The book blogging community is absolutely fantastic. We all know this. However, after a year and half book blogging, and more than three years blogging in general, I’ve noticed a few things here and there that I’d definitely classify as my blogging pet peeves. I’m by no means a blogging expert, but I do think I’ve picked up some tricks over the years and sometimes a girl’s got to vent. But no fear, I’d never just leave you with a list of my blogging pet peeves without including easy ways to fix them!
Remember, these are just MY opinions- blogging is subjective and there is no right or wrong way to blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Giveaway etiquette. Giveaways are awesome and I see more giveaways in the book blogging community than anywhere else online, which is great. However, I really dislike it when bloggers host a giveaway, then post the name of the winner on their blog, but doesn’t email the winners. Sometimes, I don’t always check my Google Reader during the week and save time on the weekends to catch up, leaving me completely missing whatever deadline the blogger set to email them to let them know I’m the winner. It just seems completely backwards to me.
The fix: Email the winners AND announce it on your blog; that way, you have all your bases covered. The blogger will see that they won a giveaway and be able to respond to you in a more timely manner since most everyone checks their email daily, and your readers will be able to see who won, as well.
Requiring a follow for a giveaway. Jamie had an excellent discussion on her blog about this very topic, but I wanted to throw in my two cents. I absolutely hate when blogs require that you be/become a follower to enter a giveaway. It just looks like a way to up your follower numbers, when a bloggers concern should be writing quality reviews and putting out great content that will garner true followers. Wouldn’t you rather grow those followers organically and have a group of book blogging friends who actually follow your blog for the great content and interaction, not ONLY so they can enter a contest? Also, if a blog is giving away a book I want or am interested in, I often become a follower anyway, because I assume we have similar tastes. Trust that the process will often work in your favor in that the person likely will be turned on to your blog then anyway!
The fix: Very simple! Make becoming a follower an extra entry, rather than a requirement. This way, you can reward people who are already followers with an extra chance to win!
Partial feeds. Ew, just ew. Many bloggers like to read in an RSS Reader and if they feel compelled to comment, believe me, they WILL come out of the Reader to leave a comment. I absolutely can’t stand when bloggers shorten their feeds and I immediately unsubscribe because there’s no way I’m clicking open every single post just to read it.
The fix: Just make sure your blog is checked off as a full feed, and not partial. In WordPress, you can find this option under Reading Settings, and on Blogger you can find this option under Settings and then Site Feed.
Word verification. I KNOW spam sucks. It’s really annoying. But, it’s even more annoying to have to figure out those silly CAPTCHA word verification forms, when all you want to do is leave a comment and move on. I read more than 100 book blogs and I like to comment as much as possible, but it takes up so much more time to fill in word verification forms. I even know bloggers who flat out refuse to leave comments for people who use word verification. I don’t go that far because I know some awesome bloggers who do use word verification, but it is pretty annoying, I’ll admit.
The fix: Just don’t use word verification! Simple as that. Delete the spam as it comes in. Just something to think about…deleting spam is annoying, but it’s really easy, and if it makes more people want to comment and share, then it’s a good thing for your blog.
Cluttered layouts and slow loading time: Book bloggers are notorious for cluttered layouts. We join so many challenges, want to share when our favorite books are going to be released, want to promote blog tours and share awards, but keeping all of those cute buttons and photos on the sides of your blog makes for some serious loading time.
The fix: Consider adding a page or a post specifically dedicated to awards, challenges or buttons if you find your page getting too cluttered, but you know you’d still like people to view this fun information. This way, you can add this page or post to the side of your blog as a button to direct people specifically to this page.
What are some of your book blogging pet peeves? How would you suggest fixing them?