I enjoy finding new blogs to read but there are a lot of moments where I’d visit a blog for the first time and say “NOPE”, followed by a click to the X. My reasons are either the content of the posts and/ the layout of the blog. Content is way more subjective than layout, so I’ll just shut up about what sort of writing makes for a good snorefest and focus on the construction of the blog instead.
1. Too many pictures on the front page. I enjoy looking at pictures just as much as the next guy, but you gotta keep that under control bro. I won’t be able to tell you how many pictures in one page should be considered too many, but if my scroll bar is getting smaller and smaller, and it won’t stop getting smaller as I’m trying to scroll down to find your previous entries…then we have a problem. You can either reduce the number of posts shown on the front page, use thumbnails for your pictures, or cut off your paragraph and insert “continue reading” link instead.
2. Too many words, not enough paragraphs. When you’re writing a longer entry, break them into paragraphs so we won’t have to use rulers or our fingers in case we get lost into your massive wall of text.
3. Only one post on the front page. There are exceptions to this (ie: TOO MANY PICTURES, etc), but I generally can’t stand them, especially when the paragraphs tend to be short and sweet. For that, I would just add more entries to the page because most people would not click a few pages back just to catch up with your life–that involves too much commitment and clicking.
4. Password Protected. I’m quite sure there are many valid and serious reasons to password protect your posts, but let’s be real here, that’s a pretty random thing to have. The real issue I have with it is I don’t know what the social protocol is if I stumbled on the latest post that’s protected by “the” password. Do I wait and expect the blogger to give me the password? Do I ask for the password even though it may come off creepy/nosy that I’m actually curious to read what possible juicy gossip has been written behind it? Would it be considered rude if I don’t ask when I’m a regular reader? Can I even handle rejection if I’m not given a password when asked?
I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M SUPPOSE TO DO.
5. Small fonts and tiny line-spacing. What are we to you, ants? Enlarge everything so our eyes won’t bleed.
6. Captcha. Blogspot captchas have to be the absolute worst when you’re trying to submit your comment because they’re nearly impossible to decipher. Even when you’re already signed in to Blogspot, they still don’t trust you so you have to fill out the captcha regardless. Fuck off Blogspot captcha, I’ve earned my place on the internet, I’m a real goddamn human being.
7. Clicking “Continue Reading” only to find out there’s not much to read. Da fuq, mang. Why do you make us do all this unnecessary work for?