2. Automatic music – I keep my speakers off. My listening habits are very mood driven so I feel actual pain when a song pops up that is radically different than my mood. Plus, I have to be careful whose around when I’m blogging. Loud music is a dead give-a-way that I may not be wholly present when I should be.
3. Word verification – Takes extra time I don’t have and has nothing to do with my inclination towards accidie, plus I have a couple learning disabilities like dyslexia, that make it really hard for me to get the friggin’ things typed correctly. Not to mention my eyes are getting old.
4. Comment Moderation – This is where the blog host has to approve all comments before we can see them. I don’t understand this one. You have to see the comment to moderate it, so if it’s offensive the damage is already done. You can always delete a comment if for some reason you don’t like it or it is spam. Mostly, I just want to know why people do this.
5. Excessive sticky posts – Not sure if that’s what they are called but they are the permanent posts that make me have to scroll down too far to find the most current post.
6. The comment button at the top of the post and not at the bottom – Makes me have to scroll back up to comment. I finish reading at the bottom, so I should be able to comment at the bottom. Way too much exercise while sitting down.
7. The use of images or words not the blog author’s but the ownership is not clearly identified. – If a picture or a saying is not yours, you should clearly identify the source, even if it is copyright free.
8. Awards – These make me feel really bad. As Dr. John used to say, there are so many out there and they are given so freely they have no real meaning. Then I feel bad when I don’t post about them because someone has taken the time to think about me (and I really do appreciate that part.) I don’t like to tag forward. It’s like picking teams for dodge ball in fifth grade. All of the popular kids get picked first, regardless of whether or not they can play. Then there’s kid whose odd man out and I want to punch someone for making him feel bad. I know. I have issues. Oh and I hate the use of “issues” in this manner.
9. Meme’s – I have to admit, I dislike most of the meme’s that are the same old questions or that have more than say 5 questions especially if the questions are trite or where the questions take longer to read than any of the given answers. I do the meme’s I do so I can have some sort of focus and can produce at least one post a day. I am easily distracted without a plan.
10. Responding to comments on my own blog – Comments started this whole thing. I like to respond to comments in my comment section but it is hard to respond to some comments that only say, “I like it.” Saying thank-you repeatedly is tedious. So then I stop. Then I tried the email route but if I respond that way I really want to respond in my comments for all to see but I don’t want to just pick and choose in my comments because then I feel like I’m slighting people kind enough to leave a comment. Someone help me.
11. Contests - If you are going to have a contest, I think it should be done one of three ways. 1. A random free-for-all where you put names in a hat and pick someone randomly. 2. The first person to do a, b and c is the winner. 3. Submissions via email, post the choices without names and let people vote for the best and not for whose most popular or who they least want to offend.
12. Link Back – I forget why I began doing the link back when I leave comments; most likely had to do with meme participation. I had planned to stop after a while. A couple people said they liked it; made it easier to follow back to me. Then it seemed to really annoy a certain person and so I have taken a perverse pleasure in continuing the practice. It may have run its course as I see many blogs have that little widget that does it for you now. If you have it in Blogger can you tell me where you got it?
13. Posts longer than 500 words, you know, like this one. I couldn’t think of a thing when I first started this list. And lo and behold, it came out to 13. I hope this post is not fissiparous to the blogging community.