My Six (Admittedly Eccentric) Blogging Pet Peeves

I’ve been blogging away for a couple of years now, and, as regular readers will know, I tend to home in on food (CAKES!), languages and travel, liberally interspersed with assorted frustrations and bemusements thrown up by the daily grind.

Most of us, given the time constraints imposed by daily life, are selective readers, who are little inclined to read or comment negatively on posts that deal with topics we don’t much care for. What’s the point of pissing on somebody’s bonfire, unless you’re one of those deranged individuals who gets a kick out of trolling, right?

Now, I do receive “complaints”. My comment section is replete with reproaches like these: “too many flowers”, “not enough Don Quijote”, “I can’t stand sweet stuff”, “all cats are evil”, “not another bloody food picture!” etc. My blogging buddies just love giving me stick. It’s my absolute favourite part of blogging πŸ˜‰ As for any serious discord of the abusive type, I’ve been mercifully spared so far.

Anyway, this is the train of thought that got me thinking about the kinds of posts/blogs that don’t particularly float my boat, and which I tend to skip. Here we go:

Poetry
I’ll probably be pelted with rotten eggs for this, but I’m one of these troglodytic heathens who finds the sticky heart sap of other people’s sentimental anguish packaged up into overwrought verse unpalatable. There, I’ve said it.

HOWEVER, if a poem bounds up to me dressed in the frilly knickers of humour, I’m more than willing to give it a shot. Anything for a good chuckle. But, on the whole, poetry – meh!

I should probably confess at this point that I have written poetry myself. When I’m grappling with troublesome life stuff, I find that it helps my processing. I’m aware, though, that the words I choose are powerful to me, and to me only, as the specific associations between words and feelings are unique to my tumultuous emotional landscape. The concept of putting my wretched outpourings up on a blog strikes me as being equal to masturbating in public. The activity may be highly gratifying for the perpetrator, but for the bystanders… not so much.

Fiction
Oh, I do so relish reading fiction – it’s my favourite pastime. But I like to get my daily fiction fix from books (or my e-reader), not from the blogosphere. It’s just a personal preference, I totally get why somebody may want to publish the fruits of their creative writing in blog format. However, I personally turn to blogs because they give me a whiff of real life, as it happens to real people in different parts of the world.

To me, the idea of reading fiction on a blog is like going to the theatre to enjoy a live performance, and then being shown a film instead. Even if Viggo Mortensen happened to be pirouetting naked in this flick, it’s just not what I came out to see in that type of venue.

“I’ve made a commitment to post every day until the sun burns out”
OK. Let me be brutal: Nobody bloody cares. Whether you post every single day. Or once a month. Or thrice a year. Really. Not one iota.

What I do care about is informative posts, funny posts, pictures of luscious cheese I can drool over… you get the idea.

Blogging is not an obligation. It’s a hobby (unless you’re paid to do it). And although it can be very social, it’s not a team sport. You’re NOT letting people down when you don’t show up for a few days.

There’s no sacred covenant a blogger signs with their readers. Despite what some bloggers might think, people don’t leap out of bed in the morning, desperate to read what KoreanHausfrauInRwanda rustled up for dinner last night, and then cry into their coffee when there’s – shock horror! – not a single word from the treacherous tease.

Cafe

“She went off to have some baby and then didn’t post for THREE full weeks…!” [Taken at the Crocodile Cafe, Muswell Hill, London, if anyone’s interested]

War-And-Peace-length posts
If the WP Reader says 2,000+ words, count me out. To be honest, for anything over 1,300, I have to be seriously into the blogger and/or the topic.

Wikipedia entries
While I appreciate a few sentences of illuminating background explanation, where appropriate, is there really a need to copy & paste eight paras of historical eventage? Instead of data dumping, maybe we could… you know… insert a link to one of the hundreds of pages which already give that information? Just a thought. The internet is nifty like that.

What I relish readingΒ  about is how much someone detested the yowly flamenco performance they saw last weekend in Granada, not a dry, dull (and ultimately, safe) rendition of the musical genre’s hundreds-of-years of stomping, twirling, castanet-clacking history.

Ghost posting
So, some lucky blogster decides to abscond for a couple of weeks to go wild water rafting down the wifi-bereft Yukon, and, in what can either be interpreted as a bizarre act of misguided altruism or an existential fear of losing their entire readership, they squeeze the last remaining dregs of energy into cranking out a batch of posts in advance, to be released by the iCloud elves at three-day intervals.

