Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blogging

It's been a long time since I did a post regarding blogging, itself. First and foremost, I want to thank you, my loyal readers and commenters, for that certainly keeps us going, doesn't it?

I wanted to pass along a few things that might be helpful. I realize some of these items will be applicable to Blogger users only, and won't apply to WordPress or Typepad or other blogging platforms.

1. (This one's been beaten to death, but it bears repeating - again.) Please Disable Word Verification. It is extremely difficult to decipher. If you are concerned about spam or inappropriate comments, use Comment Moderation instead.

I have never allowed Anonymous comments on my blog and have had very little spam - ever! I use the comment setting for Registered Users.

Select your comment settings from your Blogger Dashboard by choosing Settings - Posts and Comments - Who Can Comment - then select the 2nd option for Registered Users including Open I.D. This screen also allows you to choose Comment Moderation if you prefer and the very important "NO" option to showing Word Verification.

2. Publish an email address with your Blogger Profile. (This one's been beaten to death, too.) If you ask a question in a comment, the blog author can then respond to it via email directly to you. It is time-consuming to go back to a commenter's blog to leave a response to a question they've asked. I will try to remember to answer it 'the next time' they post, but that's not a reliable method. I know some of you prefer to keep spammers and the like out of your email but you can set up an email address ONLY for your blog use.

Make your email address public through your user profile. Inside your Blog Dashboard, click your profile in the upper right corner, select Blogger Profile, then click the Edit Profile button. Check the 'Show My Email Address' to allow others to contact you.

For those of you who use the Google+ profile instead of Blogger Profile, I have seen it happen to a lot of folks where Google+ disconnects your comment from your return email address and it reverts back to the dreaded 'noreply-comment' non-address. I don't think there's an easy fix to this problem, other than going back to using the Blogger Profile. And for those of you who utilize Google+ for posting and sharing, that's not a fix. If you do utilize the Google+ profile, make certain you have your email shown and your blog address listed as your link on your 'About' page so folks can find you.

3. There are lots of ways to follow blogs. You can sign up to receive feed via email if the blog author has that option enabled. Google Friend Connect (the 'Follow' button) places the blogs you follow in your Reading List on your Blog Dashboard and is very handy unless you follow too many blogs like I do (the number of blogs you can display there is limited to 300, or at least it was). I switched to using Google Reader* a long time ago. It is not infallible, as it sometimes delays feed from a few blogs, but it is the best system I've found to keep all my blogs together in one place with fresh posts continually popping up. It allows me to add blogs from other platforms (like Typepad and Wordpress) directly as a subscription so I don't have to rely on a separate internet feed reader or saving them as favorites, etc. It also automatically translates international blogs for me when I open them.

You can try out Google Reader when you are in your Blog Dashboard, clicking 'My Blogs' in the upper left corner, your Reading List is displayed mid-page. If you click 'View in Google Reader' to the right, it'll open up a new page for you.

*Update: Google is discontinuing Google Reader as of July 1, 2013. If you are looking for an alternative reading tool for your blog lists and subscription feeds, I highly recommend Feedly. It is a free add-on to Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers and will automatically convert your feeds from Google Reader with a few simple clicks. Here's a great starting point: Transitioning from Google Reader to Feedly 

Here is an article for other alternatives to Google Reader that you may want to read. Click here.

4. Remember, sometimes Less is More! Music that plays automatically when a blog is opened, scrolling banners, intricate blog backgrounds, flashing gadgets, bells, animated animals, flowers, whatever, distract from your actual post, can delay page loads and cause resets, and can generally frustrate the heck out of your readers.

I choose to keep ads on my blog through Google Adsense. The few cents generated by clicks accumulates over time and helps to offset the cost of frames and postage on my drawing giveaways. I know ads aren't for everyone, and I hope they're not too intrusive.

Be mindful of your readers' time. Continually lengthy, wordy posts containing minute details can be wearing and will probably be scanned through or skipped over (like this post probably is). Additionally, packing too many photos in one post can be sensory overload (I am guilty of this).

5. Participate in Blogging Memes if you want more visitors. I have found delightful blogs with kindred spirits just by joining in link-ups like Wild Bird Wednesday, Friday's Fences, etc. These folks have similar interests in sharing subjects I enjoy. I don't visit every participant that links in each week. Often, I try to link in early, then have to go back later and check for other entries after mine, and often I just don't make the time. However, if you visit me from a meme, I try to at least return the visit and comment. It is a great way to connect with like-minded folks in Blogland. Remember, in order to get comments, you need to give them, too!

As a side note, if you host a meme, it is important to be consistent in your posting and opening of the link-up. Your participants rely on a day of the week and relatively constant post time. Unless you have technical difficulty or have an emergency, your link should go up - or give timely notice that you will not be hosting that week or will be discontinuing the meme, etc. I've seen hosts pre-schedule link-ups for weeks in advance while they are on vacation. You owe this consistency to your participants as they've often scheduled their posts around your meme.

