Top Ten Blogging Pet Peeves

Picture credit:

Picture credit:

Hi. My name is Phil and I’m a blogger.  (Everyone else in the “blogosphere” replies “Hi Phil!”)  Yes, if I’m being painfully honest with myself, I’m a blogger. I’ve been a blogger for over nine years. I took to it like a fish to water. Just because I do it doesn’t mean that I love everything about it.  Thank you to Nerd in The Brain  for the idea for today’s Top Ten list. Go visit her. She has a great blog. Without further adieu, here are my Top Ten Peeves about blogging:

10. Blog Awards: Let’s get this one right out of the way now. It’s not an award if it requires you to do anything you normally wouldn’t,  like turn around and give it to fifteen other people.  There’s no other awards in life that require you to do work. “And the Oscar for Best Actress in a Drama goes to Meryl Streep, but only if she can name fifteen other actors that deserve it!”

9.  Everything has a blog: Have you noticed that just about everything on TV claims it has a blog? Products in commercials have blogs. New programs have blogs. Every celebrity has a “blog.” Blogs aren’t blogs if a marketing department creates them and manages them.

8. Everyone can have a blog: Yeah, I know that’s kind of the point, but there’s got to be some sort of screening process.  Just because you can say something doesn’t mean that you should.

7.  Blogs that are too long: Yup, I’m well aware that we all have unique  life stories, and I want to hear yours, but not if I have to clear my plans for the evening to read your blog post. I want to hear your life story in bite sized pieces. Think of blogging like a party you go to.  Nobody likes the person who traps you in the corner near the bathroom to tell you everything about their life. In the blogosphere I like to move about the party meeting many new and interesting people.

6. Blogging terms: Blogosphere, blogiversary, blogiverse, re-blog. Are any of these real words? Are they in a real dictionary somewhere? I feel like an idiot using them, but I have to because everyone here understands them.

5. Blogs without pictures: Words are good, but c’mon, brighten that up with a little eye candy! That’s why I have that picture of me at the top left. You’re welcome.

4. Fake profile pictures: Unless you’re blogging about something super personal or “adult” why hide your identity? How am I going to stalk you in real life if I can’t recognize you?

3. Blogs about boring stuff: Hate those.Please stop writing them. No,  not you. Don’t you hate when someone boring follows you and comments on all your posts and so you feel obligated to visit and comment on their blog occasionally, but it is just the worst blog ever? Thank God this doesn’t apply to anyone I follow. You guys and gals are great as chips.

2. Blogs that don’t post their own thoughts: An inspirational picture or quote is nice now and then, but if that’s all a blog is, what’s the fun in that? I like to read little, genuine slices of people’s lives. I don’t care what Ghandi said fifty years ago. If I did I’d read his blog. Speaking of that, he hasn’t posted in a while. What’s up with that?

1.  Animated GIF’s: You know the ones, right? It’s literally a two second video clip that repeats endlessly. It’s nearly seizure inducing like a strobe light. Nothing is that funny in two seconds.

As always, everything here is meant  in good humor with no malice intended. In the comments, what are your blogging pet peeves?

As always, if you enjoy #ThePhilFactor feel free to share by Facebook, Twitter, or re-blogging! Have a great Tuesday! ~Phil

91 responses to “Top Ten Blogging Pet Peeves

  1. I can relate to number 7. I feel the same way reading a book. I can only cope with any text in bite size chunks. 😀

  2. Number 6 is spot on, and is more than applicable beyond the “Blogosphere”… sorry. If I see the term ‘Bae’, my brain vomits passive aggressive anger disguised in niceties. As for number 7, how long is too long in your opinion?

  3. Great list as always Phil. That 7th point though…I feel it so!!:-)

  4. I’m guilty of number 7 *embarrassed face*

  5. My pet peeve are the *promoters* who crash in with a quick comment along the line of *great post. Come and visit my blog. You’ll love it*

  6. I’m totally with you on 10, 4, 2 & 1. Especially the last two. My pet peeve is people who “like” my post within seconds of me hitting publish. There’s no way they read even three words of it to come to that conclusion so quickly. I do believe that they might not be sincere! *gasp*

  7. Oh, the awards!!! I played along when I first started blogging until I realized absolutely no one read those posts, not even the person who nominated me!

