My top 10 reasons for not reading your blog

1: There is nothing on your about page that identifies who you are, why you blog, or where else I can find you online. I need not know your street address, ATM pin code, or see a picture. The least I expect is an explanation why you blog even if it is under a pen name. Don’t leave the about page empty or keep the standard WP text. Use it!

2: Your blog doesn’t have a search box in the upper right hand corner and that means that I cannot search your blog by keyword to my heart’s content. Yes, it matters. Please make your blog searchable by adding a search box, categories, and archives.

3: You probably do not blog about cold cases, wrongful convictions, true crime, forensics, or historical mysteries. That is ok. It is just my thing so if your blog has any of the above, I am more likely to show up if you cover some of my favourite topics.

4: When I land on your blog, I have exactly seven seconds before that annoying square pops up that wants to have my email address. That is my cue. I will not surrender my email address just to keep reading your blog.

5: On your blog, I see YouTube videos from others, quotes from others, or links to posts from others. If there isn’t anything from you on your blog why should I read it?ย 

6: Your comment section is filled with spam. It tells me that you do not moderate your comment section and have not taken the time to clean it up. So you don’t mind spam and may not be a serious blogger. I am a very serious blogger. I check my comment section for spam, delete those, check for links and profanity, and keep an eye out for street fights. I keep a clean house as my blogs are part of my reputation.

7: I see a lot of self promotion about you, your shop, your book, or anything else you produce but I hardly see any interaction with your fans/readers. They leave comments but I see no replies from you. Fans have interviews or promos posted to help you but I never see a “Thank you” in the comment section, in social media, or in a post on your blog to show your appreciation. Without our readers our blogs have a lot less meaning. ย 

8: You talk down on new bloggers and you make them feel inferior. Many bloggers who have been around for a few years share tips. Some are great and some are really counterproductive. Instead of encouraging a new blogger to write they discourage them by piling up thing after item that they must have if they wish to be part of the blogosphere.

The only things a new blogger really needs to do is:

  • select a responsive theme e.g. the theme adjusts automatically for desk tops, laptops, tablets, etc and
  • find their own blogging voice to create unique content

Anything else can be added later, can be bought later, and can be improved later. But you first need to know that blogging is your cup of tea. Support those who are new to the blogosphere. One day you were the new kid, remember?

9: The language you use on your blog puts me off. Nuff said.

10: You email me constantly demanding to know why I do not comment on your blog, why I do not follow you on every social media platform ever invented, and why I have not yet covered anything on my blog that you love so much. In other words, you are stalking and bullying me.

Being social while you use the Internet’s various media platforms is often neglected. It is a fact that employers look at your social media behaviour. It is a fact that you do or do not have a readership or following. If you don’t, ask yourself why.ย Having good manners doesn’t stop at the keyboard.

So tell me, how do you select which blogs to follow?

46 thoughts on “My top 10 reasons for not reading your blog

  1. A lot of the blogs I read I originally came upon because they followed me or liked one of my posts. Whenever someone does either I look at their blog and if it is interesting I usually follow. My preference is to follow through my WordPress reader rather than via email. When I look at the blogs that I read regularly there is no rhyme or reason as to why. They are just things that I find interesting and collectively they are pretty random.

  2. I tend to stop reading if posts are full of links which have obviously been bought and are irrelevant to the content, or if I have to enter my email address. If I comment and the blogger never replies, then I probably won’t make a habit of going back.

  3. I’m now trying to decide if you would hate my blog based on this list! I don’t have many posts on true crime (only 1 so far) but I do respond to comments and remove spam! I occasionally link other bloggers in posts, but only if they have inspired what I’ve written in some way or have contributed in another way, it just seems rude not to credit that, but maybe that is annoying to the reader? I don’t have a pop up email box, they annoy me so much!
    Debbie
    http://www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

    1. Debbie,

      there is absolutely no reason to hate a blog you do not know. I follow non-crime blogs as well so that isn’t THE deal-breaker. None of the things in the top 10 are meant as absolutes but they do are indications why I have not been around yet (aside from the time issues, of course). In your case, not being on the WordPress Reader makes it more difficult for me to find you unless we are connected somewhere else where I learned about your blog.

      I just took a peak and read your first post and the last. You set out to blog honestly and when I read the current one, it rang true. Your happiness is centered on relationships and not materials goods. You have a clear focus and set of values in place. I like that. I see you are in the UK, I like that too. So, even though I have not followed your blog from the beginning, I thank you for alerting me to it. I now have it bookmarked on the computer.

      Cheers!

  4. Loved this. I had never thought of adding a search box or archives. They might be there, I’ll have to go and have a check. When it comes to selecting blogs to follow, I am critically time poor so I like a long and interesting post every few weeks. That way there is lots of chat in the comments and I can join in. With a very few exceptions blogs that are full of reblogs with nothing from the actual blog owner really put me off, although I enjoy guest posts and informative reblogs – I found this article from Chris’s after all. I made the mistake of following a couple of folks who posted more than 7 times a day and it did my head in, there can be too much of a good thing.

    Cheers

    MTM

    1. Glad you found me. I struggle with time too. I am still not sure how I feel about reblogs as I would prefer the reblogger to really explain why they wish to do so instead of just linking. And posting seven times a day… I honestly will not keep up. I have nlocked time periods for reading, writing, etc. One block cannot be taken up by just one blogger. Glad you found me!

