Common Blog Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Rookie Mistakes

It happens to all of us. We’re innocently checking out some new blogs then blam-o! We’re hit with flashing banners, or loud music or an indecipherable cursive font. Wait, what decade am I in? Is this 1999?

If you have a blog or are considering starting one, there are some definite do’s and dont’s you should be aware of. I made a few of these “don’t” mistakes when I was starting out also, so don’t feel bad if you’ve committed any of them. We don’t start off knowing everything, we learn along the way! :)

Themes

There are a million different ready-to-go blog themes out there for the various blog platforms, which is great. However you probably should customize it somewhat if you chose one of them. You don’t want a blog that looks exactly like hundreds of other blogs. If you can afford to have someone customize a personal design (or logo) for you, or maybe just tweak a design you like, it’s definitely money well spent!

Distracting backgrounds

It’s fine to have some kind of background pattern or texture for your blog. And by this I mean outside the main column where you write. Never put a background pattern underneath the main column. Subtlety is KEY here people. No colorful stars, no flashing anything, no neon cats. You get the idea, Subtle, subtle, subtle.

Name

It might be too late for this, but consider your blog name carefully! It’s getting harder and harder to get a good, short blog name, but you don’t want to use anything suuuuuper long or a strange spelling. Try not to use dashes or anything weird because no one will remember it.

Columns

Most blogs have two columns, but some do have three. This is a personal thing for sure, but I really dislike three column blog layouts. Way too cluttered for me. MORE white space is always desirable, not less. Ask any graphic designer about white space and they will tell you it is key to good design.

Badges and banners

When I first started blogging, I was OBSESSED with getting all kinds of badges and cool sidebar “stuff” on my blog. I’m not talking about widgets where you keep your archives, contact info, etc. I mean those little badges letting the world know you were voted by some random person as a top 50 blog, or whatever. I spent so much time getting them sized right and in the correct places and I do not know why. Now I absolutely abhor them and don’t ever put them on my site. They’re ugly, useless, and just make things cluttered. Less is more! The more badges you have, the less professional your site looks. If you want people to know about your successes in the blog realm, put it on your About or Press page, not your sidebar.

Fonts

Oh boy this is an area I could go on and on about. But I’ll keep it simple, like your font should be. Keep it simple. Do not use some fancy cursive font or anything even remotely weird looking or hard to read. You really want to make sure the font  is one of the basic types such as Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Courier New, Tahoma and Verdana. These are also all browser safe, meaning they work on both PC’s and Mac’s. Here are some more.

Another font issue is color. This can definitely be subjective but generally white font on a black or really dark background is very hard on the eyes. I personally cannot read sites in this style for more than 2-3 minutes at a time because I start seeing double! Keep it the standard black font on a white or light background, which is much easier on the eyes and a classic look. For a reason.

One last key thing to remember with fonts is do not write in all caps, bold or italics. Normal, normal, normal please.

Text

For the love of god, please do not center the text in your posts! I’m not referring to when you center text under a photo. I am referring to the entire blog post being centered. It makes no sense. Books, magazines, newspapers, etc. are never written like this and neither should your site. This was brought up at the BlogHer event I went to last year and they said “you are not writing poetry, so do not center your text.”. Truth.

Broken links

If you do have links or badges or other goodies on your site, make sure the links are always working and look correct. Sometimes things can change or get wonky, and you don’t want your site design looking all funky because of that.

Photos

Photos make blog posts better. Almost 100% of the time. But if you are using photos make sure you are using ones you took yourself unless you got express written permission from the owner, and linked back to them. Contrary to what a lot of newbies think, Google, Yahoo, Bing or any other search engine do not own the photos you find on them. They merely help you find the information. There are some instances you can use photos if they fall under the Fair Use Act. Here is a link for more info on all this.

Animated GIFs on homepage

Just don’t.

Music

I think this is obvious from my opening statement, but having music play on a blog when it opens is very MySpace. In other words, outdated. Just don’t do it.

Contact

Make sure you have your contact email address as well as a contact form, if you want to use one. Sometimes the forms don’t work or you have no idea if your message was really sent, so having the email address also is important. Don’t make people spend 5 minutes searching for it either, have it on your top bar or sidebar in an obvious place.