  8. Oh I’m guilty of most of these now and again. Thanks for reading the short ones, with pictures, but without GIFs and awards 😀

  9. I agree with most of this. But I’m guilty of #4. Pet peeves? Typos. Pop-up ads. People who write the same posts over and over again.

  10. A combination of 3, 5 and 7 is THE WORST. If I open a post and it’s an endless stream of words that appears to never end, but there’s no pictures to give my eyes a break, I can’t read it!

  11. Rebloggers and others with not much to say
    But still post two hundred times every day.

  12. Totally agree with #5 – a picture is a must, not just for eye candy but to add ambiance to the post itself. My pet peeve: bloggers who hit your home page and just fly through the likes. C’mon! Did you even stop to read anything? I read everything (yeah I’m crazy). Great post, as always, Phil 🙂

  13. I wrote a lengthy reply earlier, did it disappear?

  14. I’ve gone award free, although have to say that in the early days of blogging (and in the defence of blog awards) they put me in touch with lots of other bloggers as well as gained me lots of followers. It’s such a shame that what they were put on here to do (only for those blogs with less than 100 followers) has been dropped and now everyone seems to be creating new ones.

    #1 on your list drives me insane. How anyone can expect me to read their post while there are gifs galore of someone flapping their arms or legs about, is beyond me. My eyes are drawn to them and I can’t read anymore, so I end up closing the post down and moving on.

    • I’ve proudly never accepted a blog award!

      • Really? For new bloggers they are a great source of helping to build a blogging community. I agree that once blogs become established then these awards will lose their appeal and sparkle, but the very first ones were only ever meant to be passed on to blogs with less than 100 followers. I think they do a terrific job in the early days, but there does come a point when we have to move on from them.

      • You’re about the tenth person to mention that the awards are for blogs with less than 100 followers. Is that written down somewhere? I still occasionally get an offer of an award and have to politely decline.

      • Afraid not. Some of the awards still have that rule in them, but many have had it removed as they have been passed around. Many of the new awards that have popped up on the back of the original awards don’t stipulate it. For me, that is where the whole thing has been derailed.

      • If it was a genuine award Id be fine with it, but if it’s just an exercise in forced socialization then it likely won’t achieve its intent

  15. This is a great list, Phil. I agree on most all of them. I think the awards have to be my biggest peeve, well-intentioned though they may be.

  16. I did ‘do’ awards early on. I have made it clear, somewhere on my blog that I don’t do them any more. Of course, unless you are stalking me, you probably won’t have read the entire library of my ramblings…if you have…you’ll know that I have more socks than M & S, have a penchant for colour and feet, love being outside and elephants, yes elephants. Not really but it sounded good. I don’t mind answering questions but the torture of having to find some poor souls to accept the nomination of an ice bucket challenge is no less desirable than sticking my finger in a wall socket.

    Ah yes, 50,000 words on how you addressed the piles. How you found them, measured them and eradicated them, is not on my list of things to know before I die. No, a fucking photograph will not make this any more pleasant or bearable. Really. Trust me.

    Fake profile pictures? Please tell me this is not so? Now I feel like a teenager who has just found out that the girl I’ve been chatting with, is in fact a guy, with a dick, as opposed to ‘without a dick’ erm, and is 86 years old with a fetish for girls panties. Shiver at the thought. No no no.

    Never feel obliged. If someone annoys me, or I have absolutely no interest in their blog, their life, their sex life, their granny’s sex toy collection or the colour of their dog’s poo, they are ditched. I don’t need likes or followers but I do like interaction and I love a huge dose of smut and humour. With that in mind, if your granny does have a huge sex toy collection, write a fucking good poem but please don’t show me the pictures.

    My BIGGY is being told to follow someone. I’m 48, I have the ability to say NO. If you tell me, I will ignore you. It’s tantamount to getting likes for likes and all that shizzle. I remember earlier on when I had several hundred followers, before I downsized it to a big round 0, I had one guy hassling me to follow him and when I didn’t, he commented that I’d just commented on ten other posts but still hadn’t followed him. Only he wasn’t as polite as that. You have got to be joking.

    Sorry for hijacking your post, only wish my first comment had not evaporated.

  17. I’ve been re-blogged a couple of times by people whose blogs are nothing but re-blogs, that rally annoys me!

  18. Oh, number 7, especially with not one photo to break the boredom. Now, off to see what that Nerd is up to.

  19. I don’t like people who ask for a follow or leave a link in the comments. If I feel there is a real need to leave a link to one of my posts as part of a relevant comment I now just say I have a post on my blog about it. If the person is really interested then they will ask or even go find it themselves.

