Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Surprising Post from your favorite Pollyanna Blogger

Time for your tangent…what is your latest complaint?
(inspired by Jill from I Don’t Want An Oscar)

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  Please don’t be offended by this post! I am going to tell you what I don’t like about some blogs. If you do this stuff and I come visit all the time any way, well then, clearly, I don’t care : )!

If you do this stuff and I never visit you, well, then you know why! Just kidding. Sort of!

boys-3 Why are your posts 100 paragraphs long?

No one wants to read 100 paragraphs.

Seriously.

If I read 100 paragraphs (or even 20)

it better be good.

Make it snappy  : )

The end.

(of tip #1)

baby 001 black and white Why would you ever do a post without a picture?

Ever?

What about if your camera is broken?

Is it ok to do a post without a picture then?

NO! It is NEVER ok to do a post without a picture.

Have you heard of google image search?

Seriously.

Put a picture in your post.

Please.

I need to look at something.

jessica 023 Why are you just telling me about your day?

I don’t really want to know every detail of your day.

I have one of those too.

Mundane.

I want something exciting. Or funny. Or interesting.

Just pick a few special moments of your day.

Did you have a funny experience at Walmart?

Did you make a nice dessert inspired by Rachel Ray?

Are you going on a diet inspired by the New Year?

Just pick one thing to tell me about each post.

One little snippet.

Maybe two.

Maybe three.

Not 20.

I do NOT want to read 20 snippets.

swinging gate Do you want a lot of comments?

Do you want to know how to get them?

Go out there and say hi to people!

I visit people at SITS.

And I also visit people that comment in front of me.

If I go somewhere and I see a funny or especially nice comment I might click your link.

I don’t really like when people ask me to follow them.

I never ask.

People just do.

And I think that is about the nicest thing in America.

And in Germany.

Thank you.

back to back b&w Oh, and one last thing…

since I want to get my full gripe in

No one is going to steal your kid.

Seriously. NO ONE has ever been kidnapped because their Mom blogged.

And do you know how I know this for a fact?

(It might not actually be a fact, but whatever : )

Do you remember that Craigslist killer guy?

As soon as he was out there everyone and their brother reported about it.

And I do mean EVERYONE and their BROTHER!

So I know that if there was a blog kidnapping

we would know about it.

muted-maecy It is hard for me to remember names like, Babycakes Cutie BootiePie and Sunshiney Princess Happy Head.

I get confused. I know it sounds silly but I do.

If you really are worried about safety, call the kid a different name. Like Betty or Johnny.

(You know, common names of this year)

Babiecakes Cutie Bootie Pie and Sunshine Princess Happy Head are just a little too much.

Trust me. Would I ever lead you wrong?

Do you still like me or was I too negative?

Tell me what bothers you about some blogs.

Come on!

Make me feel like I am not the ONLY person with issues!

jen and sofia Or am I the only person with issues?

Man, I just knew it!december13

This pretty picture of her boys was shamelessly stolen from her blog! Whoopsie Daisy!

Will you please pray for my friend

Stephanie?

Her sons are in Haiti.

They are safe.

There are many unknowns though.

Thank you for reading this long post.

And thanks for loving me even though I complained : )

I will try not to make a habit of it!

103 comments:

magiceye said...

a refreshing post that rings so true!

Sarah said...

BECKY!!! I'm cracking UP at this!! Especially the last part about making up blog names for your kids!!!

magiceye said...

and yes ... holding good thoughts for all those affected in Haiti..

Kristina P. said...

I am so with you on the pictures. That's what I post a thousand! I know people skim, and I need posts broken up.

Automatic MUSIC!!! NOOOOOOO!!!

I also have to say, I'm not a fan of the three columns. Too busy for me.

Peterson Family said...

Yeah, I don't understand the 100 paragraph blogposts either. If I am at work and reading blogs I do not have time to read a book.

And I love blog posts with pics in them. They are my favorites!

We have friends who run a non-profit that helps children in Haiti attend school (it's called Moun Pou Moun) and they have not heard any news on the children and families they help because of the telephones being out. They are praying to hear some good news. I am praying for all those people and those families affected by this.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

You know I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ you! All those things bother me as well. I will say that I have named my kids QB and receiver only because I have some freaks that have left really strange comments, and I don't want to make my blog private, but I also don't want them know their name. But I have done that for a long time so no one knows the real names....