6. One more personal item from me: We have freedoms to express what we want and share what we like. I don't blog to find out how to vote, how to judge people, what causes should be held above others - if I did, I'd follow political forums, religious sites, etc. I recognize and respect your right to share whatever opinion you have, and whether I agree with you or not, if it is not what attracted me to your blog in the first place, I have the right to skip it, and if it becomes too 'in your face', I'll eventually just go away. Respect for our differences in Blogland is important - and it goes both ways.
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This is getting plenty preachy and plenty wordy for me. If you've made it this far, thanks for listening. I've been blogging for almost three years and give a lot of my time to it, but I truly enjoy the relationships I've formed through it, the sharing of your days, your photography, your lives from around the world. I truly thank you for sharing in mine.

166 comments:

georgettesullins said...

Thank you for the tips and the encouragement to link up to a meme or theme. With all the driving out to the country we do, I will try to link up to Friday's Fences. Thank you for your generous sharing. If you ever note anything, I'm not doing or doing that would enhance or distract...please just tell me.

Nancy Claeys said...

Great list of do's and dont's, my friend. The one that jumps out at me is about the blogs that push personal agendas to the point I don't want to visit any more. That has happened recently with one blog that I used to love to visit, sadly. But to each his or her own.

Hope you are having a great Sunday. :)

Along These Lines ..... said...

Word varification drives me jHnz2Ld 703

Hanne Bente said...

Thank you for your instructive posts, which I firmly entitles you in.
On my blog I can not change the control code (my blog at One. Com)
Blog Ning is fun but a "time waster". Comments are blogged driver, without comment, I think not many wanted to blog.
Motto: "you will enjoy - you have to provide" Wish you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente

MarmePurl said...

Spring cleaning is a very good thing.

Catherine said...

I still see the word verification here and there too. It's almost impossible to do on the ipad. And I totally agree on the auto-music one too. I always listen to my own music through itunes on my computer while blogging. Then all of a sudden, you have two songs playing as someone has music auto starting on their blog! LOL!
Happy Sunday friend!
xo Catherine

Samantha said...

I agree with everything, but Word Verification makes me shake my fist at the sky. I am one of those people who cannot read them correctly. Ever. LOL!

Montanagirl said...

Excellent post!! I agree with you 100%! I DETEST Word Verification. Most blogs I visit now, don't have it thankfully. I gleaned a lot of info from your post today.
Thanks!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Amen to each and every point! I have been guilty of a couple of these at various times, but I'm learning. The personal agenda (which comes across very angry and hateful), the music player and word verification are my top annoyances. Blogging is therapeutic for me and when I have to jump thru too many hoops, it becomes a chore and no longer a joy. Thank you for posting this!

Molly The Wally said...

We got rid of WV and we took off moderation too for the time being with no problem. We agree with music and sometimes even videos can just clog things up. We will come back and have a good look at your points again. Have a super sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for this post. Many of these thing bear repeating many times. Blogging is a personal thing and I so appreciate all the friends I have made over the years. Have a super day.

Maple Lane said...

Great tips and the amount of dedicated blog friends you have to comment each day is evidence that you do a marvelous job. I love your pictures and your ads are not intrusive at all.

RoeH said...

I pretty much agree with everything you noted. I'm guilty of too many photos, but for me, blog posts are kind of a scrapbook headed for maybe a book someday. Although I've killed two blogs, who knows if that will ever come to pass. Hate the word verification!!! It's too time consuming. And I usually end up having to do it more than once. Irritating. I've tried doing memes, but I don't find that much joy in them. Been blogging now since 2007 and just keep plugging along. And the secret of getting lots of followers is still a mystery to me. I've tried several things. I won't get into give-aways and I don't like 'blog awards' that some people do. I still have about the same comments every day. Ten or so at the most. Crazy phenomenon this blogging monster.

Jenny Short said...

Very good info. I have an anonymous person who continually advertises in hiscomment. Putting him under spamdoesn't get rid of him. I'll take your advise. Thanks, Tee. xo Jenny

Lynne said...

Excellent TexWis . . .
I found tidbits I can "brush up" on and I appreciate this post tremendously.

I liked MarmePurl . . . "spring cleaning is a very good thing."

Gail said...

You said it so much better than I could have!

These are all the things I have problems with too. There are many who comment on my blog and it says no reply comment blogger...also if it has word veri, I don't return.

Thank you

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Good suggestions. I cannot get to everyone's blog, each day, but I try to visit at least once a week and go through recent posts.

holdingmoments said...

Great post Theresa, with excellent points.
Word verification has to be the worst thing ever.

nene said...

Thank you Tex. I have a tough time discerning the encrypted letter and numbers sometimes because of my eyesight. In the past one would just say something directly to 'whomever' to turn off their verification and explain to them how to do it.

I hope my sight is the one considered a selfserving agenda. I just liike to write things and thoughts spontaneously. I'm not as word talented as some of you but I thinke everyone has their say, 'Desiderata'

Have a nice day mi amiga

Jeanne said...

All very good advice! Your post was a bit long but I read every word!!

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Buttons said...


