What would you say to other bloggers? #blogging

BloggersWhen blogging, I find blog-visiting just as enjoyable and important as posting on the blog. Often, I wish to leave messages for those I visit, beyond the comments on their posts. I don’t because it feels like an intrusion, and I run short on time. Some of the things I want to say to bloggers, are:

  1. Make it easier to comment on your posts: Some bloggers make it very tough to leave a comment. You have to sign various forms etc and I tend to lose patience, because most of my blogging and blog visiting is on the run from my phone during work breaks. I wish Blogspot users would add the Name/URL option, that those allowing only FB or Google + Comments etc would just open it to other platforms. Why not make it just a Name/ URL thing? Why would you limit the number of bloggers who can EASILY comment on your blogs? Enable comment moderation if you want to avoid spam.
  2. Make it easier to share your posts on social media: Add the share buttons to social media and make it easy to tag you when sharing posts on Twitter or G+ etc. I find so many bloggers whose Share buttons are not connected to their own Twitter, making it tough to tag them when sharing their posts.
  3. BloggersDon’t write long blocks of text : It is hard to read on screen. Make it easier to read your posts by using shorter paragraphs and bold titles etc.
  4. Make your posts ‘easy on eyesight’: Stay away from dark backgrounds, gifs. Make sure your posts download fast.
  5. Check your spam folders and rescue my comments: That’s self-explanatory. Have lost count of blogs where my comments disappear.
  6. Make it easy to follow you: Give me easily visible Social Media Buttons and Follow the Blog Buttons.  But don’t keep bugging me about it: all those pop-up windows asking me to subscribe to your blog aren’t going to make me do it. Reminders on your blog are fine, by why bombard your visitors with pop-ups?
  7. Link your gravatars to your blogs: When you drop a comment, make sure your name links to your blog. I’ll visit you back that much quicker if you leave me a way to do it.

What are your pet peeves as a blogger? What would you like to change in the blogs you visit? What keeps you from commenting on some blogs: content, format, or ease of commenting?

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  1. Sohini

    Thank you for your tips! For a while I’ve been quite reliant on gifs to break up my text into sections, but I’m trying to experiment a bit more with headers nowadays, and using photos where I can 🙂

  2. macjam47

    #1 is a huge pet peeve of mine. If I read a post, I want to be able to leave a comment. If it is too difficult, I won’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to post it.
    #2 – make sure that you have the option to follow by email as well as to follow in a reader. There are posts I really don’t want to miss, so I like to get an email whenever a new post goes up, but I can’t get an email for everyone I follow, so give the option to follow in my reader.
    #7 This is very important to me. I like to see the person I’m talking to. Leave a photo rather than a symbol or something else. Blogging is about people and getting to know one another.

  3. Amy Laurel

    After reading so many of these I wonder if my blog is too hard to leave comments on? I’m going to have to do some investigating! I use a wordpress theme but I don’t have a wordpress account so I have to sort through zillions of widgets to add on and test. Any suggestions? Perhaps I will try to take a poll of my readers for their feedback. This has been a great topic with wonderful comments. I would love to hear more of what does work for people as well as what turns them off. I always love the option to “Like” a post. It’s a quick way to show my support. And of course being able to share a post I enjoyed on social media is important to me. I do like to subscribe to blogs I enjoy and as long as a pop up only happens ONCE on my visit I don’t mind it, but when they are constantly returning I usually navigate away from the page.

    Thanks for the great discussion!

  4. dancingpalmtrees

    Can’t stand people who leave diatribes and manifestos as comments. Trying to convince me that my viewpoint is wrong, that they are right and I need to be “Saved.” Many times I must Disable Comments because there are way too many racists, bigots and just plain idiots out there. I’ve had to post warnings to Flamers and Cyber-Bullies. I wish WordPress had a Block button. Also I wish all the rude nasty stupid people would just UnFollow or Unsubscribe from my blogs.

