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  1. Kimberly says:

    I despise captcha. Especially when I can’t even read the word I’m supposed to be typing.

    A blogger neds to remember to stay true to themselves. Write from the heart, authentically, and you’ll be sure to keep your readers coming back for more.

  2. Ditto x5. I can never read those stupid word verifications and I don’t want to get up to find my reading glasses. I’ll try once and if the word I type is wrong, I’m gone. Music, oh the music. I can’t stand it. Especially the blogs that are playing very specific genre music. I’m hoping my background is easy on the eyes. I haven’t had any complaints but I probably should ask my readers just to be sure.

    Great list!

    • Courtney says:

      Yep. I do the same thing with the captchas. If I can’t get it right the first time, then I go on with my day. Which means that someone lost out on a comment. I don’t know everyone won’t just TURN THEM OFF.

  3. For me, it’s all about content. If I really like a blogger well enough I’m willing to mute my speakers and type in those uber frustrating word verifications (while pulling out my hair!!!!). But I like a site that is easy on the eyes, like you talked about. I mostly like bloggers who are willing to be real.

    • Courtney says:

      Amen! I still follow and comment on some sites, even though they have comment verification and music. Quality content is the most important thing (unless the site makes my head hurt…then I just can’t read it. Even if the content is fabulous).

  4. Deana says:

    Comment verification…….Urgh! I have often thought of not leaving comments because of this!

    • Courtney says:

      So have I. Nothing irritates me more than to go to leave a nice, long, insightful comment on a blog, only to get ready to hit publish and face a stupid Captcha.

  5. Amy Willa says:

    I also despise comment verification. I have my blog set up to where I have to approve comments before they go up on the site. . . as I don’t get a zillion comments a day, and I’m at my computer checking my email at least 3X per day (if not more, because that pesky little numbered red circle on Mail drives me nuts!) so, that works for me. Most commenters don’t wait but an hour or two to have their comments approved. But if I had more readership, I’d definitely take it off, and just make sure I’m reading and responding to (or deleting spammy) comments on a regular basis.

    Thanks for this list! It’s a good one!

    • Courtney says:

      Thank you, Amy! I had comment moderation on when I was on Blogger, too. I was there before they really upped the anty on the spam filters. And that little red box drives me BATTY!

  6. Good tips. I’ll try to avoid these things. Hope I will not face with this problem in the future.

  7. My #1 blogging pet peeve is comment verification. It. Drives. Me. Insane.

    The other is very long blog posts (by that I mean over 750 words) that are also written in one long paragraph. It’s very hard to read and I don’t have that kind of attention span! Having said that, there are some long blog posts that ARE absolutely worth reading if they’re well written.

    • Amy Willa says:

      Writing long blog posts well is something I’m working on. I find that breaking them apart into sections works well. . . and breaking it apart into a series if need be! 🙂 Long paragraphs and rambling drive me nuts, too (and I’m a rambler!)

      • Courtney says:

        I agree with breaking them up into sections. I find that headlines are REALLY helpful when posts get longer. And YES to series!! I love series!

    • Courtney says:

      I think a post can be really long without turning readers away IF there are images, graphics, etc. to break them up. Some of the Move to Manual posts are much longer than I would originally like to write, but it’s easier than breaking something like that up into different posts. But, like you, if the content is sucking me in, I can read for hours.

  8. PS: I linked you up since I ran behind with my linky 🙂

  9. Aah…Word verification – SO not fun to have to do that when trying to comment on blogs. Me no likey. And I have run into blogs with music still! Great list! Thanks for joining in on Listable Life! I’m so glad you like my Authentic Blogging post! I’m working on Part 2 for Monday. 🙂

    • Courtney says:

      I am always surprised when I run up on a site that still has an automatic music player. I really thought those had died out with MySpace. And Comment Verification leaves me wondering why I tried to leave a comment in the first place. 🙂 I can’t wait to read the second part of your Authentic Blogging post!

  10. Deimar says:

    Have you ever heard the phrase to learn one must follow? In life to make the difference, and innovate you should understand a concept, from many ways… therefore by learning what not to do, is definitely a good start to think about what you should do. BTW I really like the way your blog looks.

    • Courtney says:

      I agree!! I think that’s why I always enjoy sharing posts like this. I’ve been there and made mistakes and done things that I’m certain drove readers away from my site. So I’m always happy to share with those who are just getting started!

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