Tuesday, June 26, 2018

[Blogging Discussion] 7 Reasons Why I Won't Follow Your Blog

The 7 Reasons Why I Won't Follow Your Blog

First impressions are everything.

I'm sure you've heard that saying before. But did you know that first impressions are formed in just SEVEN SECONDS? Crazy, right? What can your blog portray in that short amount of time?

Let's do a little activity. Set a timer for seven seconds, pull up your blog's homepage, and get your unbiased thinking cap on. I know, it's really tricky, but try to pretend that you are looking at your blog through a brand-new visitors eyes. Now, hit "Start."

So, were you able to tap into that unbiased mindset? If so, what did you think? Did something jump out at you that you now want to change? I do this test with my blog every few months to make sure I still think it gives off a decent first impression.

Of course, as with anything else, everyone will have different opinions. I certainly do! In fact, I will unfollow or immediately navigate away from certain pages for many different reasons.

Let's dive into my list of the top seven!

7 Reasons Why I Won't Follow Your Blog

#7- Complaining about stats

This will always be one of my blogging irks. I totally understand how frustrating it is to watch your following grow more slowly than you would like. But when I first visit a blog or a related social media account, and I see someone complaining about their stats right away, it's a major turn off. 

#6- A blog full of pre-written copy

When I discover a new-to-me blog, and I see that the entire first page of posts are only pre-written, and mass-published blog tours or giveaways, I'll leave the page. When I follow someone, it's because I care about reading their original content; not something that I'll see on dozens of other blogs. 

#5- Writing in all caps

I'm okay with using caps here and there for emphasis. But full paragraphs written out in caps for no reason? No thank you. 

#4- Strange fonts and intense colors

Your blog should be easy to read. In my opinion, you should avoid things like script fonts or others that aren't clear as well as odd color combinations that hurt readers eyes. For example, isn't this more difficult to read than the black? What about this one? Or this? Or gosh, even something like this? Can you imagine trying to read a full blog post in colors like that?!

#3- Choppy scrolling

This drives me absolutely batty!! If I go to scroll down your page, and it’s super choppy, that is an immediate unsub. The choppiness can make me nauseous and it's incredibly frustrating. 

#2- Too slow to load

If it takes more than 5 seconds for a blog to load, I'll close out. I struggle enough as it is to make the time to blog hop with my busy schedule. Waiting around for a slow page tells me that there is just too much going on with the formatting, which I don't like anyway. 

Which brings us to...

#1- Busy design

If I open up a page that has way too much going on, I will close out immediately. No getting anywhere near the seven second mark. 

Far too often, I stumble across blogs from bloggers that are trying to squeeze too much content onto each page. They have three or more columns that include scrolling banners, flashing graphics, and way too many bits and pieces of information all crowding in for the readers attention. 

I greatly prefer the more "simple" blogs that have only two columns; one for the main chunk of content, and one for the other important information such as the About Me, Social Buttons, the Followers Widget, and other such things.


Thanks for reading!
What are some of the reasons why you wouldn't follow a particular blog?

62 comments:

  1. Interesting to read! I do the same, have a look at what is going on with mine and look at what I want to see with a blog. I don't like some where you can read all the passage in one go, because i have to scroll all the way through it to get to the next one. But thats just me :)

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    1. Thanks for reading! And I agree! I definitely prefer when people use the “read more” divider!

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  2. I agree with so many of these. An easy-to-read font is key. If I have to struggle to read something, it's not always worth it to me. Also, too many blitzes and blog tours can be a turnoff as well.

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    1. :-) I’ll never forget the day I pulled my blog up on a desktop for the first time... the font looked lovely on a Mac, but on a PC it was nearly impossible to read! I changed it out immediately!

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  3. I'm minorly nervous about my own blog's colour scheme now. 😅 Do tags and memes count as copy? Or not? Technically all the content created for them is different, even if it's united by/inspired by the same question or theme.

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    1. I think your colors are great, especially with the dark background :) If you had used white as a background it may have been a little tricky to read. And yeah, I think memes, tags, and such totally count! It's the posts that are literally copied and pasted for the entire post that I can't stand :)

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  4. You make some very valid points. Even when I sign up for blog tours and such, I usually do so with a review option. That way there's still original content. I'm bad about excerpts...when there are paragraphs after paragraphs, they lose me.

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    1. Same here! I also like the author interviews, but only when they answer the questions I've written. If it's pre-written I'm just not into that...

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  5. Having a super busy blog design that's hard to read will definitely have me closing the browser IMMEDIATELY!!!

    I can't believe anyone would openly complain about their stats! Yes, I want way more followers and subscribers, but I am so grateful for the people who support me. Instead of complaining, just keep creating and sharing great content. The people will eventually come. At least that's what I tell myself. LOL

    Katisha @ Reel Literature

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    1. Right?! It's just too much! And same here, I 100% agree! I'm so very grateful for my followers! I debated for a minute there switching blog platforms because it seemed like Wordpress was more popular, and would result in more followers. But then I realized I was falling into the trap of caring too much about stats! I'm so glad I stuck with my platform :)

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  6. Apart from the stuff on your list, something that really bugs me is really crappy spelling/grammar. I'm okay with a few bloopers here and there (and I give people slack if they have dyslexia or similar), but pure laziness isn't an excuse for poor grammar.

    I might add that I'm sometimes slightly guilty of using pre-written blog tour/blitz posts, but I try my best to have a variety of posts and not 10+ blitzes/reviews/whatever in a row.

