This is the Snobbery’s 100th post. I started with a rant, so I’m celebrating this milestone with a rant. Appropriate, yes?
- The ideal post length is 250-450 words. Says who? I hate that we – as citizens of the future – have such short attention spans that we can’t pay attention to things for longer than a paragraph. It makes me sad, really. I had a friend the other day tell me that she skims my posts because they’re too long and she’s got chat, email, facebook, etc going at the same time. I’m not mad at her for being honest, but if that’s the case – and you know I get long-winded – why even bother clicking? To tell me that you didn’t read it?
- Mediocrity is praised and quality content languishes in relative obscurity. I read a lot. Books and blogs, and this is a problem for both currently. We don’t want to take the time to read something that is well-written and thought out and (god forbid) makes us think, so we pass it by in favour of the shorter, less engaging read. Because the first (arguably) better blog/book/whatever was skipped past, we have no idea what we’re missing, so that crap sandwich the second book/blog/whatever is feeding us starts to seem like it tastes pretty good.
- Tagging things as ‘Humor’ when you (as the author) are perfectly aware that your post is not even remotely funny. If it’s a story about how your kitty dying led you to accept Jesus as your Saviour…THAT IS NOT FUNNY!
- People who click on every post with a given tag, only to ‘like’ it without reading the content. I’m serious. There are a few people I’m positive open every single blog that tags a post ‘Books,’ click like, then immediately move on to the next one. It’s obviously a ploy to drive traffic to their own blog, right? Why is this acceptable behaviour? AND WHY DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS?
- For the Freshly Pressed gods – why do your ‘Tips For Being Freshly Pressed’ say that you don’t pick mature blogs, and that you’ll ask people to fix typos before they’re put up? Lately I’ve been seeing a LOT of mature content and the worst typos ever being featured. It’s disheartening that you’re not even following your own rules about it. Please make an effort to at least have something worth reading once in a while? Please?
- Photo Blogs. Okay, so there are some that make sense. Some people actually are photographers, and their work is amazingly beautiful, and I can understand why people want to look at it. What about the people that are just posting crappy pictures of their vacations, though? ”Here’s me in front of some stupid sign that no one but me will think is funny!” SHUT UP! Why are we praising this?
- Oops, I’ve hit the word count limit, you’re probably not reading anymore. Oh well.
- So-called Curators. These are the blogs that don’t even bother trying to come up with their own content, they just re-blog all the other idiocy some other lazy person came up with…when usually they stole it from someone else in the first place. It’s even worse for me when the ‘curator’ doesn’t even take the time to comment on the stuff they’re re-posting.
- Bloggers that don’t even acknowledge when anyone comments on their posts. Ever. Why leave it open for comments if you’re not even going to answer a direct question?
Back tomorrow with less ranty content. There are a few books that Meg and I have both read, so we’ll be talking about those. Thanks for sticking with us through 100 posts, guys. <3