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Friend Friday: Blogger Pet Peeves by Emily of Sugar and Spice

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!

An “arty” photo of my own that I have edited to to deliberately look blurred and soft-focussed

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!

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  • SACRAMENTO 20 May 2011, 8:25 am

     I completely agree with you Emily. I am off to check your own blog.

  • Alex 20 May 2011, 9:55 am

    I totally agree.  I don't have the music problem as I always have the volume turned off on the computers I use but I know other people find it hugely annoying. 

  • Fashionpearlsofwisdom 20 May 2011, 10:55 am

    Couldn't agree more with the music, especially when it starts up on a delay!!
    I think your spell check is wrong you spell it 'fluorescent' at least in the UK LOL! But yes bad grammar is a turn off, everyone has the odd typo but it is important to take care with your blog.

  • Beautifully Invisible 20 May 2011, 2:49 pm

    Great responses, Emily.  I agree with all of your points, especially #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.  HA!  Perfect all around.

  • Kirstin Marie 20 May 2011, 3:01 pm

    Yes!! The blurry photos, music playing…it's all so distracting and irritating!!!  

  • Kimberlee VDW 20 May 2011, 3:03 pm

    Aw that's pretty cool you guys swapped! I completely understand blurry photos but sometimes I use my crappy cell phone pics just so people can see the item, rather than using a stock image. 

  • Bonnie 20 May 2011, 5:41 pm

    I think I have read 34234290 of these FBFF posts today, and I have to say that I am agreeing with everyone.  The auto-play music is just horrible.  I don't want to log onto somebody's blog at work and have Dr. Dre rapping in my office.

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  • Vix 20 May 2011, 6:41 pm

    Great points, Emily! I also hate text speak and capital letters used throughout. xxx

  • WendyBrandes 20 May 2011, 8:36 pm

    I ALWAYS have the sound off — that's how much I dislike unwanted music!

  • Jasonlaucht 20 May 2011, 10:00 pm

    cute blog. i love ur header. very cute


  • Ceri 22 May 2011, 1:30 pm

    The music definitely annoys me too. 

  • Sophie - Country Girl 22 May 2011, 9:31 pm

    I do agree with all peeves!

  • Marissa 23 May 2011, 1:13 am

    I'm with you on all of these! The music is totally inexcusable, and it drives me crazy when people can't seem to grasp this English language. You get a pass if you're foreign, but otherwise, ugh!

  • Pullyoursocksup 23 May 2011, 2:19 am

     I have monthly bandwidth limits and if my computer is running slow, I go completely nuts if I have to wait forever for a blog to load up when it's chock-full of gifs, music, flashing lights and other clutter that I won't read.  It's not like I don't appreciate blogger efforts, I just don't have all day to wait for pages to upload!

  • Casee Marie 23 May 2011, 3:29 am

    Agreed! Bad grammar and spelling is a big frustration. Nobody's perfect – I have a 50/50 chance with affect/effect and still almost manage to get it wrong – but it's the effort that counts. Simply proof-reading can save a lot of trouble. And I think nowadays most browsers will underline misspelled words in red so it really gives the impression that the writer couldn't be bothered to fix the spelling issues. Great answers, Emily!

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:20 am

    Thank you so much for your comment – hope you liked the blog 🙂 xx

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:21 am

    I also turn my volume off but then I miss emails – vicious circle!!

    Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:22 am

    Bad spell checker!!!! Yes, I realised that later – when it was far too late! Oops! Think my spell checker is US on my blogger account — can I change that?!

    Thank you for the comment 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:22 am

    Thank you – great to have agreement on ALL of them 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:23 am

    Totally agree – think I prefer a blog without all of the added bits if they are not great!

    Thank you for the comment 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:25 am

    I think sometimes there is a time to use photos that aren't completely perfect but if you're blog's full of them, then it does detract a little – I think!

    Thank you for the comment 🙂 

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:26 am

    haha! Yes, that is totally what I mean! I have the sound turned off on my work computer now – but then I don't get a ping when an email comes in – vicious circle!!

    Thank you for the comment 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:26 am

    Totally agree with your points Vix.

    Thank you for the comment 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:26 am

    Me too! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:27 am

    this seems to be a universally agreed point – wish people would take note!! thank you for the comment 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:27 am

    Thank you Sophie 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:28 am

    Yes, if English isn't your first language then total respect for writing your blog in it but if it is your first language – use a dictionary!!!

    Thank you for the comment Marissa 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:29 am

    Agree that long page load times are a complete pain.

    Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:32 am

    Yes, I know what you mean, everyone makes some mistakes but a post littered with mistakes is inexcuseable when there are spell checkers!

    Thanks for the comment Casee 🙂

  • emilyknightley 24 May 2011, 9:32 am

    Thank you so much for the post swap Franca 🙂 Hope you've had a good weekend, xx