This is why I continue and will continue to come visit you my friend you are a giving soul who tries to help everyone and make blogger land enjoyable for all. I have always learned something from you and truly appreciate your points which I continue to incorporate into my blog. Thank you for that my friend.
I am growing very tired of word verification and find I do not have the patience for it anymore nor the eyesight and I also never have had problems with spam after using your wise advice.
I do know my blog posts tend to be on the long side and hopefully will be able to fit them in someday but honestly probably not. I love my blog family. Respect is key!!!!!!
HUGS Tex you ROCK B

Donna said...

Good tips! The word verification step is one of my pet peeves. And it seems that blogger defaulted to the verification feature when the old platform got replaced. So I gently remind folks that it is on and ask that they turn it off. Most bloggers don't realize that it is set to "on." If it is still there the next time I visit, then I don't go back.

I can understand the e-mail issue and some folks don't want to go through the hassle of logging in and out of a secondary account to check messages. So if I see an e-mail address isn't provided, then the folks don't get responses to any questions.

I tried Google Reader for a while and found it annoying. I just read posts through my dashboard. And I haven't figured out that Google+ is all that it is cracked up to be, so I am not participating in that feature.

Birdman said...

Ya, preachy it was, but after all it's Sunday. I can take it!

Sandra said...

1 through 4 and 6 i could have written myself. i skipped the meme since i don't do them. agreed 100 percent. i have stopped following several that had the word verification, i tried one last week and on the 3rd try just gave up.

Sandra said...

ooops.. forgot to admit i am one of the to many pics at one time... also sometimes to many words. but i figure whom ever doesn't have time can skim and leave.....

islandwonder said...

Thanks!!!! I can use all the information I can get.

Farm Girl said...

Well when you choose to write a blog about blogland I always read every single word. I know that if you write it there will be something I need to learn. Well written and thoughtfully delivered.
I always try to listen to your pointers. If you want lots of comments and followers, these are the rules to follow.
Good job!

Judy said...

My blog list is growing and I don't always get to comment at all of them but I do visit the faithful ones that come and comment on my blog.

ellen abbott said...

I totally agree. I hate word verification and will only comment on a blog that uses it if I really really want to say whatever it is. And I only respond to comments via email so if you ask me a question, I won't be able to answer it if you don't provide an email address. I very rarely answer a comment or comment on my own post and only if I think I left out some pertinent info or think it might be interesting to all commenters. I've noticed that some of my commenters that used to have an email address are now no-reply.

I got a google + account (at least I think I did, blogger now signs me in with my gmail address which I never ever use or even look at) in order to communicate with someone and then it turned out that didn't work and I was concerned that comments and replies to my comments would come there but everything seems to be the same. Not being on the receiving end of my comments though, I'm not really sure.

Val said...

Great advice and you said it so eloquently. would it be okay to link this to a post I will do in the next day or two?? Thanks and Happy Sunday.

DJan said...

I patted myself on the back after I read your post, because I've done all of those things, I think. Once I got rid of Anonymous, most of my spam has gone away. I felt bad at first, but the difference is huge! :-)

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Great tips! There isn't much worse than autoplaying music.

Debbie said...

what a great post with lots of very valuable information!!

thanks t, for taking the time to write this all out for everyone to read. i agree 1000%....i like to have fun here!!

and you def don't share too many pictures. by you doing what you do, it allows me to justify what i do!! hehe

Fjällripan said...

Very well written! :)

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...There are problems and issues that some I know of have had using no word verification and have gone to comment moderation!!
I agree with the no word verification,but I also feel it is a personal preference that they prefer to do, and comments may not be important to them ! It just depends on to what they are using there blog for!! I personal don't have a big issue with it if it is someones blog I really like!!
I found that a blog I was following that had music (which I shut of the sound when I was there haha) downloaded the music to my computer,which I found in downloads when I was digging into some things.. I delete 10 songs grrr and didn't go back again!!
Thanks Girl..
Grace ♥ ya!!


Fireblossom said...

Lookit bossy T, gettin' all up in our grilles dis moanin'!

I agree with all of it, btw. ;-)

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Great post Tex! #6-Oh yeah! Thank you so much!!!

Midmarsh John said...

A very sensible set of points to consider when blogging. Especially the one about word verification. One of my own pet hates as I often have to cycle through several choices to find one which is clear enough to read.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

A very good post.
Thank you. :-)

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Hi, I appreciate these tips as I'm a fairly new Blogger. One thing I like about the practice of blogging is learning to keep things brief. Once again, I so appreciate your blog & your comments on mine, TexWisGirl!

Beth said...

All good tips! Thank you!

Jill said...

I wish they'd just ban word verification all together!

Deb said...

great tips Tex...I do too many words or photos sometimes...but it doesn't hurt my feelings when I don't get comments on them...sometimes I jump on my soap box...but do try to keep it brief...I love the little blog family I have gathered...I also have family members that follow daily with out comments so a lot of the time my posts are directed towards them...I don't do the Meme's anymore because of the fact not always available when they are supposed to be...Happy Sunday...once again I'm long winded..

Patty Woodland said...

