Top 5 annoying blogging mistakes (that I often make)

These are common blogging mistakes that I hate to see with other people, but I regularly make them myself:

1. Not updating often

There’s nothing worse than a blog that is not updated regularly (without a notice). You just visit in hope there’s something new, but no. The weeks old photo and the post are on the homepage. So you just forget about the blog, until you remember it again and realize you’ve missed some great posts. In any case, not updating regularly is the #1 blogging mistake (that can often cost you visitors).

2. Not replying to comments/emails/messages straight away

I understand you might be busy, but it’s really frustrating to wait for an answer. Especially when you just know the person did read your message, but for some reason didn’t reply straight away. Or, even worse, ever.

Why don’t I reply straight away? I am usually trying to figure out what I want to say, which is, 9 times out of 10, unnecessary. I am often really happy about the reply/comment I get that I completely forget that now it’s my turn to say something.

3. Not returning comments

Someone (preferably new) left a comment on your blog. But you never bother visiting their website. This doesn’t happen often with me, but it DOES happen.

4. Writing boring blog posts

Blogging doesn’t have to entertain anybody but you. On the other hand, if it’s really something you write for yourself, and yourself only, why do you bother publishing it? Or, why do you expect people to comment on it? What can someone say about your super-boring entry on how delicious your breakfast was? Or how your cat managed to pee in the flower pot for the third time that day? And not to mention those emo “I feel like crap” entries.

5. Writing without a plan

In many cases, blogging is a casual fun. But it’s also writing, and I am one of those people who believe that good writing is 90% planning/outlining and 10% actual typing. So please, plan your entries. Don’t just rant first things that come to your mind. Stick to one subject per post. Have an idea of what you want to say.

See also: Top 5 annoying mistakes website visitors make

18 thoughts on “Top 5 annoying blogging mistakes (that I often make)

  1. SW6

    I’d say #4 &#5 are most important on that list. There is one other thing that is important-HONESTY! Intellectual honesty for high brow topics and plain old honesty for everything else. You’ve always struck me as honest and I appreciate that. I’m sure all your readers appreciate that.

    A secret regarding number 4. Boring is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes it’s nice to find out how some other person regards a debatably mundane issue just to see how similar or dissimilar they are to you on the topic. Do you know why that is? Because people will always be fascinating from the colour of the socks they choose to put on in the morning to the way their neurons rewire after a stimulus event.

  2. Alee

    “There’s nothing worse than a blog that is not updated regularly (without a notice). You just visit in hope there’s something new, but no. The weeks old photo and the post are on the homepage.”

    LOL. I know! I’m like that too. That’s why I try to update often. Even I get annoyed when I see the same post on my homepage for more than a few days, at the very most.

    “So you just forget about the blog, until you remember it again and realize you’ve missed some great posts.”

    I hate that. I assume they are not updating, then one day I come back and see all these posts I missed. That’s why I like when people that have a regular schedule and post on the same days/times.

    “2. Not replying to comments/emails/messages straight away

    I understand you might be busy, but it’s really frustrating to wait for an answer. Especially when you just know the person did read your message, but for some reason didn’t reply straight away. Or, even worse, ever.”

    I try to reply to all comments as soon as I see them. If they are addressed to me, especially, and sometimes even if they are addressed to other commenters.

    It is quite annoying when you know the person read it and didn’t respond.

    I don’t think of “returning comments”, but it usually works out that way. Commenter usually have similar interests, so I like to reply to their posts.

  3. Mira

    SW6,

    I’d say #4 &#5 are most important on that list. There is one other thing that is important-HONESTY! Intellectual honesty for high brow topics and plain old honesty for everything else. You’ve always struck me as honest and I appreciate that. I’m sure all your readers appreciate that.

    Thanks for the compliment! I try to be honest. If there’s an issue I don’t like to talk about, I just don’t.

    http://jefflion.net/archives/501

    But I think the number one “rule” for blogging (or any other writing, for that matter) should be: write what you want to read.

    Alee,

    I am the worst offender when it comes to updating. I might update regularly, and then write nothing for half a month. Horrible, I know.

    But for me, blogging heavily depends on two factors: how I feel at the moment and whether I’m inspired to write something I find interesting enough to be shared.

    If I’m not in the mood, I just can’t write. But should definitely do something about the inspiration. I have to write more posts when I’m in the mood, and save them for later.

    I should also keep a list of the upcoming post ideas. So that blogging won’t be as random and dependent on the mood or the moment.

    Speaking of which, I’d really like to hear some suggestions (anybody wants me to blog about a specific topic?)

    I don’t think of “returning comments”, but it usually works out that way.

    It is considered a good netiquette to at least visit their blog once and comment on something. If you don’t find anything interesting, then send them a message saying you were there.

    I usually do visit my commenters’ blogs (not just for being polite; I am interested in other people’s blogs). But sometimes I forget. And sometimes I don’t have anything to say about their posts, so I give myself some time to think what to write… And completely forget about it.

  4. Alee

    You should definitely write more posts when you’re in the mood. Have some timeless posts saved up for a rainy day.

    I really don’t have any suggestions for you, because I don’t know what you like to write about!

    “It is considered a good netiquette to at least visit their blog once and comment on something. If you don’t find anything interesting, then send them a message saying you were there.”

    That’s funny, because I leave lots of comments on blogs where the blogger never visits mine…

  5. Mira

    Well, they are just being rude! lol Sometimes, though, the blog is so popular the owner barely manages to read the comments people leave on their blog, let alone to visit other people’s blogs and comment.

