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Monday, May 31, 2010

Build A Beautiful Blog Week - 5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Blog

On the other side of 10 Easy Extras to Add Value to Your Blog, here are 5 Mistakes To Avoid on Your Blog! Do you have any more things that drive you batty on a blog? Comment, please!

1. Music
I like seeing other people's playlists, but have the settings so that the reader has to click to start the music. Automatic music is pretty much a universal "makes-me-crazy". Especially if you've ever been at work, clicked on a blog, only to have your co-workers all jump to hear Englebert Humberdink singing "Feelings" blaring from your speakers. What other embarrassing songs can you think of?

2. Captcha
Even worse than the usual captcha (that I have so much trouble reading, grrrr), are the double click captchas. You hit enter, think your comment has gone through. Nope! There's a captcha request that you have to do before comment will be registered. Grrr!

3. Obnoxious ads, roll-over ads, pop-ups
Have you ever gone to a blog that just slaps you in the face with ad after ad after ad? One of the new things I've seen in the last few weeks are a pop up that comes up as soon as you go to a blog asking you to subscribe. Not a fave of mine!

4. Slow Down! You are commenting too quickly!
"17 entries for taking a breath" but warning, it will take you days to put in the comments because you can only do one an hour. Okay, okay, I'm exaggerating, but isn't it irritating to see that "Slow Down!"

5. Flashing backgrounds or crazy color schemes
Can it be called "assault"? Is it a felony for you?

What else have you seen on a blog and said "what were you thinking?"


  1. Yeah sometimes my comments become unreadable because I am typing like a maniac. Lol, great tips to remember.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  2. so anoying with the "you are commenting too quickly..." it seems like its allways wordpress doing that

  3. Hot pink, yellow and green writing. Blinding!

  4. I don't like a black background in the text area--very hard to read and makes my eyes do funny things!

  5. Agreed with the black background. For some reason, super super dark blogs hurt my eyes. But it's not all of them, only particular blogs. I'm not entirely sure why.

    I HATE it when people abuse their sidebars to the point where it takes longer than necessary for the page to load. I've got a fast internet connection and a great laptop, but when I reach these sites, it's like a clusterfuck of gawd knows what.

    Also, while this isn't part of the design, I hate reading entries with run-on sentences. It feels like I'm reading them out loud, and then I'm gasping for a mental breath by the end of it.

  6. I dislike dark backgrounds as well. Just seems dark and crowded. People need to realize that their blog needs to be designed for others, not just themselves. PS - if you can't get it right, please pay money (doesn't have to be alot) to have someone straighten it out. I am on B's Blog Boutique waiting list, because I know my limitations, LOL!

    - Kimberlee

  7. I just found your blog while I was surfing around for info on blog design/buttons/banners etc... I'm knew to blogging and still using one of the basic blogger templates and am slowly trying to figure out where to go design-wise.

    Your blog is very helpful - though I'm sorry I seem to be a week late for your Beautiful Blog Week.

    My main pet peeves so far have been mentioned - automatic music, and crazy colours - as well as far too much going on in the side columns.

    Great blog! I'm now following.

    Louise @


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