What I hate in a blog

I came across Erik's survey on the “the 10 Habits of Highly Annoying Bloggers” and decided to jot down few things I detest about a blog:

  • Blogs with black background and yellow fonts
  • Blogs that are both blogs and photoblogs
  • Blogs that would not accept an email id of the like debu at email dot com in comments
  • Blog authors replying to your comments with a “thanks for reading”, “ok” or such unnecessary courtesy remarks
  • Blog authors who keep on writing about their personal lives all the times and then complain about readers “keeping tab” on their personal lives.

What are the things you hate about Null Pointer?

7 Replies to “What I hate in a blog”

  1. [Trackback] After holding back years of temptation to break a basic rule of Usability – “Never use Dark backgrounds for webpages”, I yeilded and went through the trouble of changing the website’s style to the cool “Trendy” stylesheet at Movable Type….

  2. Kumar: Quite a valid objection you have. Will keep that in mind 🙂 The first two points were mentioned because despite of subscribing to almost two and a half dozen feeds I also try and visit a few everyday, many of which are new to me. About email id I just gave an example, many blogs (especially MT blogs) only accept a valid email address (I understand this might be a valid reason to avoid spam) but then, I never know if the email id is going to be made public (thankfully on MT, email ids are not displayed on comments page).

    Ravages: Perhaps the title of the post would have been “things I dislike”. Your arguments make me understand another viewpoint, but believe me I don’t think even I am akin to these. Writing about personal matters is not bad, infact most of the journals do that, but then one should not crib when someone throws a comment on your personal life made public.

  3. SOmetimes, It does help to reply to specific comments and to be corteous and wish somebody/thank somebody for coming to a blog. I do that often, (In fact I score 4/5 on your list). I believe, someday, somewhere, all readers would meet me, and then it helps if you have been corteous and nice, rather than sound off like a preacher to the mass.

    I tried not talking about my personal life, but I come across so many things that I feel are worth sharing, and chances are, if I find it interesting, somebody, somewhere might find it interesting too, and bang – My soulmate

  4. Hope.. I haven’t unbearably annoyed you(statement #2) 🙂

    Some Suggestions:
    #1, You can press Ctrl+A to convert the Yellow/Black combination to Blue text on white background. 😉

    #2, Not much can be done on your side as it’s the blog author’s wish/liking.If your main concern is the bandwidth wastage, just Subscribe to the RSS feeds if it is available.

    #3, You are at risk if you are not using your own scheme of email obfuscation. the ‘x at y dot com’ thingy has been widely used and many intelligent spambots can easily make out your address.

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    >> What are the things you hate about Null Pointer?

    Nothing like that. But it’s kind of odd when you are not giving a personal touch to where it requires.

    Example:
    “Null Pointer wishes all its readers and friends a very happy and prosperous new year 2004.”

    I would be a lot happy if it is Debashish wishing me than a blog called Null Pointer. 🙂

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