    Things I like to write about:
    Movie (and book) reviews
    Sex :D (well, I see it as a deconstruction of common myths about sex)
    The art of writing (writing tips- I write them mostly for myself, but I like sharing them)

    And you’re right, I should write at least a few posts to save for the rainy days. And update at least once a week!

  6. Kirsty

    I couldn’t agree more! Especially with 5 and 2/3. I hate it when people don’t even bother reply to your comment or don’t make the effort to take a look at your blog either, it just comes across as so arrogant! And 5.. yeah well that sort of stuff should never be published.

    On the whole updating thing, I think I’d rather people not update that regularly than make hundreds of posts a day like some blogs do on Tumblr. Just endless reblogs, as if I’m going to go through pages of pictures each day!

  7. Mira Post author

    Hello Kirsty and welcome to my site! :)

    I agree with your comment, but I think when it comes to Tumblr, it’s more complicated. Tumblr is a world for itself. It’s not really used as a blogging platform, but more of a social network.

    I might do a post on Tumbrl soon.

    PS- I loved all the animal photos on your Tumblr.

  8. Kirsty

    Thank you! I loved today, so much cuteness in one day :D

    Yeah, most people use Tumblr as a social network but I use it to actually blog and as my main website. Maybe that was a mistake? I mean, I’m surrounded by rebloggers, which isn’t too amazing; however, it’s much easier to meet people on Tumblr than it is on other blogging website or with a privately hosted blog. I quite like that!

  9. Mira Post author

    To be honest, you are the first person I know who uses Tumblr for actual blogging. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing- you are right about meeting people out there.

    It’s easier to get people to your blog that way. I know it took me about 3 years before this site got more visitors, and it’s only because I was commenting on some popular websites.

    I don’t think blogging on Tumblr was a mistake, but I sure understand why you find reblogs annoying.

  10. Dr. Vagrant X

    @Mira: Wow, I hop on the interwebs and check out your blog, only to find out that you’re calling me out? lol, just kidding.

    But seriously, you didn’t send me a message that I forgot to answer, did you? :I

  11. Mira

    Well, it was the only way for me to get your attention, lol!

    Actually, I do think there are some comments you forgot to answer. Back in Sunshine discussion or somewhere, I think.

    Speaking of your blog, I understand you’re busy, and really, it’s not important. But I must admit I enjoy your blog posts.

  12. Alee

    Mira,

    “Well, they are just being rude! lol Sometimes, though, the blog is so popular the owner barely manages to read the comments people leave on their blog, let alone to visit other people’s blogs and comment.”

    I’ll never get to that point. To me, blogging is all about discussion, not about the blogger talking at people. If I see a blog where the owner rarely or never responds to comments, I usually won’t come back. Unless their content is a must-have. At the bare minimum they should respond to questions, new commenters, or people with really long or thought-provoking comments. If someone is going to take the time out of their day to respond to your post, shouldn’t you at least acknowledge them?

    And the blogosphere is connected, you have to reach out to other blogs and bloggers. If you don’t, they’ll never bother to reach out to you and unless you’re just that good, you’ll simply fall off the blogosphere in time.

    Re: suggestions

    I can tell you like to write about sex. Lol.
    I read mostly non-fiction books, and I think you like fiction, so I don’t know. I’m so-so on movies, so I have no suggestions there.

  13. Dr. Vagrant X

    @Mira:

    The Sunshine Discussion, hm? Alright, I’ll go back and check. I hate to leave a good discussion unfinished, after all.

    Speaking of your blog, I understand you’re busy, and really, it’s not important. But I must admit I enjoy your blog posts.

    Well thanks, I’m glad to know I’m not boring you to tears quite yet. :D :P

    However, you do have a point as it concerns updating regularly. My reader base, as limited as it might be right now, won’t get any larger without me putting some effort into maintaining my blog, and making it more structured and interesting.

    Thanks for the tips!

  14. Mira Post author

    Alee,

    I’ll never get to that point. To me, blogging is all about discussion, not about the blogger talking at people.

    Indeed. Having a popular blog is fun, I guess, but there’s no fun in it if you can’t discuss with people and reply to their comments.

    If someone is going to take the time out of their day to respond to your post, shouldn’t you at least acknowledge them?

    Exactly.

    I can tell you like to write about sex. Lol.

    Ha! Well, yes and no. I don’t like to write about “sex” sex; I like to discuss these issues from anthropological point of view.

    I do think gender roles, myths about sex and double standards need to be discussed. And they usually make interesting blog subjects.

    But I don’t like to blog about personal experiences!

    I read mostly non-fiction books, and I think you like fiction, so I don’t know. I’m so-so on movies, so I have no suggestions there.

    You’re right, I am more into fiction. But I think movies are my passion, when it comes to writing reviews. That’s something I really like to do. I can’t believe there are people who get paid to do it!

  15. Mira Post author

    Dr. Vagrant X,

    The Sunshine Discussion, hm?

    I think it was something back there, but I might be mistaken.

    Well thanks, I’m glad to know I’m not boring you to tears quite yet. :D :P

    No, your posts are interesting. The main problem is that you don’t update often. ;)

  16. My Ever Changing Moods

    The first one is a challenge for me, while the second is one that happens from time to time. I find it hard to keep the blog updated. I post only when I feel I have something to say. There was one day when I posted four or five posts, and other days when I’ve got nothing. As for replying to comments, I don’t find it that hard and I try to reply to every comment left, but there are times when people say something that I don’t have a response for at that moment. If someone says something I can reply to right away, I reply immediately. If not, I reply when I have something worth saying.

  17. Mira Post author

    Hello and welcome!

    I agree about updating often… It all depends on the mood. I understand why it’s important to blog regularly, but it all depends on the mood (and, also, the time) for me. But I really want to update as often as possible.

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