I keep reading many blogs but I rarely comment as I have to log into wordpress or blogger accounts every time I read something in order to comment. I read whenever I can squeeze in few minutes in between work. I usually leave an instant comment if your blog allows anonymous comments or does not require me to login. I usually login on a particular day and leave comments on the blogs which I liked reading from past few days. Yeah this is how I comment these days because of busy schedule.
I came across many new blogs recently and I liked some, while some I did not like. So here is a list of the kinds of articles that make me not read that blog. Usually I skip reading articles like these on most blogs. Sometimes I wonder why other people still like to read these articles.
Sponsored posts like every other day
I understand that you want to make money using your blog. But just think about your readers. We read your blog because we like what you write. I click on a link to some article on your blog thinking you have written a new post, only to be disappointed that it is a sponsored post after reading it. And you share sponsored posts as if you have already tried and tested that website or product to which you are linking. Making money is fine, but at the cost of your readers’ time? No.
This trip was sponsored by blah blah but the opinions are completely mine.
This is the most absurd line I see in a post. You read a travel post believing in everything that person has written, only to realize that he/she was paid to do that. How genuine can the article be? How can this person have an opinion of his/her own, when he/she was paid/given a free trip to write that article? They are obliged to write only nice things about the trip. Also I feel such posts are useless in planning a trip, as the person got a free stay in a costly hotel which we can never afford.
I got this product for review from blah blah but the opinions are completely mine.
This is exactly like the above point. Reviewing a product which somebody got for free is meaningless. How can we even trust that review? And why would we trust the review?
Review of an obscure book which was reviewed only because the blogger got a free copy of it.
Some new author wrote a book and gave you a free copy of it. You reviewed that book because you got a copy. And since you got a copy, you cannot say that the book was pathetic. So you use flowery words and try to say that the book is worth buying. You are actually fooling genuine readers into splurging their money on a book not worth buying. And why would I want to buy some book that I have never heard of before, just because you wrote a nice review for it?
Some people write posts that sound like this – “I woke up today morning and then brushed my teeth. I forgot to bring a new toothpaste and the one at home is almost empty. I should enter this into my shopping list. I am planning to go to the supermarket tomorrow evening.” I am not interested in knowing every single detail about how your day went. Writing about some important or memorable events is fine.
Obfuscated diction of confabulation
Yes! you got me right. These people hold a masters degree in English and try to showcase that on the blog. Just look at the books written by some of the popular authors. They usually write in simple English. You don’t need a dictionary to read J.K. Rowling’s books.
Posting for contests
Participating in blogging contests is fine, as long as it is done once in a while. If you keep posting them every single day, readers will get annoyed. As most of these contests involve promotion, adding a link to some product page or reviewing some product etc.
Sad and heartbroken poems
I am sure you had a heartbreak and just came out a terrible relationship. But posting sad poems will not help you, nor help the readers. So please cheer up!
So these are the ones that I could come up with. Are there any other kind of posts that annoy you?