Bad Blogging Behavior

I co-wrote the following with the endlessly talented Shayne of Musings by Shayne. As I said the last time we worked together, she contributed the good parts, and I contributed the rest. 

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:

  1. 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:

“Great post!”

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

About Nowhere Tribune

A husband and daddy, striving to love his neighbors and be kind to his pets. I love good food, good beer, and a few good friends. My other interests are hiking, taking walks, lifting weights, reading books by manly authors like Hemingway and Twain, and splitting fire wood with my bare hands.


80 thoughts on “Bad Blogging Behavior

  1. 🙂 I have had my fair share of the serial liker (As a matter of fact, serial likers tend to press my “Like” button numerous times in a very short space of time).

    Personally, I am not fond of generic comments.

    And, the blogosphere is filled with lots of ignorers.

    To make sure that I get quality comments, I created a commenting policy.

    Posted by Renard Moreau | August 24, 2019, 3:49 pm
  2. Great post – please visit my blog.

    Posted by Michelle Le G | August 24, 2019, 3:57 pm
  3. When you have a chance!

    Posted by Michelle Le G | August 24, 2019, 3:59 pm
  4. “Endlessly talented.” Well, I don’t know about all that, but thank you for allowing me to write with you!

    Posted by Shayne | August 24, 2019, 4:01 pm
  5. My “favorite ” is not listed . Going to check out the blog of a follow and finding a list of Amazon links with no blog , or a terrible romantic poetry blogs . But I don’t care too much as long as no one steals my stuff.

    Posted by pkadams | August 24, 2019, 4:07 pm
  6. Omg, I’ve had each of those! Especially the negative commenter, an a-hole who criticized my writing, grammar and use of the word “mofo.” Like you did, it’s our blog, some of started it with reasons that may not be known to the entire world. But as you said, we don’t need to know that, that’s totally personal. But this blogger jerk thought his post response would go unanswered. So when I responded to his rude and grammatically inept and rambling response the MOFO was offended *gasp* imagine that?

    If someone isn’t going to contribute positively to your blog, there is no place for them in my blog. So I block them and delete their posts, after all it’s my blog and if someone is going to take a swipe at me in a rude manner, I’ll expel them and let that miserable person languish is their own self-loathing and misery.

    Without sounding vanilla, great post John, lol.

    Posted by thehuntress915 | August 24, 2019, 4:38 pm
  7. I have seen the follow/unfollow thing though mainly on instagram. I guess I don’t care. If someone follows me, I will go check out their page and if I like it, I follow them back, if not, I don’t. I don’t really worry whether or not they unfollow me.

    I don’t see a lot of rude comments. Internet anonymity seems to encourage/enable people to say horrible stuff that they would never say in person. Though if they saw me in person, they would be so moved with pity that they would say only nice things.

    Maybe I have been lucky, but I get a lot of positive and thoughtful comments and I appreciate that. Maybe all the grumpy people are busy on Twitter.

    I do get some blatant spam but it is easy to get rid of and it is not that common for me.

    I try to avoid criticizing grammar or spelling as that is not really my strong point. Thankfully, I get little red squiggly lines under words that I misspell.

    Posted by Jason Frels | August 24, 2019, 4:46 pm
  8. I like original content, like stories and thoughts from the writer. I do not like nor follow any blogs that strictly post links en masse

    Posted by jim- | August 24, 2019, 5:04 pm
    • I agree completely. The Drudge report type blogs. I’m with you on the original stories and thoughts. Thanks, Jim.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | August 24, 2019, 7:33 pm
    • When I first started blogging I would get tagged in blog posts, only to find that they were tagging everyone else under the sun. There would be like over 100 blogging links in a single post! I couldn’t tell if those were bots or some really desperate bloggers.

      Posted by TheCovertAtheist | August 25, 2019, 5:09 am
  9. Ugh, the generic comment – I hate it! I hate reading it and I hate receiving it. It makes me comment a lot less on blogs though, because I don’t always have insightful things to add and I don’t want to leave a generic one. I guess that is what the “like” button is for! But that feels cheap too. Ah well!

    Posted by Erin Haske | August 24, 2019, 5:16 pm
    • Well, I’m glad that you chose to leave a comment today! And I’d love for you to write another post sometime; I’m still getting notifications every week that someone liked the last post you wrote here.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | August 24, 2019, 7:32 pm
  10. It’s true, all of this happens. There is so much content that I find myself pretty much only reading my favourite blogs. Which is why I stop by yours! One thing I don’t like is an over-blogger, I will definitely unfollow the people who clutter up my newsfeed with their posts. Also not a fan of boring. But the ones I do read, I truly enjoy…so thanks for keeping it entertaining!

