Past the halfway point of BookBlogWriMo, and today is the flip side of yesterday’s post. Yesterday was about blogging awesomeness (once I actually managed to write the post) and today is all about blogging awfulness (well, I may be exaggerating a bit). Let’s hope I can write this with a little more purpose than yesterday’s verbal flailing.
Like anything, blogging is far from perfect. Here are a few of my least favorite bloggy things:
- It’s expensive (at least for me). Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth it. But it does have a significant cost to do it the way I want. I’m not complaining. I know I could be doing it on a free platform. I’m just saying that paying for it isn’t one of my favorite things.
- Sometimes it can be really time-consuming. Since this is a hobby for me, that occasionally be a problem. Most of the time I enjoy spending a lot of time on it, but other times I’d rather just be reading. But I can’t imagine life without blogging, so I’m willing to spend the time on it.
- Hashtags and other cultural subtleties. I’m rarely up to date when it comes to the latest pop culture goings-on, so hashtags and buzz about things going on outside the bookish world are often lost on me. And then I get annoyed and frustrated that I don’t know what’s going on, but I don’t care enough to figure it out. So it’s a waste of annoyance and frustration. Careful use of hashtags is fine (when done properly), but the overuse of them that makes some tweets unreadable is enough to make me want to tear my hair out. Same goes for gifs. I love you all, really I do. But if a post has more than a couple of gifs I move on. I don’t understand the point of them and they take away from the readability of the post (and the whole point is to read it, right?)
- Slow internet and overloaded servers. There is nothing worse than spending over 30 seconds waiting for something to load. Or missing out on something because someone didn’t buy enough server space. If a page takes too long to load (and I’m talking 20 seconds here when I’m feeling really patient), you’ve lost me. I’ve even lost myself before, deciding not to write at the particular time because my internet provider is having a crappy day and my WordPress dashboard takes forever to respond.
- So much stuff! Well this can be both a good and a bad thing. Good in that there are so many amazing books, blogs, and people in the bloggy community. A big part of the reason I’m a book blogger are those books, blogs, and people. But all that stuff leads to logistical questions. Especially since I’m starting to do some blog tours and take review requests, there’s more to keep track of. Fortunately there are nifty things like Trello (which I’m loving) and IFTTT and Zapier (which I’m exploring). Thanks to Book Bumblings for sharing the organizational awesomeness.
There are other things that bother me, of course, and it all varies from day-to-day. But I’ll leave it at these five so it doesn;t seem like I’m just a big whiner.
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What are your bloggy dislikes?