While I admit I’m no blogging expert, I’ve noticed a few things during my blogging adventures that I don’t recommend.
I’ve committed all the following sins some time or another, I’m sure. But they are not behaviors that have helped me be a better blogger. Nor have they helped me gain any blogging buddies.
What do you think? Do you recommend any of the following? I’d love to hear your defense of:
- The stock comment.
You’ve seen it: the comment that could be left on any post, whether one has read it or not.
There’s been one commenter here who has never said more than:
Me: “Thank you.”
Them: “You’re welcome. Please visit my blog when you have a chance!”
That, even after I started following their blog. I no longer follow it, by the way.
You may recognize this conversation, as I’ve read it verbatim on many of your sites.
- The advertisement-comment.
I’m not talking about the comments advertising drugs for masculine enhancement that go straight to spam, but the ones much like those I mentioned above.
“Nice! I wrote about the same thing here. Link. Link. Link.”
I know I’ve done this myself, but it is still irritating.
- The serial liker.
There are times I find a new, well-written blog full of great content, and I may spend an hour reading the posts and liking them. That’s not what I mean.
You can generally only catch the serial liker when you are logged in to your account. Your notification lights up:
“Little Sally Two-shoes liked your post.” And in less than two seconds:
“Little Sally Two-shoes liked your other post.”
And so on, until you either believe Little Sally can read eight hundred words per second, or you realize that Little Sally really, really wants you to pay her a visit.
- The ignorer.
You read a fantastic post, and you’re eager to interact. You leave a thoughtful, well-edited two-hundred-word comment that is on-topic and contains a question. And then…nothing.
We all have busy lives, and few of us blog for a living. Someone may not see a comment for a while; days, maybe. We understand that.
But, if a writer is too important to ever acknowledge any of their readers, they shouldn’t wonder why their blog fails to grow.
- The complainer.
In blogging or life, we grow tired of the never-happy complainer.
There are times when we all have a bad day, or a bad year, and it is good to acknowledge our humanity and struggles. Other people may find encouragement from knowing that we, too, have issues. But if most of your posts or comments can be summed up with:
“My life is terrible and dark and I’m going to do nothing to improve it but lay in this dank room and eat Fritos and drink and cry and write about it while not bathing for weeks,”
Then I may not find much benefit from your posts or comments.
- The personal attack.
Just because it’s your space on the internet doesn’t mean you’re free from the negative comments.
Receiving negative comments is discouraging and almost inevitable. Replying with more fiery hatred, though well-deserved and mildly entertaining, is inadvisable.
Always feel free to delete rude comments or remind them to turn their frustration into something positive. Maybe join a gym? Or a knitting club?
- The Follow-Unfollow.
You’ve gained a new follower and checked out their blog. You like what you see, so you follow back. It’s the beginning of a wonderful friendship.
Until you discover that it was all a game.
These bloggers mass follow people, and once these people have followed back, unfollow in an attempt to boost their numbers.
This probably isn’t an issue for people who aren’t in it for the number of followers, but it’s still rude to assume bloggers won’t notice.
- The diary entry.
We all love a good story. If you can turn a deeply personal event into something others can learn from or laugh at, you’ll receive little criticism. If sharing your experiences encourages people to share theirs in the comments, you’re doing a successful job of creating a community of blogging buddies.
However, we don’t need details about that invasive surgery or the cute boy you met at work. We get it. You have his address and are ready to pounce. There’s a place for this kind of oversharing, and that place is Facebook.
Better yet, save it for a private blog, a bathroom wall, or a notebook under your mattress.
What bad blogging behavior annoys you most?
Which of the above do you care to defend?
We’d love to hear from you.