This post almost pains me to write, because the beauty of blogging is that we’re all different and we bring those different backgrounds to our writing. It lets regular Joes and Janes have a major voice and allows people who might not have a background in writing or journalism express their views on the world.
And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.
But with nearly 400 subscriptions already jamming up my Google Reader, I have to make some brutal cuts and constant audits of what I devote my time to — and that means that in many cases, I drop a blog not because the content is bad, but because a few small things make it difficult for me to commit to a daily visit. So I hope you’ll take these as gentle reminders that small changes can make a big difference in your audience numbers!
5 Reasons I Unsubscribe From Your Blog
- Bad Grammar and Spelling Mistakes
We all have the occasional typo or misplaced apostrophe. So I’m not talking about the once-in-a-while slips. I’m talking about the constant misuse of your/you’re there/their/they’re its/it’s and so on. I understand that not everyone is crazy about grammar like I am — but it makes it difficult for me to read poorly written or sloppy posts without getting all squishy inside. The Hollaback Health girls have a whole thread on grammar — check it out and you should be able to make some easy changes.
- No Pictures/Bad Pictures
Hey, I already ‘fessed up to being a terrible food blogger, in large part because I can’t take a good picture to save my life. So I’m not in the camp that says you have to have a fancy camera or the most expensive editing software. But I am telling you that it’s difficult to read posts that have small, poorly lit pictures that are smooshed in between words and paragraphs. I think it’s better to have a few good pictures than a mess of so-so shots. It took me 10 minutes to read the manual on my point-and-shoot and learn how to resize the pictures. Totally worth it.
And here’s a quick tip — subscribe to your own blog by email and by RSS reader. Many times, the formatting looks completely different and your hard work might not be paying off by the time it gets to your subscribers.
- Excessive Whining
HEAR.THIS. I want you to share your experiences. I want you to tell me about the obstacles you’re facing. I want to know that you’re a real person, not a blogging robot. But I won’t stick with you day after day if it’s just “woe is me”-ville. It’s OK for you to pour your heart out, and you don’t need to try and find a silver lining where there isn’t one. But if you are miserable day after day after day after day, it’s too draining on me and I will have to stop reading for my own sanity.
Oops. I fear I may have broken my own rule here. But there is a cutoff for my reading patience and it’s about 450 words. There are a few exceptions — posts that are broken up by bullet points or anchored links, or have such great stories or pictures that I am willing to take some time and digest. And we’ve all had amazing vacations that we just can’t sum up in a few paragraphs!
But if you have so much to say that every single post takes me 10 minutes to read (and re-read), I will probably just give up. Be your own editor — cut some stuff out or consider breaking the content up into multiple posts.
- Me Me Me
Ohhhhhh please don’t kill me (oops, just used the word me!) — but unless I *really* like you…I don’t care about every single thing you do every single day. I want to know not just what you did but what you learned…what surprised you and who else you met along the way. I do subscribe to a lot of so-called lifecasters, but that’s because they follow the “me you me us me them me” model.
So, now you know my pet peeves. What bugs you about some blogs, and when do you decide to cut them out of your life?
P.S. Looks like I’m not the only one who is getting pickier — check out this “Unsubscribe Me, Please” post on Daily Blog Tips today.