But what really bugs me is word verification. Don't know why because it gives me blog post material but I HATE it. It takes too much time when I could be on the next blog...

Totally agree on the 100 paragraphs..how can someone have that much stuff in their head? Not me. Simple Simpleton!!! ;)

Love ya!
Tarah (my real name)!

mimbles said...

I decided very early on that my family would be referred to by their actual names because a) they're easier to remember and b) I CAN NOT STAND DH (Dear Husband), DD (Dear Daughter) etc

*ahem*

It's possible I have issues too ;-)

I still happily read blogs with pseudonymous naming schemes because they're often about protection from very real harassment not some imagined risk, particularly the feminist writers.

The only thing I really have trouble with is poor spelling and grammar, and the misuse of capitalisation and punctuation. I'm a pedant, it comes of having a high school English teacher as a mother.

Sarah @ When two becomes three... said...

This post DID surprise me from you!!! lol! You are such a positive person, it's nice to hear you complain it up a bit!

I have done long posts in my past. But those posts weren't necessarily for my readers...more for me. :O)

I am not big on the word verification either. BUGS me big time.

I also am not as big on all of the annonymous handles and names. I like to know who I am talking to I guess.

Prayers and thoughts to all in Haiti.

Mari said...

You are just brilliant! I agree with you on all those things, but must confess to doing a post without a picture this week - for the first time ever!
I'll never do it again! :)
I'm praying for Haiti.

Linds said...

LOL. You're hilarious! I agree with it, although I do have to confess that I do some of them. Mainly because I want my son to know what we did with him before he can remember. And the latest ones without pictures is for a reason-- it was about boobs and breastfeeding. Probably one of the few posts I could get away withOUT a picture :)

Laura said...

SOooo true! My pet peeves are the word captions and I can't stand it when people start a diet and then all they talk about is what they ate and talk like they are holier than thou. So what, you didn't eat chocolate today. I did and it was yummy :)

ps. I am so guilty of a long post this week. oops!

mimi said...

Too funny....and so true. I have a feeling I've been guilty of 1 or 3 of those things. Even with my guilt..I'm with you on those gripes.

I'm not a fan of word verification, but after being spammed with some really crazy stuff I added it. Also, I don't worry about some crazy person reading my blog....but I seriously wonder why people who live in my town read it, yet don't tell me that they do(though I see them in person)That freaks me out a little. Wait...maybe they are the crazy people and I should be worrying (just joking-in case they read this)

Drew said...

This has got to be the funniest post I have read in the last 6 months.

Here's my blogging pet peeve: the people desperate to make it as a famous blogger

Desperation shows in many forms, two of which are: 1. A two word comment on my blog and then directions on how I can and should come over and check out their blog or 2. The person who miraculously thinks they are going to make it big in blogging by doing countless giveaways for anything and everything and including tons of advertisements that flash like neon lights in the top, left, right and bottom sections of their blog.



Oh, I thought of another one. I just love these comments:

"Hi! I've never ever left a comment on your blog before. I'm leaving one now because I want and expect you to write me a personal tutorial on how you made your flash banner or how you designed your blog or...well, you get the idea. In addition, I expect on demand support through e-mail even though you don't know me from Adam. When you write me a personal message back, I'll never even respond with a thanks."

Oh crap...I just realized I'm the multi-paragraph blogger and I can't even liven it up with pictures in a comment. Please, please stay friends with me! :)

Drew said...

Speaking of funny posts, anyone who hasn't seen the following post by Rebeckah MUST go check it out!

http://kaishon.blogspot.com/2009/08/are-you-afraid.html

You're guarantted to get another great laugh!

Jen said...

I am standing clapping for you! I LOVED this post. And I agree with most of what you said.

And now a warning, if you come over to my place and read my stuff for today and tomorrow, there are not any pictures. Sorry. I am not really a picture girl. ;)

He & Me + 3 said...

Started out with their real names but hubs did not think it wise. He is de boss. LOL I let him think so by using fake names on my blog. pretty sneaky huh?

Hilary said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.....and thanks for your kind comment.
I totally agree with you......those are great guidelines for bloggers.
Perfect!

the Lola Letters said...

Ahhhh ha ha ha! Oh for the love of BRILLIANT!

