Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Why I Hate Your Blog: Blogger Confessions Pt 3

I love discovering new blogs that I love. Within about 5 minutes of finding a new blog I can tell if I'm going to love it or not. In fact, it probably takes less than that, but I give each blog a few extra minutes to redeem itself. Of course I don't actually hate all the blogs that do the things listed below, but let's just say if you have a blog and yours fits the description I might not enjoy your blog as much as you'd like. So without further ado, here's why I hate your blog.

1) You Don't Want Me To See Your Blog At Its Best.
The very first thing I do when I happen upon a blog is look for the mobile/web version button. Almost everything I do that is blog related happens on my iPhone which means when I first visit your blog I only see the mobile version. 99 times out of 100 a blog's mobile version isn't nearly as good as it's web version. Without a mobile-to-web version button I miss out on a lot of your hard work and the essence of what makes your blog unique (besides the content, obviously!). That's why A Glamorous Revelation doesn't even have a mobile version. I made sure to design everything desktop and mobile friendly.

2) You Don't Want Me To Read Your Old Blog Posts
Once I can see your beautiful web design, one of the first things I do is look for its archives. Even before I read a full post I'm looking down the side column(s) or searching the tabs for anything labeled "Archives". By looking through your archives I can do 3 very important things: see how long you've been blogging, see how often you blog, and see the titles of your posts (which tell me exactly what your blog is about because there are A LOT of different types of fashion bloggers out there).

3)  You Don't Want Me To Know Who You Are.
An "About Me" page is super important (especially if I can't find your archives!) for any reader that is looking for a connection with a blog. Feeling like you know a blog and its writer is one of the best parts of reading a blog so tell me about yourself. Even a little tidbit on the home page will do. Just don't be a stranger!

4) You Think I Can't Read.
I've already said that I don't like when fashion bloggers just post pictures with a few lines of outfit credits. I know how to read! If you never post any words beyond what you're wearing I'm not going to stay on your website for long, obviously. I just have to glance at a few pictures and I'm done. 30 seconds and I'm gone. Bye-bye blog.

5) You Think I LOVE To Read.
I actually do enjoy reading and long, thoughtful blog posts don't bother me. But blog posts about nonsense I don't care about, no matter the length, will have me exiting out of your blog in no time. I do not love the written word to the point I will read any and everything you post about. Keep it relevant or at least keep it relatable. Ain't no body got time for anything otherwise.

6) You Wish I Went Everywhere With You.
Why else would you post 15+ pictures of the same outfit at virtually the same location? The only reason I can think of is because you wish I was there and want me to experience every. single. second. of your blog worthy adventure. So unless you feel this way,  please don't post more than 4 pictures for any event or outfit post unless that fifth picture is just absolutely, overwhelmingly, freakin' awesome. In which case, still don't.


Photo from Tumblr via We Heart It

46 comments:

  1. lol I just died laughing at this post. It's all so true! I even considered deleting some of my pics from my latest post lolol I don't usually put more than 5-7 but this time around I have 11 because I just couldn't chose!!!
    http://adornedinarmor.com

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    1. I don't post outfit photos very often but when I do I keep it to the minimum. I like short and sweet when it comes to outfit and event photos. I'd much rather have 3 or 4 good photos than 15 okay/repetitive ones. Thanks for reading, Tarah. I love Love LOVE your blog :)

      Munachi

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  2. Oh my god! I feel like I wrote this post because this were the same reasons why I never bother going back to some blogs :D I hope more bloggers will able to read this and learn from it. I'm sharing this post.

    STYLE VANITY

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    1. Thanks a bunch for sharing, Alyssa! It's great for a blogger to do whatever he or she wants on his or her blog. But sometimes what they do won't be what the general public prefers (honestly, I'm not quite sure who likes 15+ outfit photos on a fashion blog... If there's someone out there who does PLEASE speak up! I'd reeaally like to meet you and know what kind of person you are). There are probably tons of successful blogs that do all of these things they're just not successful blogs that I'l be visiting anytime soon. Lol!

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  3. This was seriously brilliant!

    http://breakfastatvogue111.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I just checked out your blog and I really like it. Your layout/design is awesome. I'll definitely be reading it from now on.

      Munachi
      P.S. I really like your "My Answer To The Outfit Post" article. I'll be stealing that idea for the future.

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  4. Great post! As bloggers we need to hear more honest feedback so we continue to grow. There are so many areas to focus on and continue to grow that sometimes we don't see what's right in front of us. Are you aware of any blogger groups that focus on exchanging feedback?

