We all have pet peeves, right?? Well there are a few things I’ve picked up on as a designer that just don’t sit right with me in the blog world. Please keep in mind that these are my own opinions, but I do feel that avoiding these helps keep a blog both professional and inviting.

MULTIPLE PHOTO SIZES
Let’s say a blog post area has 500 pixels worth of space to fill, left to right. But one image is 300 pixels, while another is 400 … and another 200. Almost everything, in this case, would be mis-aligned. Text would fit the width, of course, while images would fall just short causing the space to be broken up. And this, folks, is my biggest pet peeve. Take the time to size your blog post images appropriately and it’ll fit in just fine! You’ll have a streamlined look and your blog will instantly look more professional, I promise.

CENTERING EVERYTHING
Now this little peeve of mine isn’t as bad, but still bothersome. Centering text and images takes care of the above issue, sure. If your images are of multiple widths, people often mistake centering as a fix for this. However, we don’t naturally read centered text and there will still be awkward pockets of unfilled blog space. Think about it … how often do you read an article in a magazine or newspaper where all of the paragraphs are centered?

ADS EVERYWHERE
This topic was actually heavily talked about at a blog brunch a few months back, where sponsorship was covered. One thing that people seemed to agree on accross the board was making sure your ads and/or sponsors fit in cohesively with your blog content! Sure, it’s important to see ads when you go to a blog, but if they become distracting … that’s a problem. Unfortunately, sometimes sidebars are executed poorly with clutter and differently sized ads causing an eye sore instead of an advertising space. Buttons should fit in cleanly with your design. Not take away.

So there you have it! Hopefully these pet peeves can be taken as suggestions or ideas. Remember that when you’re blogging professionally, you should present yourself that way. Be organized and you’ll be alright!

  1. I’d glad you said it – for all of us. Those are my pet peeves too. If a blog is too cluttered with sponsor ads and they’re all flashing in my eyes, I hate to say it, but I leave. Your blog design shouldn’t take away from your content. It should enhance it.

    • bre says:

      I’m super picky and leave a blog for many reasons. Woops? Good content + presenting yourself well is KEY! Especially in the first 5 seconds someone visits.

  2. amy says:

    agreed on all fronts! the picture width size is a MAJOR detraction to me too…as well as the ads. there are definitely ways of incorporating sponsor ads that is visually pleasing. not only that, but i hate when i see blogs that literally have more ads than content. being selective is a good thing!

    • bre says:

      YES! When the ads go on for a mile down the page and there isn’t anymore blog content – I cringe.

    • Jo says:

      Oh I so agree with this. It absolutely grinds on me when I scroll and the blog posts end but the ads keep going… Also, all the peeves you’ve listed I totally agree with. Each to her own, but I am so picky, even about the tiniest pixel. Mine is in no way perfect as I do all the design and coding myself, but I’m getting there. I know what I want I’m just still teaching myself the coding to get it!

  3. Jacquelyn says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with all of the above!

  4. Danielle says:

    BRE,

    Thanks for such an insightful post. I had started attending Bloggers Brunch sometime after the meeting you mentioned, so as a new blogger you bought up some points I’d like to keep in mine. I’ve been blogging 9 months now and can see how far I’ve come from back then and I’ve been trying to clean up my page, can’t seem to bring myself to the all white background yet lol.
    My biggest issue since I don’t have any sponsors are manipulating images and stuff, since I can’t invest in photoshop right now {I’m in grad school, Hubby transitioning into a new career} I am trying to figure out pixlr because I’d like to add text to photos and do more posts of photo diaries, like my post Oh Snaps! but with resized images and I’m not sure if it’s blogger making my life difficult. Any suggestions?
    I love your redesign by the way!

    • bre says:

      Hey Danielle,
      You should try downloading GIMP! I haven’t used it myself, but from what I’ve heard … you can do a whole lot with it, like photoshop. I think it’s best to keep simplicity in mind when you first start adding text to blog post photos, though! Keep it simple and keep learning, you’ll get it. :)

    • demetri says:

      Even though photoshop and the entire Adobe Creative Suite is expensive, you are in grad school. That qualifies you for huge discounts on the entire CS package. Additionally, your university computers may have the programs too, which you can fiddle around with during your copious amounts of free time. haha.

  5. Kate says:

    I totally agree! I use Ad Block on Chrome, and it makes a huge difference for reading blogs! I hate all those ads that pop up and do weird things, and it totally removes them! Love it!

  6. Chloe says:

    As a designer myself, I 100% agree with this post… i wrote about my own web/blog pet peeves a while back. So, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who wants to rant about it! Btw, love the rebranding! Great job :)

  7. Thank you for bringing these unsightly peeves to my attention during the redesign. I’m making an effort to avoid them in the future!

  8. Noor says:

    I agree with everything you said here. I am pinning this on my blog tips pinterest folder its so useful.

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