Spelling

Either learn to spell or use spell-check. After I see a couple spelling errors on a site I won’t go back. There’s just no excuse for it. Edit: Someone mentioned I had a spelling error in one of my posts. Great catch, snotty comment. The error has been corrected but I would like to clarify something. We ALL make spelling mistakes sometimes or don’t catch them before we post an article. What I am saying is if your site has spelling errors frequently, or many per post, that is an issue. An occasional one is obviously going to happen to most people.

For even more information and tricks, check out this post I wrote awhile back.

Hopefully these little tips will help some of you out!

-Kelly

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73 comments

  • January 31, 2012

    Great info! I was laughing to myself because at the beginning of your post, when you were talking about distracting backgrounds, all I could think of is “how Myspace-y!”- then you mentioned that later on :) I think spelling (and grammar) is SO huge! I’m definitely not an English major by any means, and I’m sure I have my share of mistakes, but it is like nails on a chalkboard to me when the whole, “there, their, they’re” thing is not used correctly. Also, when “I seen…” is used (as in, “I seen this at the the store.” instead of “I’ve seen”). For some reason, I see that one all the time and it irks me!
    Posts like these are so helpful and help us gain more insight into blogging….thank you for that!
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    • January 31, 2012

      Wow, I am German, but the whole “there, their, and they’re) is something that I learned in school! I mean, how can people who speak English do not know that?
      =)

  • January 31, 2012

    Excellent post – great points. I also leave the site immediately if I get music or weird font or nutty backgrounds! I went back and read your other posts, too. Great advice! Keep up the good work!

  • January 31, 2012

    I seriously started cracking up at ‘neon cats’ LOL. Thanks for the helpful info, and for making me laugh! :)
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  • January 31, 2012

    Thats so ironic.. your blog has flashing/moving banners all down the side!

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi The Nail Files,

      Those aren’t banners those are ads. I use ads to make money off the site or I woudln’t be able to show a large percentage of what I show on here. :) Also, which ones do you see flashing and moving?

  • January 31, 2012

    Thanks!
    Great advices :)
    I dont want my blog to be profesionnal, I do it just for fun, but I’ll stop centering my text :P
    (sorry bad english, I’m french)
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  • January 31, 2012

    Thanks for all the tips! I think I am mostly doing the right things here, haha.. reluctant to put my Email up (I have a contact form) but maybe I should.

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Rochelle,

      Maybe create a new email address for your blog only? That’s what I did.

      • January 31, 2012

        I was going to ask you some safety tips! that would be another great post!!
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        • January 31, 2012

          I second the request for a “safety tips” post!
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          • February 1, 2012

            Hi Gotham Polish & Mara,

            I’m not sure what I would put in a safety tips post. I think most of it is fairly obvious like don’t ever put your last name (unless you don’t mind) or home phone number, etc. Anything else you had in mind?

        • February 1, 2012

          (Sorry I can’t reply to you under your comment for some reason)

          I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to protect yourself (like protecting anonymity on social networking – what to set to private, etc) and your blog (have you ever had anyone hack into any of your accounts?) I read you have had people steal your posts and pictures and I would love to hear what steps you have taken to deter this. Even if it’s common knowledge (like not posting your name), we all could learn something I’m sure :)
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          • February 1, 2012

            Hi,

            Weird! Someone else mentioned they can’t reply to a post for some reason. Have to check this out.

            Ok will definitely think about writing a post like that for the future. Thanks for the idea! :)

  • January 31, 2012

    Good advice :) Especially on the text and background colors. I’ve been to a couple of blogs that would be really nice if it just wasnt for the dark background, bright and crazy font…and centered text. I could only read the first few sentences until I couldnt take it and just looked at the pics real quick.
    Also I’ve been thinking about putting my badges in a seperate page, I don’t really like how they look in my side column, but I feel bad if I don’t put them up somwhere. I’m still deciding on tucking them in a page or tossing. Laziness may play a factor in this decision….
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  • January 31, 2012

    Great post!

    I think the one I’m guilty of is centering my text….I don’t know why, I think I just like it better that way on my page!
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  • January 31, 2012

    I agree with you on everything. The music is the worst! Especially when I open multiple tabs and am at work.

    p.s. This last post thing at the bottom of the comments is really cool.
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  • January 31, 2012

    Thank you so much for writing this. This baby blogger really appreciates every ounce of advice she gets!

