How to be an Annoying Blogger

June 19, 2015


An annoying blogger:

* Leaves lame comments on others' blogs.  I'm talking about comments that do not make sense or ones that just say, "Great post."  I mean, really why bother?  Other types of comments that bother me are the ones where people shamelessly promote themselves by letting you know about their online shop when it's not exactly related to what you've posted about.  I try to delete these types of comments.

* Doesn't turn the Captcha off for commenting.  I'm sorry, but the Captcha just sucks.  Sometimes I'm just guessing on which letters I'm supposed to be typing in and end up getting it wrong so I end up just leaving no comment at all. Bloggers who want comments should make commenting as easy as possible for their readers.

* Adds you to a mailing list you didn't sign up for and keeps e-mailing you.  Just because I joined a link up one time a year ago does NOT mean I want to be sent weekly e-mails reminding me about said link up.

* Doesn't follow the rules in a blog group or "cheats." I get that many of us are busy and sometimes people may honestly forget to complete their portion of the daily threads. However, there are totally some people out there that only leave their links for others to comment on, and they do not fulfill the basic requirements of the thread. There are also some bloggers that "like" others' links like they've actually commented/shared posts, when they haven't.  

* Posts exactly the same stuff on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (and so on) over and over. Okay, this one can be tricky because we all want to promote our posts, but when I see your link three times on my Twitter feed and then see the same pic/link show up multiple times on my Instagram/Facebook feed, it's just too much!

* Doesn't live up to their sponsorship promises. This one is pretty crappy, especially because so many bloggers offer ads and many of them do a great job of promoting others' content.  Wasted money is never good!

* Steals content from other bloggers and acts like it was their own. Thankfully, I have not seen this too much, but to not give credit where it's due is just shady. 

* Is insensitive about touchy subjects like religion, politics, gay rights, etc. I already get overloaded with this from Facebook, thank you very much!  

* Says that their opinions are their own on a sponsored post, but it just feels fake. We've all read some sponsored posts where we think, "Yeah right!!" Readers can tell when bloggers are being disingenuous, and I think that that lowers your credibility overall. I only try to collaborate with companies when it feels right/when I think I will truly like their product.

* Follows you via one form of social media, then you follow them back, only to have them unfollow you within a day. I've experienced this the most on Instagram, honestly. To be fair, it isn't always just other bloggers that do this, but I still feel like saying, "If you don't like my pictures, then don't follow me in the first place!" It's sad that some people just follow a ton of accounts in hopes of getting their own numbers up.  I downloaded Crowdfire to help better manage my Instagram and Twitter accounts, and like it because it lets you know who your new followers/unfollowers are.  I've discovered great new people to follow through this app!

* Constantly brags about their stats.  Everyone knows that putting information out there about your stats is fine on your sponsor page--that makes sense.  When bloggers have to mention over and over how they have SO many views/new followers, well, that just gets real old real fast.

* Bashes other bloggers openly on their blog.  That will make me stop reading a blog pretty quickly!

* Does not have a link to their blog in their Disqus profiles. Sometimes bloggers have left me nice comments, and I want to head over to their blogs and interact with them. I look for the links in their Disqus profiles, but if they are missing them, then I'm unable to return the love!

* Is a no-reply blogger.  I'm sure many of us (myself included) were once guilty of this because we just didn't know any better. This isn't as big of a deal for me now that I use Disqus, but see how it could be frustrating to those who use other commenting systems.

* Has a ridiculous amount of co-hosts or rules to follow just to be able to join a link up.  When I have to follow 3 hosts and 5 co-hosts just to add my post to the link up, eh, I'd rather pass. My favorite link ups are ones that are very simple and straightforward rules or the ones with no rules at all.

* Never responds to comments. I certainly don't expect for everyone to respond to all of my comments all the time, but if I leave several comments and never get a reply back then it kind of bothers me! For me, blogging is a lot about interactions and if it's one-sided, then it is my personal preference to no longer comment on that blog.

* Whines about not getting a lot of comments, pageviews, etc.  Instead of complaining about no one commenting, why not create a reader survey to try to improve your blog?

