5 reasons why I didn’t read your blog post!

5 reasons why I didn't read your blog post
Starting up your own blog is an easy step to make but it is a hard work when you want to keep it growing. Ever since I started I have learned loads and I doubt that learning curve will fade anytime soon because the blogging work is just one big learning curve in my book {and also quite time-consuming!}. Everything from creating ideas for blog posts, taking photos, typing up posts, sharing on social media and even commenting on other blogs.

However, reading {and commenting on} other bloggers blogs is something I really need to improve on. Finding the time is pretty tough but over the years, I have developed a few pet peeves that will put me off reading your blog post altogether.

Small photos. This is without a doubt my top pet peeve of them all. You have space to display your beautiful images on a wide area. Use it! Nothing makes my eye twitch faster than popping over to a blog and seeing little thumbnail sized images. I mean…my eye physically twitches. Share your photos in all their glory – use the space you have to show them to the world!

Not mobile friendly. In today’s day & age a lot of us bloggers use our phones for pretty much everything. Being busy parents, we don’t have that luxury of setting at our PCs all day – so using our phones whenever we can is a lifesaver and having your blog theme to be mobile responsive is a massive must nowadays. You can find out if your blog is mobile friendly over on the Google Mobile-friendly test page.

Captcha. Oh dear lord captcha is a nightmare. Finding the time to comment on a blog can be time-consuming as it is without having to click the foods out of the selection, or do a sum, or type the really illegible word from the box. Sigh. I hate captcha.

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Long posts that lack images. There is nothing more soul destroying that reading and reading and reading without seeing any photos. Humans are a visual race, the world is a visual place….FEED US THE VISUALS PEOPLE! We live for the pretty, pretty pictures.

Subscribe to my blog pop ups! Now I’m guilty of this as I tried one out of my own blog for about a week. But I made mine as discreet as possible {if that’s even possible}. But after a week, it annoyed me, so it’s gone. But it’s on so many other blogs and it is hugely irritating to have something pop up as you’re happily reading a great piece of content. 

So, those are my 5 reasons to why I didn’t read your blog post. Is there something that will make you click the ‘X’ at the top of the screen before you get halfway down the page?

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  1. 17/02/2016 / 7:32 AM

    I fully agree with the small images one. It doesn’t matter how good the writing is, because my eyes just get distracted by those tiny images randomly placed in between text. Cant’s stand Captcha either, such a pest everytime.

    • 19/02/2016 / 9:21 AM

      The tiny images just make my eye twitch – but it does come down to the old saying ‘each to their own’ really, doesn’t it. Because I never thought that some people may not know how to resize their images for their blog posts. Maybe that’s an idea for another post!

  2. Jenna Michelle Pink
    17/02/2016 / 8:21 AM

    Oh I totally agree about small images and captchas. The amount of comments I have gone to leave on a post only to run away because I can’t get through the captcha is unreal.

    • 19/02/2016 / 9:22 AM

      I have to admit, there have been quite a few cases where I have literally given up on the captchas and just left. Sounds awful, but I can’t be sitting there ‘attempting’ to jump through several hoops just to leave a comment. Commenting shouldn’t be that hard!

  3. 17/02/2016 / 11:21 AM

    I hate all those things too! Apparently 2000 word blog posts are the most popular – I must have the attention span of a gnat because 500 words is about my limit before I’m skimming to the end. As much as I hate teeny little pictures, I hate it even more when people put up 12 or more (I kid you not) giant pictures of the same cake/biscuit/chicken/vegan or whatever thing they’ve made. I got it after the first pic and didn’t need to have my eyes bleed by the end of the post! I think I’m getting old 🙂

  4. 17/02/2016 / 11:44 AM

    I agree with every single thing you have listed. Captha and pop ups are so annoying and I often just click off and don’t return to that blog , even if I love it xx

  5. 17/02/2016 / 12:51 PM

    Excellent tips, that I have pinned so I never do them! The other thing that annoys me is that if you comment, there is a tiny tick box that automatically signs you up for the newsletter. Don’t spam me!

  6. 17/02/2016 / 1:35 PM

    pop ups are by far my biggest pet peeve. Especially if I can’t find the darn X!

  7. 17/02/2016 / 2:27 PM

    Yes yes yes! I get so annoyed when it’s such a hassle to comment and also pop up drive me crazy! Thanks got hosting #MMWBH XX

  8. 17/02/2016 / 2:51 PM

    Good tips. I was guilty of small photos when I first started. Also HATE Captcha and abandoned several blogs when trying to comment!
    My other pet hates are when people don’t write their posts with any paragraphs or headings. It makes it really hard to read the text is not broken up! Thanks for hosting #MMWBH.

  9. 17/02/2016 / 3:16 PM

    Great post. Another of my pet peeves is trying to leave a comment and it’s not a WordPress/user friendly blog platform and there’s no option to leave my name/url. I turn away then as it’s too much faff to try log in with another platform on my phone.