I especially agree with the "you're kid is not going to be kidnapped because you blogged" thing! Besides, I always tell my friends I just DARE some idiot to come after me or my kid because they became "obsessed with us" through blog-stalking. I will kill 'em with my bare hands! Kidnap my kid - ha! That's funny.

PLUS, it sounds pretty vain to assume that everyone and their dog is going to become instantly obsessed with you the moment they lay eyes on your beautiful face and dashing wit, now doesn't it?

Love the post. Good points.

Kimmy said...

Love this! We all need to reminded to be in check. I too want more comments on my blog so I know I need to get my tushy out there. :O)

*hugs*

Tricia Nugen said...

Uhhh.... Becky I know you are talking about my blog! And there is NO way I was going to post that picture of my butt when I was telling it to go away the other day! LOL! I'm supposed to be working instead I'm cracking up here! And I agree with Drew... this annoys me..

Love your blog
yourbloglistinghere@blogspot.com
seriously peeps!
Love ya girl! Thanks for the laugh!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh...I think you took the words out of my mouth (brain)!!!! I totally agree with everything..lol.

I was cracking up at the name things, and yes..I doubt out of all the thousands of bloggers, someone is on there way here to try and snatch my kids..lol! I think it's smart to be safe and not give out all your personal info, but if someone really wanted to find you, they would find a way!

Oh..and my major pet peeve on blogs is music. LOL

Eternal Lizdom said...

Some of my posts are long- it's just the way I am.

I try to put in pics but some posts just aren't right for it. My post going up for Thurs... pics just don't feel right for it.

We use real names- our actual names. Because I'm all about being real.

I work hard on- and renewed my commitment to- commenting and reaching out to other bloggers.

My blog is not a daily journal kind of place. Maybe people who have severe memory problems blog for historical fact keeping? Anthropological sociological importance and impact?

I will definitely pray for Stephanie.

Alissa said...

I love this advice. I don't have kids, so I've always wondered about the cutesie code names. Is it about blognapping? I've noticed a lot of bloggers also give their husbands code names. I use people's real names or in the spirit of Dear Abbey change them to protect the innocent.

I am with Kristina on the automatic music. It makes blog pages slower to load, and it distracts me, so I have to quickly turn my volume down.

Granny Smith said...

This proves that you are human!

My own gripe is music to accompany blogs as I am reading them. I have very definite tastes in music and there are musical choices that offend my ears. It's OK to post a U Tube video - I can turn it off if I don't like it.

I think we are all worrying about Haiti and seeking ways to help. They had troubles enough without an earthquake!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Okay, I may be guilty of a few of those things...well...maybe two...long blog posts (on occasion) and not posting pictures. There are times that I do and times that I don't. It all depends on the day and the mood I'm in. So, if you don't come visiting me, I guess I'll know! :)

Also, there are/were a few people that I refused to give access to reading my blog...ex husband and his wife because they take everything said on the blog and harass me or my girls so I chose to always give nicknames to avoid being "noticed" or on the radar.

As for my pet peeves...music on blogs. Sometimes I don't realize that the speaker volume is up and it literally sends me jumping out of my seat.

Also, people that are into blogging only for the amount of followers and nothing more. I mean, if that's what they choose, that's fine but I read blogs that are filled with humor, truth, wisdom, friendship and much more...not because that person is "bribing" people to follow their blog.

Time to get off my soapbox!

Jason, as himself said...

Wowza. I never thought I would see the day where Rebeckah would say anything negative! Holy cow, Rebeckah is human after al1!

And you have made some very good points, I believe I agree with every one of them, even though I'm certain I have committed at least two or three of them.

I loved the name, "Sunshiney Princess Happy Head." Too funny.


All that being said, the bottom line is, it's their blog, so if they want to do all that stuff then more power to them, as long as they aren't hurting anyone.

Hilary said...

I've read a few "what I don't like about some blogs' kind of posts but never with the humour that yours has. I'm very amused. I agree with all of it except for the photo advice. Google images are not free for the taking. Your photos and mine may appear there and that's pretty much using images without permission. There are copyright-free sights where folks can peruse and use their images but Google Images isn't that place. I'd be totally pissed off if I found that someone was using my photos without permission and attribution.

I also really don't like music playing on blogs despite the fact that most of my blogging buddies who do that have great taste in music. I'm usually listening to my own music when surfing and the conflict in sounds can be really annoying.

