I realize that “hate” is a pretty strong word, but it got your attention didn’t it? I mean it in the nicest way possible, I promise! I just have some pet peeves when it comes to blogging. There are just some features that blogs have to have. All of these “must-haves” are easy to include so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have these add-ons! I promise they’ll only help you and not having them will only hurt you.
Now just promise me you won’t take me wrong and make me out to be a big butthead. I promise you these frustrations aren’t just my own. These are some of the most common reasons brands won’t contact you, why people are leaving your blog, why your content isn’t being shared and why your blog might not be reaching it’s full potential.
And for those of my readers who aren’t bloggers, I promise I’ll have a fun post for you tomorrow!
5 Things Every Blog Needs to Have:
1. Your Picture & Your Name:
I know I’m not alone when I say that I need to see the blogger behind the blog in order to make a personal connection. If I can’t make that connection within the first couple seconds of looking at your blog in my browser, I’ll more than likely move on. I want to see you! That’s not so bad, is it? A silly Instagram selfie or a professional quality headshot, either way I want to see your beautiful face! And your name? That goes right along with the picture. I want to know you’re name, especially if I want to use it within the comment I leave on your blog or when I tweet or share your post!
2. A search box:
I can’t stand it when I can’t easily find what I’m looking for on a blog. I want to be able to find it within a minute or two or I’m gone. Keep your search box up closer to the top of the page, too, so I don’t have to scroll forever to find it. Sometimes I have a post in mind that you’ve written and I’d like to include a link back to it in one of my blog posts or include a recipe of yours in a round-up post. If I can’t find what I’m looking from on your blog, I’ll just look elsewhere and that doesn’t help either of us out!
3. Tabs for recipes, DIYs, etc:
This goes along with the “search box” thing. These tabs will only keep me on your blog longer and help me find some of the posts that you’re most proud of. When I find a new blog, I love to sit back and take a look around. I want to see everything your blog has to offer. Did you do a home tour where you showed off your newly remodeled bathroom? Well, I want to see that! Put a little “home tour” tab on your side bar or a “recipe” tab to highlight your recipe posts. These tabs will only help out your readers and in turn help you by keeping people on your blog longer!
4. Social media buttons (all of them):
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve went to a blog lately only to find one or two social media options. Include them all! I want to know where to follow you or where you’re present in the social media world– especially if I make a personal connection with your blog. Blogging is all about getting to know one another and building a community, but that community extends so much farther than just our blogs! (P.S. I totally need to add a Google + button!)
5. E-mail address:
This isn’t only important for other bloggers, but for brands as well. Having your e-mail on your “about me” page or on your “advertising” page helps give someone a way to contact you. Truthfully, I probably won’t e-mail you if your email address looks something like this: chelsea[dot]thom90[at]gmail[dot]com. Why? Because then I have to copy and paste that into an e-mail and replace all the [at]s and [dots]. It’s annoying and tedious and you’re probably not preventing that much spam by doing that. Just saying!
And there are a couple other things, like an overly cluttered sidebar, consistent improper grammar or spelling, too many pictures that aren’t yours, and a colored background in the text area that drive me batty. The items I listed above are more for ease of access, but if your blog looks cluttered or I can’t read the font you’re writing in or the way you write, I probably won’t read your blog again. Remember folks, a proper sentence begins with a capital letter, ends with a period and spelling can be easily fixed with spell check.
Now sound off, what are your blogging pet peeves?