11 Sure-Fire Ways to Annoy Your Readers (Please Don’t Do This)

Jun 22, 2010   //   by Gloson   //   blogging, SEO Blog  //  88 Comments

This could be one of your blog readers.

Are you unknowingly annoying your readers? Well, if you are making these 11 mistakes, you might be turning them off. Keep on reading…

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Annoyed reader photo by Jonno Witts

1. Writing in gigantic blocks of text

Big text blogs are easy to get lost in. They also strain eyes and make reading difficult.

Because it’s hard to scan. Let alone read.

In fact, a study shows that only 16% of your readers read word-by-word. The rest mostly scan. So at least make it scannable.

I suggest keeping paragraphs 1 to 7 lines long. Then your readers would read your post relaxingly and enjoyably. Ahhhh… 8)

2. Eye-straining text

eye No matter how good your writing may be, if you write in teeny weeny text, people are going to be annoyed and read with squinty winty eyes.

Or scan abruptly. Or not read at all.

Also, make sure the lines are not squeezed too tightly together, like…

This paragraph is an example of hard-to-read text, hard-to-read text, hard-to-read text. This paragraph is an example of hard-to-read text, which readers can’t stand and move on to the next. So, make reading easy so the poor eye can rest.

5 easy steps to make your text easy to read

1. Go to your theme’s CSS in your admin area. For WP users, go to the theme editor. Then, on the right, there’s a list of files. Make sure you are on style.css.

2. Find #content (the part of the blog post).

3. Add this line to the code. Below are the settings I use for my blog Gloson Blog, but you can customize it. :-)

font: 15px/25px;

“15px” = text size.

“25px” = space between lines.

4. Customize the sizes (if you want). It’s important to consider the blog width, the blog post width, the sidebar width, and the design. Then update the code!

5. Clear-cache-reload (Ctrl + F5) your blog and check out your comfortable text. Aaaahhhh….. 8)

If you need any help, just leave a comment and I’ll help out :-) .

P.S. If you have the WP Super Cache plugin, go to another page to see the changes.

Photo by Daniel Y. Go

3. MR. ALLCAPS X. MARKS!!!!!!!!

To most people online, ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING and if used with exclamation marks, it’s EXTREMELY ANNOYING!!!!!! REALLY!!!!

It also looks unprofessional and is hard to read. So don’t write in all caps.

Of course, you can use it occasionally and appropriately if you want to emphasize a word. :-)

Photo by toddheft

4. Where’s the about-me page?

Your readers have read an ammmmmmmmmmmmmazing blog post on your blog!

And now, they are heading to your about me page – They want to know more about the awesome guy who wrote it!

But if they discover that you don’t have an about-me page, they are going to get confused, frustrated and annoyed, especially loyal readers.

So, make sure you have an about me page. It makes the blog more personal!

Don’t forget to put up an image of you too! It really helps the readers to get to know you better and also builds your name and brand on the Internet.

5. Writing like a robot with no personality

Readers don’t like to read writing without personality. It feels as if you’re reading from a robot! Or even a impersonal “professional” commercial site!

Instead, write with your style and personality–who you are. That’s blogging. Readers love to read posts that are written for them and by you.

In other words, don’t ever write like Wikipedia (We don’t read their articles, unless we badly want a certain information, right? Their long paragraphs strainnnn eyes too! Arrgh!). :P

The cat photo? mis. tuh.-..purr. suhn. al. it. ee

And it’s taken by swanky

6. Reading…reading…reading…GAHH! Music!

Imagine you sitting at your computer then BANG! Music bursts out your musicspeakers! Yikes! *Finds the stop button in panic!* Phew!

Music, especially autoplaying music, is extremely annoying to unsuspecting visitors.

I’ve read from many people that if they visit a blog with autoplaying music, they would leave immediately.

But if your blog really has to include music, just don’t set it to autoplay and you’ll be fine. :-)

Photo by greggoconnell

7. Here an ad, there an ad, everywhere an ad ad

Advertising is really a very good way to monetize your blog!…if it is not overdone.