* Is extremely negative all the time. Yes, as a lifestyle blogger, I totally get wanting to sometimes vent about an issue on here, but when I'm constantly brought down by what a blogger is posting about, it's time to move on!

Are you with me on any of these? What are some of your pet peeves when it comes to blogging?
53 comments on "How to be an Annoying Blogger"
  1. Ugh the constant emails reminding me of a link up drive me insane! And those lame comments, I just don't even know what to do with them!

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  2. I know it!! It makes me not want to join link ups!

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  3. Amen. #1 and #3 have been particularly bothering me lately. I realize that, when you read my post out of obligation because of a thread in a blogging group, it might not be your style. But can't you muster up something better than "these look great" or "I love this!"?

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  4. I get disappointed when bloggers don't reply to comments. But maybe I just don't see them? I don't know. It's frustrating, but also one of the pet peeves I forget about most.

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  5. Agreed! I refuse to follow 3 hosts and 5 new co-hosts every week just to join a link up. And I don't even really understand what the point is or why someone would want a bunch of "followers" who never actually read their blog and have no interest in starting. I recently installed Disqus on my blog because I was so frustrated by the no-reply bloggers.

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  6. AHH Yes, PREACH IT! I loathe when people do posts with no regard for anyone else's beliefs or feelings. Of course we have a right to be uncensored, but taking into consideration another point of view definitely helps boost an image of a more open mind and compassionate human, than just bashing someone else's lifestyle, beliefs, style etc. I also hate the unfoolow/follow trend. Follow me if you like my feed, not just for a follow because guess what if I'm not into it it AINT happening, sorry. I don't do anything with bad intentions or ungenuine ones, so I'd hope my followers feel and act the same. Great post

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  7. It's really not that hard to respond to a comment. Especially when the reader has taken their time out to read your post and share their thoughts on it. I don't get that! It's funny to go through this list and realize how many mistakes I had made when I first started blogging. Love the list!

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  8. Amen sister!!!! I especially hate the lame comments that are obviously from a Facebook group thread. I joined those groups to get some good quality support!! Blegh!

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  9. Found you through the FB groups ;) When I have to take too many steps to comment, I just don't. Maybe I'm lazy but I don't have time to go through multiple steps just to comment! Oh and I have always religiously commented on other's blogs on a thread and almost never got the love back. Some people really just use it to drop their link and run. Not fair.
    And I usually try to follow blogs that interest me. DIY is NOT for me so I don't go liking those just for them to follow me. I want them to follow my blog because they are interested in the content.

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  10. I know, right? You would hope if someone's a blogger that they at least like writing somewhat and are capable of leaving a better comment. The, "Great post!" thing is just being lazy!

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  11. The first one drives me crazy!

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  12. Yep, yep and yep! I am still very new to the blogging world and can relate to just about every single thing on this list! I love how the list was a "what not to do" but didn't come off as overly negative or whiny.. I will definitely make sure not to make these mistakes in the future!

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  13. totally relate to all of these! Especially the link ups with all the million hosts and co-hosts and how you have to follow everyone. Thanks for sharing this! It's always good to know I'm not alone in feeling a way about these things in blogging haha. have a nice weekend!

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  14. So much YES!! I was just talking about what makes a good comment today in one of the facebook groups I'm in... I've had an abundnace of 2 word comments lately and it makes me so frustrated! I'd stopped publishing them!

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  15. Preach girl! I do have a bone to pick with certain blogger facebook groups (particularly the all or nothing threads). I actually got kicked out of one because I had complied with everyone's posts up to my own, but didn't go back later in the day to finish out the thread. There were like 60 comments on there! Who has time for that? I agree that it's super lame to leave your post and not share the love, but I also feel like those threads generate non-loyal followers...people are commenting just for the sake of it, but don't actually come back to your blog again! I'm actually glad I don't have an option to post on those threads anymore because I'd rather comment on blogs that I'm actually interested in and want to follow loyally! What do you think?

    ♥ Lisa
    Strum Simmer Sip

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  16. unperfect familyJune 19, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Oh nothing drives me crazier than seeing I have a new comment, only to find it says "nice post". If I can't contribute a worthy comment, I'll not comment at all, but perhaps share the content on Facebook or Pinterest.
    I've yet to find an uncomplicated link-up, so I've never done one.
    And I don't do sponsored posts, unless it's something I'm really passionate about. (For example, if The Container Store wanted a sponsored post, when I picked myself up off the floor and got done calling everyone who's ever called me 'nerdy', I would write the most honest and passionate sponsored post you've ever seen.)