I have very poor, double vision and word verification is hell to put it bluntly. I sometimes have to run through 6 or 7 of them to get through so I hate it. I comment moderate and that works best for me.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great post and one you could repeat monthly which would please me a lot.
Number 1 - I don't even try to comment and move on to the next blog.
Number 2 - a biggie with me. I enjoy answering peoples questions but when they don't have it set up so that I can, I don't and then I feel they think I am ignoring them.
Number 4 - When the music kicks in, I click off. Way too annoying and distracting and I am not about to turn the sound off on my computer either. Days later I am wondering why the YouTube video I am watching I can't hear anything.
Number 5 - It works!
Number 6 - Very well said.
Thank you Theresa.

don said...

Well said! I agree on all of it. I hope I'm not accidentlly guilty of slips and mistakes. Thanks for saying this.

Andrew said...

Thank you Theresa it's nice that someone cares enough to remind us all what we are doing(or not doing}with our blogs now and again... you only have to see the number of followers you have built up over 3 years to know you really do know what your talking about.

Hugs Drew xx

Janey and Co. said...

Great advise Teresa. I guess I haven't figured out what to share on my blog. I am not a photographer...but like to take them with my point and shoot. Also like to cook. ...but my passion is writing. Guess that is why I am all over the place. Appreciate your visits!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I agree with everything you said! Can I get a hallelujah from the chorus:@)

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Great post Teresa.

I really dislike WV but a lot of the blogs I visit use it and it just takes me forever to deciper it!

Have a good week.

x

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great post! Hope a lot of people read this.....

Tombstone Livestock said...

Good post .... thanks for sharing. I hate
WV especially the house #'s photos taken on a dark night.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, I agree with most everything you say. I went from Google+ back to the Blogger profile simply to get my email address back on there.

I like the READER--but struggle with the huge numbers. I'm more of an email person --so love getting posts through email.

Where I struggle is in blogs that say almost nothing, or post the same things over and over and over. That's why I personally don't care for most memes, or blogs where people truly just don't know what to say. How many barns can one see --and have something to say about them? (Just my opinion)...

IF I had it to do over again, I wouldn't work so hard just to get followers (it's the comments I like)--but would be more select in my choices of blog friends. I'd rather have 25 (instead of 100) who TRULY are interested in my blog.

I am one who does love details and loves words and photos (as you know by reading my posts). I love going to blogs where I can spend some time and learn things and leave knowing that I've learned something and enjoyed it. I like to leave longer comments --when possible--on their posts since they have taken lots of time to post something.

However, I can tell that many of my followers just skim my blog --and really don't realize the amount of time I have spent working on it, or care. Gets frustrating to me--but I do understand that like me, others don't have much time. SO--I DO UNDERSTAND.

But--I'm beginning to question why I blog at all. It's the relationship with people I like. I love to know about them, their families, their lives and interests. Because of this, I do have many many special friends through blogging --which is why I keep going.

This is long and typical a BETSY-WORDY comment --but you can see my frustrations. I'm not sure where blogging with lead me --but like I said, it's the special blog friends who do keep me going.

Thanks for listening.
Hugs,
Betsy

barbara l. hale said...

Amen, sister! I have to go check to see if I put my email address in the right place.

Jeanne said...

I read every word and thanks to my little group of followers I have learned these lessons in blogging.
The big thing for me is to keep it simple. Later this month my blog will be one year old. Wow, how time flies!

Margaret said...

Hate Word Verif. too! I had "Anon" for a while, but it wasn't worth it. All GREAT advice! :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Very nice! I don't like the word verification or the music being played when I click on a blog. We should be given the option to turn it on ourselves if we want to listen instead of having to turn it off. I'm guilty of being too wordy sometimes, but my blog is also a journal and it's sometimes necessary. I just figure that most bloggers skim though those anyway. Sometimes you can tell they do by the comments. :)
Thanks for this helpful post!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Theresa, I wasn't talking at all about you--so I hope you don't take my comment personally. This is truly just my own problem --when it comes to what I 'want' from blogging. This is just expressing my own frustration. You obviously are doing exactly what most bloggers want since you have so many comments and followers. I'm just one of the rare ones who wants something different... Oh Well.
Hugs,
Betsy

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Read it all Tex,
Hat's off to you for explaining a few things about blogging . It was when you mentioned last year , about word verification, that I read up about it and turned mine off. Thank you for that.

A star for number 5. I do not enter the memes.. as sometimes I have other things on the go. I like to read them.
Its the part about comments that I liked.
If we have become a member on someones blogg and likewise them! You comment on their posts , because thats why you joined their blog in the first place. like you wrote.. It is only polite and decent and part of what blogging is all about, for them to also comment.
You will notice.. that I keep blocking people. I am commenting on a weekly basis with some 'so called blogger friends' and they never leave one comment on mine. I dont see the reason why one should be blogging if not to socialize and enjoy what each other has to write.
Thanks for writing this Therese.. I do hope that some people read it and think about how they blog.
Best wishes for the rest of a happy sunday,
5.15pm here. val

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Excellent post -- thanks for all the great information -- barbara

Łucja-Maria said...