Now, what’s the point of that?! The lights are on, but nobody’s home…?

You see, I like the banter, the comment ping-pong, the irreverent feedback, the hilarity that ensues after posting. Reading and commenting on a ghost-posted piece is like being invited over for dinner by a dear friend, and, just as I arrive on their doorstep, being told: “Hey, I’ve cooked up some fabulous nosh, it’s on the table, enjoy, but I’m off now for an evening of line dancing with the Nashvillains. Cheerio!”

Erm… as much as I love great food, I was actually looking forward to the company even more.

OK, that’s it from me*.

So, what about you? Any blog-related turn-offs you’d like to vent? The more irrational and difficult-to-justify, the better. Now’s your chance, get it off your chest πŸ˜‰

I realise this post will cost me 90% of my readership…

[*I do harbour a number of more commonly-shared irritations, such as people never responding to comments, paragraphs that run on for 20+ lines, and, of course, my ex-ed/proofer’s innards contort when exposed to posts littered with heinous spelling and grammar violations, but there’s already a zillion posts about these types of foibles, so I thought I’d spare you. In fact, this sentence is so long, that it would probably annoy me on someone else’s blog…]

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145 thoughts on “My Six (Admittedly Eccentric) Blogging Pet Peeves

    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I did wrangle the grammar thing in at the end there… and if a blog is hard to read, then that’s definitely an issue, especially as my eyesight is getting worse by the day.

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      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        I must confess, I’ve relaxed on that one a bit over the years, because there are instances when “fewer”, although the grammatically correct choice, sounds a bit stilted.

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  1. roughseasinthemed

    What I loathe is the seriously irritating habit of asking inane questions at the end of a blog post as recommended by WordPress. Not a dig at you. Your post was good enough to merit a comment, but I’m not actually responding to that, rather the text.

    I don’t mind a few poems, but I don’t like single topic literary blogs. I like the variety.

    I write long posts too, and have just been told that my 400 word one, by someone who doesn’t like long posts – is – too short.

    The reason for quotations, whether from wiki or anywhere, is that most people don’t click on links. So, therefore, the story doesn’t make total sense, unless you are one clever writer.

    I dont pre-schedule. I might say, I’m off for a few weeks. Who cares? Er, all the flipping ones who ask on the previous post where I am.

    But I will admit to not caring two hoots whether someone has signed up to this challenge, that commitment or whatever. Ban ’em I say. If you have nowt to say don’t write. For which reason I have not written for a few days πŸ™‚

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      That’s a fair point about the challenges thing, and I’m torn on it. I like photo challenges, although I hardly participate nowadays (I went through a little phase…). As for the writing challenges, some have yielded very enjoyable results and it’s been a pleasure reading them, but sometimes, it does beg the question – If you’ve got nothing to say, why force out something contrived just for the sake of producing a post?

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      1. roughseasinthemed

        I’ve done the photo ones, left it alone for months, ya know really exciting personal reasons like being laid up for months so can’t get out to take photos….

        But mainly I do it to see what whacky colours Duotone produces:

        http://everypicturetellsone.wordpress.com

        I don’t like the pressure of keeping up with daily bloggers. Nightmare. I try and keep mine to two or three times a week. Unless I am elsewhere. In which case there is zilch from me.

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      2. ladyofthecakes Post author

        Love the wet streets πŸ™‚

        The daily thing… I can’t see why someone would want to do that to themselves. It would turn the whole thing into a chore. Unless it’s just a daily photo or something.

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      3. Heyjude

        Oh no! You two have got me really worried now! I enter photo challenges, but not as many now as I did when I was a newbie (well what else am I going to do with the million images stored in my digital shoe-box?) And I have been known to ask a question at the end of a post. [Gulp]

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      4. ladyofthecakes Post author

        LOL, stop it πŸ˜‰ I think photo challenges make a lot of sense, it’s nice to have a theme when posting pics. I’ve also enjoyed this what’s-happening-at-a-specific-time-of-day challenge thing that’s been going round, I think it’s very much in the spirit of blogging.

        Anyway, this is not really about ‘bad blogging practices’ per se, but about personal preferences. Horses for courses as they say.