    You should write "How To Be An Annoying Husband", my hubby needs some new reading material. ;)

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  17. Couldn't agree more with this list! I've had the follow/unfollow thing happen to me SO many times! And lame comments are just awkward!

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  18. Cool post

    ... just kidding, haha. I can relate to a lot of these - and to add to the follow/unfollow thing, people who follow you and then unfollow the same day if you don't follow back. I try to follow back most fellow bloggers on social media, but I'm not constantly checking to see if new people followed me, you know? I use Crowdfire a couple times per week to manage my Twitter, which is how I notice this stuff... have some patience, man! And if you really want someone to follow you back, the best thing to do is actually reply to one of their tweets or say hello or something.

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  19. I've given up on some blogs that don't even respond. I get it that some bloggers are way more busy than others and have thousands and thousands of views, but come on. A little bit of appreciation for your readers is nice and frankly, I'll just stop reading because I find it rude.

    I used to be a no-reply blogger, and then I fixed it. :)


    And stealing content.. there's an instagrammer fitness chick in australia I think it is and she rips off tons of other people's content; I don't think any of it is hers and it's really sad. She makes a FORTUNE from stealing from others, it's disgusting.

    I'm going to pin this. :) Thank ya. "Great post" ahhaha

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  20. Lots of these things are super annoying. I'm sure I do a couple of annoying things but I think I've learned over the years what not to do.

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  21. I definitely try to stay as far away as I can from the "follow back" games--what's the point of having followers who aren't actually interested in what you write, anyways?

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  22. This list is great, it is a great way to really reflect on yourself as a blogger, thanks for this! I really love it...

    Nancy Laws | Afro-Chic Mompreneur

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  23. Ha, this list was spot on! I've experienced almost all of these and there's nothing worse than an obnoxious blogger... especially those that do multiple of these at the same time! Now I just hope I'm not one of the annoying ones. ;)

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  24. I have sometimes left a great post comment because it's something I really enjoyed reading but I don't really have anything to say about it. That's where I wish Disqus had a thumbs up option, that would be awesome. Love your list, it's nice to see that I've grown as a blogger

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  25. Yeah, I mean I get maybe not replying a few times because sometimes life just gets in the way, but just to not respond ever is kind of rude.

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  26. Yes, Disqus has really been helpful in dealing with no-reply bloggers. I wonder if the hosts just get unfollowed frequently after the link up is over?

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  27. The worst is when a blogger usually posts about makeup or food and then all of a sudden a crazy, offensive post is thrown in out of the blue! It's like...what?! Yes, I don't like when others pressure you to follow their blogs just because they've followed yours. I'm the same way with Bloglovin and Instagram--if I like the content, I'll follow back. Otherwise, sorry...just not going to!

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  28. I'm sure that I broke a lot of these, too! Thank goodness I learned from my mistakes. :) When I first started blogging, the only comments I got were follow for follow ones, so I thought that's how it was done! Once I started getting genuine comments, I started to see the light, ha ha.

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  29. I know! They are probably just saying "great post" on everyone's so they can mark like and be done. It defeats the purpose of being a member of the group in the first place!

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  30. Oh, cool! I just joined The Blog Love Project! :)
    I like it when the moderators of the group call out people that break the rules of not commenting back, but do so in a nice way. In the Southern Girl Blog Community, that is what happens and I think it holds people accountable/reminds those who truly just forgot.

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  31. Yes, if I really can't think of something more to say than great post, then I refrain from commenting.

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  32. I know...I'm like, uh...I can see you immediately unfollowed me? Do you really expect me to still follow you?

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  33. Me too! I'm sure I broke some of these when I first started blogging--maybe I should try to be more patient with newbie bloggers who might actually not know that there is a thing as blogging etiquette. :)

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  34. I actually used to follow ALL the hosts and co-hosts, but now I just stick to link ups hosted by 1-2 people--much easier that way! Hope you are also enjoying your weekend. :)

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  35. Oh yeah, a thumbs up option would be a great idea!! Disqus needs to get on that--I think you're right and that would eliminate a lot of the "great post" comments.