    Posted by Middle Aged Momma | August 24, 2019, 5:54 pm
  11. I just wanted to start by mentioning you have 666 followers. I hope that changes soon. Not many things on the blog sight annoy me and if they do I just unfollow. I do not follow many and I am amazed anyone follows me. On the other side their are some bloggers I cannot wait till they blog for some fun reading.

    Posted by bigguyhiking | August 25, 2019, 1:04 pm
    • I agree–out of all the blogs, there are relatively few I like. But yours happens to be one of them. I love seeing and hearing about all the cool places you go; it makes me want to get out more. And I noticed that number this morning. Maybe I can get to 67 later today.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | August 25, 2019, 1:12 pm
  12. I have a frequent stock commenter. After checking their site and finding absolutely nothing I ignored him/her… but him/her keeps commenting. Whatever. I’m not in it for the numbers and zap businesses followers, sites with nothing but links followers, ghost followers and basically anyone who doesn’t have a real blog followers on a daily basis.
    I’ve followed ignorers who have no interest in interacting, and hey, to each their own…. but I won’t continue after months of no response.
    And while I understand there are a lot of fledgling authors here, if their blog is just excerpts from their books in order to drum up sales? No. If they write about their life as an author? The ups, downs, and in betweens? Yes.
    I haven’t had any attackers, avoid the whiners who just want attention and just hope to find the interesting, funny people on the fringes. Like you!

    Posted by Rivergirl | August 25, 2019, 2:32 pm
  13. I write my blog, because I love to write I feel have content worth sharing. I would would love to make a living doing it but, I usually make. 20 cents a month so sometimes, I give a like, on several posts I may have missed so you’ll know I’m still interested in your blog and I’ll return when I have more time to read in depth. I never leave a link although, I occasionally link to others with good content or similar info. Cheers .

    Posted by Kelly MacKay | August 26, 2019, 5:17 am
    • Hi Kelly–thanks for the comment. That makes sense and sounds like a good reason to me. And yes you do have good content to share. I enjoy your blog very much. Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | August 26, 2019, 5:50 am
  14. Thank you! I am new to blogging and this was invaluable to me. I need to learn the etiquette, clearly! This was informative and helpful, I appreciate you putting it out there.

    Posted by Jordan Faux | August 27, 2019, 1:28 pm
  15. I’ve done them all, especially #8.

    Have you heard this saying before: If you want to avoid criticism… say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

    You know what bad blogging annoys me the most? (just know it was hard picking only one, but… time constraints) poor grammar, syntax, and misspellings…. drives me friggin’ crazy.

    On another note, great list, great advice, and I do love your blog.

    Posted by Clever Girl | August 30, 2019, 2:19 pm
  16. I’m guilty of many of these, but working on commenting more frequently in my own voice. Great post, thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s a good reminder for everyone.

    Posted by Laura Beth | August 31, 2019, 3:00 pm
  17. Thoroughly enjoyed this

    Posted by Gottfried | September 1, 2019, 8:21 am
  18. I get and/or have followers who fit each and every one of these categories….. with the exception of the personal attacker. I’ve been blogging for 8 years, and for whatever reason, have yet to draw even a random drive-by a-hole comment from anyone. And it’s not like I’m the most warm and fuzzy person out there… especially since I have a very sarcastic and mocking sense of humor. I’m either doing something wrong, or maybe I’m just so impossible to offend that I don’t recognize the personal attacks when they come. Any advice on how to make my blog a more hostile environment for myself?

    Posted by evilsquirrel13 | September 1, 2019, 9:45 am
    • Ha! Really, I haven’t had the personal attack either. Shayne wrote that one. The strange thing is, she is more likable than me in every way. Maybe people are more rude to female bloggers? It’s just hard to say.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | September 1, 2019, 12:01 pm
  19. I would much rather take 1 thoughtful comment over 20 ‘nothing’ comments when you’re not even sure they’ve read the piece!

    It means so much to me when I think someone has actually read and engaged with the piece – and I’d be way more likely to go and read something of theirs and leave a detailed comment too!

    Posted by Hannah Louise | September 3, 2019, 1:42 am
    • I agree, Hannah Louise. If you know someone took the time to read the piece you worked hard on, it makes it worth it. A comment that shows they didn’t read it is worse than none at all. I’m honored that you’d come over here and read. Thanks so much. I love reading about your adventures.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | September 3, 2019, 4:35 pm
  20. Love your thoughts about this subject. For #2 – The advertisement-comment, what I do is edit the comment and take out the link before I approve the comment. They soon get fed up of leaving links in their comments.
    Some other things I get fed up about are the bloggers who have share buttons that don’t work (especially the Twitter share button that when you press includes the Twitter ID of WordPress rather than the blogger).