Too many advertising distract and annoy readers a lot, and they’re going to be turned off very quickly.

So, don’t fill your blog with too many or distracting ads (animated ones). Making money the smart way is much better than the “quick and easy” way.

8. Complicated, sophisticated commenting system

Don’t ever require commentators to login. No reader wants to go through all the effort to create an account for one single comment!

Mind-exploding Captchas are not a very smart way to prevent spam either. It drives away potential commentators more than it prevents spam.

Instead, install Askimet the spam exterminator. Mostly no spam gets past it.

If a blog requires people to login or enter a Captcha to comment, then it’s missing a lot of potential commentators.

Photo by mag3737

9. Really, really bad design

Don’t judge a book by its cover,” they say, but that’s the problem. Most people judge a blog by its design.

If your blog has a poor design, it will give new visitors a bad impression and it isn’t very nice to look at, anyway.

So, make sure

  1. typography easy to read
  2. navigation easy to find
  3. design doesn’t distract reader from content
  4. design doesn’t look like a website from the 90’s
  5. colors look cool 8) .

And lastly, make sure your design never ever ever looks like this:

Designer’s nightmare

Caution before clicking: Autoplaying Music

Ouch… my eyes hurt.

For some inspiration, here are 50 Beautiful and Amazing Blog Designs compiled by Smashing Magazine.

10. Snail loading speed… dot dot dot… *Yawns*

If your page takes 10+ seconds to appear, visitors lose patience and will click away before your page has even appeared.

To improve loading speed,

  1. reduce the number of posts on homepage
  2. reduce the number of images
  3. reduce the size of images
  4. reduce your coding

In conclusion, to improve loading speed a lot, remember the 3 R’s.

Reduce, Reduce, and Reduce.

To test loading speed, head over to Pingdom Tools. It gives a detailed breakdown on the loading speed of certain elements, so you know which one slows down the loading.

Here is one popular plugin to help boost your loading speed a lot > W3 Total Cache.

Photo by jpockele

11. Turn off comments, turn off readers

The blog community is made out of 2 things:

1. the blogger

2. readers

So, if you turn off comments, you turn off readers.

Readers like to voice out their opinions on your blog. It’s where they can converse, discuss, and have their say.

So, don’t ever turn off comments! (Unless you have serious spam issues and have put your reason in the comments section.)

Photo by Marc Wathieu

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Phew! That’s quite a list!

Don’t forget to share the things on blogs that annoy you in the comments below! If I think the point you shared is really annoying, I’ll include it here! :-)

So, are you guilty of any of these? :-)

Cheers!

Great Tips from Commentators (Thank you guys!)

Kristi

Great tips! I would add that in addition to having an about me page, you should have some small blurb on your sidebar that describes you and your blog for new visitors so that people know what the overall gist of your site is.

Susan Cooper (BuzzEdition)

Great post Gloson! But may I add:

Please don’t load your blog with so many ads that you have to scroll a full webpage to see the content

Josh

Gloson,

Awesome post man, these are some great pointers for anyone getting a blog started or needing to ‘spruce’ things up a bit.

I can’t tell you how many times I hate going to a blog that has an interesting title that loads sooo slowly.

Another thing that really annoys me is widgit overload! Too many widgits makes for a very busy page. Great Job! :)

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  • Kristi says:

    Great tips! I would add that in addition to having an about me page, you should have some small blurb on your sidebar that describes you and your blog for new visitors so that people know what the overall gist of your site is.

    • Gloson says:

      Hi Kristi! Yes, I agree with you. Some readers might miss the about me page so a blurb at the sidebar is a great addition :-) .

  • Kristi says:

    Great tips! I would add that in addition to having an about me page, you should have some small blurb on your sidebar that describes you and your blog for new visitors so that people know what the overall gist of your site is.

    • Gloson says:

      Hi Kristi! Yes, I agree with you. Some readers might miss the about me page so a blurb at the sidebar is a great addition :-) .