  5. Sheila M. Good, Author

    Damyanti,

    What a great list. It made me think maybe I need to make sure my blog is meeting the needs of my readers. My biggest pet peeve are the little boxes that make you jump through very word combination in the dictionary to prove you’re not a robot! When I see those, I click off – not because I didn’t wish to comment or like the blog post but because I’m not a young chick anymore and visually challenged. Thanks for the tips. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

  6. Debbie D.

    Those are all excellent points. My personal pet peeve is bloggers who don’t have their twitter handle set up probably when tweeting out their posts. If I really like the person, I will add it manually, but how many others would bother? I remember last year during the A to Z Challenge, you mentioned having to scroll way down on my posts to leave a comment. The theme I was using at the time didn’t allow for changing that, but I have a much better one now (also more mobile-friendly). The comment form is directly underneath the post and not the other comments.

  7. TheLastWord

    #1, really bugs me. I mean, come on, how much spam are you getting if you need to make people jump through hoops to engage in conversation with you?

    Another Irritating habit: not responding to people who took the time and effort to leave a comment. I actually, had one person say he took pride in ignoring comments. Another very calmly said, “Yeah, I never check comments.” The second one was more egregious because he was at that time complaining about not getting enough readership.. well, duh! You blew me off! Why would I return?

    Blogger / Tumblr are comment averse platforms. I hate the way they make it really, really difficult to correspond with the writer.

  8. Adeel Sami

    Hey!

    Actually, I too agree with this one; “Don’t write long blocks of text.”

    I always tell that don’t make your content wider. Make it lengthier.

    The more lengthy it is, you’re about to use more paragraphs ending up in one or two lines.

    This makes the readers to stick to your content no matter how big you’ve it written.

    And absolutely the great tips you shared!

    Happy to share it on my social life!

    ~ Adeel

  9. upasna1987

    Hey Damyanti, I feel you are talking about me in this Post- I am sad to find no comments from you. Is it Disqus or something else. Please share your thoughts. I would be happy to know what stops you. My Pet peeve is advertisements.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Upasna, it isn’t anyone in particular; these really are my peeves while visiting– and as you can see from oter comments, I’m not alone in this. My online time is severely curtailed these days, so it is hard for me to comment on people who make it tougher. Disqus does make it hard: I’ll try and return your visit now 🙂

  10. Modern Gypsy

    I so agree with those annoying pop-ups. I really wish they would be gone! Also agree with the name/URL option – I really don’t know why people don’t make it easy to comment on their blogs.

  11. Dr Roshan R (@pythoroshan)

    I tend to keep it as simple as possible. One of the worst mistakes I made a few years ago was convert my comments section on blogger to Google Plus. It was so exclusive – no other login allowed – so eventually changed it back to blogger’s default. I still wish it would easily allow people to link to their facebook or blog profiles though… in that matter, what wordpress has is better, I guess.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      I like the commenting options WP offers, but sadly, a lot of other platforms don’t. I really wish there were an option that would let us comment easily on all blogs. There’s a business idea!

  12. Manoj

    I agree with you. At the same time, a simple blog design with valuable contents encourage us to stay with them for a long time. Tips mentioned on this post are really helpful for new writers.

    Have a good day !

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Thanks, and you’ll be surprised how many veteran bloggers give me one or the other of these peeves!

  13. Beloo Mehra

    I too get impatient when the pop-up windows keep opening reminding me to subscribe, follow, click etc! And then there are sliding things from top or side….just don’t feel like spending time on those pages 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Yes, pop-ups seem to irritate everyone, yet they’re everywhere. Wonder what sort of blogging and marketing advice goes around.

  14. maitabibanerjee

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Your kind words were extremely encouraging. Thanks so much 🙂 And can’t thanks you enough for this post. Very useful tips 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Yes, small sized fonts can be hard on the yes. Thanks for stopping by, Jyotirmoy!

  15. Amy Laurel

    What a great list! I’m trying to figure out ways to improve my blog and encourage more comments at the moment so I appreciate your insights!!

