Fashion Beauty Friend Friday: Blog pet peeves (with a rebuttal)

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This week's Fashion Beauty Friend Friday questions are inspired by a post by Beautifully Invisible entitled ‘The 10 things that drive me crazy about your blog.’ Though blogging is by nature an incredibly personal activity, the public nature of it forces some attention on appealing content and design. However, what I consider attractive and tasteful might not be the same as what another blogger believes. Thus, I'm extremely hesitant to behave as if I have any right to subject my opinion on anyone else's blog.

I hold fast to the philosophy that regardless of public opinion, you ultimately need to make yourself happy. If you like lots of white space, few photos and an emphasis on writing (as I do), more power to you. Or if you prefer many pics, buttons galore and short descriptions, then you should embrace it. That's what blogging with courage means to me. Your blog is a reflection of you. It exists to make you happy. None of us are in a position to dictate how a blog "should" look. Your blog does not exist to make me happy, and naming the things that irritate me about it is kind of ridiculous.

Okay. That being said, instead of listing my blog pet peeves, here's a list of blog qualities that I find inspiring and refreshing:

A simple, clean design: I'm a fan of white space and a clean, straightforward design. I believe it makes a blog look focused and keeps the emphasis on the content of the blog itself. A clean design puts emphasis on the blog's pictures and words, and ensures the attention of readers.

A stable layout: Some bloggers are fantastic at HTML and graphic design. They spend hours constructing and editing and updating their blog. Personally, I like stability and consistency. I like being able to find previous posts without difficulty, email the blog author easily, and locate a blogroll without getting lost. I understand the need to keep things fresh, but too much change makes me confused.

Working links and buttons: I've found so many fantastic blogs just by scrolling through a blogroll. In fact, when I have the time, exploring new blogs is one of my favorite activities. This is why working links and buttons are so important.

Too many pics: Fashion is a terrific tool through which we can be creative, and I get so inspired by the outfit pics posted from my favorite bloggers. My favorite bloggers include four to five pics per outfit post, all with different angles highlighting specific attributes. Too many pics makes me a little overwhelmed.

Proper grammar and spelling: I'm a writer, and correct grammar and spelling are important to me. A beautifully written, eloquent post immediately draws me in and makes me want to read more. As a writer I understand how important proper grammar, spelling and punctuation are in ensuring the legitimacy of my own blog, and I appreciate it when a blogger takes the time to spell-check and reread their post.


  1. very well said!! i agree that your blog is your style, but little things like spelling mistakes irk me too!

    cute & little

  2. I really like your approach to this topic. I, too, am hesitant to judge the blogs of others. You walked the line very nicely!

  3. Aw I love your positive twist! I was a little awkward about this post too since I love the blogging community and feel we should build each other up. Great point that blogs are a reflection of ourselves so some people may like a busier background. I'm also a writer so SO agree about the last point :)

  4. I have a lot of respect for the way you approached this topic. I certainly understand your apprehension about listing pet peeves. I also don't think that we should judge anyone's blog simply for the sake of judging it.

    I don't see that as the purpose of this week's FBFF Friend Friday. I view the purpose of these posts (and my own on the topic) differently. I think they are meant to be taken as constructive criticism - even educational to those that are looking to improve their blogs.

    Obviously not everyone will agree, and people have different ways of expressing themselves. But we all like to improve ourselves and we learn to better ourselves each day. Our blogs should be no different.

    Anyway, just my two cents. I agree with all of the points you listed!

  5. I really like the way you answered these questions. I agree that blogging is personal and at the end of the day it's about satisfying only you. I really like that you pointed out the things you like and didn't focus too much on the negatives. I feel you. I think we all fall victim to our own peeves sometimes ("what? My links aren't working") and so it's nice to appreciate the things we do like and not dwell on the things that "drive us crazy" because I don't think that slow loading pictures and broken links do anything more than merely annoy us for a moment or two.

  6. What a nice twist on the questions: to focus on the positive. As a blogger with no fashion degree or writing background, I find it hard to "judge" other blogs on these points too. Sure, I have things that I don't like but I think I tolerate a lot. These series were an approachable way to find out what others were thinking.


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