  • Gerald Weber says:

    Gloson,

    Great guest post buddy. You make some excellent points here.

    The ones that totally baffle me is when people turn off comments on a blog post, require people to login or as you say require a mind blowing CAPTCHA

    One I am actually guilty of is not having an about me page. Well I have an about Search Engine Marketing Group page, but not an about Gerald Weber page. (although most people that read this blog know me on a personal level) it's still a good thing to have.

    I think the reason is because my blog evolved from a static html business site into a blog over time. Still something I'm going to add so thanks for the reminder buddy.

    Awesome thanks again for taking the time to put together this awesome post. You always "over deliver" my friend.

    • Gloson says:

      Thank you! You’re most welcome Gerald! :-)

      Yeah, I agree that an ‘About Gerald Weber’ page on your blog would be great. It really helps customers to know you more personally :-) .

  • Gerald Weber says:

    Gloson,

    Great guest post buddy. You make some excellent points here.

    The ones that totally baffle me is when people turn off comments on a blog post, require people to login or as you say require a mind blowing CAPTCHA

    One I am actually guilty of is not having an about me page. Well I have an about Search Engine Marketing Group page, but not an about Gerald Weber page. (although most people that read this blog know me on a personal level) it's still a good thing to have.

    I think the reason is because my blog evolved from a static html business site into a blog over time. Still something I'm going to add so thanks for the reminder buddy.

    Awesome thanks again for taking the time to put together this awesome post. You always "over deliver" my friend.

    • Gloson says:

      Thank you! You’re most welcome Gerald! :-)

      Yeah, I agree that an ‘About Gerald Weber’ page on your blog would be great. It really helps customers to know you more personally :-) .

  • Excellent article Gloson. Every item you mention in your list is vital. And I hadn't known about the ability to control spacing between rows, so I'm going over to my own blog now and check that out.

    And then I'm going to mention that issue any time I come across it on other blogs now. So thank you, in advance, for helping me look like I'm a genius. :-)

  • Excellent article Gloson. Every item you mention in your list is vital. And I hadn’t known about the ability to control spacing between rows, so I’m going over to my own blog now and check that out.

    And then I’m going to mention that issue any time I come across it on other blogs now. So thank you, in advance, for helping me look like I’m a genius. :-)

  • Yeah, one of my personal beefs is when music starts on its own. I usually keep my speakers off, but every now and then I forget and BANG! it hits you. Cubicle dwellers probably hate them more than I do.

  • Yeah, one of my personal beefs is when music starts on its own. I usually keep my speakers off, but every now and then I forget and BANG! it hits you. Cubicle dwellers probably hate them more than I do.

  • Great post Gloson! But may I add:

    Please don't load your blog with so many ads that you have to scroll a full webpage to see the content.

    ;-)

  • Great post Gloson! But may I add:

    Please don’t load your blog with so many ads that you have to scroll a full webpage to see the content.

    ;-)

  • Kaila says:

    Haha, I love all the pictures. Great post Gloson. I agree with all of em, especially eye straining text. I wear glasses, and any kind of glaring text just HURTS my eyes so badly!

  • Kaila says:

    Haha, I love all the pictures. Great post Gloson. I agree with all of em, especially eye straining text. I wear glasses, and any kind of glaring text just HURTS my eyes so badly!

  • Gloson says:

    Alan – Haha! Thanks Alan!

    David – Yeah, exactly!

    Susan – Thanks Susan! The blogs that prioritize advertising more than content are really annoying. :P

    Kaila – I certainly agree! White text on black background hurts my eyes! Light-grey text, though, isn't that bad. :-)

  • Gloson says:

    Alan – Haha! Thanks Alan!

    David – Yeah, exactly!

    Susan – Thanks Susan! The blogs that prioritize advertising more than content are really annoying. :P

    Kaila – I certainly agree! White text on black background hurts my eyes! Light-grey text, though, isn’t that bad. :-)

  • Great points, all! But I must agree the most with the music one. Ack! As much as I love music, I need to at least know how to turn it off so I can peruse a blog in peace! :)
    And yeah, Senor G…we need an “About Gerald” page – sheesh! :) Cheers and thanks Gloson for the suuper tips!