  16. aj vosse

    I enjoy visiting your blog and enjoy your visits!! I’ve learned much from your blog and been dragged into the 2016 A to Z! Mind you… I can’t wait for the 2017 version… I’ve been planning since 01 May 2016!! Thanks for your friendship!! 😉

  17. Alok Singhal

    The most terrible part is the numerous adds some put up on their site. It slows down the page and is annoying even otherwise.

    I often have to close the page itself when I see a pop-up right upfront asking to ‘Like’ their page on Facebook. Come on, if people really like your blog you wouldn’t have to beg them every time!

    • Sha'Tara

      I agree about the pop-ups that won’t go away if I don’t sign up… I unsubscribe from those blogs and that’s my way of saying, no thanks, I was already following your blog and now… I’m not.

  18. Nandhini Chandrasekaran

    Name/URL…Uff!!! What a simple change that blogpost bloggers can relieve us of! I’ve personally commented on several posts, even of prominent bloggers, to make this. And to prove myself as a human by checking all the pizzas, all the dogs, all the idlis….real test to my patience. Disqus is another disgusting thing because I don’t keep in my mind it’s login and password. And, and, and I cannot forgive the pop-ups!

  19. umashankar

    In my early days, I used to fret about blogs using Disqus —it may have its advantages— but I’m not bothered any more. Of course, I visit those blogs lesser and lesser, if at all. Because I appreciate being able to communicate with the writer. Of course, it is not the same equation when you are Margaret Atwood, or Salman Rushdie. Apparently, they can’t cope with the volume of traffic, at least it is not viable in their case. The same applies for bloggers who make it mandatory to login into your social media accounts. At times, it is not worth the hassle.

    Then, like you said, I am surprised by the number of bloggers who do not link their Gravtars to their blogs. Maybe they want to remain anonymous and are content visiting your blog. I bless the angels for them.

    My pet peeve at blogging, well, they are many. I hate fake comments, as in, Superr!. The same applies for fake likes. As for other bloggers who feel impelled to use their blogs as weapons of status updates —May the Beelzebub fubar their brains, for the gratuitous traffic-snarl they cause on this beautiful freeway.

    I have pruned many blogs from my WordPress reader, not because they are not great or not scintillating enough, but the topics they dwell upon are beyond my areas of interest. As I grow older, I am being plagued with scarcity of time. Perhaps it is psychological, but I need to focus better.

    And now, I guess I am overstepping my welcome.

  20. John Davis Frain

    Great tips, thank you. I’m a little new to the blogosphere, and honestly don’t know if my site does some of things you mention. Next move: Make sure my site is user-friendly. Have yourself a merry little weekend!

  21. hilarycustancegreen

    Hi, good post. I agree with all you have said. I also struggle with bloggers who post every day (or even more). I love their posts, but there is no way I can read them all, never mind comment on them. Likewise, I struggle with very long posts, though if they are well spaced (less than one a week) I can settle down and read them properly.

  22. Glynis Jolly

    I follow your blog because you are a fellow writer.

    I don’t think my paragraphs are all that long but if you think so, please tell me. I have a light but dull aqua color for where the text is on my blog. I don’t have white because one follower has trouble focusing on any color that is too light. All of my social media sites are linked to me. The others are there for your accounts. I hate the popups too. Anything I want you to sign up for is on my sidebar or at the foot of the page.

    I think what happens is some bloggers are new or have been away for more than a year. They don’t realize that what they are doing or are not doing is hurting their presence on the blogosphere and frustrating their readers.

  23. H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw

    Something new I’ve seen cropping up on blogger is “Google+” commenting system. It doesn’t let me post with my blogger account. I have to sign up for Google+. I won’t, so I don’t comment. Why change to something so limiting for comments? Disqus and Facebook commenting are the same thing!

    Author tagging of posts to social media is a tough one. I was able to add it to mine, but had to code it in.

    Gawds yes to stopping the pestering of signing up for everything. I’ve unsubscribed to sites that do that.

    I think you covered my pet peeves. I’m sure I have more! LOL

    I follow via Feedly! I can’t remember if I used the button or added it myself.