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    1. There are times when we need honest feedback so we can grow and there are also times when we just need to vent about the things other bloggers do (and we probable once did) that we don't particularly like. This post was for both! I love reading blogging advice but sometimes I just need to let it out. Hence the name Blogger Confessions. And to answer your question: no I do not know of any but I love Independent Fashion Bloggers (heartifb.com). It's one of my favorite blogs and they give great blogger advice.

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    2. P.S. I LOOVVEE the fact that you have a Sophia Webster shoe in your blog header. I am obsessed with her shoes! Have you read my "Rich Girl Wishlist" post?!

      Munachi

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  5. Thank you so much for your honesty. I can totally relate to your sediments. I'm happy to know there are still readers who actually appreciate reading content because I genuinely feel that the pics are only 1/2 the story.

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    1. I get tired of blogger tips that put so much emphasis on pictures and OOTD content. I want to know more about the story behind the outfit or pictures because they really are only 1/2 the story.

      Munachi

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  6. I love this post so much! Everything here is the ultimate pet peeve list. This is basically what I go through when discovering new blogs. What's worse is when blogs have multiples of these things going on. Time to go recheck my own to make sure I'm not doing any of this.

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    1. Multiple offenders are the worst. I have actually stopped reading blogs that were on my daily reads list because they did SO many of these things. Just a little tweaking and she could have had another dedicated reader.

      Munachi

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  7. awesome post, brilliant tips. Thanks for sharing and your writing skills are great, had me laughing but also paying attention :) honestly I think there is very little constructive criticism like this and we all need more of it.
    The Fashionista Bubble

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy you find it useful because there are so many blogs that I would love so much if only they didn't post 20,000 pictures per outfit post or had their archives easily accessible. Your outfit posts on your blog are great, especially Neon Shorts and Athena Procopiou. And I love the Olsen twins's style too!

      Munachi

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  8. This was good. Although I have to admit, I've had an "archives" thing on my sidebar on and off throughout time. To be honest, I didn't really think a lot of people used it because you can click through the pages below and also navigate to specific sections at the top of my blog but if it seems like posts are being "hidden" maybe it's time to bring it back!

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    1. Archives are always the most important thing I consider when doing my blog layout. I have a section just for the categories of my blog but I always keep my archives as my number one priority. Your blog has a great navigation system. You have categories and popular posts available on your home page and pictures to navigate to sections of your blog. I might just take that idea and use it as my own.

      Munachi

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  9. Loved your post and I can say I totally agree. Regarding 4 I wonder how Atlantic Pacific and Native Fox became so famous without saying a word...
    x Nina
    PS. Amazing Luisaviaroma.com $500 Gift Card Giveaway

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    1. I just started reading Atlantic-Pacific a couple of months ago and even though I love the outfits and photos are just wonder how it became so big if there is never any written content.

      Munachi

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  10. Number 6 ! i thought i was the only one who gets annoyed with that. But EVERYONE seems to do that. I do not see the point. I think its because they really really like their outfit and cant seem to self edit the pictures to narrow down the ones to pick to post. Or something like that. And nobody complains.Loved this post ! thank you ! thank you for writing this.

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    1. Sometimes it's hard to edit posts down to just a few pictures but sometimes it just gets ridiculous! There is one particular blog I used to read that had an average of 15 outfit pictures per post and I was so overwhelmed I eventually just stopped reading.

      Munachi

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  11. I totally agree on everything, except the long or relevant post. I think it's not about length, there are short posts that irritate me as well if words are useless!

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    1. Very true! Even if it's a couple of sentences, I want to feel a connection with a blog/blogger or feel like I'm gaining something by reading a post. I don't want to know how much you have brushing your Calico cat each night on your floral summer dress outfit post. Lol!

      Munachi

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  12. Haha, these are good points!

    -Came here from LALM, Congrats on the feature-

    Best wishes,

    F&F

    http://attireclub.org

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    1. Thank You! And congratulations to you, too!

      Munachi

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  13. Ahaha this was so funny and very helpful to me as a young blogger. The article helped me catch so many mistakes in my blogging.. awful :D

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    1. Not everything works for every blogger. Sometimes having little to no text is what works best (Atlantic Pacific for example) or you want to remain anonymous. In the beginning stages of blogging it's important to do whatever it is you want so you can find out what you like and don't like and what works and doesn't work. You live and you learn. There's always something to learn and improve on in the blogging industry.

