The 5 Most Annoying Blogger Habits

Great blogs are captivating, ever-changing, ever-evolving works that continually feed their visitors with wonderful content. They reach into the hearts and minds of their audience – whether it is excellent content that educates or witty material that makes people laugh.

There is, however, the other side of the blogging tracks, so to speak. The vast darkness of cyberspace that is littered with half-done, boring, terrible content.

Don’t let this be you.

This article will explore the top 5 most annoying blog habits to help you know what NO’T to do when writing a blog article.

Let’s begin…

 

1. Directing traffic to an empty blog.

You see one post that talks about how excited they are to start their new blog.

And then nothing for a year.

There is another post that apologize for not writing in a while.

And then nothing.

Everyone has been guilty of this at some point, but here is the thing. Do not promote an empty blog.

If you haven’t written in a while, that can be ok – if you already have a lot of good content in your blog.

You can tell people you are going offline for awhile and you will be back. Or you can simply come back and give people an update before resuming regular updates.

If you don’t have enough content, say at least 20 posts, don’t direct people to your blog. You will look bad and annoy your readers.

 

2. Delivering mediocre content.

Another blog no-no is filling a blog with mediocre posts.

To be clear, blogging is something that can be perfected over time, so your first posts may not be Shakespeare.

If you are a beginner, there is nothing wrong with putting up posts and learning as you go.

But…

Your content should continue to improve. If you have sat down, done your research, tap into your target audience and continue to educate yourself on improving your game, then your posts should naturally get better.

If not, consider hiring someone who can help you write better.

Or if you are a natural on video, do video posts, and hire someone to write for you.

Improving your art will eventually drown out your lesser works. Your visitors will appreciate it.

 

3. Using tired wording and clichΓ©s.

I have to admit, I have worked very hard to ban the words “stuff” and “thing” from my writing. I started using the thesaurus before I was able to take off the training wheels and create synonyms on my own.

Precise language will keep your readers on track. Ambiguous words are like coloring outside the lines – you have the same picture, but a messier, unappealing version of it.

Tired phrasing will give your article a bland overtone that will make it forgettable.

Creative language, metaphors, punchy phrases, etc. go a long way to keeping your readers interested.

Make sure you are continuously critiquing your own writing style.

 

4. Large, unbroken blocks of text

Think of text as a wall – the higher the wall, the harder it is for the message to get through to people.

People’s attention are being tugged in a thousand different directions, help them stay with you by chopping up chunks of text into bite-sized nuggets.

Break up that text with headers, bullet points, numbers, bold, images and links.

Give your readers lots of visual texture. Make your posts rich and engaging.

 

5. Ignoring the basics of grammar and spelling.

Many publications have such high standards for grammar, you need a Master’s in English to qualify. Blogging has opened doors for people with less-than-perfect grammar to become published.

I believe that basic grammar should be in blogs. You can get away with a lot of grammar errors in video, but written language demands higher grammatical standards. Still, you don’t have to be a grammar expert to be a blogger.

Good spelling is taken for granted, until you misspell something. Everything has spell check, so it leaves your reader wondering why you ignored the prompts to correct your spelling. Incidentally, bad spelling makes you look less intelligent.

My one big pet peeve is bad punctuation. Every time I read a run-on paragraph, I die a little inside.

Here is an example:

A woman without her man is nothing.

A woman: without her, man is nothing.

Not only can punctuation change the entire meaning of a sentence, it breaks up your text so that you can absorb the information.

Run-on sentences are like those big blocks of uninterrupted text we talked about in Number Four.

In social media and texting, people get lazy or busy and leave out punctuation. In your blog post, leaving out punctuation is terrible. Don’t do it.

Writing is a complex skill that not everyone can master, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a good blogger. You can be a great blogger. If you avoid these five blogger annoyances, you will be heading in the right direction to being a good blogger and be able to write content that your readers will want to read.

 

Author Bio:

Adam Morgan is an amiable entrepreneur who loves video games, a good book, hot tubs, and long walks with the wife. You can add him to your Google circles here.

46 comments

  1. Sean Rasmussen   β€’  

    Well said, Adam.

    I totally agree. Point 1 made me laugh. I have done it (years ago) and have seen so many do it since. I don’t send people to empty blogs though πŸ˜‰

    The one word I struggle spelling is “misspell’. Otherwise I’m fine (just kidding).

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      All of us bloggers have struggled with point 1 at some time or another. Thanks for stopping by Sean! πŸ™‚

  2. Tasha Christensen   β€’  

    Thanks for the post, Adam! I really love how blogging allows smart people who aren’t huge English nerds like me to be heard and respected for their writing. I learn a lot from these people – and blogging really does help your writing improve as time goes on!

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      You said it so well. The more we write the better we become. I’ve enjoyed your writing style Tasha. πŸ™‚

  3. Jessica   β€’  

    I like that you make it funny, “Every time I read a run-on paragraph, I die a little inside.” I need humor to keep me engaged.