  • Great points, all! But I must agree the most with the music one. Ack! As much as I love music, I need to at least know how to turn it off so I can peruse a blog in peace! :)

    And yeah, Senor G…we need an "About Gerald" page – sheesh! :) Cheers and thanks Gloson for the suuper tips!

  • Gerald Weber says:

    Gloson,

    BTW my blog has threaded comments. Just click on “reply to this comment” next to the commentators comment and you can reply directly.

    I find it’s easier to understand the conversation this way with the threaded comments. ;-)

  • Gerald Weber says:

    Gloson,

    BTW my blog has threaded comments. Just click on "reply to this comment" next to the commentators comment and you can reply directly.

    I find it's easier to understand the conversation this way with the threaded comments. ;-)

  • Phil says:

    Some bloggers run too many ads, popups and i have seen it in few popular blogs as well, i like to stay away from these type of blogs and get RSS feed is best from these…..

    Many of the points in this post are very justified and those will benefit the bloggers

    • Gloson says:

      Thanks Phil! I sometimes wonder if people subscribe to those blogs just to skip the design and everything and read the content. Haha.

  • Phil says:

    Some bloggers run too many ads, popups and i have seen it in few popular blogs as well, i like to stay away from these type of blogs and get RSS feed is best from these…..
    Many of the points in this post are very justified and those will benefit the bloggers

    • Gloson says:

      Thanks Phil! I sometimes wonder if people subscribe to those blogs just to skip the design and everything and read the content. Haha.

  • This is surely great tips my friend. It’s been so long that you made a survey about this topic.

    You surely made so much effort and value to all your post you have shared.

    - Felix Albutra

  • This is surely great tips my friend. It's been so long that you made a survey about this topic.

    You surely made so much effort and value to all your post you have shared.

    - Felix Albutra

  • Ann Smarty says:

    What a refreshing piece :) I love the style and the tips in here.

    My generic advice here would be: don’t overdo. Don’t overdo with formatting, stylizing and “pluginning” your blog. Just keep it sweet and simple and your readers will appreciate that!

    • Gloson says:

      Thanks Ann! I agree with you! If you overdo with formatting then nothing will stand out. Too many unnecessary plugins may cause bugs and other stuff. Reducing those plugins makes it easier for you to manage, any way. :-)

  • Ann Smarty says:

    What a refreshing piece :) I love the style and the tips in here.

    My generic advice here would be: don't overdo. Don't overdo with formatting, stylizing and "pluginning" your blog. Just keep it sweet and simple and your readers will appreciate that!

    • Gloson says:

      Thanks Ann! I agree with you! If you overdo with formatting then nothing will stand out. Too many unnecessary plugins may cause bugs and other stuff. Reducing those plugins makes it easier for you to manage, any way. :-)

  • graywolf says:

    comments on a blog are highly overrated. Turning them off was hugely productive step. #irony

    • Gloson says:

      LOL Really? Personally I think readers will be confused and frustrated if they see comments disabled on their blog.

      I think comments are not unproductive, but rather the opposite, because it will make your readers happy, and that would generate more traffic.

      Comments also can be used to determine a blog’s quality. They also generate discussion, which builds relationship with the blogger when he responds.

      Enabling comments is a little price to pay, but it shows that you love your readers and it keeps them coming back.

      Besides, you start a blog because you want readers, right?

  • graywolf says:

    comments on a blog are highly overrated. Turning them off was hugely productive step. #irony

    • Gloson says:

      LOL Really? Personally I think readers will be confused and frustrated if they see comments disabled on their blog.

      I think comments are not unproductive, but rather the opposite, because it will make your readers happy, and that would generate more traffic.

      Comments also can be used to determine a blog's quality. They also generate discussion, which builds relationship with the blogger when he responds.

      Enabling comments is a little price to pay, but it shows that you love your readers and it keeps them coming back.