  10. 17/02/2016 / 4:06 PM

    Ah, the tiny images one kills me too! And huge blocks of texts with no images to split them up. I don’t care if the images are beautifully taken on the latest DSLR and the depth of field is amazing, as long as there are nice sized images I can see, and no huuuge blocks of texts, I’m set! I think everyone will agree with you on captcha and mobile friendly sites too. Hope this helps some people out. 🙂 Ray x #MMWBH

  11. 17/02/2016 / 4:09 PM

    I read a lot of blogs – like LOADS and this is something I completely agree with. Small or no images is a real turn off! x

  12. 17/02/2016 / 4:17 PM

    This is quite interesting … I agree with the pictures thing though and i’m in the process of re-vamping my blog and pics so hopefully i wont be guilty of the small pics (or long posts with no pics)

    Thanks for sharing and hosting #MMWBH

  13. Lissette
    17/02/2016 / 4:20 PM

    Yes to all of this!!! I’ve tried to make sure I keep my blog very simple for many of these reasons. If I don’t like it when I’m viewing other blogs, I don’t want it on mine either. Great post!

  14. 17/02/2016 / 7:06 PM

    I don’t mind most of those things but I do agree that the pop ups are annoying and when I cant just comment on a post easily, often I just don’t bother!
    I am sometimes guilty of long posts with no pictures, sometimes because I just don’t have a photo which would do it justice, but I do try my best to always use photos when possible! #MMWBH

  15. 17/02/2016 / 8:06 PM

    Great tips. I did not post any pics for years as genuinely did not know how to do so and had no tech ability whatsoever. Good writing can get you readers but pics make all the difference for sure. With you on all the others too – hate pop up things, puts me right off!

  16. 17/02/2016 / 8:27 PM

    My biggest annoyance is popups. Especially those which are difficult to close.
    Captcha’s get one chance with me….If I can’t do it first time I usually don’t bother commenting!

  17. 18/02/2016 / 5:38 AM

    Ah yes, Captcha. Irritates me intensely. A genuine and true annoyance! Small images also make a blog look a little….Blue Peter too? Is that a fair thing to say?? Thanks fo hosting #MMWBH

  18. KidGearUK
    18/02/2016 / 10:26 AM

    Ooo I hate Captcha. Anything that makes it harder to leave a comment will make less people comment. And yes to the pictures, at least one in every post and make them big!

    #BrilliantBlogPosts

  19. Jason Arnold
    18/02/2016 / 10:43 AM

    I agree completely with the small images point. I hate having to strain my eyes to see a tiny thumbnail when they could have used the full image in all its glory.

    Great post!

    Jason @ tassiedad.com

  20. 18/02/2016 / 12:08 PM

    I agree with most of these points, especially the small images one and the pop-ups. There’s nothing more distracting than small (or too big) images on the post. As an avid reader of other blogs myself, seeing these disproportionate images turns me off on the blog. The popups are the same. I don’t mind the promotional purpose it provides, but there are discreet ways to ask for a subscription to the blog than a pop up box, especially while in the middle of me reading your piece. Again, another distraction that turns me off as a reader. Thanks so much for sharing these Debs, and for hosting us this week on #mmwbh!

  21. 18/02/2016 / 2:07 PM

    Oh, great tips! I do agree with you…being able to read comfortably on a mobile device ranks the highest on my books! A clean design and easy to read fonts as well! #brilliantblogposts…PS Having a so-so title will make me not read as well! Yours stood out brilliantly and I knew I wanted to read it! 🙂

  22. 18/02/2016 / 2:54 PM

    I must say I have to agree with you on all of those! I hate pop-ups asking me to subscribe or even sign-in?! and I also really hate small photos (although in my early-blogging days I was guilty of this!). They are all things you learn over time I think and realise they don’t work massively well for you 🙂

    #brillblogposts

  23. 18/02/2016 / 7:29 PM

    Hi Debs, I tried a pop up on my blog until common sense kicked in (I hate them, so why have one on my blog?).

    I also hate posts that are too long and with very little white space, so tend to click out of posts like that. Small text or a coloured background will also have me clicking on the cross in the corner of the screen.

    xx

  24. 18/02/2016 / 10:11 PM

    Ah this is really interesting Debs, I do agree, small photos drive me mad too! x

  25. 19/02/2016 / 4:08 PM

    Great post hun, and so true. I’ve recently bought a new template to make my blog mobile responsive. I realised it was a MUST these days. I think the thing that turns me off most is the writing – it needs to be engaging, like talking to a friend. I remember reading a quote from Terry Wogan… when asked how many listeners he had he said “just one”. Whenever he was on the radio he was talking to that one person, I loved it so much I try to keep that in mind when I’m writing. 🙂
    #brilliantblogposts

  26. 19/02/2016 / 10:24 PM

    Haha!

    I would add – more than one spelling or grammar mistake in the first paragraph.

    And…

    Poor paragraphing. Paragraphing can be beautiful. It can add order, emphasis and meaning to your words. AND it’s just plain annoying to read a huge chunk of text – like the no photos point.

    Great post 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

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