Thursday, 2 July 2015

6 Reasons I Unfollowed Your Blog


1. Your posts don't have dates.

Seriously. This is SO annoying. Don't mess with your readers like that. So, you last posted on Sunday? Which Sunday? There are 52 weeks in a year. I want to know if the information I'm reading is up-to-date or if it's from the dark ages.

Actually, y'know what? That's it. This is too much effort. I'm unfollowing. Sorry.

2. Your blog plays random music.

This is not 2004. Unless you're a music blogger, people come to your blog to read, not to listen to music. Not only can random noises out of nowhere be extremely triggering for some people, especially if their volume is up high, but also... music is personal. It sucks, but people might hate the music that you love, and if it starts blasting out of their speakers, they're going to leave. And you don't want that.

3. You have a pop-up which covers the entire screen.

The other day I was on a blog and just as I went to scroll down to read the rest of the post, a box filled my entire screen. 'Enter your email address for more updates!' it screamed. If you're going to have pop-ups, make them non-intrusive. Think about it: if you're covering my screen, I can't read your content. And you want people to read it, right? That's why you blog. Needless to say, I never got to finish what I was reading.

4. The writing is tiny.

Some of us have eye problems. I know you want to be hipster, but I'm trying to read your blog - please don't make me spend hours trying to find my glasses. And yes, I could zoom in, but I shouldn't have to.

5. Most of your links are broken.

I clicked on your archive... why has it taken me to your about page? And why doesn't your contact button work? I think I'm hyperventilating.

6. You use cursor trails.

Again - not 2004. If I move my mouse and it shits glitter, I'm off.

What makes you unfollow a blog?

32 comments:

  1. I unfollow blogs when the content isn't really what I'm interested in. A lot of book spotlights, blitzes, and discount notices, but no reviews or discussion posts will probably earn an unfollow from me. I HATE when blogs play music. Especially when it isn't even quality music. XD

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    1. Oh, yes, I don't even follow blogs like that in the first place. Blogs full of blitzes and discounts might as well just be massive advertisements. I need personality!

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  2. I agree with basically all of this (and LOL to the last one). I really don't like when the font is some bright color- like bright pink. I can't read that. Or when it's some really artsy or curly font. It also annoys me when some things on a blog are really hard to find (or just not there), like the archives or search bar.

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    1. Haha, when I first started blogging I had a black background with neon pink text. What was I thinking?!

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  3. lol your straight forward i like that :)


    www.2nbeauty.blogspot.com

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  4. HA! But I did have one of those pop-ups and I just got rid of it. For me, I'll only unfollow a blog if a) the writing is bad, b) the writer includes spoilers or c) if the writer only writes about genres I don't care for and will never read.

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  5. some very good reasons you have there. I leave a blog if the colour of the writing clashes with the background and gives me a headache. Why?

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    1. Yes! As I said in a previous comment, my first ever blog had a black background with neon pink text. WHY did no one point out how hideous it was?!

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  6. THESE POINTS ARE SO TRUE
    cursor trails drive me around the bend especially. I recently read a blog and wherever the cursor was, it snowed. I love snow, but I can't concentrate on reading your post if I'm suddenly feeling nostalgic about Christmas.
    Also, I'm short sighted, meaning that if the font is too small, not matter how good your blog is, I won't be residing it. Just like with books with tiny fonts. Ugh

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    1. I've been on blogs like that! It's especially annoying when it's July and their blog is still snowing. Like, do you even maintain your blog? WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU EVEN LOGGED IN?! *dies*

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  7. I find it so annoying when I open loads of blogs, or websites in general, at the same time and one of them is playing music but I can't tell which.

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  8. I agree with these! Mostly number 2 and number 6 - correct! :P

    Alice x
    the-rose-glow.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. These are so accurate! Another thing I unfollow for is if a blog is 100% anything-- 100% memes, reviews, whatever. I like variety.

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  10. Akin to the tiny print, when the font color is almost the same as the post background! I know a delightful blogger on Twitter, but I cannot take the time to read her "invisable ink" posts. Also, bloggers who never reply to comments on their posts, especially when it is a discussion post, or they are asking readers a question. Great post!

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    1. YES. I can't deal with blogs with a white background and really, really light grey text. My eyes hurt.

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  11. YES YES YES.

    The pop ups are ridiculous. They usually appear halfway through the post. At least configure those opt in pop ups so the readers get them at the END of the post.

    It's funny how you keep mentioning 2004. I thought of Xanga and Myspace as soon as I finished reading the first sentence of the second point. There's a time and space to be all cute and force your music preferences on people. A book blog isn't it.

    My problem with people not dating their posts? When they act like the crap they say is timeless. Yes, some things will withstand the test of time, but I'm reading your opinions and understanding of things. Sometimes, the stuff people write are all sponsored.

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    1. I'm always wondering why they happen halfway. To me, it's like being interrupted mid-conversation. Massively annoying.

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  12. I hate it when the colours are bright and clashy, or the font's the same colour as the background. Like, no. I don't wanna be blinded.

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  13. I think my reason for unfollowing blogs is funny...I mostly unfollow blogs if they have lots of posts..like back to back posts. I find it a bit spammy in my bloglovin so either I click the mark it as read all button or I just unfollow. I love blogs that only have 3 posts per week or less. It's just my preference. Also, I unfollow if the blog is inactive (like 3 months or more than that) or if their posts just simply doesn't attract me.

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    1. I unfollow if the blog is inactive, too, if it's unlikely they'll be coming back. Sad times.

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  14. I usually don't even follow them if they have random music playing. I do the hunt thing, try to figure out which tab is playing the music then close the tab before I get a chance to even look at the blog.
    Another thing I dislike I inactive blogs- maybe they're bored of blogging and stopped or they just don't have a lot of time. I don't like blogs that update once or twice a month.

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  15. Mouse trails, is that still a thing? My god I haven't seen that sort of thing for years that is up there with the paper-clip you used to get on the old, old, old, old, old version of Microsoft Office.

    Anyway, bad spelling, being obnoxious and not regularly updating your blog annoy me and will cause me to unfollow!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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  16. Omg, I relate to all of these. I HATE HUGE POP-UPs. If haven't even had a chance to read a blog and it's all pop-ups everywhere, I just want to run away. Also gifs in sidebars. Omg, how have people not realised that gifs in sidebars is horrendous? I basically want NOTHING to distract me from content. xD Another thing that makes me unfollow is when the font is too big and there are nine million gifs everywhere and the blog design is too bright or loud or confusing. OVERWHELMING? I CANNOT. *runs away*

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  17. Agreed Amber!

    Just discovered your blog, it's so lovely and lots of great reads I now want to buy!

    Check mine out :) x x

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  18. I believe without respect for design there is never a good website. it's also how most people judge the reliability of a website so it goes a long way.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (ya-bookologists.blogspot.com)

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  19. I know this sounds shallow, but I hate it when blogs have ugly designs and colours. I once saw a blog with a red, yellow and brown design. Ugh. I love your design though.

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