    Empty comments such as ‘Great Post’ should be banned. I would also like to ban comments that only include emojis.

    I’d also like to see WordPress install a new ‘like’ button that can only be pressed when the reader pressing it has had the blog post they are ‘liking’ opened for at least 60 seconds. That would stop a lot of the serial ‘like’ button pushers.

    Posted by Hugh's Views and News | September 3, 2019, 9:18 am
  21. True

    Posted by SHANIASTORE | September 4, 2019, 12:38 am
  22. I’ve never actually had the balls to include a link to my blog when I’ve commented on other people’s posts. I guess for me my hope is that my comments are thought out and articulated enough to catch the attention of the writer for them to follow me to my blog. Once they get to my blog, watch out! Hah.. Anyways, I think your post has some good points and I agree with the heart of this post that people do need to take a little more time to engage with each other instead of the serial “Like. like. like. follow. follow. follow.” Thank you from a newbie blogger for the tips!

    Posted by Prairie Chick | September 11, 2019, 4:12 pm
  23. You hit the nail right on the head!! I have encountered all of these – and honestly, probably done a few of these. I think the ones that bother me the most are the generic comment and the follow/unfollow game. I would rather just get a “like” than a generic comment. I think this happens in part to some of the comment threads on Twitter – you know leave your link then comment on others – I feel this invites generic comments. As far as the follow/unfollow game – ugh….this really irritates me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all about numbers but as a new blogger, numbers are important to a certain extent and I feel these people are just users and discouraging to those of use who are learning. Thanks for sharing this!!

    Posted by kimmieleatherwood | September 19, 2019, 6:35 pm
  24. Oh my goodness, that last Facebook comment had me LOL

    Posted by Singing Mermaid | September 23, 2019, 2:20 pm
  25. I mean, why else do we blog if people aren’t actually going to read?? We aren’t looking for a pity like. Thank you for being brutally honest in this post!

    Posted by Singing Mermaid | September 23, 2019, 2:21 pm
  26. I’ve committed #1 in the past but have hopefully reformed. I’ve had #7 (follow/un-follow) done to me and it’s hard not to take being un-followed a little personally. I’m not sure it counts as bad, but the behavior that perplexes me is the individual who finds my blog, rummages through lots and lots of my 500+ posts (I can tell because the view count skyrockets but the visitor count doesn’t) and then leaves with no comments, likes, nothing. While I appreciate that they took the time to rummage, it would be nice to know what they thought about that experience – what they liked, didn’t like, could I do something different/better, etc. Ah, tis’ a strange new world since I abandoned my quill and parchment for electrons and pixels…

    Posted by Boots on the Trail | September 28, 2019, 9:01 am
    • I understand. There are lots of silent readers out there, though. Especially people who don’t have a blog of your own. There’s one person I know in real life who reads my blog and occasionally mentions something she read on there, but she’s never left a clue on the page itself. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | September 29, 2019, 11:01 pm
  27. Advertising in the comments section yep seen that before, but it also goes by another name. SPAM. Great post by the way!

    Posted by Cameron Black | September 30, 2019, 3:09 am
  28. Thanks for the list. I’m glad you admitted to Number 2. When I first started, I did this a couple of times without realizing it’s “bad form.” It seems if the post is on a very related topic with a slightly different spin it should be acceptable…

    After all most people put a lot of thought into their posts and why edit out the good shit just to fit it in a comment.

    Maybe we should change that rule and let links live — they only help everybody’s traffic on the google.

    Posted by Kieran | September 30, 2019, 7:55 pm
    • Yeah, I see what you’re saying. There’re probably times when it’s just fine to do it. I guess the irritating ones are when someone is only commenting to leave a link. Thanks for coming by!

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | September 30, 2019, 8:15 pm
      • Yeah all the drive by traffic and follows is just bullshit. But that’s pretty much the problem with the shallowness of a lot of social media.

        Posted by Kieran | September 30, 2019, 11:34 pm
  29. I read #3 as “serial killer” and I was wondering what kind of people you get on your blog! I surely hope I’ll never get a serial killer reading my blog! XD

    I think a bad behavior I’m guilty of is comment moderation, but this is mostly so I can know people commented and reply to them, otherwise I know I’ll forget! I hope people can forgive me this one sin! (I’m probably guilty of other bad behaviors I don’t know about, though x.x)

    Posted by Jay | October 10, 2019, 9:06 am
    • I think comment moderation is a good management, not bad behavior.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | October 11, 2019, 5:40 am
      • Thanks! I’ve read all kinds of arguments on both sides. As far as people don’t let a comment sit for weeks, I’m perfectly fine with moderation, to be honest! Have a great weekend!

        Posted by Jay | October 11, 2019, 11:14 am


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