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  36. Oh yeah, the bloggers that do more than one of these habitually are the worst! I'm more understanding if someone is brand spanking new to blogging because they might not know better, but bloggers who have been around awhile cannot use this excuse.

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  37. Yeah, begging for followers might not be the best approach to get people interested in a blog!

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  38. Welcome to the blogging world! I feel like some of the things I mentioned are just common courtesy, ya know? I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

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  39. Wow, 60 comments is A LOT to do in one day! I prefer it when the admin of Facebook groups assign a number of comments you have to give in order to fulfill the requirement of the thread. IMO, these are much better than the all or nothing comment threads because, like you said, having to comment on 60 blogs is overkill and not genuine. When I only have to comment on 5 blogs out of say 60, I go through and click on the titles of posts that I think would interest me. I've actually discovered some wonderful new blogs this way.

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  40. I don't think you have anything to worry about if you respond to comments a little later. I also cannot always do it right away. I think as long as your readers see that you are making an effort to interact with them, then you're fine. :)

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  41. I don't blame you! It is disappointing when others don't put any effort in!

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  42. Exactly!! I try to check Crowdfire when I can, but I certainly don't check it multiple times a day. It's so funny how impatient people get when expecting their follow back.

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  43. I did not know that about the Australian gal...WHAT?? How is she still up and running? That really is a shame that she is profiting off of other people's hard work.


    I think it is a mistake if "bigger bloggers" overlook their readers all the time, especially considering many of them only blog and do not have other jobs. Like we both said, it makes us not want to return to comment on their blogs!

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  44. I don't know how she gets away with it but I find it sad there's a whole group that just disapproves everything she markets.... I mean, if you have proof send to authorities? Check her out.. Ashy Bines.

    Blogging is hard word!! Commenting back and taking two minutes out of your life is nothing. A little gratitude and grace goes a long way. :)

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  45. Can I just say yes to all of the above?! I could respond to each of these individually but this would be so long then. My biggest 2 pet peeves on there are probably the comment ones. I respond to everyone that comments on my blog so I get annoyed when people don't respond to my comments or when someone's comment is so lame/generic that I'm like "how the hell do I respond to you like the good blogger I'm trying to be?!"

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  46. Exactly! When someone just tells you "looks yummy" or "nice post", what the heck are you supposed to say back? I'll admit that sometimes I'll just comment back one word in return or just not comment back at all. Otherwise I feel like it would be a one-sided conversation with myself, ha ha.

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  47. Well these are annoying but I don't pay too much attention to people who do this. I know that everyone has their own way to go about things but I do find it a bit annoying when people leave comments like- cool and then a link to their blog. I don't always respond to every comment but that's because some comments don't necessarily need a reply, I do respond to all questions and emails from readers though. There are not enough hours in a day sometimes.

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  48. One of my big pet peeves is when bloggers take other blogger's photos of recipes or DIY projects and share so much of the post on FB that no one's going to bother to click the link, if they even left the link.

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  49. That would really cut down on the number of visits to those types of posts--I can understand your frustration!

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  50. Before I downloaded Disqus, I did get overwhelmed with replying to comments. I mean, I would always respond on my blog, but then to copy and paste them in an e-mail took extra time. In some cases, I would write a reply and then not be able to send it out because the original comment was from a no-reply blogger. I love how with Disqus I can just write my reply and know that it gets sent out to whomever commented. Dropping links without a meaningful comment is pretty tacky!

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  51. When I searched her, one of the first things that came up was about how she stole others' recipes and passed them off as her own, yikes!

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  52. I agree with all of this. I am a crappy blogger these days but you know what I always go back and read the posts I missed because I think if you take the time to come to my blog then I should do the same for you. I actually get anxiety when I post without reading posts... lol


    And omg captcha needs to disappear!!

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  53. Even when I was so overwhelmed with work and not blogging regularly, I would always scroll through my Bloglovin feed on my iPhone. What's bad is that when I read posts this way, I didn't comment! That is something I need to work on!

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