Tex, a interesującypost.
I would like to fix your blog.
Plot all evil.
I do not understand all the information.
I cordially greet
Lucia

Kathy said...

Amen to the music and the politico! Ditto, ditto too many words, too many photos. My purpose for visiting bloggers is to look at pretty photos photos and I usually don't read anything that's more than three paragraphs long. Unless it's really funny!

Stephanie said...

Good info. I need to learn how to do links.

Barb Brookbank said...

I always enjoy reading your common-sense advice - I had no idea that Blogger stripped the e-mail address when the Google+ identity is used. I never like using that identity to comment but it's sometimes the only option available on some blogs. Google+ is extremely transparent and I've accepted that - but I still don't like commenting using that identity - simply because it doesn't take the person to my blog - it takes them to Google+ which might be annoying... Oh yes,as far as I can tell, the WordPress option (for commenting) is for the free WP versions only... at least I can't seem to get it to work with my .com address. Good heavens! it seems I've written my own post! :)

Small City Scenes said...

Very good. I agree with much of what you said. I mostly blog because it is an outlet for my photos but I like comments too and try to comment on those who comment on my blog. How you do it I don't know. Whew!!!
Sometimes I have the time to spend on the computer and sometimes I don't so I just play it by ear and skip happily along. MB

Mike said...

Yep. I still have a few blogs I follow with the verification enabled. I've tried and tried to read the words, to no avail. I still follow and read but, have given up on attempting a comment.

McGuffy Ann said...

Thank you for this important post. You said what many of us are thinking and feeling.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Thank you.. some excellent tips, although I will admit to not knowing enough about some of those topics. It's never too late for me to learn, right? lol. I appreciate the links to the memes too. Your blog remains one of my very favorites.. I sincerely ♥ it! ;) -Tammy

Giga said...

Sporo uwag i to słusznych. Nie wiem czy mam wszystko jak piszesz, ale popatrzę. Weryfikacja obrazkowa jest okropna ! i niektórzy nawet sobie nie zdają sprawy z tego, że ja mają. Też uważam, jeśli ktoś umieścił komentarz u mnie, ja powinnam to samo zrobić. Mieć przyjaciół na całym świecie dzięki blogowi, to wspaniałe i sznujmy sie nawzajem. Pozdrawiam.
A lot of the comments and it legitimate. I do not know if I have anything to write, but I'll look. Verification is terrible! and some even do not know the things that I have. I believe if someone put a comment for me, I powinnan do the same. Have friends all over the world thanks to the blog a, a wonderful and respect one another. Yours.

Nancy said...

Well said and to the point....Bears repeating every once in a while....Thank you....

Brian King said...

Amen, sister! It's a good thing you write posts like this because I probably wouldn't have been quite so kind on certain points. :-)

Marissa said...

Good reminder for everyone.

nyloncamera said...

#4 the worst!

Nice one Tex Wis Girl !

Terry and Linda said...

WELL DONE!!! I so agree!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Robin Lamb said...

T, good advice!

eileeninmd said...

Thanks, Tex! Great tips and suggestions most of which I do follow on my blogs. I agree the word verification is awful, the numbers and letter are all blurred together. great post, have a happy day!

Angela said...

I wish everyone would read this post! Word verification is just horrible! I share your frustrations over it and the other things you mentioned like too long of a post or sometimes too many pictures. Sometimes you need a lot of pictures in your post especially if you are showing vacation pictures. I usually just try to break them up into several post. The ads don't bother me. The ad thing is very smart you know. lol It puts up ads for things that I've looked at online already. They are trying to entice me to shop at their site because I've looked at them before. Right now Vera Bradley is at the bottom on your blog. I buy stuff from them online all the time when they have great specials!

Betty Manousos said...

well said and to the point.
thank you so much for these great tips and pieces of advice, my wonderful friend.
i am so happy to have met you through blogging.

Bob Bushell said...

Well presented Theresa.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Very good advice, I do share your thougts.
I am happy to show you some of my life in Sweden and also to share your days in Texas. It´s enriche me a lot. Hugs from Sweden!!

Ellie said...

This is a great post T, plenty of helpful advice. I read all the way to the end too :))
I love coming to read your blog - always something interesting here.
Word verication really, really bugs me too.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Thank you. I can't tell you how many blogs I've commented on and hit the dreaded word verification. I am way less likely to may a return visit.

#4 is of particular interest to me, since I have the attention span of a gnat

#6 is one that particularly hits home. I recently visited a blog of a person who went on a mind-numbing rant that was exactly opposite of my personal beliefs. My initial reaction was to never visit the blog again, but I got past that and now enjoy their site on a regular basis. Just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't make them your enemy.

Cloudia said...

Ever blogger would do well to observe these sensible points! Thanks!
Aloha

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Well......you got that out in the open. I did read it all and agree with all of it. You seem to know a lot about blogging and whats good and bad in blogging. I hope im not guilty of any of the things you wrote about as i just try to show my photos, good or bad. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.



peter

Raggedy Creations said...

