As a blogger I love it when people actually take the time to read my posts. When I first started writing, I knew exactly where I wanted to take my blog and I’m lucky that so far it’s been playing out the way I had hoped it would. But we all know that part of getting people to come over to read your blog is to stop by other people’s blogs & leave them a comment to let them know you were there. I have my regular blogs that I read daily, but in addition to that, I read through tons of other blogs. I’m not saying that my blog is the best blog ever (well ok, I think it is), but if you’re wondering why I’ve stopped visiting your site, this is probably why:
1. Your posts are too long. I get that you may have a great story to tell, but if it takes me longer than three minutes to read it – I’m not going to. I’m sorry, but I’m busy and I don’t have all day to read a
novel play by play recap of your niece’s dance recital. I understand that sometimes you have a lot to say, but maybe consider splitting the content into two posts (or more if needed) so as not to bore the reader? My rule of thumb is 500 words or less per post.
2. Your posts are filled with spelling & grammatical mistakes. Anyone who’s a regular here knows that I am a stickler when it comes to using proper English (see my previous rants on this topic here and here). Now, I totally get that an occasional typo can occur – we’re all human, right? But I’ve seen some posts out there that are so unintelligible , it would make you wonder how they ever made it out of the fifth grade. Seriously. If I end up on your page and there are multiple typos, run on sentences or lack of punctuation marks – there’s a good chance I’ll never be back.
3. There are too many ads. I’m talking about those distracting ones that talk to me, blink at me or worse – pop up right smack dab in the middle of the screen while I’m trying to read your post. It’s annoying and if you’re looking to drive me away – that’s a sure fire way to do it. I understand many people use blogging as a way to make money and I’ve made money blogging myself, but in my opinion – less is more. Either that, or maybe only accept ads based on the fact that the distracting ones will drive away traffic.
4. The fonts or colors you have are hard to read. You can be the best writer on earth, but if your text color doesn’t contrast enough or contrasts too much with the background, it’s going to give me a headache trying to read it. Therefore, I will be avoiding your blog like the plague.
5. Your blog titles make me yawn. If there isn’t some kind of catchy title, chances are you aren’t going to reel me in. Sorry, but it’s the truth.
Yes, I know some of this probably isn’t going to go over well, so let me have it…..