I Hate Bad Blogging
I shall post my “Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging” tomorrow, but here’s a relevant entry from my compadre, Slim Jackson of Three Ways to Take It. We were having a conversation about how we’re both some Blog Snobs, and I asked him to grace my eCrib with his opinions on some things that bloggers do that are MAD annoying. So enjoy.
Oh, and follow him on Twitter at @SlimJackson. He rocks socks and ish.
I Hate Bad Blogging
I been doin’ this blog thing officially since like June of 2008. I had a Myspace blog prior to that, but I’m ashamed to admit anything that I’ve done on there because there ain’t nothin’ good about reppin’ the slums of the internet. I remember when I made the transition to a blog on a real platform (WordPress). Writing, which has always been one of my past times, quickly became an addiction. I’ve gotten lost in this Internet world, but do not fret, for I actually have a personality in real life. Like most addictions, they make you feel good on some level. And as is the case with most addictions, they cause you all sorts of obvious or not so obvious strife and headaches.
Now in addition to being a blog addict (You’ll see why shortly), I’m also a blog snob of sorts. So imagine me mindin’ my own business and gettin’ my fix on the internet, and then someone comes along and fux up my high. The folks messin’ with my buzz can be other writers, commenting peeps, social media junkies (i.e. Twitter heads), and so on. Over the last 4-6 months, a lot of things have crashed my party and I.Don’t.Effin.Like.It. So for today, in honor of my addiction and disdain for those things that taint it (I still giggle at the word “taint”), I’m going to present my list of Things I Hate About Blog/E-World. Man, this is gonna be therapeutic…
Blog Beef & E-Thugs
I was hopin’ that this was a phenomenon limited to Youtube videos about anything and AOL chat rooms, but I’ve been proven wrong. Why is it that at least once a week when I go on my Twitter page that I see at least one person goin’ hard at someone claimin’ that there blog is better or that they got more followers? The ish reminds me of away message/status update wars from years back. And why does it always gotta be hip hop people? It’s a sad day when street cred and e-cred start to carry equal weight. Real thugs don’t Tweet, they bust guns. I recently saw someone dedicate a 1,000 word post to another blogger they hate about why they don’t like them. That’s a waste of keystrokes and brain cells. Grow the eff up. Take that ish back to Youtube and Myspace where it belongs. Bastards.
Luvvie’s Note: Don’t even get me started on the belligerent dummies who engage in this foolery.
Whether it’s my site or one that I frequent, I HATE when people sit there at midnight waitin’ for the post to go up so that they can type the dreaded and meaningless 1 word comment with nothin’ else to contribute afterward. Sadly, I fear that for some people this is a major accomplishment in their life. It’s like they lost all their races in gym class in elementary school and this is their chance to shine. One day someone’s gonna do this on my site and I’m gonna move their comment down the page and really eff up their day. I.Crush.Dreams.
Abuse of the Strike-Through
See, the strike-through is a great tool when used wisely. It can deliver the punchline of a great joke or add a thought that otherwise wouldn’t work in the post/entry. For some people, it’s as overused and abused as autotune. And when I hear autotune, I think of T-Pain. When I think of T-Pain, I think of ugly. When I think of ugly, I leave. And when I leave, I tell other people not to go there like it’s a sh*tty chain restaurant. That simple.
Luvvie’s note: Yeah I’ve seen a blog written that was half strikethroughs. I wanted to jump through the screen and kick the author in the shin. That is all. Carry on.
Spell Check Deficiencies
I know folks are human. I don’t expect people to be error free, but damn. Can you just read through your sh*t one time before you hit the post button? Would you email a potential employer without proofreading it? Well, then don’t put that garbage in front of my eyes! Writing is a craft. Don’t disrespect it.
Luvvie’s Note: iCan’t even deal with this.
Having to Hide My Identity
Nope. My real name is not Slim Jackson. I have a day job which I can’t afford to lose. As much as I’d like to think that the man isn’t tryin’ to hold me down, I know he’s watchin’. I can’t even have a cool avatar that resembles me without worrying (I’m hating on you Luvvie). I’m no superhero, but sometimes I feel like Batman or another masked crusader. It gets hot and sweaty under here and sometimes I really wanna take this ish off. Maybe that opportunity will come one day, but not today. Until then, I will continue to lurk in the shadows of the e-world with some dramatic music playin’ wherever I go. But if you do see me and recognize me, it’s not me. It’s just Wesley Snipes dressed as Blade. By the way, is he still in jail?
Luvvie’s Note: Slim, don’t be jealous my avatar gives LIFE since it looks just like me. Shooo…
What things piss you off about the blog world or people online in general? I know we all got peeves. Let’s get therapeutic today and speak on ’em.
Slim “Some things just piss me off” Jackson