This is sort of a blog chain of events. Last week I posted Do You Need A College Degree to Blog? Then Deb posted a reply of sorts; Do You Need to Be a Good Writer to be a Good Blogger?
I was thinking about Deb’s post, because the things that bug me about blogs, so much so that I quit reading, usually have less to do with the actual writing quality and more to with personal annoyances. If a post has some misspelled words, I can overlook it. Being a fan of weird random dashes, even when they’re not necessarily correct, I don’t mind oddball punctuation. If thoughts are sort of fuzzy, but the blogger still makes their point, or better yet makes me laugh, I’ll hang.
If a post has so many misspelled words that you can’t follow, or constant question marks where periods should be, yeah I likely won’t stick around, but I don’t see this too often.
What annoys me is when a blog is not user friendly due to lame little things. For instance, I HATE when people don’t hit enter. I expect spaces. Trying to make your readers blind, by making them scan walls of text for meaning is not cool, and I won’t do it.
I don’t like when people can’t be bothered with inserting links. It takes less than five seconds to insert a link. Stuff like http://www.lameblog.com looks so bad in a post. Why not just insert the link correctly. Non-inserted links don’t always drive me away, but they make me think twice about revisiting a blog.
Lastly, I hate all the darn acronyms in posts. I say this all the time, because frankly, I don’t even like them in emails. It looks lazy to me to use stuff like ROFLMAO, MTF, BF, and so on in a post when you could use words. Also, some of them make no sense (SOTMG or YBS for example). I don’t enjoy having to look up insane acronyms to see what you mean, and I won’t. I don’t mind acronym use in post comments. I think they’re ok if you’re talking about your mean MIL or an ASAP situation, but that’s about it.
These issues force me to leave a blog and never return. What about you? Is there something that bugs you more than lackluster writing skills?