  24. pjlazos

    Great post and so true, Damyanti. I agree with your frustration. Those few precious minutes that I take to leave a comment are sometimes all I have and if I have to spend a lot of time figuring out how to leave the comment, I generally give up and save it to go back later, but later never really happens. One blogger told me my blog was too hard to navigate and that she couldn’t find the reblog button and didn’t like being redirected to another page within the blog because it made it harder to repost so I changed the format as a result of her comment. It was great to have that constructive criticism. My blog is better for it. Have a great day! pjl

  25. Jemima Pett

    Great post, Damyanti.
    Pop-ups. Probably the most irritating thing ever invented. ‘Add a wonderful pop-up to help people sign up to your blog’ goes the marketing spiel.
    How about ‘Add a wonderful pop-up to your blog and drive people away who might have been attracted to your headline and sharing wherever they found it but who will never, ever, read anything you write.’
    Sigh.
    Or maybe it’s just me?

    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

      Nope, not just you, Jemima. I especially hate it when my focus interrupted with a pop up on landing – before I have any idea whether I want to like or share or follow anything they have to say. I leave the site at the first pop-up, slide-over, etc. If I have to close the tab to do so, I will.

      I also tend to comment MUCH less frequently on blogs that have not enabled comment likes (in addition to page likes) – and not just because that’s how I track which comments I’ve read as I work my way down the page. I want the commenters I’ve “liked” to know that somebody noticed that they commented. And when I pay attention to the comments of others, I’m a lot more likely to leave one of my own.

      That last one may be just me, but I noticed a distinct uptick in comments after I enabled likes (not just those up/down thumb things). People like to engage but can’t respond to every comment they read with words.

      Great tips, Damyanti. I’d also add, fill out your ABOUT page. If I don’t know anything about you (or at least make it clear what to call you), I’m A LOT less likely to want to engage with the content of a mystery blogger, and certainly unlikely to say, “Good point, hopingtogetfollowers, here’s what I think.”
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  26. jazzfeathers

    I agree with everything you say. I always find it really odd how some bloggers make it hard of the commenter’s part.
    A difficult path to commenting often puts me off to the point I may not leave the comment I’ve intended to. Colours and font size often put me off too. When I land on a blog which theme is obviously old (weird colours, light fonts on dark background, small fonts) I often don’t even try to read it. Which is a shame, the blog itself may be good. But I’ll mever know.

  27. simonfalk28

    Thanks for another great post. I agree with many of the the challenges you have written about. I too struggle with blog posts that are long. Why do I follow you blog? Because: I often learn things, your interviews with guests are interesting, and you are so gracious and well-mannered. 🙂

  28. G.B. Miller

    A pet peeve: while I don’t mind my comment being moderated, I do mind when people decide they don’t want to deal with you and instead of telling you why, they either leave your comment hanging in perpetuity, they delete it, or with a couple of blogs, reject it and label it spam.

    In regards to moderating and who can comment, early on I was trolled/spammed big time, so for a stretch of a couple of years, I didn’t allow people to comment anonymously across all of my blogs. Blogger really doesn’t leave you the option of picking/choosing how you want people to comment. It really is an all or nothing proposition.

    Because I decided to move my home base of operations to Tumblr (hence, when you click on my name, you go to my Tumblr blog) and because Tumblr makes it 99% impossible to leave comments, I’ve turned my Blogger blog into a commenting blog for Tumblr (long story as to why I did this).

    I still blog, but Tumblr is my weapon of comfort.

  29. jaggh53163

    Damyanti, You bring up some necessary points. As a Blogger, I appreciate the feedback. I want to know what others think about my families letters and stories. When I find a Blog that I enjoy, I try to comment. Since you have just found me, so I have found you, I look forward to reading more.

  30. Widdershins

    Heh … all those things bug me too! 😀 … if I’m actively (reading and commenting regularly) following someone’s blog for a while then I feel comfortable saying something. It’s easier once a relationship has been established.

  31. Nella

    Thanks for this. I hadn’t even thought about whether it was easy to comment on my blog or about enabling the sharing buttons. Good advice!