    I will be placing my my contact email more prominently ASAP. and coincidentally, I emailed one of my friends who does design work yesterday about hiring her to design a custom header for my blog!

    Again, thanks so much for taking the time to write out some advice for the benefit of the new bloggers! I’m now off to read the post you linked to.
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  • January 31, 2012

    About the badges,I do post my badges. The reason I do,is so that people see them before they tag me for something I’ve already been tagged for. I don’t mind being tagged.Some of the tags/awards I’ve gotten were fun to participate in.I would rather post them where they can be seen,that way,I don’t have to say,sorry,I was already tagged for that,everytime someone who doesn’t know,tags me again.I find it rude when people “say,oh,I was already tagged/got that award,” but they don’t bother to post it on their blog where you can see they’ve been awarded already.IMHO.
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  • January 31, 2012

    Great tips, thanks :)
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  • January 31, 2012

    I’ve blogged on different subjects for years so I’m not new to the medium but it was still nice to read these since I’m still a newbie on the beauty blog front. I do have one of the problems there – grammar. I’m not a native English speaker and while spellchecker does help, I have a problem with commas and sometimes the order of the words. Things that a spellchecker doesn’t pick up. I do hope nobody is put off by that :S
    But yes, thank you for this post! Did feel loads better, getting reassurance that I’m doing it right by not having a neon pink background and a selection of the loudest trance songs playing on my page :D

  • January 31, 2012
    Meeka

    Heheh, I know I’m in the minority but I like my centered text. Oh well, I do understand the point :) As a reader I definitely have issues with anything flashing on a page, or a background that’s really busy. Or text in crazy colors. I like green a lot but it’s hard to use it as a font color as it’s just too hard to focus on for any length of time. And yes, simple graphics and plain fonts in black really do look more professional. Oh and I have to agree on spelling. I can only be forgiving to a point. If your blog is riddled with poor spelling and grammar I can’t read it.
    Thanks for sharing all your tips with us Kelly, it’s always great to get advice from someone who is successful :)

  • January 31, 2012

    Two things I HATE:

    1. Music
    2. Centered text

    Lol. In most cases, I won’t visit the site ever again.
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  • January 31, 2012

    pfiuuuuu…only one mistake on my behalf: most of my pictures so far have not been exactly…my creations…BUT I always-always linked back if they had a private source (I never linked back if they were “funny pics” or generic product pictures (u know: the shampoo bottle on a white background, photos from the official press release, stuff like that)
    I figured I’ve been doing the shampoo company a favor by raving about their product, so I could be excused to post the generic product photo and no-one would mind.
    I’m not a great photographer by any means…but I’ll do my best to correct my error.
    Thank you sooo much about this post!
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  • January 31, 2012

    You forgot “read more after the jump”, that’s the first thing that makes me unfollow a blog. If I can’t read the whole post in my reader I’ll delete it. ;) The layout of a blog doesn’t bother me in Google reader.
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    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Karianne,

      Mine does that actually otherwise people can very easily steal entire posts and re-post them.

      • January 31, 2012

        I understand that, but I know you loose a lot of readers that way.
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        • January 31, 2012

          There are definite pros and cons to doing it, you are right. So did you read this post via my actual website then since you don’t read it via reader? Just curious.

        • January 31, 2012

          I’ll post over you since I can’t reply to your post. I followed a link via twitter since @kinogodt replied to you there. So yes I read this on your site.
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          • January 31, 2012

            Sorry you can’t reply to my post, I don’t know why that is. Oh gotcha! I wish there was another way to work around this Google Reader thing, but as I mentioned, I have had entire months of posts stolen word for word that way so that causes distress!

      • January 31, 2012

        I’m glad Temptalia does not use “jump to read more”. It really puts me off as well.

        • January 31, 2012

          Hi cilucia,

          Temptalia does it her way, I do it mine and we all do things differently. Sorry, I don’t like having content stolen (and she has the jump on her website, as do a ton of bloggers).