      Besides, you start a blog because you want readers, right?

  • Josh says:

    Gloson,

    Awesome post man, these are some great pointers for anyone getting a blog started or needing to ‘spruce’ things up a bit. I can’t tell you how many times I hate going to a blog that has an interesting title that loads sooo slowly. Another thing that really annoys me is widgit overload! Too many widgits makes for a very busy page. Great Job! :)

    • Gloson says:

      Hey Josh! That really annoys me too! Interesting title but loads slowly. Yeah, too many widgets is cluttering and distracting and makes it look “busy”.

  • Josh says:

    Gloson,

    Awesome post man, these are some great pointers for anyone getting a blog started or needing to 'spruce' things up a bit. I can't tell you how many times I hate going to a blog that has an interesting title that loads sooo slowly. Another thing that really annoys me is widgit overload! Too many widgits makes for a very busy page. Great Job! :)

    • Gloson says:

      Hey Josh! That really annoys me too! Interesting title but loads slowly. Yeah, too many widgets is cluttering and distracting and makes it look "busy".

  • Jen says:

    Nice points here, good job :) I was glad to see you hit on one of my biggest pet peeves…surprise music! I’m a strong believer in letting people opt-in to music instead of having to search frantically for a way to shut it off.

    • Gloson says:

      Haha! Thanks Jen! It is also one of my biggest pet peeves. Why doesn’t everyone set it to manual play instead of auto play? :-)

  • Jen says:

    Nice points here, good job :) I was glad to see you hit on one of my biggest pet peeves…surprise music! I'm a strong believer in letting people opt-in to music instead of having to search frantically for a way to shut it off.

    • Gloson says:

      Haha! Thanks Jen! It is also one of my biggest pet peeves. Why doesn't everyone set it to manual play instead of auto play? :-)

  • As a protest to number 11, I give you sethgodin.com. You don't -have- to have comments. There are other venues for carrying out conversations. Twitter, email, facebook.

    Do I use comments? Well, yeah, it's a tutorial blog, but you won't turn off your readers if you turn off comments. You can direct them elsewhere.

    • Gloson says:

      Yeah. Seth Godin's blog is really quite an exception because he writes short but great posts. And though he disables comments, he still has trackbacks.

      I agree with you that there are other venues for carrying out conversations, but so far, to me, comments are the easiest and most convenient for your readers.

      "but you won’t turn off your readers if you turn off comments."

      Well, perhaps you won't turn off readers if they agree with you disabling comments, but for new blogs, I strongly recommend not disabling comments.

  • As a protest to number 11, I give you sethgodin.com. You don’t -have- to have comments. There are other venues for carrying out conversations. Twitter, email, facebook.

    Do I use comments? Well, yeah, it’s a tutorial blog, but you won’t turn off your readers if you turn off comments. You can direct them elsewhere.

    • Gloson says:

      Yeah. Seth Godin’s blog is really quite an exception because he writes short but great posts. And though he disables comments, he still has trackbacks.

      I agree with you that there are other venues for carrying out conversations, but so far, to me, comments are the easiest and most convenient for your readers.

      “but you won’t turn off your readers if you turn off comments.”

      Well, perhaps you won’t turn off readers if they agree with you disabling comments, but for new blogs, I strongly recommend not disabling comments.

  • martin says:

    Great tips man! But again on the commenting part, many people turn off comments as , they tend to influence the way your write. Nevertheless, leaving it available is a great way to build an active online community.

    • Gloson says:

      Thanks Martin! Yeah. That was the exact reason Seth Godin turned off comments. And it worked quite well for him, I must say.

  • martin says:

    Great tips man! But again on the commenting part, many people turn off comments as , they tend to influence the way your write. Nevertheless, leaving it available is a great way to build an active online community.

    • Gloson says:

      Thanks Martin! Yeah. That was the exact reason Seth Godin turned off comments. And it worked quite well for him, I must say.

    • That’s an interesting topic.

