10 Things about your Blog that Drive Me Crazy

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It happens to all of us.

We click on a link to a new (or sometimes familiar) blog with high expectations.

Perhaps you’ve heard great things about the post.  Perhaps the title seems interesting.  Perhaps there is buzz regarding the author.  Whatever the case may be – something brought you to their site.

You are excited, and looking forward to checking out their content.

And then the page loads… and you want to pull your hair out.

We each have different pet peeves when it comes to blogs.  Something about mine undoubtedly drives someone crazy.  It happens.  I, for one, would like to know what those things are.

This post highlights 10 things that just might be driving me crazy about yours.

You Autoplay Background Music

While I appreciate your love for Cee Lo Green, I do not need to hear the uncensored version of “F— You” as soon as I visit your blog page.   Especially if I happen to be visiting your blog from work.

The same applies to just about every. song. imaginable.

I don’t mind if you have a playlist we can choose to click on, but autoplay is different.  Instead of singing along, I find myself searching frantically for the browser tab that is the guilty culprit and exiting your page quicker than you can say “F— You.”

You use Newsletter Subscription Pop-ups

Let’s think about the days before we had browser pop-up blockers for a moment.  Remember how much we despised the pop-up windows that would open each time we visited a website?

So why do bloggers feel the need to use built-in Newsletter Subscription pop-up windows?  I understand that many of your readers don’t see them because they check your blog through an RSS feed, but what if they click-through via twitterFacebook?  What if they – god forbid – type  your website address directly into the browser?  What if I they are a new reader?

The last thing I want to do is click-through to a blog and be greeted by a pop-up that I have to “x” out of.  That is not what I came to see.  Your content is what I came to see.

You use the Dreaded CAPTCHA

This is something that ends up on just about every commenting pet-peeve list imaginable.  No one likes spam, I  know that.  I never liked the canned kind, and I certainly don’t like the comment kind.  Half the time I can’t figure out what the word is and I have 20/20 vision!

There are ways around having to use CAPTCHA word verification.

If you use Blogger or tumblr as your blogging platform, consider using an outside commenting system with Akismet capabilities.  The use of Akismet will dramatically cut down on your SPAM.

If you use WordPress, install Akismet and something like Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (G.A.S.P.).  With G.A.S.P. all a reader has to do is click a button that indicates they are not SPAM.  Same effect as a CAPTCHA, with no crazy word verification needed.

You don’t want me to share your content

If you don’t have any share buttons visible on a post you must not want me to share it.  Right?  Otherwise, that would imply that you want me to do all of the work.

Instead, because I absolutely loved that post you did about Tom Ford, I:

  • Search for a way to share it with everyone;
  • Sigh with frustration that I can’t find one;
  • Copy the link to your post;
  • Go to a site like bit.ly to shorten the URL;
  • Go to my social media dashboard and compose a tweet, only to realize I don’t know your twitter handle;
  • Sigh again and pour myself a glass of wine;
  • Go back to your page and search for your twitter handle;
  • Go back to the tweet I am writing and add your handle;
  • Hit send.
  • Rethink ever sharing your content again because that was a lot of work.

Yeah, Tom is frustrated too. (Image via Guest of a Guest)

If only you had installed a sharing tool like sexy bookmarks, sociable or tweetmeme, that would have been so much easier.

But you must not like it when people share your content.  That’s cool.  Next time I might not.

You don’t use URL Shorteners/set-up Tweets

Some people are ahead of the game and DO have social media sharing buttons installed on their blogs.  Great.  I love them already.

I’ll love them even more if they take a few minutes to set-up their sharing buttons to be more efficient.  Most of these share buttons include options to personalize the tweets/messages that result from using them.  Check if your chosen share method does, and if you are able:

  • Add a URL shortener (I use bit.ly).  This gives the person sharing your post room to SAY something about it.
  • Add your twitter handle so that it is automatically included if someone tweets your post.
  • Add the title of your post, so your reader doesn’t have to.

I understand not everyone is able to do these things, but many do have the capability and simply don’t.

You are a Twitter-less Blogger

Not everyone is big on social media, I get that.  But I honestly don’t understand why some bloggers don’t at least use twitter to promote their blog posts.  In my opinion, it is the one platform everyone should utilize.  It’s a great way to build your network and promote others in the fashion blogosphere.

Image via Crazy Town

Every week when I post the latest Link Love roundup I include some tweets about who is featured.  Every week I run into a blogger or two that seemingly has no twitter account.  Occasionally they do have one, but there is no easy way to find it on their site.

So here I am, trying to share some Link Love, and I am limited in that I can’t tweet about them effectively.  Who does that hurt?  The blogger, really.

Please, please consider using twitter if you aren’t already.

If you do use twitter, please make sure that your twitter handle is easy to find on your blog homepage.