Fun post.

Dot O said...

You made me laugh, and think.... I guess I had better reconsider using the names Dunce, Wiseguy, and Moodyblues..... LOL. Just kidding.

I guess the too long blog entries are one of my peeves. I find I end up skimming and not absorbing it all.

I'm truly not in it for the followers, although it is fun to see people comment (this week's entry for I Heart Faces is the most comments I have EVER had).

I will pray for Stephanie's sons and everyone else in Haiti - the word "horrific" doesn't even touch what happened there.....

Unknown Mami said...

But her name really is Put Pie! It's on her birth certificate.

Ocean Girl said...

You have said it with humour that only you can do it. I enjoyed it.

karen said...

Good points, written with lots of humor. Can't get mad at that.lol. Thanks,btw, for your kind comments on my very first blog entry.

stargurrl13 said...

Man.....I don't always post a picture. Sorry!

btw....I responded to your comment on my blog!

I don't know if I'll post a pic on every post a Stelliform, but I'm starting a new blog (in addition to Stelliform) which will have pictures with every post! :)

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

you are seriously the funniest person ever! I will just have to plan a vacation now to come meet you when i need a good laugh! LOL! Also i love the baby in black and white and the natural light on her face! AMAZING!

And I have a special post just for you... so stop on by

Sonya said...

Silly girl..lol I dont post family pics due to my husbands job. They actually check my blog out to make sure Im being good..LOL

I sometimes do long posts..lack of normal contact with english speakers.

I do know wat u are saying. I know of one blogger who has a totally false blog based on a life she doesnt have and gives advice to others as if she knows first hand what in the heck she is talking about. Pisses me off to no end.

I hate it when I go to a blog that has so much crap on there that blinks or makes a noise that the page wont load. I never go back. I also dont like it when people beg you to follow them or they try and do the if u add me I will add you thing.

Ok enough said..you really are funny:)

Erin said...

Okay so I need to work on getting a pic in every post! But if I were a photographer as talented as you, I would for sure put all my pics up...but OMG I so agree with you about boopie poopie pie and all that!

AWESOME, you had me cracking up!

Serline said...

I will come back again...

Tabor said...

I pretty much agree with Hilary...but then I usually do. I don't like reading a blog with music in the background and I usually find the pause key and stop the music and go on from there. Long or short, if a blog is honest and well written, I am there. BUT too many people use pictures illegally and that is certainly a no-no.

Marilyn said...

I'm not at all offended by your post. That said, I break every one of your rules. YIKES!! But then I remembered the reason I started my blog was to chronicle my puttering and what I used to decorate with from one year to another or bought on clearance and hid. Comments are nice but not necessary to me. Now my biggest complaint to blogs---those that take so long to load because of the ads on them. Come on, really!! I've deleted a bunch of them from my list of favorites. I mean, I read for enjoyment and those things frustrate me like dial-up did. Ha Have a great day.

Marilyn said...

This is funny. My photographer niece posted pretty much about the same thing you did. Great minds.

http://aaabeautifulmess.blogspot.com/2010/01/blogging-101.html

Buckeroomama said...

This is 'refreshing' coming from you, haha!

When I write a post, I feel that it's not complete if I don't at least have a picture. I think I overkill on pictures sometimes, though. :)

Amanda said...

So very true, especially about the posting your kids names. Someone asked me once if my boyfriend cares that his name and photo are on my blog. I'm pretty sure that no one would want to kidnap a 27 year old....lol.

OneCowgirl said...

Well stated. Thanks for stopping by.

pixielation said...

I post some pics of my girls, but I do have code names for them! Whoops!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I LOVE this. I also can't stand long posts...I try SO hard to shorten mine because of this. And always MUST have a photo of something!!!
I get tired of all the bloggers who blog about the.same.flippin.thing.every.flippin.day.
BORING. But I feel I must recipricate the comments.

I HATE when people ask me to follow them...that is so desperate.

I only use the husbands nickname because I was afraid of all the crazy softball parents googling for my family info...really, we have some crazies on our hands.

so, with that being said.
Will you follow me and my Little Pumpkin head, Big foot husband and Sweet happy princess head blog?
Oh and don't forget about my pets: Fluffy, Snoopy, Snakey, Lizard breath...oh, nevermind.