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  2. June

    Yes, yes and more yes. On the challenges, I can’t stand when people say “Here is my response to the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge” – just present the response! I see these things as prompts only. It’s my bloody blog and I’ll respond my way. I also dislike the inane questions. They always sound so contrived. As it happens, for the first time ever (I think) I have a question at the end of my post today, but that was because I actually wanted to know. I still have some courgettes left and need other options. Messy blogs drive me cracked, as do tiny photos, out of focus photos and photos of your dinner. Learn to take a decent photo or leave them off the blog.
    This is really quite cathartic – must do this more often!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      LOL, am glad to have provided a public service πŸ˜‰

      No problem with relevant questions at the end, I often do want to hear what people think and read about their experiences with particular things, but I agree with you – formulaic questions are not an appealing way to end a post.

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  3. NancyTex

    Yes, YES, YES, YES! I want to insert the link to Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in the cafΓ© scene from When Harry Met Sally because that is how much I love this post.

    On the Ghost Blogging observation, I agree with everything you say and would also add that I find it pretty selfish that a blogger would schedule days (or weeks) worth of posts, expecting others to visit, read, comment on their own blog when, clearly, they have no ability to visit, read or comment on anyone else’s. It’s pretty much: Oh hi, I’m not here right now, but I know you are so dying to read my words that I’ve pre-scheduled 17 posts during my absence. Please play amongst yourselves. If I ever get around to catching up on anything you may have posted while I was away, you should be very grateful, because my time (and words) are clearly so much more valuable than yours.

    p.s. Cats are evil.
    p.p.s. Where is the cake?

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Aw, trust you to come up with a spirited reply πŸ˜‰ And yes, I totally agree with everything you’ve said there (except for the cat jibe!) – could not have put it better myself.

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  4. BerLinda

    LOVE this! And agree with every word! I don’t think you’ll lose a single reader as I’d imagine most bloggers feel the same way – you might even get Freshly Pressed again haha! As for me, daily bloggers exhaust me; I hate photo challenges or any other kind of challenge – unless you’ve got something real to say, don’t bother; “Oops, I know I’ve been away for months but I’m back now and I promise that I’ll…” – spare me. People who don’t bother responding to comments also really bug me, but you’ve covered that πŸ˜‰
    Oh, and sorry for the poetry πŸ˜‰ Wait til I start rhyming in German…

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Shhhhhh! Do not conjure up the FP monster…!

      Ah, yes, the Apologetic Blogger… my guess is that they are probably the auto-poster’s idiot brother… if only they could figure out how to do it πŸ˜‰

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      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        I don’t mind that. In fact, what annoys me is people removing the “like” button – seems to be a recent trend. WHY are they doing this? If it generates too much email, they can turn off that option. It makes me feel like I HAVE TO comment to show that I’ve been there…

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      2. BerLinda

        I thought that that only happened when you went .com instead of wordpress.com, but I’m not sure. Agree that you feel you HAVE to comment though!

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    2. bevchen

      I occasionally do photo challenges (the travel theme one and look up, look down), buuut I think it fits in with the rest of my blog. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it πŸ˜‰

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      1. BerLinda

        Ha ha, you don’t have to justify yourself! It’s just not for me πŸ˜‰ I don’t think it fits with my ‘tone’ or the point of my blog. Sort of wondering what that point is now πŸ˜‰ With Latvia, it was easy – bitch, bitch, bitch πŸ˜‰ But I like Germany! Hmm…

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  5. Wendy Kate

    I’m laughing and nodding in agreement…oh, dear, I actually don’t worry about not blogging for a while, but I DO worry when I haven’t read all the blogs I now follow and I feel anxious that I might be missed….
    What’s cock soup? And the main ingredient is…?

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  6. Heyjude

    Yes, yes, yes and YES! Although now I’m stressing in case I have fallen into one of these traps myself. (I do schedule posts, but I also try and reply to comments when away). My bug-bears include photo blogs that have a busy background image, themes that have tiny writing (I don’t wear reading glasses but I feel that I ought to when confronted with one of those) and black backgrounds. Black backgrounds are so NOT cool!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Hmmm… I’ve been following you for a while, and I never got the sense that you were ‘absent’, so to speak. However you’re doing it, it seems to work.

      Dark backgrounds are the pits, quite literally πŸ˜‰

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  7. Every Day Adventures in Asia

    Confession time.. I have scheduled a couple posts when I know I’ll be silly busy but can still access and reply to comments.

    But then that whole wretched no access, then white screen nonsense, then both computers crapping out happened… and well… Let’s just say rather longish gaps between posts has become a habit. πŸ˜‰

    As for pet peeves – eerily the same. Would add random photos with no context, humour or story. Gimme a crappy quality pic that is relevant and real any day!