  5. Hi, Alice! Just dropping by to say thank you for the follow on my blog! Much appreciated! I always like reading your blog tips. I really need to read more of you cold case posts, too. I’ve always been interested and have read lots about true crime. My husband has worked in a prison for over 20 years, so I do hear a few stories about that from time to time. My daughter who is a nurse, did a short stint at the medical examiner’s office, helping with autopsies, which was interesting, too. Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, I bet your dinner conversations are colourful. Please tell hubby to stay safe from me and hug your daughter. Good nurses make or break a medical experience. Always here if you need help.

      Cheers!

  6. Great post. I agree with most of the points you make. I do try to reply to all comments on my blog and keep my blog free of spam. I try to comment on other blogs I visit, but some post so often, that I often just hit “like” because I’ve already commented on several of their posts that day. If a blogger posts too often in one day, I am very likely to drop them. For example, I read a few excellent posts on one site, and hit follow. The follow button on this particular site subscribed me to their email list on WP instead of just following on my reader. The next morning I had over sixty posts (nearly all random reblogs) from that blogger in my email box. Followed at 10:00 pm one day; dropped at 5:00 am the next.

    1. Michelle, that is super annoying. I am not a fan of automatically adding people to lists and newsletters just because they follow my blog. And indeed, some bloggers post multiple times per day and I cannot keep up with that either. I still have the day job to attend to. I do make time to read blogs but I cannot dedicate all that time to one. Thank you for posting your thoughts here.

      p.s.: I love your background image. Are those your own books? *I am not curious at all. Just tell me to mind my own business
      .*

  7. I read blog posts that catch my attention, whether I follow the blogger or not. This is an interesting article worth pondering. I do try to respond to most of the comments left on my posts and will pop over to the readers’ blog to read and share their posts as well, if they have blogs. That’s only fair, and it can be rewarding as I’ve learned many helpful tips, etc.

    1. I agree, Michelle. I may not follow a blog but catch a post here and there when I read the WordPress Reader. I try to catch all comments and yes, I have learned a lot from other bloggers ranging from the best plugins on selfhosted sites to positioning images and more. Thanks for stopping by here!

  8. It’s funny because right now I have a post with 10 reasons of why I don’t continue reading other’s blogs, and it surprisingly, looks almost nothing like your own, although I do agree with several of your points.

    I rarely check out about pages, but I do hear that for many people that’s an important part of the blog (and I have one, because who doesn’t want to talk a little about themselves).

    Recently, I have seen a lot of blogs with links to content that’s not their own and it’s pretty strange. Don’t get that at all.

    My preferences for comment sections are a whole separate post, but it definitely effects whether I repeat visit. I don’t want to stick around somewhere I can’t comment, after all, I could read a book on the topic. Of course I truly value responses to my comments and I do my best to make sure my own blog comments and re-shares get shout outs. It’s just polite.

    1. Hi Jess,

      I must have the link to that post so please ping me.

      On this blog you can comment and I check the comment section often. On my other blog however, you cannot for a reason. The goal from my other blog about cold cases is to raise awareness so I ask my readers to post reactions, comments, and more on their own blogs or on social media to enhance the victim’s digital footprint. If I do not see a comment section I try to find on the “about” page or on the “FAQ” page why the blogger doesn’t have one. I explain on my FAQ page why. As a result, my readers have picked up the sharing and that has helped many victims’ stories for getting back into the spotlights.

  9. I love a sense of humor, a sense of wonder, and an artful education. I can overlook grammar and spelling as long as the author is engaging. Oh, and yes, returning a comment is fundamental. It shows you appreciate the visit.

    Great post!

  10. Now following your blog and shared your post on Twitter. I select blogs to follow for many reasons. Areas of interest, exceptional posts, inspiration from friends and neighbors… Have a great day! :0

  11. Thankfully I haven’t come across the stalking yet. It’s amazing people actually do that!
    I, too, love all things crime. Perhaps I just found a new blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Sue, thanks for stopping by. This blog is about writing and blogging with some crime fiction but if you really like crime blogs, head over to my other blog: defrosting cold cases.

  12. Eh, I dunno. I think the reason why people follow (or don’t follow in your case) has to do with whether the blog provides value to the reader. It starts and ends right there. I’m unlikely to check out a blogger’s About page or search their archives if I don’t find their content worthwhile.

    1. I understand your point, Karen. But for me, added value starts with knowing why I should read something. There is limited time in the day so you need to give me a reason to spend more time with you than with another blog. “Value” is subjective so for you it doesn’t hinge on the About Page. I know that for many it doesn’t. But to me, it does.

  13. Good checklist! Nothing much I can do about #3 at the moment (though maybe later); I think my blog passes muster. But #8 gave me pause, in the midst of all this. I mean, if I’d committed half the faux pas mentioned earlier, I’d be really confused by #8.

    1. Hi Holly! No need to crime up. It either is something that fits your style or it doesn’t. I read plenty of blogs that have no criminal elements at all!

  14. Well said. I totally agree with all your points, especially when there is no interaction with fans and followers, it puts me off too. Also, I think you forgot to add the fact that bloggers rarely follow back and read the pages and post of their followers. And that is sad…

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