Oh, and another thing. I have some folks that visit my blog and leave the strangest comment.
Like, I will write a short post about something funny and then put a picture...this person JUST looks at the picture and leaves a 2 word comment. HELLO? why bother.

ok, I feel better now.
xoxo
Suz

Mighty M said...

Lovely post! That is why most of mine are just pictures!! For the most part I don't want to write about the going's on of my boring life either (okay, it's not so boring but it is a titch mundane at times!).

I HATE when I can't reply to people's comments because they have a "no-reply" address!! Grrrrrrr!

jen@odbt said...

I so enjoyed this post but found myself asking "do I do that? yikes." I agree with some of the other comments - auto music is a no no and "no reply@blogger".

Nurse Nancy said...

I agree with much of what the post states and am guilty of it myself. Guess I will try to do better in the new year.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Great post and sending prayers to all in Haiti.
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Pam D said...

I'm so glad you love me in SPITE of the BugHunter thing. It's become a habit; one I need to break, I suppose.
I certainly always love YOUR posts and pics, and most of all, the heartfelt comments that you leave on my blog. THAT's why your follower list is so long... you love on others and make them feel so good that they want to make sure they can find you again!

Martha in PA said...

Okay, I will try to not ramble so much!

themrs said...

LOL! Well, I'm guilty of MANY of these offenses! I have music! I have nicknames! I talk about things not appropriate for public consummption! (was that on there?) But my biggest peeve is pop up ads. I HATE those! I also hate endless contests. I don't to tweet about it... heck, I don't even tweet! I don't want to write on my blog about your contest. So leave me alone. There.

Angie - The Arthur Clan said...

I was holding it together really well, not laughing too loudly until I reached your "Your kids are not going to be kidnapped" point. LOLOLOLOL!!!! Thank you so much for pointing out the obvious. *snort*

I hate, hate, hate...

Automatic music.

Word verification.

I especially hate it when people have word verification and then they have comment moderation as well. Ugh!

BlogHer ads. Does anyone ever click on them? They are everywhere and I have never clicked on them even once in my entire blogging life.

People asking me to follow them. You ask me to follow you and I definitely won't.

People explaining why they took a blogging break. We all need blogging breaks...no one really needs to hear why. Just jump back in and have fun again!

And potty training stories. Unless it's a really, really unusually funny story (but they usually aren't.)

The end. :)

P.S. Apparently I have major issues as well.

Marla said...

I loved this post... because it was just so TRUE. Haha.

The only thing that really really bothers me about blogs is when someone complains ALL THE TIME! I understand that everyone has a bad day sometimes, but please do not make your blog depression EVERY SINGLE DAY!

But it is nice to read funny, refreshing, "really bad day" stories every once in a while, but I don't think it should be everything one posts.

http://asthefarmturns.wordpress.com/

Marla said...

I loved this post... because it was just so TRUE. Haha.

The only thing that really really bothers me about blogs is when someone complains ALL THE TIME! I understand that everyone has a bad day sometimes, but please do not make your blog depression EVERY SINGLE DAY!

But it is nice to read funny, refreshing, "really bad day" stories every once in a while, but I don't think it should be everything one posts.

http://asthefarmturns.wordpress.com/

Marla said...

I loved this post... because it was just so TRUE. Haha.

The only thing that really really bothers me about blogs is when someone complains ALL THE TIME! I understand that everyone has a bad day sometimes, but please do not make your blog depression EVERY SINGLE DAY!

But it is nice to read funny, refreshing, "really bad day" stories every once in a while, but I don't think it should be everything one posts.

http://asthefarmturns.wordpress.com/

themrs said...

Oh yes, I also wanted to clarify one other point! I don't know about others, but the reason I chose to not use my family's real names is because of something I saw a few years ago. I used to have all of our names on my blog. I've never been afraid someone would kidnap my kids (some days I may pay someone to do so!). A blog I frequented managed to gather some detractors, so to speak. Some people with too much time on their hands decided they didn't like her and they wanted to take her down. they managed to dig up such things her property values and credit reports and the like. really creepy. all from info from her personal blog. that freaked me out. how quickly people turned on her. now do I think I'll ever garner that much emotion on my little blog? Probably not. But I have an uncanny talent in real life of pissing people off with my opinionated-ness so better safe than sorry! And now i realize how defensive I sound, LOL

LceeL said...