  32. TanGental

    It’s a damn nuisance to have to fill in name email and blog address every time I comment on some blogs – weebly being one that springs to mind. Once at the start ok but not after…

  33. Sha'Tara

    Good points. However we seem to have drifted apart. I only do WP blogging and no other social media, so anything other than WP I don’t hear about unless second-hand. About those “Subscribe” pop-ups, I just unsubbed from a blog because of that pop-up that won’t let me read her blog unless I “Subscribe” even though I already do the WP follow. I think it has to do with advertising and collecting numbers, not my thing. Enjoy the day, Damyanti.

  34. John Holton

    #5, absolutely. Chances are better than average that I won’t continue to read your blog if you hit me with a popup when I’m trying to read on one of my mobile devices, and even when reading on my desktop.

    I’m not a fan of the WordPress reader, so I don’t “follow” people, but I use Feedly to subscribe to RSS feeds, including yours.

  35. D. Wallace Peach

    Yes. I follow your blog, Damyanti, and greatly enjoy it. 🙂 I have two peeves that really hinder my enjoyment of other people’s blogs.
    1) You mentioned the challenge when a gravatar isn’t linked to the blog, or is linked to an old defunct blog. That makes it really hard to reciprocate.
    2) The other is when there are no navigation tools. I land on a post and can’t figure out how in the world to get to another post or can’t figure out which is the most current. A “Recent Posts” is a huge time saver for a visitor. “Most popular” is okay, but I don’t know which ones I haven’t read and am not going to check them all.
    😀

  36. jan

    My problem is with bloggers who post more than once a day. I can’t possibly keep up. I also don’ t like to fill out forms to lease a comment!

  37. hilarymb

    Hi Damyanti – well I might get some questions answered by you posting this post …
    1) I don’t understand that one … but I’ll look into the back of blogger and see if I can understand more …
    2) You need to be technical – I’m not; but can quite see your point. Also may not do much social media
    3) , 4), 5) are fine … I do those
    6) Another not sure about … wish I did know how – I’ll get there
    7) I hope that works … gravatar to blog
    When new people come over and comment – they don’t tell you where they’re coming from … I have to say I like to call people by their name and can’t always find that …
    Content is not interesting … occasionally ease of commenting – blogger and WP are ok …
    Yes because it’s interesting and informative, easy to read and is relevant. Your blog is in my email and my feedly … I’d never thought about a blog-follow button … but my blog is so basic – not the content! I’m sure you follow me … thanks Damyanti – for a really helpful post … cheers Hilary

    • Jemima Pett

      Hi Hilary… yes, I’ve just nipped over to your blog and discovered why I don’t read it more often! You do need a blog-follow button. 🙂 Click ‘Design’ at the top to add a new box below your Networked blogs, and use the hammer and tongs (or whatever it really is) icon to choose the ‘Follow by email’ option. There are plenty of others you could play with later, but this should only take a minute or so. 🙂

  38. trentpmcd

    OK, just after leaving here a few minutes ago I ran into one of my pet peeves and had to come back and put it on the list (unless someone beat me to it) – I want to read your blog, really. If a pop up asking me to subscribe jumps in my way, I won’t read it. If I already subscribe to your blog and you do that to me every time, you have to have the greatest content ever for me to stay subscribed! I just don’t understand people who do popups.

  39. Mike

    “But don’t keep bugging me about it: all those pop-up windows asking me to subscribe to your blog aren’t going to make me do it. Reminders on your blog are fine, by why bombard your visitors with pop-ups?”

    This. So much this. I’ve not followed blogs before, just because I get tired of chasing the ‘close pop up’ little X and moved on instead. On the rare occasion it doesn’t immediately send me elsewhere, it’s pointless anyway. I’m not going to say yes to it, because how would I know if I want to follow a blog before I’ve even had a chance to look at anything on it!