Thanks for all the good tips Theresa. I've thought of doing a post like this but never can write as eloquently as you.

Felicia

allhorsestuff said...

I Popped Over From Skoog Farm.
Excellent Timing, Good Advise, And Well Said!

KK

Hilary said...

No need to tell you as you must know by now but I will anyway.

I agree with every last one of your points.. and feel very strongly about the word verification one. I'm finding that after I wrote about it a while back (and linked to your post, I believe), there was a vast improvement in that area. But it's beginning to climb again as new bloggers come along.

As for the anonymous comments, I tend to waffle back and forth on keeping that setting. I know a couple of people who occasionally (albeit rarely) leave a true comment that way but lately there's a huge increase of spam comments which are getting through. I'll have to go back to just registered comments again for awhile, methinks.

Anyway, good job in bringing up all of these points. You're mostly preaching to the choir but it will indeed make a difference for a few of us.

Thank you, Theresa.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great info and good reminders! I came over from Gails at the Farm:)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very well written Theresa! I just copied and pasted it to an e-mail to self and will check out each item again at a later time to make sure that I understand each one. I have had a quaetion in mind and think that you may have just addresssed it, but will let you know. I adore coming to visit you and I so enjoy your kind expressions and encouragment...you are a dear soul and we love you~

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You've made some excellent points in your blog, and have provided some good reminders too!! THANKS for that!!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I read and re-read your post on blogs. You have given some good advice that I will follow. Particularly the less is more and keeping to a regular schedule. I did away with CAPTCHA as I find it to be a hinderance. And I'll rein in opinions.

One of my recent posts went over like a lead balloon!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

This is a great list and very helpful. I haven't used google reader, but will check it out because I'm finding it frustrating to try to follow some blogs, and I really don't want to have to look in several places. I'm also going to go see how my email is set up. I have one for my blog, but I'm pretty clueless here.

Andy Wilson said...

Excellent post

DIMI said...

Exellent post Tex!Great tips!Thank you for sharing!Hope you have a lovely week!
Dimi..

Lynda said...

I like what you have written - - and it ought to be read by most anyone blogging!!! I have one friend I follow and I LOVE her and her content but there is always too much. Your post had me go and look at some of my settings to make sure they were what I wanted though.

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Great post and a wonderful list. Such good advice here! Hope you're having a great weekend,
Jen

troutbirder said...

Overall good advice TexWis. Though, as everybody knows, it's really really hard for us history teachers not to get too wordy...:)

SweetMarie said...

Great advice, Theresa! You really should be a writer! You have many talents! :)

Susan said...

You go girl! The only difference I have is that I don't mind reading people on their soapboxes. In fact I find it very interesting to see how people think. I might agree, I might not. No big deal to me. Actually people that are cheerful EVERYDAY, I really wonder about! :))

Ian Holland said...

Right on! I may have to rethink a few things I am doing. I absolutely hate Google+ and am thinking of killing it off.

Pam ;) said...

Well said and thank you Theresa.

parker said...

Tex, Thank you for taking the time to share insights from your experience as a successful blog owner! Good Stuff!

Primitive Stars said...

Hi, thanks for the post on all this, I am still new at this blogging so that was some great advice, Blessings Francine.

A Quiet Corner said...

You, T, are THE BOMB!...:)JP

Linda R said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I had over 20 at least if not more spams a week. But the minute I changed my setting to not let anonymous comments on my blog I haven't gotten any. Notta one.. I wish I would have know that a year ago.

Lots of good stuff here girly..

Chatty Crone said...

I AGREE! Amen.

Yamada Miyako said...
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sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

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Elaine said...

Good advice here. I think you covered most of the things I find frustrating or annoying about blogging. And, yes, I did read through the whole thing!

Kate said...

"Preachy" is good when the hints are helpful, such as this post today.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Sorry Tex I am having comment problems.. :(

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

All good tips- you know I'm guilty on the email one :)
Thanks for sharing!

Yamada Miyako said...

Yamada Miyako said...
Dearest Theresa,
First of all, I really admire your way of blogging to help us☆☆☆ And I DO respect what you said in no.6.

Personally, I think I'm guilty for some things you mentioned here(^^;)
As I had BIG trouble listing my mail-address in my side-bar, I deleted it. Maybe it might be safe to put in my about me page. I'll try it later.

Thank you very much for worthwhile tips, my friend.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

PS> haha, I made typo for my former comment. Please delete it forever.

Karen said...

Great advice Tex! I have one heck of a time reading the word verification, mostly I don't comment on blogs with it. Music on a blog drives me nutso, I rarely stay long enough to comment on those. Nothing more frustrating than getting a comment on my blog, wanting to reciprocate and they are a G+ member with no url of their blog in site.

Red said...

Very informative post. I completely agree when it comes to negative comments or someone trying to push ideas on you. From my position give more points on blogging . You're going to keep me busy checking what you said. It makes for better blogging. I also accept comments on how my blog can be improved.

SandyCarlson said...