      I like to write things readers will enjoy reading – in that sense, I’m all for being “influenced.” But then again, when I start writing things that are pandering to AN audience – like my Alexa experiment – I’m glad I have readers like Dave M. who remind me why they visit MY blog instead of, say, Problogger’s blog.

  • Gerald Weber says:

    I'll go ahead and drop in my opinion here real quick.

    A blog is not a blog without comments. You are just talking to people and not engaging in conversation without the comment section on a blog.

    Commenting not only encourages conversation but also community.

    also many times readers can add additional tips and insight (knowledge) that was not originally presented in the post. If the blog owner feel this information is incorrect or not in line with his viewpoints it's easy enough for him to reply and explain.

    The opinion that I'm hearing that sometimes readers may give information that is incorrect I think is very narrow minded thinking.

    My 2 cents. ;-)

  • Gerald Weber says:

    I’ll go ahead and drop in my opinion here real quick.

    A blog is not a blog without comments. You are just talking to people and not engaging in conversation without the comment section on a blog.

    Commenting not only encourages conversation but also community.

    also many times readers can add additional tips and insight (knowledge) that was not originally presented in the post. If the blog owner feel this information is incorrect or not in line with his viewpoints it’s easy enough for him to reply and explain.

    The opinion that I’m hearing that sometimes readers may give information that is incorrect I think is very narrow minded thinking.

    My 2 cents. ;-)

  • Gautam Hans says:

    Gloson, I liked the way you presented the article and I think you act like a very experienced blogger. You are one of the best young bloggers i have seen. good work!

    I hate websites with eye straining colors, it makes the whole reading experience really irritating.

    Readers usually ignore blogs like this

    • Gloson says:

      Thank you very much Gautam! :-) I indeed hate websites like those! I usually highlight the text and read it like that. haha :P

  • Gautam Hans says:

    Gloson, I liked the way you presented the article and I think you act like a very experienced blogger. You are one of the best young bloggers i have seen. good work!

    I hate websites with eye straining colors, it makes the whole reading experience really irritating.

    Readers usually ignore blogs like this

    • Gloson says:

      Thank you very much Gautam! :-) I indeed hate websites like those! I usually highlight the text and read it like that. haha :P

  • #9 was my favorite. What's scary is that designs like that are still around on the Internet today.

    What are people thinking?

    -Paul

    • Gloson says:

      LOL! Yeah. That is probably is worst web design on the planet! But I’m grateful that it exists for everyone to marvel at its ugliness.

  • #9 was my favorite. What’s scary is that designs like that are still around on the Internet today.

    What are people thinking?

    -Paul

    • Gloson says:

      LOL! Yeah. That is probably is worst web design on the planet! But I’m grateful that it exists for everyone to marvel at its ugliness.

  • Sally says:

    What a really cool post.

    I wish more bloggers would follow these tips, especially the ones who turn off comments!

    What are they afraid of, baffles me.

    Thanks for the tips, they were really helpful.

    Need to check I don't have a slow loading blog page now….

    Sally :)

  • Sally says:

    What a really cool post.

    I wish more bloggers would follow these tips, especially the ones who turn off comments!

    What are they afraid of, baffles me.

    Thanks for the tips, they were really helpful.

    Need to check I don’t have a slow loading blog page now….

    Sally :)

  • Way back in 1995 when I first started doing websites, I don't think I ever produced an ugly site like that. I can't believe 15 years later people still have crappy sites like that.

    I think it's because a lot of people still don't really value their web presence. They would NEVER send out a wedding invitation that was ugly, or take a picture wearing raggedy clothing, but when it comes to their websites it's like they don't care.

    Scary.

    On the other end of the spectrum I also see a lot of really nice looking websites but that are totally useless.

    They usually start with "Loading Flash…23% done"

    :)

    -Paul

    • Gloson says:

      Scary indeed! Those "cool-looking" flash sites… lol. They should make the default version a HTML one and then have an option to switch to the "cool" flash :D . Haha.

  • Way back in 1995 when I first started doing websites, I don’t think I ever produced an ugly site like that. I can’t believe 15 years later people still have crappy sites like that.