I don't post a picture every time. I do it on Wednesdays. For Wordless Wednesdays.

My blog is a "seinfeld" blog - a blog about nothing.

My family requested that I stop using names. So my three sons are, on the blog, #1, #2, and #3 Son. for clarity.

I follow you because I want to - I would hope that you would do the same.

Ms. Wanda said...

Yeahhhhh! You said it all right here in this post:)
Yes, I love pictures and I do not like long post unless there funny:) Thank you for all your honesty!!

xoxox
Ms. Wanda

Jenny said...

You crack me up, but you are sooo right :) I will pray for your friend, it is so sad what they are going thru down there.

Coco said...

Thanks for the tips. Sometimes I think I get going and don't know when to stop.

What I don't like about some blogs....MUSIC. I am sitting at my desk with peace and quiet and then BOOM...I am blown out of my chair by someone's blog music. Hate it.

Jenn said...

I don't like going to a blog that has so many ads that I have to read two lines and then scroll down half a page just to get to the next two. Oh and I hate people who complain. :P kidding!

I also have to agree with Coco. Blog music...not so much.

Mrsbear said...

Ha, I can't fault you, I agree with all of these. Although I am guilty of posting without a pic, whoops. Never again, point taken. ;) One of my peeves, teeny tiny fonts, among others, but this is your complaint post not mine. :)

Corey~living and loving said...

I think your guidelines work well, if you want to be popular, but if you mainly blog for yourself...I say do what you want. :)

oh and I call Sugar Bear, "Sugar Bear" more than I use her real name in life. :) I do use it on my blog for privacy. Mainly for her.

blueviolet said...

I'm so glad your friend and her children are safe!

I don't like music on blogs at all. I don't even use my speakers anymore because I'm tired of being frightened!

Jodi said...

Too funny. Great advice! Thanks for all the tips. I will probably keep my kids anonymous, at least until they are old enough to tell me it's okay to use their real names!

Dawn said...

I also don't like music on blogs...I come to read, NOT hear you favorite song!

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I knew you weren't a stalker. :)

Work With What You've Got said...

Hello!~ Nice to meet you.
My complaints are all sort of specific to style blogs, but...

1. Why did you cover your face/crop it out/make it blurry? I cannot tell what you look like when you do that and it makes you outfit about 100% less interesting.

2. Ok. So when you buy something secondhand, that is not the same as thrifting. Nor is vintage.

Thrift = bought at a thrift store, you know, dirty, unorganized, blouses for $2.00, that kind of thing.

Secondhand = bought second hand. Nicer, normally shops that pay the owner for the goods and then sell them to you. More expensive than thrifting.

Vintage = old. You can thrift it, and you can buy it second hand, but thrifting something or buying it second hand doesn’t MAKE it vintage.

Los said...

Well, I'm glad I follow most of these rules! I don't do pictures on the one topic "Weird News" that I do weekly. Outside of that, I try and put some sort of picture up. And, most importantly, I keep it short! I don't want to read a book when I read blogs!

My Lipstick Life said...

Loved, loved, loved this post! You go girl :) Thanks for visiting My Lipstick Life!

Pam said...

LOL...straight to the point! Like you, I don't like the really long ones then sometimes I feel like I have blogged a long one myself....oops, I fall in some of those what not to do's! Thanks for sharing.

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pixelhazard said...

I have to admit that I pretty much agree with all your tips. Not one to read long blogs of writing...i have to do a lot of that at work

MoonNStarMommy said...

I totally agree with the picture thing, and I do some of that stuff... my posts are always long. LOL... but I at least try to throw some comedy in there! :D

I'm glad that you enjoyed my Rose Ceremony! LOL. I have caught an episode or two of the Real Housewives but not often enough to get into it. I'm totally watching Carnie Wilson's new show on Game Show Network too (it's a reality show on GSN? Ummmm.. k?) I've got it going on my DVR later, gots to check it out!

Teacher Tom said...

I have to say Becky, I'm kind of flattered. All of my posts are long and I almost never use photos, yet you leave so many nice comments over there! Thank you for reading anyway.

I totally agree with you about the whole blog-kidnapping business.

smiles4u said...