    Let’s see if you get Word Pressed for this one. πŸ˜‰

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Aw, you’ve had a lot of bad luck with access and IT problems – I wholeheartedly sympathise, and so does every other blogger, I’m absolutely sure πŸ˜‰

      I went through a phase of posting quite a few random pics, but I’m over that now, thankfully. That was when I had just discovered the joy of THE CAMERA, after never having had one before.

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  8. narami

    I declare myself the exception to your rule. Count me out of the nobody cares wagon.
    So many times during my -I think it’s going to be 14 years- of blogging someone has stopped posting and then days later I’ve learned they have been ill or something and I have worried because 4 times in these -it could be 15- years the blogger has died and I have cared enough that I still remember exactly where I was and the lines I read when I learned the news.
    So yeah, I’m an idiot and I care if a frequent poster stops posting and doesn’t say anything.

    I also follow one fiction writer and a few brief poetry blogs. I probably have no brain πŸ™‚

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      No, I think it’s actually the opposite – YOU HAVE A BRAIN, lol.

      Well, I guess I do wonder sometimes of what happened to a blogger when they stop posting, especially if we’d ‘connected’ through banter in the comment section. But generally, not really, especially if they stop blogging after 3-6 months, which seems to be the norm.

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  9. adamf2011

    I just want to read what I find interesting…but it’s hard to say what that really is. Sometimes it’s the topic; but at other times I could be into reading a post on a topic that I don’t usually care about, but the post is really thoughtul, expressive, well written, has a unique point of view, etc. I appreciate good writing and dislike bad, but am willing to look past it if, say, the person is describing an interesting experience; often for me reading a blog is getting to step into someone else’s shoes — at least just a little bit — and experience what’s been going on in their life, or in their head.

    There’s a lot of stuff out there I have no interest in reading — but that’s probably a good thing considering how much time I can waste on the internet as it is!

    By the way, that is one stern-looking crocodile! I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy my coffee were I sitting there under its watchful gaze; I think I’d be turning back and looking over my shoulder from time to time….

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Ah, you see, you can only escape its gaze by sitting under it, preferably while enjoying coffee & cake – that’s its game πŸ˜‰

      It can be a great thing discovering a new blog with fresh topics, possibly on something you’ve never thought you could be into. This has happened to me a couple of times. I agree with you there, definitely.

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  10. tobyo

    yea, that last sentence really, really turned me off!! and I’m leaving!! ha ha. you can’t get rid of me. Ever. LOL. I’m right there with you on the long blog posts. for me it’s over 1000 words. but you see that I did click to this one. because you’re one of my faves! it’s true πŸ™‚ What really irks me are spelling, typo and grammatical errors. PROOFREAD people!! ‘course I’m a bit of a perfectionist in that regard. and some day I will stop expecting others to be just like me πŸ˜€

    fun post!! you had me LOLing muchly. yes, that is a word πŸ™‚

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Aw, I’m relieved πŸ™‚

      Typos I don’t mind so much – also, I make plenty myself. My brain just doesn’t see them – it sees what it thinks I’ve typed. Very annoying. Of course, the spellchecker is useful in this regard, but because it undersquiggles everything not using bloody US spelling (very annoying for UK, Aussie, South African etc bloggers), I do tend to miss a few things. (BTW, if you spot typos in my posts, do point them out so I can get it fixed, ta.)

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      1. tobyo

        I have never seen any of your typos! but, okay, I do see something odd at the beginning. but maybe people in the UK say this differently? I’ve always heard it as “hone in” instead of “home in”?

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  11. TheLastWord

    I cannot tell a lie…. I have written poetry, one as recently as September 6. I only write poetry, like you, when I am really not liking my life, my world and all the people around me. Now I have also been challenged to write poems and I have done that too, like this one http://sloword.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/a-pome-was-requested-here-it-is/

    Like you though, I don’t read poetry blogs. For the reasons you have already listed.

    Like you, I don’t get my fiction fix on blogs. I prefer human interaction and the back and forth comments that absolutely makes me want to continue blogging.

    Committing to write something, any thing just because of an arbitrary decision – nope. Not happening. I will confess that sometimes, I will start writing something and then find that it ended up as something quite different. But I would hate to set artificial boundaries. (I will if you cross my palm with silver, though, but no one has thrown a bag of beans my way yet for writing something)

    I learned early to break up long posts into smaller sections and post them separately. I did an 8-part story of my terrifying trip to Kathmandu.