      Munachi

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  14. This is kind of entertaining--Very catchy… and you've caught my attention!

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    1. Good to know! I'm happy with how this post turned out. It originally began as a venting session about blogs that do this and a desperate cry for blogs I really like to stop doing these things. I never expected the major bloggers I had in mind when writing this to ever end up reading it so I'm glad someone can still benefit from my little rant/advice.

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  15. I am pretty new to blogging & will trying to follow these points, hehe! Personally, I've found that I get bored if a blogger with outfit pictures only recites the garments the person is wearing, or recites the things they did that day, almost like they are reading off a list. My blog is new, so I'm bound to make mistakes, but I so far my strategy has been to have big pictures, & entertaining (um hopefully) but short text.

    So yes, I agree!

    Catrine
    http://studio815.blogspot.com/

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    1. When you first star blogging you have a certain goal in mind, but sometimes the blog gets a mind of its own and develops into something total different. In my beginning days of blogging I wanted my posts to have lots of beautiful pictures, less than 100 words of text (I counted the words in every post I wrote... TWICE...just to be sure), and would feature higher end goods that I wish I had. Nowadays my blog is nothing like that and I couldn't be happier! It's evolved into what I think matches my personality best. You never know how much you;ll blog will change, even after you've been blogging for some time. I'm still a really young blog/blogger and I can only imagine what my blog will be like in the future.

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  16. This is perfect! I cant stand the million photos either! I love " you think i cant read" I hate blog posts with no words and all photos. For all of that I would go on instagram. This is a brillant post!
    XO
    http://aprettythought.org/

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    1. Thanks, Kierra! Sometimes I feel like personal style blogs are just overrated Instagram feeds. There needs to be a balance with the two. There is no perfect formula but you've gotta have some photos and some words. Not too little or not too much of either.

      Munachi

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  17. It's nice to get feedback from other people. Mostly, this is what bugs me the most in other blogs too. But I dunno much about mobile versions yet, so I guess that will continue to suck on my blog for quite a bit more.

    Right on the money though!

    http://taleofthegreat.com

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    1. Wordpress blogs don't vary much when it comes to the mobile version or web version on a phone which is really weird. Not many of my readers come through a mobile device so I've learned not to stress too much about making my mobile version as great as my desktop, but it's important to consider if you have if you have sidebar advertisers or other important content in the left and/or right columns because most mobile versions only so content from posts.

      Just check out your blog from an iPhone, Galaxy, and iPad if you can to see of your satisfied with the way it looks. If so, then don't change a thing ;)

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    2. Yeah, I guess this is something I should do research on. Do blogs sometimes make app versions of blogs to read on the Ipad? Know anything about that?

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    3. Not that I know of, but Cupcakes and Cashmere has an interesting mobile version. Emily made it almost like a bloglovin feed except you can't see her blog design or background content like you would on a desktop. iPads don't usually make blogs look much different than the desktop version but the font is waayy smaller. I've spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to make my blog optimal on any device and I've come up with very little solutions. My suggestion is if you use blogger just disable mobile view and change you widths, but since you have wordpress I don't know what you could do. Sorry. Thanks for asking though!

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    4. Thank you! I guess it's better to catch up on blogs with mobiles using Bloglovin. It has a neat and clean feed. Just not everybody knows about it :(

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  18. oh! wow, funny and scary. must review my blog, might be guilty of #5. eeep! I was definitely guilty of #3 but I think I have improved on that one. Now, where are my archives?

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    1. I Just changed my About page today! No matter how long you've been blogging everyone's website needs a little check up every now and then.

      Thanks for reading!

      Munachi

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  19. These are so accurate haha! http://bethebteam.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Too accurate, my friend. Too, too accurate...
      Thanks for reading!

      Munachi

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  20. I agree 100%. Pictures make for a good Instagram (i.e. Song of Style), but when that's ALL you have to offer, bye. Funny that you say you enjoy blogs like Man Repeller the most. That's what I'm going for, a humorous lens on fashion, pop culture and my personal style evolution. Feel free to take a look at my blog and let me know how you think I'm doing. Don't worry, working on making a more original header.

    Allison
    www.otisunfiltered.blogspot.com

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    1. The Man Repeller is definitely one of my favorite blogs! I read your blog last night and I literally laughed out loud for 5 minutes at your leather jacket post. I started crying the second time I read it and by the 5th time I couldn't even form a coherent sentence. I love it!

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  21. Fantastic article. Thanks for sharing a nice post with us

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