        • January 31, 2012

          Kelly, she does have “jump to read more” on her blog, but the difference is on Google Reader (and other RSS feeds), it does not show up that way. Her whole posts show up in the reader. I suppose it just has to do with the implementation, but it really makes it easier to follower her blog compared to yours (and others that make you jump within the reader to the blog).
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          • January 31, 2012

            Oh yeah I get that. I looked into changing it a few months back but I have had months of entire blog posts stolen in the past and reposted from doing that, and it’s incredibly frustrating to have to deal with it. I’m sorry there isn’t a better solution!

    • January 31, 2012

      This exchange regarding the “jumps” is interesting to me. I am brand new at blogging and i’ve been putting jumps in my posts only because i just hate when a new post gobbles up my whole home page and pushes everything else a million years down the page.

      I thought it would be better for the reader to see a little teaser of several posts right away so they could see the variety of my posts. I personally dont mind jumps. If i see the post is about something i’m interested in, i’m happy to click & check out the rest.
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  • January 31, 2012

    Great tips, I have centered text before, but I don’t do so any more! (I rhymed lol)
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  • January 31, 2012
    Danielle

    Hi Kelly,

    just wanted to say I love your blog and I depend on your swatches since it seems we have the same skin tone. I also love that you review drugstore brands. Keep up the great work and have an awesome day!

  • January 31, 2012
    Caitlin

    I love reading posts like this :)
    I never stay to look at a blog when there is music and flashy noise-making things.. confuses things and gives me a headache. Although I am partial to neon cats, but only for my screensaver, not for a blog Hehe. I also appreciate how your ads are related to your blog… I don’t like when I am checking out a nail blog and the only ads are for dating websites or furniture or something (ugh). I actually click on your ads!
    Also I just wanted to compliment you on your awesome blog, I love the wide range of products you feature and your photos are always so true to colour! I check it out everyday!
    Thanks for making my mornings more awesome!

  • January 31, 2012

    I agree with all of this. Whenever I come across a blog that has bright green font and flashing images, I leave right away. There are plenty of other sites to visit.
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  • January 31, 2012
    QueenMiSeRy

    I’ll take your post as my BlogBible!
    Maybe one day I’ll use it to build my blog :)
    Thanks a lot!!!

  • January 31, 2012
    Gaby

    In addition to all your excellent points, a thing that I really hate in blogs is when you reach the end of the page, hit “older entries” and all the posts on next page are compiled into headlines only.

    I also agree with Karianne, I do prefer to read the whole post at once. But your blog is so good that I’ll live with it ;) Although the different fonts on the logo/header/catergories and posts are driving me nuts since the new layout came ;p

    Keep up the good work!

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Gaby,

      Haha, I always have different fonts for post title and post text. The text font doesn’t look good bold and that size. And my logo, same thing. :) Thanks!

  • January 31, 2012

    oh you forgot the part there’s some pop up message when u open a blog! oh God i hate that.

    but for my own blog i think i did the right thing except for the grammar :( im not good at English, but i try to write it in the good way, and hoping someone understand what i want to say.

  • January 31, 2012

    Great post! I’ve only been reading your blog for a short while, but I love it! Keeps me inspired. :)

  • January 31, 2012

    Hi Kelly, thanks for this post!!
    I know I have some grammar problems, since English is not my native tongue, but I hope that I will improve, since I´m moving to US really soon. That really annoys me, because I hate when I see that in Spanish
    I understand what you mean about color fonts, but I post in Spanish and English and I didn´t find another way to distinguish the languages. If anyone have ideas, I´m open to change it!!
    I put the “read more” cut, not because someone could steal my post (lol), but because you can have a look at different entries at the same time. I thought that would be good in a new blog, where you don´t know the content.
    But no music, no neons, no centered text!
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  • January 31, 2012

    Great tips! One thing you didnt menton that I hate is the use of the text smiley face =) after every sentence. Some use it 75 times in a post and it drives me crazy! I wont read a blog if they use it too much. Please use words to express what you are trying to say. I think its only appropriate to use it only in the comments section where its a quick back and forth banter and there is limited space. Plus I think its fun to do it there once just once though!
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  • January 31, 2012

    Your so right! Thanks for this post and I hope it help some bloggers who think their blog is a MySpace (full of colors – epilepsy) I always try to make subtle and easy to read.
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  • January 31, 2012

    Great post thank for the tips! I’m so with you on the backgrounds and crazy font I hate it when it’s so small I can’t read it or in cursive it’s just such a pain to read!
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  • January 31, 2012

    There can be many aspects that are irritating to one person and, then not to another. That whole ‘there, they’re, their’ thing is one but so is ‘loose, lose’. And one more issue; punctuation. One that is noticeable to me boils down to the failure, or stinginess, of commas. That was really honed into my head when I was in college and in creative writing. But my grammar is weak in jumping back and forth in tenses.