    Pointers? I teach that all the time in my day job. People will cut and paste the same information into each subsequent document and I have to tell them to cease and desist. Not only are you creating a synchronization and data integrity nightmare, but, seriously guys, why????!!!! Links are so easy, even Microsoft Office can handle them now.

    Ghost posting – I hadn’t thought of it at all. No one’s ever asked me to ghost for them and it’s never crossed my mind that anyone would miss me if I disappeared for 2-3 weeks.
    PROF. HIGGINS:
    Would you be slighted if I didn’t speak for hours?
    COLONEL PICKERING:
    Of course not.

    Why can’t they all be like me?

    You know what? I’ve agreed with everything you said. Isn’t that crazy?

    Except for catssss…..

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I’m going to decidedly ignore that poetry link πŸ˜‰

      I do like the fact that the finished post is always quite different from how you thought it was going to be when you set out to write it. If you stuck rigidly to your preconceived idea, effectively castrating the creative process, what fun would that be?

      Thanks for all your thoughts on this (except for the cat jibe) πŸ˜‰

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      1. TheLastWord

        That pome is supposed to be funny….

        You know, you and I agree on most things and your appreciation of okra is just about enough to outweigh the cat love.

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  12. Anna

    Wow, this has become like a forum for irate bloggers… **shivers**
    My pet peeve…well, for one, it’s kind of annoying when a blogger says they will give you a list of their 5 somethings, and write 6 instead! BAZINGA! (that’s right, go count)

    I don’t think I have big existential pet peeves besides poor writing and not responding to comments. I certainly make a commitment to a minimum number of monthly posts – but that’s more for me, as well as to providing a certain variety (culture, art, expat, travel, food, funny) – that one’s for the people, because I want them to come back for more πŸ™‚ I like the questions in the end quite a bit – if I have a comment independent of them I just write THAT, but sometimes I dont and it’s a nice prompt and other times you get a really interesting discussion going thanks to that prompt. And I totally notice and care when a blogger I like hasnt posted in a while – if I was so lukewarm about their writing as to be indifferent I probably wouldn’t be following them in the first place. I do actively look forward to receiving regular updates from a handful of bloggers – your cranky self included πŸ˜‰

    I do get frustrated sometime when a blogger I like personally has started writing poorly for some reason, or lost their “thesis” and reading their work is a chore. I have a couple of those in my portfolio, and I usually stick to commenting based on captions for the photos :-)))) Also, it’s totally annoying when I am reading better (especially funnier!) writing than mine, with absolutely gorgeous travel photography and exotic food experiences throughout. That’s… most of my blog portfolio >.<

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      OMG – I really did that, didn’t I? I added the ‘Wikipedia post’ item late, and forgot to change the header πŸ˜‰ I shall rectify that in a moment.

      And sure, for a handful of bloggers, I’d probably email them and check what was up if they didn’t post in a long while, but that probably concerns six people.

      Thanks for your detailled input – the feedback’s been great fun so far πŸ™‚

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  13. catalinadelbosque

    Í’m still here! Amen to the long posts point, anything over 1,000 words puts me off unless the title is amazing and really pulls me in. I don’t like poetry, take-it-or-leave-it on fiction… I’m guilty of scheduling but I never say that I’m actually away. I found it really useful during my #100happydays because if I was away I could catch up quicker when I was back. I tend to write during my lunchbreaks at work, then send posts to my personal e-mail and post when I’ve edited a bit more so my posts are never really in order! I just want to read something interesting and I don’t mind if it’s six months since the last posts, if I like the blog I’ll remember to check it regularly – just in case!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I know you are πŸ˜‰

      I also never write and post straight away – the editing process can take quite some time. I need to let things sit and look at them again with a fresh eye the next day.

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  14. bevchen

    Oops, I think I might be guilty of some of these! My travel posts tend to get pretty long (which is why I’m breaking Taiwan down into the various stops… but even with that there was a loooot to say about Taipei!). And I also schedule posts when I’m inspired and actually have time to write a few at once. Sometimes those posts end up appearing when I’m away or busy (and I can’t access WordPress from my crap phone!). Last week I had some posts scheduled then I was ill so I hardly answered any comments. Which makes me feel bad because people not responding to comments is also one of my pet peeves. I’ve actually stopped reading blogs because once they became slightly more popular the blogger stopped responding to most comments. Aaaand I post every day in some weeks, which I’m sure bores some people (but then I won’t post at all for a few days if I have nothing to say).