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Jessica,

      I’m glad you find my jokes funny. πŸ™‚ Humor is needed, as too many blogs are too serious. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Charles Barnes   β€’  

    You knocked it outta the park again. Great timely advice for all.

    • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

      Hey Charles! I appreciate the kind words. Actually, my friend Adam wrote this one. Check out his author bio at the bottom of the article. πŸ™‚

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Charles,

      I’m glad you thought I knocked it out of the park. I’m no Bambino, but Matthew sure is. πŸ˜‰

      P.S Charles, set up a free Gravatar account to get your picture to show up next to your blog comments.

  5. Meredith Wouters   β€’  

    Great advice! I especially like the part about your training wheels thesaurus. I think I need to go dig mine up…

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Meredith,

      Thanks for the kind words. πŸ™‚ Don’t you just love the thesaurus? I’m sure Matthew uses it daily as a copywriter. Am I right Matthew?

      • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

        Love me some thesaurus, Adam. πŸ™‚ I do use one. Every serious writer should.

  6. Tim   β€’  

    Perfect post sir. I love all five markers we should look out for when writing. The big blocks of wording, the over-used cliche, the unimaginative “thing” or “stuff”, and the apology if behavior is not about to change. I agree that you cannot be brilliant out of the gate and I don’t think anyone expects that; just a trend in the right direction. I am learning every day and your post is helping me. Tim

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Tim,

      I’m glad my post has helped you. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  7. Mary Fletcher   β€’  

    Thank you so much for this very informative article! I am just starting my journey through the blogosphere and appreciate all the help I can get. It was a delight to read.

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Mary,

      You’re on an awesome journey! πŸ™‚ Don’t hesitate to reach out to Matthew or I for blogging advice.

  8. Sandy   β€’  

    Very good points about writing a blog Adam. I am constantly using spell check, it has become my best friend. I also have a relationship with the thesaurus, even though sometimes the first word that comes to mind might be the best word to use. Either way it allows me to enlarge my vocabulary. Mathew, thanks for inviting your friend, it is always nice to meet new people.

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Sandy,

      You and me both. I’m always looking to enlarge my vocabulary. Life’s too short to use the same words over and over again. Glad you’re taking advantage of spell check. It blows my mind how many people don’t take advantage of the little squiggly red line that’s underneath the words.

  9. Patricia Weber   β€’  

    Some of your pet peeves are both my pet peeves, AND have been an issue for me! While I still use the online versions of a thesaurus, I often refer to my paper one on my book shelf! Helpful content.

    over from LinkedIn group BHB

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Patricia,

      People still use the book version of a thesaurus? J/K, I use my paper one all the time. There’s something about thumbing though a book that I’ll never tire of.

  10. Tuhin   β€’  

    I agree with all the points! I want to ask you a question: What should be the frequency of posts/week for a 2 month old blog or a recently created blog?

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Tuhin,

      Great question! You need to determine that for yourself. Matthew, care to chime in on this one? I personally recommend the bare minimum of at least once a week. You can poll your audience through a survey and see how often they want content. Sometimes I find myself re-visiting a blog to find new content and walk away sad.

      • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

        Hi Tuhin,

        The most important thing about frequency is quality. πŸ™‚ Churning out a post a day is great as long as you’re writing some original and highly compelling articles.

        Studies have shown that increases in posting (like once a day) will get you more unique visitors to your site but then you oftentimes end up with high bounce rates because your daily posts aren’t that original or interesting, so in the long run you are better off creating a great blog post at least once a week….if you’re creating “epic” posts filled to the brim with useful information, (epic meaning 3000 words or more), then you could probably do okay posting biweekly.

        I’m noticing a shift in the blogosphere on this…people are realizing that creativity cannot be rushed.

  11. Lenie   β€’  

    I have been blogging for about a year and I have used things like ‘stuff’ which is definitely something to watch. Other than that, I do use the thesaurus so I don’t repeat the same word to often in a post. This is great information. Thanks.
    Lenie

    • Adam Morgan   β€’  

      Lenie,

      Glad you found the post full of great information and that you’re avoiding the usage of the word ‘stuff’.

  12. Susan Cooper   β€’  

    Boy Howdy, I love this. The worst one for me is a large block of text without any paragraph breaks. All I can think is “REALLY! and you think that will help encourage someone to read this? I’ll usually pass it by, regardless of my interest.

  13. Jason B   β€’  

    Those are some habits that I see often. I may have done a couple of them in my early days of blogging as well.

  14. Paul Graham   β€’  

    Hey Matthew. Thanks for sharing Adam’s take on 5 annoying habits. I always wrestle with whether to spell for my UK and Canadian readers or my American readers and have settled on annoying each half of the time. I also throw in “stuff” from time to time as a change of voice but I think most readers can tell when it is deliberate. One of the most challenging issues is writing comments or responding to them on a cel phone when travelling. In many cases the screen doesn’t clearly show what I’ve typed so I cringe later when I see the typos. As to the blogs of others, I’m very forgiving of anything else if the content is engaging but understand how it might irk a professional writer.

    • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

      You’re welcome, Paul. I always enjoy your unique perspective. Drop by again soon!

  15. Great points. I’ve been guilty of not blogging “for a minute” but am always sure not to promote the blog during that time or leaving an “Excuse My Dust” post since it’s usually that I’m working on another writing project that’s not blog relevant.

    In the day of spell check, I don’t understand writing or grammar errors but I will say that I wish I didn’t let the fear of misspellings or fluidity in writing force me to edit for so long–which also contributes to point #1 in my case.

  16. Arleen   β€’  

    You are so right on with your advice. If I am unable to write a blog for a week I just do nothing. Who cares what my reason is, but giving an explanation is unnecessary. Hopefully my faithful readers will be back.I try to use thesaurus whenever I can.

  17. Michele Harvey   β€’  

    These are all good points on blogging. I was surprised to hear you say that a blogger should have twenty posts before directing readers to their blog. I post on my blog regularly but regularity for me is usually just once a month. It would have taken me nearly 2 years to direct readers to my blog had I followed this particular guideline.

  18. andleeb   β€’  

    Hello

    You have mentioned these points with some fun. I have recently started blogging and I lack on many points.
    I was writing once a week but now I have a lot of pressure from job that I can not handle, I have a lot of incomplete stuff and I can not think about it right now. My mind is just stuck in my job.
    I am always struggling with my grammar… :'(

    I will try my best to improve. Thanks for share.

  19. Welli   β€’  

    Great hints there Matt. I will definately consider all of them when writing my own blog. Improvement is key.

  20. Candace Follis   β€’  

    Thank you for this list! I’m just getting started and I keep alternating between being discouraged about the lack of a stronger ‘voice’ in my blogging or having really high quality content (and visuals which I’m struggling with terribly, and it takes SO much time!) and feeling this rush to slap things together and post them so I don’t have an empty blog. It’s hard to give myself permission to be a beginner and to wait for it to smooth out. I end up feeling some kind of rushed/pressured angst fairly often. Thank you for laying this out so neatly. πŸ™‚

    • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

      Hi Candace,

      I just checked out your blog and I can say with confidence you’re on the right track. Looking good. If you approach this like a brick and mortar business, you will grow steadily and with more patience. You can do this! Can’t wait to see how things are going for your site six months from now. Let me know if you need anything. Comment here anytime.
      Matthew

  21. Candace Follis   β€’  

    Matthew,

    Thank you so much! The brick and mortar side of my business has been going fairly well, thank goodness. πŸ™‚ I recommended your site to some other new bloggers I’ve been talking to and I will definitely be following the recommendations on your site. Thanks again, you made my day!

    Candace

  22. Sue Chehrenegar   β€’  

    I know of at least one website that needs to learn about point number 1. It claims to have a blog, but the last time I looked, there was nothing on it.

    I enjoyed this post, because I recently learned about a group of 3rd graders that is doing some blogging. Each of their posts is only one paragraph long. I am sure that they will one day become great writers.

  23. Lane   β€’  

    Hi Matthew,
    Thanks for this list. Grabbing every bit of info whenever I can. I had a tough start but am plugging away an loving it more and more. Writing a lot and according to this list, I am somewhat on the right track by varying my topics from short to longer, serious, to humorous, flipping from childhood memories, to the present etc. You were such a terrific help in keeping me going.
    All the best,
    Lane

    • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

      Glad you liked this list, Lane. Happy to help anytime.

      Keep up the great work there. You will find your voice the more you blog.

      Keep in touch,

      Matthew

  24. Wendy   β€’  

    Thanks Matt and as always some great advice! I’m feeling pretty relieved that I didn’t fall into the ‘annoying category’ too much…
    Cheers

    • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

      Hey Wend,

      Not too much is better than all of them. πŸ™‚

      Keep doing what you’re doing. Sounds like you’re on the right path.

      Matthew

  25. Stacey Cummings   β€’  

    Thanks for the great advice. I am stuck in the world of not posting anything for a while because, well life, and because I got another writing job. So, I am not directing anyone to my site, unfortunately.

    I am still new to this whole thing and just recently learned about writing software that checks your writing as you type. I had no idea there was such a thing you could load on your laptop that checks all of your writing – even your emails.

    I am just wondering if you or anyone reading has experience with any of these programs and how they work with a Mac, Word and gmail. Any comments?

    • Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

      Hi Stacey,

      I use Grammarly and like it. Aside from that and the spell/grammar check inside the WordPress dashboard, that’s all I’m familiar with.

      Do you use Grammarly?

      Matthew

  26. Stacey   β€’  

    No. I’ve never used anything. I don’t even compose in the dashboard. Do you use grammarly with Microsoft Word on a Mac? Do you also have it on your phone and use it for emails and texts?

  27. Matthew Loomis   β€’     Author

    You can use Grammarly on PC or Mac. I don’t use it on my phone. I would imagine its available on any device.

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