    Probably, just as many positives can be mentioned, as well as negatives. I love to read a blog that has creativity. The ‘canned’ articles get boring. Too many ads can be distracting but, ones that are related to the type of blog I’m reading are more apt to get me to click.

    Your article mentioned good points, Kelly. I know I certainly learn a lot from you. It’s nice to get free lessons from someone who I admire in the blogsphere. (Here is where I would, normally, insert a smiley to make sure you know I’m sincere and not being snide.)
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  • January 31, 2012

    Even though most of these things are pretty obvious, definitely not everyone is following them. I am struggling with a new blog design at the moment and am thinking about hiring someone to do so.. especially since I’d like a logo, too!
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  • January 31, 2012

    Very excellent post Great tips! : )
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  • January 31, 2012
    suzanne

    Hey Kelly, great article. how I wish other bloggers would read it and view it as the basics of blogging.

    below are the ramblings of your target audience.. the reader

    I am not a blogger, but read most all blogs from my cell phone. centered text makes me close the site as it will not line up well. blogs with backgrounds take forever to load, I want to click the link and read within a reasonable amount of time. there are a few really good blogs out there that I no longer read because of busy backgrounds, flashing headers, etc. some blog formats with centered photos will not line up either, you swipe to see the entire photo and end up going to the previous post… aggravating.

    maybe all these badges are for bloggers only, as a reader, I ignore them. couldn’t care less, but they do clutter up a webpage. ads that are few and relevant to the blog are ok, and I understand the need for them. too many of them turn me off.

    I can deal with minimal spelling errors, but many will turn me off from continuing to read. blogs written in English posted by a blogger who doesn’t have English as their first language is acceptable as well, but not for someone where English is their first. bloggers who use U for the word you and other abbreviations irk me. this isn’t a texting format, type in the entire word!

    white vs. black backgrounds is a matter of choice I think. to me, white on black is easier on my eyes. maybe I’m just weird… wouldn’t be the first time I was called that.

    thank you for this post. I hope that other bloggers will take your tips as basic rules and change their ways.

    haters will hate… ignore them as they are just jealous of your popularity.

  • January 31, 2012

    “Animated GIFs on homepage: Just don’t.”
    Ahahahahahaha I wish people would learn that they look terrible.

  • January 31, 2012
    AS

    I liked the monthly graphic themes you have at the top of your page. August/Dead Grass Month rocked! And I love the macro shots – do you have enough of them to go to a “Daily Macro”?

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi AS,

      No, I didn’t want to recycle old macro shots. They will be all new and weekly (don’t have time to do daily).

  • January 31, 2012

    Hey Kelly,

    Thanks so much for sharing your insight with us! I have always admired the layout of your blog, and just when I think it can’t get any better it always does! I am not a very visual person. While I strive to make better pictures for my blog, the design is still basic to boot. I will have to start working on it soon!

    Again, thanks for sharing!

    Sunny :)
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  • January 31, 2012
    Lucy

    Excellent post. I’ve also stopped reading some blogs because of the very mistakes you mention. Music is really a big annoyance. There was a blog that I liked but the musice was annoying and I couldn’t shut it off. I rarely pay attention to ads. They’re a distraction to me. I really hate the ones that suddenly cover half the page. I sometimes keep on hitting the stupid thing and I really get annoyed. Black background & type that’s almost blending in. I don’t have 20 year old eyes anymore. It’s tough if the lighting isn’t just right.

  • January 31, 2012

    God. Remember like… AngelFire sites and Tripod or whatever? How they were all sparkly and had those god-awful sparkles following your mouse arrow? AND ANY SITE WITH SNOWFLAKES FALLING IS DEAD TO ME. And everything has to have clean edges. If you look at my blog, it’s not the best, but it’s clean. All of my colors match and go together, and my photos are somewhat professional quality. I don’t have shadows going through my pictures (even though my lightbox broke) I try to get lighting the same each time. Sometimes my spelling and grammar aren’t perfect, but I do my absolute best and even stop writing mid-post to make sure a word fits right.