    • I agree. I’ve never asked for a follow. If someone says they wrote a similar post I don’t mind if they leave a link. I like to see what others have to say on a similar topic

  20. Erk! I just posted something that took me quite a while to put together, and so help me, there was a “Like” a nano-second after I posted it. Why do people do that? (As the Sexiest man on earth you should be able to answer that, of course.)

    • Of course! People do it because they’re hoping you’ll be grateful for their crumb of acknowledgement and then venture over to their blog to read their Pulitzer Prize worthy writing

  21. I agree with all of these whilst being guilty of a couple. I should probably feel bad about it or promise to mend my ways or something but eh! 😉

  22. I’m with you on these. The one that gets me is the 4000-word post. WTF I figure if you can’t say it in 400 forget it.

  23. LOL I’m a little afraid of how I’m the one who gave you the idea for this post. It’s because I say “bloggy,” isn’t it? 🙂 *scurries away to check blog for offensive bits of annoyance* 😉

  24. Ohhh, the “awards”. They’re all so self-aggrandizing. I did initially participate in a few, but quickly realized it’s not my style. I do like challenges that are separate from awards. I have been guilty of lengthy posts, but now make a concerted effort to keep mine at 500 words or less.

  25. This is a great post, perfect TTT, thanks for re-posting it! I agree with preeeetty much every single one (I feel like a snob if someone gives me a blog award- “thanks but I don’t do those”) except the gifs one. I respect that you dislike cat gifs but do not understand it.

    • LOL, it took my a long time to get over my hatred of gifs. I may have posted one or two. I think we should for some sort of coalition and ban blog awards. I can’t find one person that likes them.

  26. How can I agree with all of these and still have such a d*mn impossible time writing short posts? I’ve even considered breaking them up into multi-parters. The harder I try to shorten them, it seems the longer they grow, the b*stards. Doomed… Doomed, I say!

    Oh, all but the gif-hating. I love animated gifs. I am a child. The only concession I’ve made to you animation-haters is to try to use only tiny ones (not so annoying), or those that reveal motion only after you click on them.

  27. Some great points. One of my pet peeves is bloggers who do lists :-p
    (Only joking)

  28. Reblogged this on The Phil Factor.

  29. Ahh, you probably hate my blog, then, ‘cuz I do all of those horrible things and so many more annoying things! Heeehaw! *donkey snort* ❥

  30. I agree a number of these things are objectionable , part. Blogs that are too long (omg) how annoying! And the awards. 🙂

  31. I’m with you on the no photos peeve, I do believe someone once said a picture paints a thousand words or something along those lines. Great ‘real’ profile pic by the way! I’m tempted to write a top 10 on what I ‘like’ about blogging but it won’t be nearly as funny as yours!

  32. Guilty as charged on 7 and 5. I’m really annoyed by numbers 6 and 1 myself.

  33. Blogs that are boring, excessively lengthy, and riddled with an insane amount of spelling/grammatical errors are by far my biggest (blogging) pet peeves. If it’s painful to read, that pretty well eliminates the pleasure of reading, in my opinion. (Yes, I’m a dork and I read for fun.) 😛

  34. I agree with all of these until number one. Some of us can’t help but love gifs.
    Having said that I didn’t add any gifs to my blog…I just appreciate them sometimes.

    • Admittedly, I like gifs too sometimes. I just needed ten things to complete the list

      • Fair enough!! No one can completely resist a cat gif! 😉

        I was really confused about the awards. I only started blogging a couple of months ago so I had no idea what they are all about. They sort of remind me of a chain letter.

      • I think you’re right. Most of the blog wards do seem to be another version of a chain letter.

  35. The awards bug me, but do try to spread the love. Everyone can have a blog, but some should stick with Facebook. Blogs with nothing but reblog, don’t get any love from me. Fasted way to get un-followed is ask me to fund your writing without even a book in the deal.

  36. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday! The Top Ten Top Tens | The Phil Factor

  37. I loved that opening! It wad inspired!

    Some great points, too.

  38. #7, yes! Great analogy !

  39. Pingback: Blogger Award Nominations Are Now Open! | The Phil Factor

  40. Pingback: Blogger Award Nominations Close Tomorrow: Do I Get A Nomination? | The Phil Factor

Leave a Reply