2013 Blog Pet Peeves
I’ve been so blah and rant-y lately, but every time I open my mouth and post a rant-filled anything, I feel like I attract a lot of unwanted attention. “You don’t like it? Then don’t ___.” You don’t like my opinion? Get over yourself and off your high horse. I think a lot of times people are just mad that person x doesn’t feel the same, no matter who that person is.
Anyways, 2013 brought in a totally different of bloggers that started brewing in 2012. I figured I’d update my previous pet peeve post that I wrote this year on the same topic.
Warning: You shouldn’t read this if you are
a cry babyeasily offended, in debate club, always have to be right, argumentative and/or one of the culprits mentioned below. This post is bound to bring in some hard feelings, but sometimes making people mad brightens my day. This is a rant. I’ll probably regret this later, but I also may not. I won’t regret it because I spoke my mind; I’ll probably regret it because it’s so harsh. However, it’s how I truly feel. You may also think I’m talking about you, but instead of assuming, you should just ask me. Too many people always assume shit, and that causes many more problems than asking and receiving a straight forward answer does.
Stop reading and get off my blog if you use the plus sign (“+”) for “and”.
The use of Facebook/Google+ comments instead of a non-social network comments. I will not comment your blog anymore if you switch to Facebook comments. Or the G+ comments. That’s three blogs now. It’s NOT “community”-building, it’s being obnoxious. Anytime you require the use of a social network to use your website, you’re deterring away what you could be receiving. Stop being lazy and use non-social network comments. It’s hurtful in the long run, especially if that site goes down for maintenance or something. With that said, even using Facebook for your mailing list is ridiculously inconvenient.
“Build a community on your blog!” I understand that nowadays it’s all about making connections for most bloggers, but as a personal blogger, is it really all that necessary? If you’ve been following my blog long enough to know that I can’t stand fakeness at all, then you’ll understand my peeve about this. Like, why have a community on your blog? If you want a community, set up a damn forum and link people there. That way, you don’t have to act all happy-go-lucky in the comments section and be on your best behavior and look your best and ACT ALL FAKE. Bloggers I came across last year are like this. They don’t even come back to my blog anymore or return my emails asking them how they are. It’s like they’re so into their alter egos that they think they have this huge fan base. It all feels so fake.
Professional photos for your online presence. Instead of feeling as though I’m talking to someone just like me, I feel like I’m being forced to compare myself to Barbie. Unfortunately for you, I always played with Teresa, her best friend. I’d much rather see your crappy mirror photo with your bedhead than you all dressed up and smiling in a meadow.
“Use photos on every post.” “Make them take up the width.” If people require pictures with what they read, they need to go back to kindergarten class and/or reading magazines. I put pictures over the summer to fill space, but I’m done with that now because I hate doing things just to fill space.
“You should make your username the same as your blog name.” I feel like this year it’s been ALL about branding yourself. I, unfortunately, actually started to believe it slightly. It’s just annoying. What happened to the genuine blogging and commenting? What happened to not expecting anything in return? Now it’s all about being sleazy and advertising yourself about and making a name for yourself and getting more popular, and it’s just all so FAKE FAKE FAKE. UGH.
“Monday + Tuesday”. Anyone who has ever taken a math class in their lives should always read the PLUS SIGN as PLUS. EVEN THE SIGN ITSELF HAS THE NAME “PLUS”. Why do you not use the ampersand? That looks like “&”. It means “and”. “+” means “plus”. If you don’t want to use “&” because it looks tacky, WHY THE FUCK use the “+”?! It makes you look really dumb okay. You only use “+” when you are ADDING something to the aforementioned, not when you want to include it. That’s why, if you have 5 apples and 5 bananas making them “5 apples + 5 bananas” would be combining them and making them “10 fruits”, NOT “5 apples and 5 bananas” anymore. You ADD something to another thing to make it something else. If you don’t read it as “plus”, GTFO my blog.
“Where did you get your layout?” “Can you make me one?” “You designed this well! How did you do [insert feature here]?” First off, if you don’t see the credit at the footer, it was probably custom made. “Custom made” means I ordered it. “I ordered it” means I paid someone to do it. I mostly don’t want you to know who designed it [if I custom ordered it] because it was made for me, not you. I like uniqueness. In 2009, this guy from the UK completely ripped all of my designs because I “inspired” him. He’d go and make design after design that was a crappy replica of mine. Another girl ended up doing the same to a blue and white flower layout I made because I “inspired” her. If you like it, okay. However, don’t go and take something that was made for me. Uniquity is important to me. If I inspire you enough to make you want to be like me, at least respect me enough to not copy me.
I’m nearing 1000 words, so I think it’s about time to stop. Harsh, yes. Speaking of harsh, WHAT is it with people who think it’s “6Birds?” IT’S NOT CAPITALIZED. It’s lowercase. I’ve gotten past the spacing between the “6” and “Birds”, and now it’s the capitalizing. “6birds”. Even after I tell people time after time AFTER TIME, in email, it’s always, “What? What do you mean? No, I removed the space. It’s written how you said. ‘Birds’ is lowercase. That’s right, right?”