Your Comment Link is in a strange Location

I confess that sometimes when I read a magazine, I actually start at the back and work my way forwards.  That being said, I have never started reading at the bottom of a blog post and worked my way up.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think most posts would make sense like that.

Since we read from top to bottom, doesn’t it make the most sense to include your “Comment” link at the bottom of a post?  Why make your reader scroll all the way to the top again in order to comment?  Don’t you want to make the process as easy as possible?

Your blog hurts my eyes

The design of your blog is key and simple is the way to go:

  • A white background with dark text is alwaysthe easiest to read.
    • If you must have a black background, make sure the font you chose is large and easy to read.
  • Keep your sidebars as uncluttered and organized as possible.
  • Keep your header at a reasonable size.
    • Don’t use a header that takes up half of the page.  I would say 1/4 to a 1/3 is a good size.
    • When someone visits your site, they should see content right away.
  • Never, ever use more than 3 columns.

Nothing will get me to leave a blog page faster than poor design.  Except maybe auto-play music.

You have never heard of spell-check

Spelling mistakes happen to everyone.  Lord knows, anyone who follows me on twitter knows that my brain types faster than my fingers.

However, when it comes to your BLOG, you need to make sure that you spell-check your content.   I don’t care how pretty your images may be, if every other word in your post is spelled wrong I am not going to be visiting again.

Image via The Oatmeal

Grammar is also key, people.  Just because you try to keep your blog conversational, that doesn’t mean that your grammar should be all over the place.

Your site loads slower than molasses in January

The majority of fashion blogs are highly visual which can mean heavy load times for a visitor.  Most people – especially new visitors – aren’t going to stick around for 15 seconds as your site loads.

Make sure that you make the load time as fast as possible.  Here are a few quick things to consider:

  • Make sure your images load quickly.  Consider reducing their size if they don’t.
  • Deactivate any plugins that you are not using.
  • WordPress users:
    • Consider installing a plugin designed to help speed up your site.
    • Consider installing the Revisions plugin. This will limit the number of post revisions stored in your database.

The faster your site loads, the more likely people will be to stick around and read what you have to say.


As I stated above, each of us has our own pet peeves when it comes to this subject, and these are mine.

Now tell me, dear readers, what are some of yours?

Is there anything about Beautifully Invisible that drives you crazy?


Disclaimer: this post is not directed at any particular blogger or bloggers.  Any similarities are purely coincidental 🙂

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  • Gwen January 7, 2014, 2:32 PM

    Great tips. As a new blogger these were helpful. I especially thought the spell check imagine was great! Had to save that one.

  • Triinu January 5, 2014, 4:43 PM

    Thanks for shearing it, I have erased already most of what you talk about here. Now I just need to make my blog faster.

  • London Tattoo Artist July 21, 2013, 10:52 AM

    I definitely hate the auto-play music in the background. Sometimes I am playing my own music, or the volume is still turned up on my PC. Then I have to frantically search and scroll through the page to find the place to stop the music, just to give up moments later and hit the “Mute” button on my keyboard. And what’s with people who don’t share content?! I thought blogging was all about sharing. This is especially true for some of my fellow Tattoo Artists here in London. They protect their posts as if they were gold dust.

  • Charlotte June 21, 2013, 12:53 AM

    This is literally perfection. Every thing in one simple post for all of us to hate together!

  • Ellen Girardeau Kempler June 19, 2013, 6:23 PM

    Thanks for saying everything I’ve been wanting to say a million times better than I could say it. Blogging’s a slog, and the internet is already imploding with worthless stuff. Why add to the clutter?

  • Cody March 26, 2013, 6:40 PM

    WOW. Really great post!!
    This helped me so much!
    I feel dumb about not shortening my links now! lol.

  • Matt January 11, 2013, 2:46 PM

    This is great!…And its so true…specially the auto-play music!I go bananas!
    Thank you so much for this post!…I really needed these tips.
    Could you perhaps pass by my horrible newbie blogg and tell me how i can upgrade it?..

  • Keri January 4, 2013, 11:45 PM

    Thanks for sharing, your post helped me heaps.

  • Dileep Pandey December 11, 2012, 4:47 AM

    It’s really helpful specially about URL shorteners , cache and design implementation.

  • Divine Katoure December 10, 2012, 6:55 PM

    Thank you for all of this knowledge and feedback. I have learned valuable lessons as I continue to construct my site!!! – dk

  • Tanya Halligan November 27, 2012, 10:25 PM

    I love your post, it all makes a lot of sense. As I am new to blogger, I am slowly learning how to create a usable, readable blog. One that hopefully entices my readers to come back again and again. As I don’t have a twitter account, I’m now on my way to create one.
    Thank you for all your helpful advice

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    hey friend,
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    can you just take a look on my blog http://www.raviirana.blogspot.com
    and suggest some thing to make my blog more visible and followed?

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