I love your humor and yes I am guilty of long posts and not always having pictures. I'm okay with people not always liking everything I write because blogging is my one outlet and my way to figure things out for myself. I don't always get to blog every day which usually means I will have a long blog post. :)

If a blog post is long but the writing is good and it flows and there is a point to it, and it's written by someone that I know is genuine and writing from their heart, I am so there. I don't mind and if I have time will take time to read it. There are days I just don't have time to read and commnet or either.

Depending on my mood, I don't really care for music playing on blogs but usually if I feel like silence I just turn my speakers down so not a big deal. But I will admit that I have found some great music artist from hearing them on blogs.

I don't like blogs that are superficial and all about show.

I don't like blogs that swear to sound cool.

I don't like blogs that attack or bash people or are cruel. In that same sense I don't like blog commentors that find it necessary to leave a mean comment.

I don't like blogs that come off as arrogant and too good for smaller blogs.

Some of my most favorite blog writers only have a small group of followers and commentors but they are real, honest and write beautifully.

Honestly, there are some blogs with very large followings and hundreds of comments and I really don't get the attraction. For the most part I don't think they are good writers, nor funny or have a good message.

Great post my friend! XX Lori

Drew said...

Apparently Angie doesn't like my potty training stories. Point taken, Ang! :)

Oh, wait a minute...she must not be talking about me. My potty training stories are unusually interesting...the kind she enjoys reading. Ya, that's it.

mamamia said...

um, i like names like sugar princes cutie buns happy cheeks. They are so cute. But, I am glad to know that you don't. Just another fun fact about you! and, you do make me smile.

She Writes said...

If I took the picture you do, I could write every day! Inspiring!

Sara E said...

LOL>.. love this! and I sooo agree with all of it

I also think it's pretty funny that you complained about tons of paragraphs and some people replied with lots of paragraphs

thanks for visiting my 365 blog... I have another one too, but it's not updated every single day like the 365 one

marfmom said...

That's a good idea about the pictures. Sometimes I have no idea how to incorporate a pic into my entry. Lame, I know!

I also hate blogs that have poor grammar. Seriously, spell check/grammar check doesn't take that long, people!

WhiteSockGirl said...

Personal blogs are just that,... personal. And I don't have beef with how people construct their blogs, I certainly will not tell them what to do and what not to do. If I don't like what they are doing, well, I am just not going back there. But just because I'm no fan, does not mean that no one else would go back there. Taste,.. something else.
I am a reader, and I like to read really great stuff. So, I would rather read a 100 paragraph very well written post, then to awwee over pics I really don't care for.

TSannie said...

Stephanie's babies are beautiful. They're in my prayers.

Agree with nearly everything you've written - personal taste I know.

Tina Lane said...

Sunshiney Princess Happy Head? Sounds like me next nick name.

LOL! Hilarious.

Baloney said...

Sometimes you've just gotta clear the air.
My biggest pet peeves -- people who want me to read their blog but don't read/comment on mine. pfft.
the overuse of LOL on things that really aren't that funny. This is on blogs but mostly facebook posts.

Whew!
I feel better now. :)

alessandra said...

I agree with almost everything but I don't post my kids pics on my blog, may be you are right but...
I have an award for you, come on over and I promise to never, ever post 100 paragraphs ;D

Patti said...

Ok, see? THIS is why I follow you!! You make me laugh, you make me think. THANK YOU!

jennykate77 said...

These are some FABULOUS tips! I'm sure I need to follow some of them. Thanks for putting it out there. I ♥ U

Carly said...

Great post, I completely agree that I have when people talk about details of their day that are uninteresting. I love when people have pictures on their blog.

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Ok, guilty - I don't put pics in every post, and I can be quite wordy.

What don't I like? I personally hate reviews (unless they're about books), I despise clicking on a blog and being assaulted by music, and then I have to scroll down to the bottom to turn the music off.

I don't leave comments on every blog I write. I don't understand the whole "stopping by from (fill in your blog network name) comments - I only comment when I think I have something to add to the conversation.

Since I believe I will never rise about mediocre in blog greatness, I feel I am doing just fine.

Sue me - I also write LONG comments - sorry!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Great post! Thanks for stopping by. I due some of the things you don't like. I like that you stopped by anyway.

Kelly said...

I don't like busy blogs with so much going on that I can't tell what's content and what's extra. Makes my head hurt.