    I think it’s because a lot of people still don’t really value their web presence. They would NEVER send out a wedding invitation that was ugly, or take a picture wearing raggedy clothing, but when it comes to their websites it’s like they don’t care.

    Scary.

    On the other end of the spectrum I also see a lot of really nice looking websites but that are totally useless.

    They usually start with “Loading Flash…23% done”

    :)

    -Paul

    • Gloson says:

      Scary indeed! Those “cool-looking” flash sites… lol. They should make the default version a HTML one and then have an option to switch to the “cool” flash :D . Haha.

    • I made one like that, once, about 12 years ago. Well, it wasn’t THAT ugly. I joined every affiliate program on the planet and laid out my own “mall map.” You know, like the signs at a real mall that tell you where all the stores are? Except that THOSE don’t BLINK…

  • TechDubDoob says:

    These are all great points to make note of when appealing to your readers. Unfortunately, I need to get on a few of these.

  • TechDubDoob says:

    These are all great points to make note of when appealing to your readers. Unfortunately, I need to get on a few of these.

  • JeromeC says:

    Hey Gloson, How old are you now? For a 12 year old, you've made a wonderful post for us, grown ups, by the way! :)

  • Hm.

    1) I write for the 16% of readers who read. Though to be honest, I still have high hopes of convincing the other 84% that it’s a fun and worthwhile activity. Paragraphs are good. Bullet lists – at least in fiction – are overkill.

    2) I need to tweak my css a bit. I love my template too much to dump it, but the pages could be wider and allow for bigger text. Too big, with my current layout, and it looks like a kindergarten workbook.

    3) Eeeep!! Good God. You scared me. I’m even trying to cut back on my use of bold, italics, exclamation marks, ellipses, and little ASCII smiley thingies. The writing itself should convey all of this. Except to the 84% who, you claim, don’t read.

    4) Me, me, me, me, me!! (Oops. Sorry.) I agree, Gloson – it’s disconcerting not to know who is behind the words. I don’t want to leave comments if I don’t have a sense of the blogger’s identity and personality (see #5). I don’t know whether to be deadly earnest or my usual silly self. So odds are, without an About ME page, I just won’t leave comments. Think of “About me” as a blog’s welcome mat.

    5) I’m lucky. I have Dave Michaud around to keep me from becoming a mindless automaton. Seriously – we all need a good friend, sometimes, to say “Are you ill? You’re just not writing like YOU. And this stuff you’re posting? This is just no fun to read. Get back to giving us the REAL you!” (Search my blog for “Prunebutt” – you’ll see what I mean.)

    6) Blogs with ANY kind of automated sound should be marked NSFW and give a warning before loading. And I have weird tastes in music. If yours are more…mundane…it’s probably going to grate on my nerves, just like mine would on yours.

    7) Meh. I’ve about given up. I’m “content development,” not “marketing.” Everyone should know and appreciate their own skills and talents, don’t you think?

    8 – 11) These go together, and I’m probably guilty of some (according to Alexa, some 87% of all sites out there load faster than mine). Y’know, just kick your feet up and drop by when you have time to spend a few minutes. I’m kind of attached to my blog’s design. I worked hard to make it that slow. (j/k, but it IS personal and it is MINE, and I’m not ready to ditch it for something “clean, streamlined, and easier to navigate” just yet.)

    Great post, as always, Gloson!

  • Cindy Eve says:

    mmm, really interesting, esp point #6 and #8 I always end up navigating away from a page when either of those two issues occur. I also hate those new floating capture pages that folks have up these days.. I immediate click away, esp if they do not have a X to click and remove! Thanks for the useful info.

    Regards

    Cindy

    @3days_in_london

  • Matthew says:

    Hi Gloson,

    I relate to your tip about making the comment system easily accessible to everybody. I sometimes struggle to leave a comment to some blogs because their CAPTCHA is unreadable!

  • Sagar says:

    These are some awesome tips :), also in-line ads can irritate visitors, and the bounce rate goes high eventually.

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