Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Does your blog contain annoying elements?

Confession: I do blogwalking religiously.

I do it almost everyday. Okay, maybe not religious enough? Haha. Well the thing is, I find that a number of blogs contain somewhat annoying elements. Some elements are too annoying that I would not hesitate to close the tab the moment it appears. Some elements are bearable, but staying too long on the blog may cause diarrhea. Sheesh!

Because I have kept this to myself for a little too long now, here goes a list of what annoys me most during my spree of stalking blogs in no particular order.

Auto-play music

Leave the Myspace users in Myspace, and your blog in a BLOG! Your blog SHOULD NOT be a Myspace!

This is one of the most annoying features in any blog. People could be in the office, have the volume really loud, playing iTunes on their desktop OR they just don’t have the same taste in music as you! Be considerate and don't force your taste of music on your readers, please.


Whether it is a pop-up to greet your readers when they first open your blog, or advertorial, pop-up doesn’t interest people at all. In fact, I would quickly click away from any pop-up because it is a distraction from the subject of interest.

Disabling right-click

I just don’t get why bloggers love to disable right-clicks for the external links. Wouldn’t it be better if you just leave it as it is? By disabling right-clicks, you are only making your readers LEAVE YOUR BLOG earlier because they would just left-click and go (unless whatever they click opens up in a new tab). I normally do right-clicks because I prefer opening multiple tabs and reading each blog carefully. So please, don’t chase your readers away.

Too many ads/widgets/items on the sidebars

Your sidebar should be clean and simple. When there are too many ads and/or widgets placed in your sidebars, your blog might as well experience a slow loading time. This can frustrate new readers and they might leave even before the contents load. Plus, I would not bother to browse through your sidebars if it’s too crowded, or colourful. You’re trying to hard to impress, but it’s not working!

In-text advertising

In-text advertising is sort of like a combination of two annoying subjects above – pop up and ads. It's the pop-ups that show up when you hover over a link.

Another example I came across is when you hover over a link and it displays, “You have the nth most popular outgoing link.” Seriously, why would I care? Oh, same goes to snap previews. Enough said, google it.

Self-playing videos

Honestly, I don’t like it when Nuffnang’s blog writes about a new movie preview that comes with a self-playing video trailer. I prefer it to be optional because; don’t we read the content first before looking at the video??? It’s worst when you open up several posts in new tabs at the same time, and EACH video is playing at the background! Plus, it EATS AWAT my bandwidth. It would be nice if Nuffnang could re-consider this option. Heh.

Too much embedded crap

Like I have mentioned, you’re trying TOO HARD to impress us, the readers. But seriously, I wouldn’t bother to continue reading if your blog loads slowly or TOTALLY STOPS loading because you have too many embedded crap like external gifs that won’t load anyway!

Blinking text

HELLO, blinking text is SOOOO YESTERDAY! Ouch. Mah-eyeszzz!

So tell me, does your blog contain any of the so-called annoying elements? You can BEG to differ! Haha!

18 other story teller(s):

Nick said...

=)true..very true =)

Aimar said...

You tak suka, you keluar..

Himmat Singh said...

Yes. Some like pop-ups and a disorganised sidebar does make me get on my nerves. Well, then visit mine and tell me if my blog is clean or annoying. Will appreciate ur frank commentary. Cheers :)

DaHLia said...

hehehe.....i cant throw away my widgets...eeventhough make my blog obese...hahahah

a i n k i n z said...

saya punya belog takde.
tapi, saya tak kesah punya pasal belog2 yg ada.
taste org kan berbeza.
sila bersedia menerimanya cik jen yg manis.


++ sungguh positif aku ni kan? :P ++

atreyu strange said...

@Nick, glad you agree!

@Aimar, I keluar la. Kan I dah cakap. Cess.

@Himmat Singh, erm, I don't think I have the utmost right to judge your blog personally. But maybe.. just maybe, the gadgets at the bottom can be moved to your sidebars? It's a waste of space. Err... just an honest opinion k? =.=

@Dahlia, these are just my humble opinions.

@Ainkinz, have you not learn anything from all the courses on Human Factors/HCI?? O_o

The Pink Berry said...

hi there..i could not agree more with the no right click! i like ur blog..kemas..wanna change mine but worry haf to redo all..*sigh*

The Aku said...

Chill k. Derang punya blog. Sekati derangla. Tapi memang annoying pun. Eheks! :) U go babe.

Dosz said...

nice one. seriously for me, a good blog is always simple and clean one. less is more, right?

atreyu strange said...

@The Pink Berry, thanks for the compliment babe! Anyway, there's plenty of free template online. You just have to know where to look. *winks*

@The Aku, eh, aku mmg chill, cool, calm, and controlled. Haha!

@Dosz, eh ktk di UNIMAS kah?! *tetibe* Kmk mok access ke blog UNIMAS tek! Hua3!~

zella said...

xsuke... juz klik ALT+F4 =)

a i n k i n z said...

yups! tapi aku belajar psl perbezaan manusia dlm HUMAN DEVELOPMENT jugak.

atreyu strange said...

@zella, yaaahh.. jwpn terbaek!

@ainkinz, baiklah. jwpn anda diterima juga. =.=

dancing queen♥ said...

yup. i agreed for some reason, autoplay music distract me from browsing the blog. no-right-click pon menyusahkan. well, i love your post, i've link yours, em if u dont mind :)

Si budak Aboi said...

oh really x2 awesome u n3 lor..

btw my blog emm ok kot sbb baru lagi hee..

~salam kenalan ~

atreyu strange said...

@dancing queen, I don't mind at all! Thanks!

@Si budak Aboi, lagi2 bile orang guna berukband lembab. Tunggu sampai pokok kaktus mati baru abis load. Hahaha!

Fiffy Syafiqa Hazirah said...

ahaha.. that's true.

lepastu kan most of these crap things memang makan bandwidth brokben. sian la kat yang guna limited bandwidth mcm haku nih. fair usage for mobile brokben like celcom is just 5 gb. tgu buffer lagu dia dah brapa lama.. adoih

atreyu strange said...

@Fiffy Syafiqa Hazirah - yes! tepat sekali! i wrote this entry bcoz i pun guna berokband! huhu..

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