  40. Leigh W. Smith

    Damyanti, I don’t think I have much to add to the advice pool as far as what’s good in blogging other than to make sure you do it regularly and try to really engage with all the commenters, especially those who take the time to read and/or comment regularly–and/or who buy the books/magazines you are published in. Otherwise, I’d just say, for me, blogging has been a dynamic process in which I’m continually analyzing where I want to go with it and how to get there, so my blogging dedication often takes a back seat to life issues and other times, when I’m not blogging, I am still writing, so, from my angle it’s a good thing. From my readers’ perspective, probably not so much. Oh, and, also for me, I limit myself to the blogs I follow and have in the last 6 months or so started unfollowing blogs that didn’t discuss or engage with issues or goals that I have with regard to my writing. So, photography and food blogs, which are great diversions and I loved reading and looking at them, I just could not accommodate because I have severely limited time with my family life and, now, part-time copywriting. In other words, I had to find my niche and stick to it, narrowing my focus. At least this is the way I feel and operate in February 2017 (February 8th, that is)!

  41. Joy Pixley

    #1 is my biggest pet peeve. Especially with Blogspot — often I’ve taken the time and put thought into a comment, only to find that none of the ways I try to sign in work. It discourages me from even going to those blogs.

    My other pet peeve is how hard it is to navigate some blogs (as someone already commented). I guess I’m just too linear in my thinking, but if I like one post, I’d like to easily see what the previous post was, not have to deal with a bunch of menus.

  42. cathum

    Some good points.

    Is it just me who struggles to navigate some blogs? I really appreciate the ones that have a list of the last ten or so recent posts on the side of the page. I will probably go further back than that, but I do like to be able to start with the recent stuff.

  43. mdellert

    Great article, Damyanti! #2 is absolutely a pet peeve of mine. I want to share a blog post to twitter, and the tag comes up “via @wordpress” or some such. I used to run down the twitter handles, but it can be hard to verify that a tweep and the blogger are the same person, so I don’t even bother any more. If a blogger is lucky, I’ll at least replace the generic handle their blog platform provides with their actual name, but that doesn’t help them to know that their work is being shared, and to share it again themselves.

    As for pop-ups, I’m guilty of this myself, and some “reputable” marketing gurus advise it, but I don’t feel I see much return on investment from it. I think I’m going to discontinue the practice. Certainly, other people’s pop-ups don’t often work at getting me to take the action they call for.

  44. suregirl69p

    I would have to say pop ups and downs then at times I have issues with not being able to post on my blog. As for this one yes I am following to learn more about blogging the ins and outs. Sometimes if there is so.etching interesting in a blog I will comment, but sometimes I get 20 blog post from the same blogger a day and it just gets overwhelming

  45. Dan Antion

    You’ve nailed most of my pet peeve’s Damyanti. The only one I would add would be to stop the pop-ups. When I go to a page and get assaulted by pop-ups to “subscribe to my newsletter” or “sign-up for email” (even when I’m already following, I just leave. It’s particularly painful when I’m reading on my phone, which I do a lot.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      I did mention the pop-ups :). It is a relatively new thing on blogs. I was offered the option for a similar pop-up on this site, and I refused. It annoys me, and like you, I read on the phone a lot.

  46. Tikeetha T

    Love the new layout. I totally agree with you. One of my pet peeves is those bloggers that link to outside data but don’t click the “Open in a new window” option. I leave your page without liking or commenting. It is so frustrating.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Thanks! And yes to the ‘Open New Window.’ I make sure all my links open in a new window, and wish other bloggers would do the same. I keep having to click ‘Back.’

    • Jemima Pett

      You’re so right, Tikeetha. And WordPress drove me mad by taking off the ‘new window’ as the default option for links. Who in their right mind does not mainly want new window for new links? You want people to stay on what they’re reading 95% of the time. So for WP users, especially new ones – they simply don’t know any more where to find the tick box for the new window to open.
      But WP does do lots of other things very nicely 😉

  47. Billybuc

    Good suggestions! My only major pet peeve is that I don’t have the time to devote to reading more blogs. I love reading them, and I wish I could follow more, and comment on more….but so far, I can’t. 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Yep, we could all read more. SO many blogs, such little time. Thanks for dropping by 🙂