    And that was a very long paragraph. I’ve probably broken a few rules of good commenting etiquette right there πŸ˜‰

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      That WAS a very long para πŸ˜‰

      Yes, and I’ve noticed that some bloggers stop responding to comments after the initial phase when they’re cranking up their blog, or they respond so late that you forget ever having been on their blog in the fist place πŸ˜‰

      Looking forward to more Taiwan πŸ™‚

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  15. Kim in Fiji

    I feel a verse coming on! I feel averse. Uh, what am I thinking? hmmm. Mostly agree. …

    My real pet peeve (I’m going to probably sound like a real rear end for this one) is bloggers coming by my blog, liking one post, leaving no comment, sucking me in to going to their blog to look at some of their posts only to see that we have NOTHING in common and they are just trawling for readers. If you really like my blog – GREAT. But if you don’t really LIKE it, please don’t “like” it – you know?

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I’m kind of with you on that, although what irks me even more is people who don’t just like but “follow” (I’m more inclined to check out a new follower than a one-off liker), only to find that they are selling something – photographic services, slimming products whatever.

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    2. Kim G

      I totally agree with you, and moreover, I’m amazed at the speed of these “likes” or “follows.” Sometimes within minutes of hitting the “publish” button, I’ll get a new “like” or “follow” from someone I’ve never heard of. And mostly they are just trying to sell something, usually something that has NOTHING to do with my blog.

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      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        I think they fish for particular tags, and as soon as someone posts something with one of those attached, their system somehow “autolikes” it and/or “autofollows” the blog. Tedious!

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  16. Debbie Smyth

    I can relate with most of those. But I do schedule my posts (sorry…) for a variety of reasons. Though not if I know I won’t be able to get online – I learned that lesson last summer when I went to Africa. I had not realised that I would have NO communications with the outside world and it was exceedingly frustrating to know that posts were going up and I couldn’t interact in any way.

    Spelling and grammar – aaah! -though I’m more tolerant of a blog containing such mistakes, as opposed to a professional business publication. And if the mistake is in the title, than I can’t bring myself to read it!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      The WP spell checker doesn’t work in the title, and it catches me out on occasions πŸ˜‰

      Well, technical problems aside – if you can’t get online when you were expecting to, that’s just a bugger, and it happens to all of us. Of course, our sympathy diminishes significantly when it’s because the blogger’s been to some insanely cool and exotic place, and we’re in the throes of travel envy πŸ˜‰

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  17. Debbie Smyth

    Can I ask you a German language question please? Is there a German phrase for “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? I’m doing a presentation in Frankfurt next week and want to use it. And if you know the same in Spanish, better still as I have to deliver the same in Madrid soon.
    I should add that I’ll be speaking in English and giving them a hard copy in their own language. But in English I have a picture of a dog learning to drive a car and I’d like to include a suitable image for the other languages!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      There is an equivalent, which is “Was HΓ€nschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr”, but it’s not catchy like the English version. The German audience might know the English expression anyway.

      I shall investigate the Spanish angle and get back to you.

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  18. Stephanie

    My sister has spent 25 years trying to get me to love poetry. I do have one poetry book that I love, because it’s just the right size to put my coffee cup on. Here’s my blogging pet peeve, an extension of your #3: “Oh hi guys, I’m sooooooo sorry I haven’t posted in so long!”, followed by a detailed explanation of all of the super-busy-and-important reasons s/he hasn’t posted.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      YESSSS! That’s another annoying thing people do, lol. Also, they then vow to post at least three times a week, which lasts for exactly one week and a half, and then they’re gone again.

