agree with your pet peeves. Music is annoying and I loathe captcha!

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  21. I agree on those pet peeves!♥
    And I am very, very glad that I don't have to inter a verification code for my comments on your blog xD
    They are so... so annoying.

    And I think you got the basics for what a website isn't supposed to have :') (Well, the verification code is a must for websites using money transfers and who knows what else... like a log in, or whatever) Bad backgrounds that are illegible, repetitious background music, type of all shapes and sizes, type in all types of colors... Yeah xD

    Great post, btw, very conversational :D

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    1. I'm very very glad your don't have word verification too :P
      Mhmm, I guess these aren't exactly for websites, but more like blogs like yours and mine.

      Thanks :D

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  22. Hey, saw your post on Albert's blog! I also love TVD :)
    I'm a bit behind at the moment tho... :(
    anyway, it would be great if you could come andcheck out my blog! :D
    http://writtenpaintings.blogspot.ca/
    thanks for reading :)

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    1. Yay another TVD fan :D
      You should catch up with it asap! Or not.. because season 4 is months away :/
      Sure i'll check out your blog :)

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  23. Hey, this is the first time I'm visiting your blog and I have to say I LOVE how you speak your mind! We need more of that in the blogosphere.

    Second, I fully agree with you on blogs with music on them. I usually have music playing and it's really annoying to hear two different tunes at the same time.

    I also don't like a confusing design and layout (I always hope my blog has no confusing design or layout but recently someone asked me "where do I look?" when I showed him my blog - ouch, so maybe I should do something about that), but I don't mind Captchas. Actually, Captchas can be quite funny, I think.

    Anyway, I'm following!

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    1. Wow, really? Thank youuu!

      Haha, well I actually don't know which one of your blogs to follow, you have so many :P
      I'm going with 'Pouffia'. The layout/design is fine but maybe you should movie the 'labels' gadget to some other place.

      Thanks for following :)

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    2. Hey Purple, thanks for following back! (Pouffia is indeed the most used one.) I don't know if you accept blog awards but I designed one today and I wanted you to have it, because I'm so enthusiastic about your blog! I hope you like it!
      xoxo
      Sabrina

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  24. Lol,so true about the background music and the captchas :P

    P.S: I checked out your article,it`s really cool. Hey,btw,I want to write online articles too..just to kill time,you see? I just got over my O`levels exam (yayayayayay! :D) Any help from you in this regard would be highly appreciated ^_^

    Stay awesome! xox

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    1. Thanks! Haha congrats on being done with your exams :D
      Yup yup, I can help. Just go to this link:

      http://www.highschoolpieces.com/about/join-our-team/

      You have to fill an application and the editor of the magazine will get back to you.
      Btw, link me to your blog! Cause there's no link on your blogger profile.

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  25. Agreed on all points!
    And there's this new captcha now, with letters and numbers! Hating it!!!

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    1. Yes I noticed the new captcha, it's really weird and even more confusing :/

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  26. Again, *agrees with all the points mentioned*
    Especially the friggin music.
    Not to mention, I tend to open A LOT of tabs, so even when I think everything is paused or like muted, there will always be that one mysterious web page from who knows where that is still playing music o-O
    And the widgets...gahh. Too much trash =P

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    1. Yes, you open loads of tabs, too many actually :P

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  27. Hi PurpleMist! You have a nice name. Thank you for following my blog. You were actually the 100th follower I've been praying and waiting :D I hope we'll get to know each other better albeit online. I read some of your posts and I love your writing style.

    As to this post, we share the same sentiments over "forced background music" on blogs and those irritating word verification requirement. Although before, I never realized that mine was turned on by default.


    Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Haha yes I noticed I was the 100th, CONGRATS :D

      Thanks a lot!
      Hope you have nice week too :)

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  28. Yes, yes and yes. Though I think the Captcha and music are the worst offenders.

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  29. Somehow, I think it would be kinda epic if you started loading a page and Handel's Hallelujah were to greet you. Like, you're a VIP. Or an angel. Hell yeah, that might be cool! Other dramatic music such as the first movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony or the chorus from the Queen of the Night Aria by Mozart would suffice too.

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    1. Hahahaha, wow only you would think of that! :P

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  30. Hahaha. There are some bloggers though with a great taste for music, I come to their blog for the music. But most of the time, I just turn of the speakers.

    I didn't know the third one was annoying at all until a fellow blogger told me. When I started blogging, I was paranoid I'd get scams so the obvious move is to install captcha.

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    1. Haha yup I was paranoid too. But then after I removed I didn't get any scams at all, so it was all good!

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  31. Hahahahahahahahah! This is actually very funny and I did a similar post on my blog about your first point entitled "please do stop the music" http://www.thedramaqueencantellstories.com/2011/08/please-stop-music.html cus it could be really annoying.

    On your third point, I do hate that as well, but I can't remember if I've enabled such setting on my own because I remember not having it because I FIND IT ANNOYING, but after some time I realized that it may be able to protect me from "spam" so I may have enabled it again, I'm too tired to check.

    Anyway, it was nice to have dropped by here --- it's my first time!

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    1. Haha, really? I'm gonna go read that post now :D
      Yesss the music is super annoying and so is the captcha :/

      Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  32. I always have my speakers off until and unless I want to listen to songs. That saves me from having to listen to the songs at blogs. :D
    I agree with you on all these points.

    I have nothing to say against your blog. You have made sure that you have things in place. I like your style very much. :)

    You know what I have a post in draft for almost a month titled 'things you hate'. Guess what, I wanted to ask my readers about the things they hate about my blogging style including my blog in that post. I didn't get the chance to publish it but I will do so in the future. Then you'll have the opportunity to go all out and complain about my blog. ;D

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    1. Hahaha good idea :P

      Aw, thank you, glad you like it!

      LOL, hmm, not much I hate about your blog, but if you really wanted feedback on that post I could think of something :P

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  33. I read the article on '5 ways to...' and I have bookmarked it. I know a teenager who suffers from insomnia. I'll make her read this article.

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    1. I hope the article helps her deal with the problem!

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  34. YESSSSSSS! I hate catchpa with a passion. I was going to do a whole post on how much I hate it, but I thought I'd probably offend a lot of people. So no, I'll just sit here and clench my teeth in anger.

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    1. Hahaha, I think you're the last person on blogger who would be worried about offending people, that's why I love your blog! :D

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  35. Well, straight and fair, that's what I like about you :D FOllowing you too :P
    To be honest, those things you said are bugging me too. The other thing that gets on my nerves is people sharing with utter detail about their boring day, what they ate and where they went on a holiday. I must admit, I do it too, maybe that's why It's so annoying for me :D

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  36. thanks so much for this post! I'm a beginner in blogging and I must say your critiques make sense. So thanks. It makes me a better blogger!

    Check out my blog at www.chineseviolindiary.com ! :D Thanks!

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    1. No problem, and i'll check out your blog soon :D

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