Good thoughts, all. I agree that less is more. Blogging is the best form of social media out there, I think. Posts are thoughtful rather than spontaneous, and we invite our readers to thing. Blogging is about the conversation.

Paula said...

I had two good sermons today. Just kidding and thanks for taking the time.

Margie said...

Good advice dear T! It got it off your chest too.

Linda said...

I didn't skim it, Theresa. I read it all the way to the end and appreciated all of it. I do occasionally publish faith-based posts because it's just part of who I am; and I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't write about it sometimes. I appreciate your understanding when I do.

Kerry said...

Holy cow, 119 comments. When I have time I'll come back & read them too. I love comments. I've thought about Google Reader, but I like to visit the blogs themselves, to see the whole picture (sidebar, etc), & I don't think you can get that there. Might be wrong. Ditto on word verification, I hate it. I do allow anonymous comments, but my email filter and blogger's own filter easily identifies which comments are bogus.

Thanks for this.

Sue Palmer said...

Love all this advice,TWG! Great post, thanks.

pattisjarrett said...

You have one of the best blogs with ads that I've seen. So many are obnoxious, or just plain annoying, but yours are not.

Kerri said...

Excellent post!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Well dear, if you had a *like* button (such as over at WordPress) and rating stars, I'd be hitting the daylights out of them about now. Very well written! Number 4 strikes a chord with me. I have an older computer and processor, and all those extra bells and whistles really slow things down. I tend to quit visiting those blogs, even though I really enjoy them. My other pet peeve is when a commenter doesn't leave an e-mail or a *current* link for me to find my way back to their blog. Let me say, if a person has a Gravatar account, by all means, please link your blog to it so people can find their way back to your blog.

Thanks for getting on your soapbox today! ;-)

~Lindy

Ebie said...

We share sentiments, and I wish everyone would spend time to read it.

And for the dreaded word verification, I wish they would do away with that.

Thanks for this lengthy post.

MTWaggin said...

You done good kid. By the # comments I think you have lots of agreements too! Thank you for visiting MY blog as well. There are a few that do visit that I feel are virtual friends now and you are one of those!

Jo's World said...

Good show, Tex! Well thought out and well written.

Cheers,
Jo

myhappyplace.linda@gmail.com said...

Hey Its me again. Can you email me now. Thanks so much for you Help.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That was an excellent 'sermon' and a much needed one. You did clarify it even better than I did in my previous post about: 'How is YOUR Blog's TRUE Presence on the WEB?'
I liked your phrase if it becomes too 'in your face', that is the reason I've left some bloggers.
English is not my mother tongue but I try to express myself... You do very well; a great writer and a great photographer and it's always a joy to see what you 'shot'.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Leave It To Davis said...

lol...love this post! You helped me so much already. I appreciate any criticism you have of my blog...too many pictures...too many words...too dull...too silly...whatever you have to say, I will appreciate your wisdom. I have a lot of respect for you as a blogger and photographer. I think I have made that clear. :)

Guess what ad is down at the bottom of this page....BON JOVI BECAUSE WE CAN at the Frank ERwin Center...tickets starting at $19.50!! I think it read my blog. :)

And I'm going to put my email address in there right now, if I can figure out how!

Stewart M said...

I think I'd go along with all of your points - and add one more:

If you have multiple blogs on you blogger account, some form of hint as to which one is you current, main or most important one would be great!!

Stewart M - Melbourne, Australia

PS: I think my cricket is a katydid - but I've good a "cricket" joke happening this week!

gowestferalwoman said...

Thanks 'mom! ;)

One thing i would add would be to recommend two step verification - I have seen in the past peoples blogs get hijacked - not pretty esp. if you link to someones blog on your sidebar, and encourage people to visit, and then they get some weird scamming ad saying to visit sunny siberia when they click to it...

and with two step verification, if i fall off of the roof and kill myself or fall off of Baby and kill myself or fall out of bed and kill myself, it makes it easier for Mike at home to open my account if its locked and Im killed - you rely on your home phone for a phone-out code from blogger.

Otherwise, Its the music/gifs downloady stuff I cant stand because I have crappy internet...i dont mind photos, novels or lengthy diatribes because I have the option to walk away and then check up on them to see if they took their meds yet or had a change of heart (fun!)or are onto mundane fun things again...

and im evil as I dont leave comments all the time - but i still read and look! Im kind of like the "wavey hand" neighbor who you can tell even faraway taht she is up to her eyeballs in stuff and will talk to you when she can... ;)

anyhow, thanks for the tips!

Andy said...

Good advice. Blogging and photography are hobbies for me that I have combined into one. This is my way of having fun. When I leave a comment on someone's blog I try to never say anything negative. I don't like word verification or music playing in the background. Did I just say something negative?:-) Here's a link http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/ to site that has good tips about blogging.

Friend of HK said...

Very useful information. Thanks for sharing!

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Thank you for the useful tips and information.
Costas

Monika B. said...

I have long since deleted the word verification. You're right, it is a horror film. Many things from what you wrote I do not understand.
Monika B.

Maria said...

