Pet Peeves: Blogging World Edition
Inspired by a TCG Pet Peeves thread, I created this blog post for you guys. I hope you enjoy it. If you’re guilty of this, and it offends you, well… Sorry that I don’t really care?
Third person biographies
If your blog is in third person POV, why have an about you blurb in third person? …and even more so, choose a side: either a third person POV about you blurb AND about you page or first person period. Just stick with one. It’s really annoying. I don’t think I’ve ever done this, but if I have it was during my dark years/times/whatever you wish to call them, and I try not to remember it and/or my mind just automatically puts it out). But again, I especially DON’T see the point if you’re writing it about yourself AND using third person… That’s just… Ugh.
“…an inspiring _____…”
…people who say this about themselves annoy me as well. I mean, do they mean “inspiring”, or was it a typo/they don’t know it’s supposed to be “aspiring”? Others call themselves inspiring, but I see that and think that that is just what said person sees in his/herself, and I don’t know if it’s what others actually see in/think of them. It’s a bit misleading to me.
No right click/highlighting/etc.
Sorry, but no. I’ve noticed that even “professional” websites have these. See, back when I lived in the boondocks I had to use Virgin Mobile USA’s Internet service. Worked sometimes, but when it didn’t they blamed me because of where I lived even though they would hang up on me. I was in the dark green area. Every time I said something good about them something crappy happened. You guys, I learned that if you contact companies’ support Twitter accounts, you’ll get more attention and they will help you sooner. …Even if you tag about it. So basically I ended up going there tons of times simply because it became so pointless to WASTE MY MINUTES on their support, and I only get 5 hours a month. It works great when it works, and I had service even when Bri didn’t that time we went to Oklahoma.
Long story short, these websites with images as links (and pretty much everything else!) that drag when you left click them with your mouse and move them really annoy me. I have this [weird] “ritual” (yeah, that term works) to where I have to make sure it’s 1) not an image map and 2) just actual text. Image maps don’t annoy me as much, but they’re not for my personal use. I made my own during the MySpace days when they were totally awesome and not many peeps knew how to make them. However, image-heavy websites (even if just .jpg/.gif/.bmp) take a long time to load, and said websites turn out to look really crappy with poor Internet. 🙁 I mean, that’s why Spree’s forum header was changed to what it originally was in the premade theme’s coding to a DIV/background logo. I don’t like being able to click and drag anything.
Those fonts that end up being pictures/you can’t highlight like text/etc.
I get it, I’m weird. But they annoy me, too. I don’t take people’s stuff, but I like my right clicking and image dragging and highlighting. If your site doesn’t allow that, I just feel trapped and don’t want to stay for too long.
“It’s my blog, and you can state your opinion. But your opinion doesn’t matter, and I’m going to tell you why my opinion is actually a fact and that everything should…”
Okay, so this is pretty much what I perceive from a lot of Christian blogs I’ve read (so I therefore don’t real that many, and if you’re a Christian/have a Christian blog and I keep coming back, it means you don’t give me this impression of you).
“…ban IP…blah, blah…2 years…blah, blah… if you lie…blah, blah…”
Seriously? That was on a splash page for some blog AND the sidebar of said blog. This is the Internet. How do I know you’re not lying?
“Copyright [Name], [Year]. All Rights Reserved. Everything on this website is my own. NO STEALING ALLOWED.”
The sad part is that it looks like a closed-minded, ignorant and careless person wrote it with so many errors and whatnot AND had disabled right clicking and highlighting. I thought the theme looked familiar, and sure enough, from editing Georgina’s themes to fit my liking, I noticed the coding was from one of her old layouts. Sorry, Georgie; I don’t remember the link to that site. 🙁
This blogger also had posts that looked like they’d been [literally] copied and pasted into HER WordPress from other blogs – multiple blogs. Resources listed on her website were available for download via her server, but… Well, it was basically her downloading them and uploading the downloaded .zip files to her server and offering them for download, all original .zip files still intact with how the original distributor/creator put them together, names and all.The “rules” for using “her” resources included something along the lines of “must link back to [her site] as the credit”, blah, blah, blah, “I WILL FIND YOU IF YOU DO NOT LINK BACK TO ME. ALL THESE ARE MY OWN. NO REDISTRIBUTING.” I remember emailing her via the form on her website last year-ish, and the next thing I knew I was blocked from her website on said computer.
…Yep. I saved the best worst of my short list of blogging pet peeves for last.
…OOH THERE’S EIGHT!! WOOH. (8 is my favorite/lucky number, in case you didn’t know this. :P)