      Finally a good use for poetry πŸ™‚

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      1. Stephanie

        Can you keep a secret? I used to have a “healthy living blog”. (Cringe.) There’s nothing worse than the healthy living crowd for oh-hai-I’m-so-busy-but-I’ll-make-time-to-post-for-YOOUUUU! Anyway, that blog died a quick death. I ate way too much chocolate and binge-watched way too much sci-fi to last long in that world…

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  19. linnetmoss

    Ha, ha! And I thought I was a peevish blogger! Compared to you lot, I’m the Dalai Lama. I follow several poetry and fiction blogs, and enjoy the interaction with their authors. And guess what, I am about to annoy the pants off you whole crew by ghost blogging while I fly to Dublin to see my Man in action! I’m too married to my schedule to let it go while I’m away. Plus I have a tiny posse of devoted readers hungering for the next installment of my fiction πŸ™‚ But I’m hoping to stay on top of the comments while I’m there, addicted to WP as I am.
    I am more or less with you on extremely long posts. It depends on whether they are well-illustrated πŸ™‚
    My biggest peeve, beyond the obvious, is people who follow because they want to sell you something. Usually I will follow anyone back, at least for a time, but not in that case. And if someone follows me and never likes or comments, I will eventually weed them out.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Well, the auto-posting is OK, we’ve established, if people still attend to the fallout πŸ˜‰ (Doesn’t have to be on the very same day, we’re not THAT unreasonable).

      Dublin, lovely πŸ™‚ Hoping for some on-location posts!

      BTW, did you see my kitteh post (the one before this one?)

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  20. joannesisco

    Whew – it took me a while to wade through all the comments … which often are as entertaining, or more, than the original post πŸ™‚
    This one obviously hit a hot button! I like your list. Thankfully I don’t think I’ve broken too many of them (I hope!!)
    I’d add to my list the bloggers who like to post multiple times a day. Why? Can’t they organize themselves into one post?
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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Yes, this one’s clearly struck a chord πŸ˜‰

      Multiple posts are OK if it’s just pretty photos. Otherwise, though, it makes me feel overwhelmed. I can’t spend an hour a day just reading/commenting on one blog, give me a break πŸ˜‰

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    2. TheLastWord

      Good grief! What are the odds that you would stumble upon some you worked with on someone else’s blog!

      Yes Joanne, your name sounded familiar so I looked at your blog and did some research. we were both at the cheque manufacturer at the same time. I am now following your blog. Amazing thing this blog business!

      I can’t imagine multiple posts a day!

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  21. pollyheath

    My pet peeve is definitely when bloggers turn into PR robots. All the blogs I read are chosen for their (sometimes eccentric) personalities. No one’s saying anything new anymore, so they ought to say it differently.

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  22. Trippmadam

    Children and food (except cakes, I love cakes and I love reading descriptions of a cake’s taste, texture, scent…). I don’t mind children in real life, but I find parent’s blogposts about their so very cute and clever children somewhat boring.

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  23. camparigirl

    Love this! I think I have admitted publicly I love, love poetry but I have a hard time with the amateurish efforts the blogosphere is filled with. Nor do I read fiction in installments on line. But to each his own I suppose. Some of your readers have commented on the convenience of auto-posting. We most certainly use it: write posts in pages, transfer them, populate them with images and schedule them – so they come out at the same time on the appointed day. Although we do not make money from it (yet) we do treat it like a job we love so auto-posting is welcome. Someone commented on robot posts – I agree. If you want me to keep on reading, there is gotta be some soul in there…endless posts of pretty clothes won’t get me going.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Hi there! I realise that for your (GREAT!) blog you do use scheduled posting, and it makes sense in your case, it does. And there’s plenty of ‘soul’ in there πŸ˜‰

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      1. TheLastWord

        I’d have to make it a bilingual pome….I can think of a few words in Hindi that would rhyme.

        Tokra – big basket
        Chokra – young man
        Rokra – cash

        and that’s it then. So you’re right, it is really stretching it a long way.

        No – I think couscous is much more promising. Weekend coming up, so maybe you’ll get a chance to ignore the pome.

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      2. TheLastWord

        yes – it is hard, no? maybe a limerick would help.

        There was an old man who loved okra
        Of which he ate from when he was a chokra
        now he is onto couscous
        some weight he has to loose
        the old man who ate okra by the tokra

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      3. TheLastWord

        hmm, that’s quite an idea.

        We can classical references too, for example, did you know that Lady Macbeth was initially depicted eating okra when she said those immortal lines

        “is that okra I see before me, the sliminess oozing before my eyes”.

        Old Will then did a re-think and re-wrote to make it sound more powerful and inserted all that dagger bits in.

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  24. Andean

    Wow… can I still comment if not often (lots of life happenings, sometimes happen) and, plus, I don’t care for okra, eww, it is kinda of a weird texture.
    And, what if one’s grammer is not perfect?