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    1. I hear ya! It's very difficult to read work that clearly hasn't been read through and edited... And yeah! I think using the occasional pre-written is totally fine! After all, that's what they're written for! :) Just as long as you also have original content to mix it up is key for me personally when looking to follow someone :) Sounds like you've got it down!

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  7. I definitely think my page has been loading too slow, but I'm not sure if that's just my browser. Very insightful post!

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    1. I hate when that happens! I just heard Chrome is about to do an update. I wonder if that's going to slow things down...

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  8. I have no artistic skills whatsoever, so my blog is probably terrible. I try. Anyway, I agree with you on the slow load times and rainbow fonts. I have an old laptop and terrible eyesight. Some blogs just aren’t worth the struggle.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I love your blog!! :) It's easy to read and eye catching!

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  9. I agree with all of these except slow loading. Sometimes that can’t be helped, even though it’s frustrating! Great post. 💖

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  10. Oi! Those colored fonts are horrible!

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  11. I agree with pretty much all of these! If the blog is difficult to read, then that's definitely going to make me click away.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. I'd make this post a compulsory read for every blogger! Weird designs, too intense colours, loads of grammatical errors and lack of personality can put me off from reading/following a blog immediately.

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  13. Great post. I generally follow blogs I visit... if their follow option is easy to find! I find some to be too busy as well, or some simply have too much info in the title of their review. Short and snappy gets me hooked ��

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    1. Oh my gosh, that's one I should have on here! If the follow buttons aren't easy to find, I get really annoyed!

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  14. #6 and #4 are absolute no-nos for me - I don't have ANYTHING to say if the blog is full of prewritten copy (all promotion usually) aside from the generic, ”Oh this seems interesting.” And bright color... UGH. My eyes just hurt in daylight and at night. 😖

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  15. I was really hesitant to read this- but after reading through, you really hit the nail on the head with all your points.

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    1. :-D Thanks for giving it a chance! I know the title sounds quite negative!

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  16. I agree with a lot of these points. Thanks for sharing this list.

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  17. All excellent points to keep in mind as a blogger!

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  18. I agree with you on several of these. I definitely prefer a more simple design that loads quickly and is easy on the eyes.

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  19. I think I probably have far too much going on with my own blog, but I'm terribly attached to the design haha.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. If it's working for you, that's all that really matters! :) I personally enjoy your design as well! It's a great, clean, design! :)

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  20. Great post! It's so hard to really critique your own blog sometimes and this offers ways to look at it differently.

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  21. Some very helpful information here for this new blogger. Numbers 4, 2 and 1 are three I also find difficult. I personally don’t like the read more option basically because I’m too lazy to click on it. I would rather just have the whole post in front of me but I can see why most would love it. I instantly like the look of pretty blogs with soft colouring.

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  22. I love a clean blog and am totally biased towards white(ish) backgrounds. As per usual, an on-the-point post.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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  23. #6 and #4 definitely make it harder for me to follow someone as well! I especially don't like seeing endless excerpts and promo posts because it starts to feel like I'm just reading elaborate banner ads. I don't have anything against blog tours in general though, especially if it's a book I'm looking forward to reading :) And a little bit of formatting can help break up a post and make it more interesting...but please don't make me work to read even the simplest statements 😂 Great post, Erica!

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  24. I totally agree with you on the pre-written copy stuff - a few every now and then are fine, but when your blog is nothing but that I begin to lose interest right away. Same thing with the colors and fonts - I want what I'm reading to be easy to read, so I'm not focusing more on the style than the content itself.

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  25. I just unsubscribed to a blog, which only seemed to feature spotlights and excerpt tours. I kind of want to read thoughts and see interactions.

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    1. Yeah... that's always such a bummer!

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  26. Thank you for this post! It was helpful to me, being a new blogger.
    This is probably quite cliche, but I unfollow bloggers who only post once in a purple polkadot moon.
    –KB @ thissideofstoryland.blogspot.com

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    1. :-D I'm so glad it could help! And yes, that's a great reason as well! I totally understand if someone posts once a week or something like that, but if it's been months since their last post, I'll unsubscribe as well.

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  27. Amazing post Erica; formatting is one of my major reasons I won't follow a blog! I also am hesitant to follow blogs that are mostly blog tours. I like original content!

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  28. AJ suggested you and I came over because it sounded interesting. Thanks for the list.

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  29. All of those are good points. About the only ones the blogger may not have control over are choppy scrolling and load times, which may depend more on the hosting service. But I agree they are annoying!

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    1. For sure! Definitely something to contact hosting about!

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  30. My main reason for not following a blog kind of ties in with #7 and #6, regarding post comment. If I open a new-to-me blog and see that they've only posted lists or memes, without any commentary (like a Top 10 Tuesday or a book haul), for the past few weeks, then I won't subscribe.

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    1. Same! Originally and interesting content is SO important!

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  31. One of my biggest pet peeves is those pop-ups at the top of the screen for email sign-ups. I understand you want someone to sign up for your email list but to have it pop up every single time I load, even if I'm already subscribed, and sometimes even multiple times? Annoying at best. And I agree about the tours. I refuse to use the html content they send with the tours. With the exception of the ONE sponsored post we've done, everything is 100% original content. I have seen blogs that post more than one of those html blitzes a day and absolutely no reviews. Why would you have a book blog if you're not going to review? And what would make someone complain about stats? We have been extremely grateful for all the views we've gotten. Everyone in the community has been amazing to us!

    Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes. Those pop-ups are actually really bad for SEO as well! I'm the same way about tours! I participate on rare occasions, and it's always with a review. I never post the copy-and-paste bits.

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