Sunday! Isn't it the best time for a discussion?
Before writing this post I googled pet peeves people have about blogging, and found out that opinions about non-fashion blogs are quite different from opinions on fashion blogs. So I decided to name my post Fashion Blogger's Pet Peeves to make sure we're talking about that and not anything else. And I tried to remain as lighthearted as possible :)
So let's begin, in no particular order.....
1. Music/videos/ads on auto play
This is what actually got me writing this post in the first place. Imagine yours truly, sitting in front of the computer in a happy state of the Fashion Zen, listening to my beloved Children of Bodom or Rammstein, and googling something (while obviously opening hundreds of tabs), when... some sort of loud, noisy, annoying tune gets in the way and I have no bloody idea which tab it is coming from!
I would really like to ask those ladies and gents who think it's so cool to impose their musical taste on their readers - why are you doing this? I mean, auto play is nothing like background music playing in a street cafe, so everyone who passes by hears it from far away and knows where it's coming from. Auto play is not meant for the blog owner either - I mean they don't open their blog only to listen to that favorite playlist? Auto play is just as if someone was quietly stealing up on me, the reader, putting a speaker at my ear and pressing play. However good your music is, I would most probably shit bricks and try to get rid of that bad, bad blog as fast as I my fingers can click, instead of feeling grateful and amazed at your wonderful musical taste.
I wish a warning pop up like this existed!
2. Pop up widget that tells me to follow
Luckily, this is a rare beast in the fashion blogging world, but it's so irritating I thought it was worth mentioning.
Again, my question is - why? I just opened that damn site, I haven't seen anything of it yet, and I'm already forced to follow it! The only thing I ever did in this situation was closing that blog's window altogether.
3. Captcha, or even better - Captcha with approval!
This happened to me one too many times - I read a post, think of a comment, write it, press send - and discover I have to fill in Captcha. I look at the image - and the word is completely unreadable. I refresh Captcha and get another one, with a blurry pic attached, as you can see above! Slightly irritated, I refresh again, fill in the Captcha, press send... and that's when a message appears, saying my comment is pending approval. Why oh why??
I do realize people get spam. I do too, but who needs to look in the spam folder?
First thing I ever did when I started my blog, was turning off the Captcha. I did have the approval thing for a while, but then I turned it off as well, leaving it only for posts older than 2 weeks AND turned off anonymous commenting. That's it, folks. I'd like to beg other bloggers to do the same.
4. Multiple photos of the same outfit and no jump
Next, I would suggest hiding these 6-7 photos under the jump (or "read more" tag). I know some people hate it - they want to read the whole blog as one long ancient scroll - but for us who writes outfit posts (or more precise - for our readers) this can be a great help.
I also have another suggestion - please allow more than 1-2 posts per loading page. It's really annoying to click-and-load every single post when I want to go back through the blog. I think 5 posts is a great number - but this, of course, if you hide each one of them under the jump. Otherwise the more posts per page you define, the longer it would take for your blog to load.
5. Editorials that are not announced as such
Last but not least. Not least at all!
Recently I stopped following a pretty famous fashion blogger who I followed from the day she started blogging, because I found out she was posting editorials / gifted product reviews without stating that the products were gifted and the posts were payed for. And openly refused to mark them as such, because they were allegedly announced to be affiliate at some hidden place, which you only could see when you access the post in a certain way.
I might be naive, and you might say - c'mon, everyone does this (although I heard it's illegal in US, but I might be wrong), but I believe in honesty. And hiding part of the truth (or making the truth hard to access) looks like a lie to me.
Well, that's about it.