    It’s like… if you’re going to have a product. Have a quality product. Last night I was on a site that uses Papyrus as it’s body text font… seriously.

    Hi, my name is Britni and I’m a blog snob.

    :Group:
    “Hi, Britni.”
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  • January 31, 2012

    You are so right! This is a great post.
    But I have to say that some people may have spelling mistakes, because their mother tongue/native language is not English.
    For example me (I am German), but if I had a blog I would write in English so that I can share it with the whole world :)

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Lala,

      That is completely understandable, no worries there. :)

  • January 31, 2012

    I’ve implemented a couple of changes on my blog, re: fonts and colours. I was the fan of the dark background/white text but have reversed it. I also had a few different fonts and have tried to lessen the eye-f*ckery in that respect. However, I’m going to find it hard not to centre my text. I just prefer the look of it that way.

    Things that annoy me in blogs – LOL used at the end of every sentence. Seriously, nothing is that funny that a person can be laughing out loud at every thing they say. Music. Even IF it’s to my taste, it comes out at 90 decibels and scares the crap out of me. I’ve never noticed your ads, but I’ve been on some blogs where they have literally dozens down both sidebars and it makes me itch. I’ve unsubbed from some really good blogs because it is so distracting. I guess we’re all wound up by different things and we’ll never please all of the people all of the time.
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  • January 31, 2012
    Liz

    I also can’t handle it when someone has 20 different, giant pictures of the same thing AND not a single good shot exists among them! I suppose I am spoiled by your blog, lol. I agree on the grammar… Mainly when they are a native English speaker, and especially when writing in “text” talk. Not okay!!

  • January 31, 2012
    Barbara

    I actually really like it when there’s music on a blog, and i don’t mind centered text. But then again I mainly just do what I want with my blog (aka my tumblr haha), it keeps myself happy that way.
    but yeah i get the broken links one – don’t want people to think that you purposely didn’t put up a link correctly.

  • January 31, 2012

    Kelly, this is such a helpful post! I’ve just started getting into blogging, and I really have a lot to learn. This was a great read – thank you!

  • January 31, 2012

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about this post & its predecessor posts. I JUST started my own nail & makeup blog 2 days ago and am all about absorbing every single tip I can from awesome veterans like you…so thanks for the perfect timing! :)
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  • January 31, 2012

    Thanks for the tips!! I’m just starting out with my blog and I love any advice I can get.
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  • February 2, 2012

    Thank you so much for a helpful (and entertaining!) post. I love your blog and have been reading it for at least 2 years. Also love that you’ve expanded your reviews and posts to makeup as well.
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  • February 2, 2012

    Great post. Even as a blogger for years it’s good to read some advice :). I just removed a whole bunch from my sidebar because you are right……they were just cluttering it up and slowing down my site!
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  • February 2, 2012

    great post, the spelling sometimes bugs me, sometimes i write an entire item and i am so excited not to do a spelling check, I also write each item in Dutch and English (so sometimes my grammar is all mixed up because I think in 2 langueges lol even after checking it sometimes I do not see the mistakes) and my spelling check only does one language…oh well we all do make spelling mistakes and I hope nobody will hate my blog for that :)
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  • February 4, 2012

    Excellent advice, Vampy Varnish
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  • February 5, 2012

    Thanks for the tips! I recently started writing my posts in the center, but you’re right; I’m not writing poetry! xD
    So I got to fix that!
    There’s something bad I always do with the layout of my blog. I don’t like the way it looks after a while and change things up again. I annoy myself with it… :P
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  • February 6, 2012

    Ummm, I suppose my background (both for blog and for the picture I take) are quite distracting but I since I like it and I didn’t force other people to visit my blog so I will keep it that way. Anyway, I used to use animated gif just as a “blog pet” or for seasonal thing but I removed them since I am a little bored…

    I admit that your “Just don’t” make me miss them a bit…
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  • February 10, 2012

    Thanks for thie post Kelly! Just starting our my own blog now and I’ve found a ton of valuable info about blogging on VV. Thanks for taking the time to share some tips and tricks with us. :)
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