Blogs are great, aren’t they? A regularly updated collection of posts by completely different people from all over the golbe, at your fingertips. What’s not to like?
Er, quite a lot, actually. There are many things that cause me small bits of annoyance when it comes to blogs, not least the scab effect: some blogs are so bad, that you keep comming back to them, just like people can’t resist picking at a scab.
(I fully accept that this blog is guilty of some of the things that annoy me greatly about other’s blogs, but if I suddenly started being rational and consistent about my likes and dislikes, people would start wondering what was wrong with me.)
So, some of the things that annoy me, a little or a lot:
- Raving moonbat blogs; those by people who are totally out of this world batshit crazy. But you can’t help but revisit, just to see if they’re for real. They can’t be, can they? But then, they are. Oh dear. I fear for their sanity.
- Otherwise decent blogs that go mad over their lifestyle choices. So they may have some decent posts which are a joy to read, but they’re sandwiched in between a multitude of “SO YOU THINK YOU’RE THE ONLY SEMI-LUNAR CYCLE QUASI-VEGITARIAN WITCH? YOU’RE NOT ALONE! HERE’S WHY I’M A SEMI-LUNAR CYCLE QUASI-VEGITARIAN WITCH, AND WHY YOU SHOULD BE TOO!” posts. Fine, you are the way you are, good for you. Explaining it twice a day gets annoying, as does pontificating to everyone who isn’t exactly like you. Especially when you reserve your greatest ire for those full-lunar cycle quasi-vegitarian witches above all others.
- Forcing readers to open links in new windows. It’s not a big annoyance, and it’s easy to counter. But it’s still annoying; if your site is good enough, people will know how to use the back button to get there, and if it isn’t they’ll just get annoyed at having another bloody window to shut.
- Decent blogs disappearing and suddenly being replaced by kanji spam blogs. I blame blogger.
- The scab blogs; blogs you dislike a little and should never read, but which you keep visiting. Such as Go Fug Yourself, a silly blog about fashion which I keep going back to for the sarky comments. I hate it.
- Blogs that list things that you should do to make your blog respectable. I don’t want respect, I just wanna have a laugh.
- Blogs that post lists about what’s wrong with other blogs.
- Group blogs that are shite, but were decent when they were single user efforts. There are a couple of blogs that I used to read very regularly when only one person wrote them, but after they opened to door to all and sundry the humour/insight dried up. In fact, the only real group blog that I rate these days is Samizdata.
And breathe, Mr Hillan. It’s just t’internet, it’s not worth getting worked up over…