If it weren't for you, I'd still have word verification.

diane b said...

Some good information here. My husband TOH (The Other Half) and I are giving a class on how to blog for U3A (university of the Third Age) so I will keep in mind some of your tips.

Daryl said...

well said!

JM said...

Great post!

ladyfi said...

Agreed! Especially about turning off Word Verification and about tolerance!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Good morning, T!
This post is great for new bloggers and old. I wasn't aware of the trouble with Google+ and am really debating about whether or not to use it. From a time management perspective, I agree that Google Reader works best for me!
Have a great day. :)

Candy C. said...

Good post T! :)
My biggest pet peeve, after WV, is the music. (sigh)
I also get frustrated when people have the no-comment-blogger thingy because sometimes I would love to reply to them and, like you, don't always remember the next time I visit their blog.

Furry Bottoms said...

I hope my blog doesn't have music on it. I wouldn't know! LOL

You know, I HAD to read this post. Because you RARELY ever are wordy. So I feel like if your post is wordy, you've got something to say that's worth listening to.

MarkD60 said...

Touche'!
I dislike the auto-music very much too!
I have never used the "reblog" function of Wordpress, but may with this post!

Ron said...

Do you have a photo of that soapbox? LOL!! Just kidding, really!

Those are some very good rules to live by in blogger land. I'm guilty of breaking one or two of those myself.

And you're right about the word verification. It annoys the crap out of me and I will skip over leaving a comment on a blog that has it and eventually stop looking at it all together.

Sandy said...

Great post! I tend to get wordy and will often go back and shorten a post. I, like many people, just don't have the time to read wordy posts.

Breathtaking said...

I'm going to copy this post to study it more carefully as you give sound advice Theresa.Last year I changed WV because it drove you nuts!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Awesome insights here. Fwiw the minimal ads on your blog dont bother me in the least.

Marie said...

Excellent post! All Google Bloggers can take away at least one or two things from your wonderful advice!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Really great tips! Word verification is the worst, ugh! I'm so glad I figured out the public email thing a while back. I'm so glad when I can reply to comments via email instead of on the blog itself.

Rohrerbot said...

Well said. The blinking, music word verification stuff gets me. How do you keep up with all of us??!! Seriously, it's a lot of work staying on top of this all. Kudos to you!

Ann said...

I came back over after reading Betsy's blog. You made some excellent points here. Well said

Carletta said...

I read every word and almost every word of these comments.
WELL said my dear, well said!

Linda said...

Excellent post! Can I refer people to it on my blog or Facebook?

Genie Robinson said...

As a former writing teacher, I can honestly say you expressed your thoughts on a meaty subject eloquently and in a manner that flowed beautifully and was easy to follow and understand. Your thoughts are mine. Thank you for taking the time to share them with all of us. ten

bon bon said...

you're as smart as you are cute, tex!

Jeevan said...

I’m using Google Reader for long time in following blogs. I agree with you on the all the point that annoys esp. your personal point of view! :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, girl! You have said a mouthful here. I do NOT know how you have time to keep up with all of us (your followers and commenters). I so admire that you do. I find myself more and more avoiding the blog stuff because it takes so much time and the word verification thing drives me CRAZY!!! People do posts on growing your blog and I can't even keep up with my little one. I have made some precious "friendships" blogging; I need a fresh attitude. Thank you so much for this post!! Sorry it has taken me DAYS to get to it!! LOL! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Grandma Bonnie said...

Thank you for all the information. I am stopping by from Betsy's Blog. I have been blogging a little over and year and have a lot to learn yet. I started as a review and giveaway blogger but I have decided shift my blogging to fit more of what is important to me and my family. I will be try Google reader as you suggested to see if it will help me keep up with all the blogs I love to read. Hope you have a great day.

Rose said...

I must say I do agree with you about so much. Also, so glad you went back to this comment form...I can handle the other, but when I get far behind this one is so much easier.

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

Hi Theresa, because I come and go randomly, I'd missed this post. However, it caught my eye in your "Popular Post" sidebar.
I enjoyed reading through all your tips, they are all very reasonable and make for a better blogging experience. It was a good reminder to on a few points for me. I'd dabbled in Google+, couldn't understand it so, hopefully, my blog is back to normal again!

A bit of feedback for you - no, your ads don't intrude.

Cheers now and I appreciate the blog-friendship we've enjoyed over the past few years :D)

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

You are such a buzz kill!!! hahah

I knew I would get to a post where you discuss where you are switching your 416421054 blogs to. I've been stalking everyone to see which one they like most. You never fail!!!

Georgina Malcolm said...

2 years late but I have no idea if my blog has WV. Must rush and check because I hate it too. Thanks very much for your thoughts.

Gayle said...

Thanks for this post. I picked up a couple good tips. My other blog, related to my family research experience, is primarily text so I can satisfy my 'wordiness' there ;).
My biggest challenge at the moment is back linking (I think that's the term) to the blogs I'm participating with. I find I do a lot of cut and paste back and forth 'til I get it right.
Speaking of wordy; that's enough of me for now.

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