Hello Oranges and Apples readers, I’m Emily and I write my blog over at Sugar & Spice. This weekend I am away on my holiday, so Franca very kindly agreed to swap posts for Friend Friday. So if you came here hoping to read Franca’s contribution, you can find it over at my blog (if you enjoy grammar and spelling based rants, head on over – Franca). This week’s topic is blog pet peeves and we’ve been asked to list the 5 things that drive us crazy about blogs we visit. My five – in no specific order – are:
1. Music. I’ve heard this said before by other and I completely agree. I read blogs at home, at Starbucks, at the office and it is not always appropriate or convenient to to have music automatically start playing when I open a blog link. I much prefer those blogs that embed a YouTube clip of a song that you can then chose to play, or not, depending on the time and place.
2. Bad grammar and spelling. There is spell check – at least use that so you don’t make elementary mistakes. If a post is littered with mistakes, I am unlikely to go to another post as I will nearly always be put off straight away. I can forgive the odd mistake for particularly tricky words – how do you spell florescent? Flourescent? (My spell check tells me it is the first spelling!!)
3. Out of focus and blurred photos. There’s no excuse. Unless you are going for the arty look. And it screws with my eyes!
4. Massive photos. Or tiny photos. I don’t want to only be able to see the top… and then only the bottom of the photo in the screen of my netbook. Conversely, I don’t want to see photos that are so small I find myself squinting or clicking for a larger shot every time.
5. A cluttered homepage. By this I mean blogs that have adverts up and down both sides of the blog, combined with a busy background and a million tabs. A cluttered homepage makes navigation and concentration difficult. Personally, I prefer a simple and clean blog layout where the focus is on quality content.
On a final note, a little care taken to the written content and layout of one’s blog shows and means that more people are likely to make a return visit.
Thanks Emily! to read the rest of this week’s posts, visit Modly Chic!