Totally inspired by Beautifully Invisible’s post “10 Things about your blog that drive me crazy“, I decided to share with you things that turn me off when visiting and following other blogs. Here it goes…
1) You have a huge header, so huge, than when your blog loads I see only the header. I think that if you halve the height it would be still cute :) I noticed that this happens in Blogger. WordPress headers have smaller height.
2) You compose blog posts full of pictures that you found cool or inspirational and I scroll, scroll, scroll till the end of the post and guess what? I’m not feeling inspired!!! It would mean much more to me to include fewer pictures and tell me (like, in words) why you find those pictures inspirational. It is true that a picture equals a thousand words, but you could spare me and add a couple of your words, to explain to me why you like those pictures and then I might feel inspired too :)
3) You have bad quality photos (i.e. blurry, you look small, you are out of focus etc). You want to do outfit posts, that’s a great idea, as I like seeing other people’s style!! But give me a break and make those photos look good. You don’t have to splurge on a DSLR, you just have to follow some “tips”. On IFB there are a couple of posts here and here on taking your own pictures and Casee Marie wrote a beautiful tutorial on how you can use photoshop to make failed photos work! My advice: a) YOU should be the focus of the photo (so do some croping) and b) please, oh please, choose your background wisely.
4) You don’t post often. You have do keep your readers engaged. I honestly understand that you have a life apart from your blog, I do too. In the past I posted scarcely, so there’s no surprise that my traffic was low. I believe that you should post at least once a week (twice would make me super happy). I follow your blog because I find it interesting, please, don’t disappoint me!
5) You post more than once a day. You saw a picture of a celebrity and you posted it, nice. Then you remembered you found some cool shoes that you wanted to share with your followers. And then… Well accumulating ideas is nice, but keep something for tomorrow, or for the day you won’t have inspiration. You should really know by now that QUALITY is what matters the most.
6) You don’t have original content. If you are on IFB, you must probably came across Grit&Glamour’s survey about original content. It’s one of the first posts I read since joining IFB. Most recently Joanne Faith posted a couple of posts (here and here) containing valuable blogging tips and original content(= text+pictures) is on the list (surprise, surprise). It is preferable to have your own photos, but when you don’t and you just pick up nice photos from the web, combine those photos with your own words (see no 2. above). For example for my post What (Not) to Wear When Going Shopping, I didn’t have the time to dress up in sweatpants, or jeans, or a dress to rest my case, so I found cool photos on weheartit (I love this site). BUT, the words, the blog post are totally mine, my ideas, so yes this is an original content! Or if you found a nice editorial you’d like to share, don’t post only the photos, tell us why you like it.
7) You have dark background (and white letters). This is not good for my eyes and unless you are a very good blogger, then I’ll probably refrain from visiting your blog.
8) When I leave a comment, I’d love it if you come over my blog and leave a comment or at least “reply” to my comment on your blog. I don’t expect from bloggers with hundreds of comments (you know, the famous ones), to come check my blog and reply, but what about the rest?