I also don't like knowing the point of a story until the end. Point me in a direction and then take me there, but don't send me on a wild goose chase and then expect me to be thrilled at the (usually disappointing) end of it.

I can be very wordy, but I try to stick to the story and show why I'm telling it. Hopefully that's enough.

Summer said...

Oh no!!! I ramble. I think I have quite a few posts without pictures....

Ahhhhh!!!

Please still visit and follow me.

ha ha.

Just kidding. That was a joke. The follow me thing. But, if you wan to, that's cool. lol

Ragan said...

I was surprised to see Ian and Alec on your blog for a second, then I remembered that you found me through Steph. Is this a current pic? I was just on her blog earlier today and didn't see it, guess I need to go back...

It does bug me when people give a whole play-by-play of their day, or worse, week. But I've found that it's gotten harder for me to put "me" in my posts since I know who reads it and I don't necessarily want them to see "me" because they might get offended for whatever reason. So I tend to stick to the facts... but I do try to find interesting facts at least.

Oh, and you know what else is annoying? When people leave really long pointless comments that just go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. Haha, couldn't resist!

allycupe said...

Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day! I LOVED all the comment love and now I'm here to spread it around!

LOVE this post, because it's true! Um, how about filling in the about me section Missy! It's one of MY pet peeves ;)

Catherine Ensley said...

This is a great post. I love all of your pictures.

afv said...

I'm having a good time with this post..this is what I think is the funny truth from the blog world. These complaints are nicely said. Thumbs up!

Briana said...

Right on! Can I just call my children by their first initial? That's what we do at home sometimes, so it's authentic.

Loving your blog, thanks for stopping by mine so I could find yours!

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

Oh... I feel just horrible!!!

I post too long posts and I rarely post pics!!!

You hate me... you really hate me!!!

Waaahhhhhhhhh!

Loved it!!! I agree on all of them... including the ones I'm guilty of!!! LOL!

Valerie said...

I have 2 blogs.

One of the reasons I started blogging, was to share my love of photography and to learn from others who are out there doing the same. This year my project was to use 1 photo, 1 verse, and 1 quote. Short and simple - everything I am not!

My other blog is the second reason I blog. Sometimes when I write, I use it as a tool for thinking thru things, or recalling a memory. Perhaps I am a closet novelist. It is a cathartic process for me, at times.

Yeah, it is nice when people comment and say they like something, and I have encountered some great folks out there, I would now like to call my friends. But, I didn't get involved in this to have thousands of followers (obviously I don't).

But at the end of the day, the blog really is for me and my close family, who don't live near by and for folks who have had the same experiences. A way to get some thoughts down. Each month I save them all and print them out in a book. It is a neat project for my kids to have down the road.

See, I cannot even comment in a short manner, but, that is who I am, and if someone isn't interested in who I am - well that is life, isn't it, cause we probably wouldn't make it as friends in the 'real world either.'

Grandma J said...

Spot on, Rebeckah! You hit the hammer on the head. If a post is too long, I don't have the time to read all the details.

And the blog kidnapper? Don't put your kids pictures on your blog if you are that paranoid. But just know that when your child is old enought to use a cell phone camera (at age 10) they will be putting their own pictures on the internet.

Shelle said...

great post and i agree with all of what you said...i hate when there's a page long post...i often can't even read it in a day (with interruptions). short & sweet is the order of the day!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Oh my gosh this post is hysterical & so true! LOVE it. Thanks for the laugh...especially the kid nicknames...so funny! Love your blog!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh I am so with Jason. You were negative and I LOVED it. You're human!!!!

I agree with pretty much all of it. A few of my peeves are having to do click 3 times on things to publish the comment, between the verification and what have you. I love the click up boxes for the comments like yours without the verifications. It makes visiting blogs faster!

And yah, I don't like when people ask to follow. Oh, ya know what I am really not liking lately, people who do giveaways all the time. People who once did not. I miss them and their fam. Of course, I am not talking about the blogs that are specifically giveaways.

Rachelle said...

Dare I comment? I mean you already have 100+ and I must be repeating someone... Love this post. I'm guilty of the 20 paragraph posts... but I break em up with photos. And I'm supposed to be long winded (not win, that's just smelly) - I'm a writer ;) Now, back to my blog to find a photo for the post about... well, no poo does not need a photo.