    Bloggers, I think, should blog, when and if they feel like. It’s nice they do as much… πŸ™‚

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  25. aiyshah2014

    I agree with your pet peeves wholeheartedly! I particularly don’t understand the poetry and fiction ones. Why are they posting them? Do they think someone is going to fall upon them and say “By God this blogger is a genius we must give them a $1,000,000 book deal – now!” Not-gonna-happen…

    Plus the really long posts.To me anything over 500 has to be good to keep me going. I love posts that are under 500, I read them from a-z! To me they show that the writer knows what they want to say, says it and leaves…just how I like things done… in all areas! hahahahaha…

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I do kind of understand the poetry/fiction bloggers – they just want someone to read (and enjoy) their stuff, most of them aren’t motivated by money. Though, I’m sure they wouldn’t turn down a book deal if it hit then round the head πŸ˜‰

      Short posts are great, and I find that if you have something ‘meaty’ to say, it can usually be done in under 800 words.

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      1. aiyshah2014

        Thanks….well noted.

        My thoughts about book deals were not so much money but to be able to say you have ‘written a book’ or ‘had a book published’. People do tend to take you more seriously as a writer if you have it in hard copy than if you say I posted my poem on my blog….

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  26. prior

    I enjoyed getting to know “you” more through your list here. well written – and I hope I can come back to read the comments because the couple I did read were tasty too.

    I like all of your peeves – and your dinner analogy – to where it feels like the hostess has left – well that reminded me of one of my pet peeves – power-blogging – or those who blog for numbers – I just prefer the more intimate and less jacked up feel – and I think some bloggers can have thousands of followers and still put out an intimate feel with integrity, but some can’t – and one blogger comes to mind specifically – but I digress.

    anyhow, I also have a small issue with anonymous bloggers – I do not think this is the same thing as ghost blogging – is it? But I know a few bloggers who stay around to serve the meal and want to talk and have irish coffee afterwards – but there is something off (at least to me) when they never reveal their name. I know anonymity is encouraged by many – and I also know that just because someone posts a pic and claims a name it does not mean that is who they are – but all that to say that I enjoy a blogger more when I know who they are – I think it is cool.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Power blogging, LOL! I guess some people want to make money from blogging, so they need the numbers. And once they do go commercial, it changes the vibe of the blog completely. I often stop following/reading at this point. I occasionally get approached by organisations who want to use me/my blog for promotional purposes, but I never reply πŸ˜‰

      Anonymity – depends what kind of blog it is. With some types of blogs, I understand why the bloggers don’t want to reveal their identity.

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      1. prior

        yeah – I agree – and I think with anonymity there are ways it can be done with warmth still – I dunno –
        but thanks for the reply πŸ™‚ –

        I also like how you said you do not “comment negatively on posts that deal with topics we don’t much care for. What’s the point of pissing on somebody’s bonfire…”
        well I just think that is classy!

        oh – and just one more thing that I was thinking about regarding “blogs” – well some people seem to diss the “likes” – but I actually appreciate them – along with comments at times – but then again, I also know there are times when folks just want to lurk and read without clicking anything and without saying anything – and that is sometimes just “natural” because we may need to chew on the post or just soak in what we read with no immediate response – πŸ™‚ –

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        I’m a big fan of the *like* button. I haven’t got time to sit there and force a reply if it doesn’t come naturally, even if I’ve enjoyed the post very much. It’s like giving someone a friendly wave and a smile in the street, when you just haven’t got time to stop and chat.

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      3. prior

        I juts had to let you know that is one of my favorite posts of the year. I hate doing favs – and top ten lists, even though there are times for that and I know this – but if I did make a top ten list for 2014 – this “blogging pet peeves” is on it for sure. πŸ™‚

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  27. TBM

    I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this, but about 90% of poetry goes over my head. In every writing class I had to take I hated when we had to write poems. It was always excruciating. And I’m with you, long posts usually don’t float my boat. Some bloggers I know are able to keep my interest but it’s a time thing.

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  28. Kim G

    Interesting list. I’m guilty of long posts, but then on my travels, a lot of stuff happened and I didn’t post every day.

    My pet peeve is bloggers who don’t respond to comments, or only respond very sporadically. It’s not something intentional, but I find it very hard to keep reading a blog where the author doesn’t reply to comments. It just seems like if I want to read something that’s kind of “one-way,” I’ll just read The New York Times or some other professional effort.

    And why even have a comments section if you won’t participate?

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, Ma
    Where we are on a hiatus that needs to end, but we still haven’t broken the writer’s block.

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