Our Guest Adviser this month, Janna Werner, has generously provided some enlightening blog critiques over on the Ask Janna forum lately! I don’t want Janna to get too bogged-down in blog critiques versus design & career advice, but obviously this is an area of interest for many of you! So I thought I’d run a little unofficial survey about scrap blog pet peeves.
Earlier this week over on the Facebook page for PaperCrafter’s Corner, I asked the following fill-in-the-blank question:
The answers were very enlightening!! So far, the post has been viewed by 4998 people and 69 have provided a response. Since the readers & fans at PaperCrafter’s Corner are likely some of the very same readers that you would like to have visit your blog, I thought it would be interesting to highlight the top responses ….
Top 5 Biggest Turn-Offs for Scrap Blog Readers
This was BY FAR the most mentioned pet peeve. Your readers don’t like it when you play music on your blog. Period. Yes, they know they can turn off the sound. But they don’t care. It startles them, it makes them click away from your blog, and they think it slows down their blog surfing speed. Bottom line: Just say NO to the music!
# 2: Too Much Personal Info and/or Controversial Topics
Most everyone agreed that while a bit of personal flavor here & there is fine & actually appreciated, many mentioned a dislike of paper crafts blogs that become too bogged down with personal stories, vacation recaps, or personal/ medical complaints.
#3: Too Hard To Read –
This one includes a variety of “sins” mentioned, such as:
- Too many words / not enough photos
- Paragraphs that are too long
- Photos that are too small
- Dark backgrounds with light words (hurts the eyes)
- Too many busy, blinking graphics
- Animated cursors
#4: Loads too Slowly
Readers want photos that are large, crisp and easy to see — but they want you to size them down to be as small of a file size as possible so that they don’t take forever to load. Those with older computers, slower connections, or viewing from their phones become paralyzed by bloated JPG files. Use your photo editing program to “compress” your photos before sharing them on your blog!
#5: Too Much Promotion
Readers get fatigued by too many sponsored posts, too much self-promotion, and too many giveaways. While all of these are fine in small doses, make sure you are only sprinkling-in those types of posts while the majority of your blog stays true to its stated purpose.
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Since blog critiques, questions & advice are an area of obvious interest for our readers & members, I am working on finding a Guest Adviser for a future member forum specifically dedicated to the topic. If you know of someone you think would be ideal for that upcoming Guest Adviser role, let me know!
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