Due to a significant number of snow days and 2 hour delays this January and February, (I swear, I never go to work anymore!), I have been reading A LOT of blogs. Of course, I have been keeping up with the daily ones I read every day. (Love these peeps!) But I have also been exploring and trying out new blogs. Sometime new blogs become daily blogs. Sometimes I read a new blog for a few days, then it gets erased from my bookmarks. (When I say "new" blog, I don't mean it is a brand new blog, it just means it is new to me.)
The thing is, there are just so many blogs out there, and I don't have time to read them all. I have to stick with the ones I truly enjoy. I don't want to read a blog just because everyone else does. I really want my blog reading to be enjoyable, not a chore. I also INVEST in people. I'd rather read a handful of blogs but be really engaged in them than read 30 every day and not know who is who, etc, etc.
Confession: There was a blog I used to comment on EVERY DAY because when I did, I would get soooo much traffic to my site. I didn't even like the blog a whole lot, and after a few months, I actually started to hate it. But my blog is so little, and I wanted more people to find it. And a lot of people were finding it through my commenting on this other blog. I know, it is so fake of me to do that. I shudder telling you this and hope you don't hate me or think I'm a slimy person. But I have good news. A little over a month ago, I DELETED the aforementioned blog from my bookmarks, along with a few other blogs I just wasn't into. I don't want to be fake anymore. I want to read and comment on blogs because I want to connect with other bloggers that I enjoy. Not just to get traffic to my blog. Okay please tell me you have done this before so I don't feel so bad about it....
Okay, now for a little lighthearted rant! I would like to share with you things I'm sick of seeing on blogs.
Pictures of Fro-yo. I know what it looks like.
Pictures of overnight oats. See above.
Pictures of your smoothie. Again, I've made smoothies before. I'm very familiar with what they look like.
Everything you ate on Wednesday. I know this is an unpopular opinion but I hate reading blogs on Wednesdays because 75% of them are pictures of food. I realize I am in the minority. Most people enjoy WIAW because it gives them ideas for meals/snacks to try. But I usually get secondhand hunger from WIAW posts because I keep thinking... "This can't possibly be ALL they ate! I eat triple that in a day!" It's also overwhelming. Say I read 20 blogs that day- that's 60 meals! That's a loooooooot of food to be staring down!
Ads, ads everywhere. A few ads are fine, but when they are distracting me from the content, that's where I draw the line. (Like when they pop up in my face and I can't get them to close.)
People posting their daily, way too long, unhealthy workouts. I am not kidding, I am sooooo serious about this one. I'm not talking about someone who posts about their long run. (They're called long runs for a reason!) I'm talking the daily posting of, "Well first I ran 6 miles on the treadmill. Then I took a really hard spin class where we did intervals for an hour. Then I lifted for 45 minutes and ended with 15 minutes of core work. I refueled with a handful of nuts and a carrot." Yes, there are actually people who post something like this every day. They are either 1. Lying, or 2. Really, really stupid because they are not going to see any gains from working out for 2-3 hours a day. Believe me. Been there, done that. I don't know if they think they are inspiring others, but it is not inspiring to me at all. It's a very unhealthy cycle that I am glad I got out of!
Pictures of your pets. I love pet pics! Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds... BRING IT!
Awesome workouts you recommend that don't last 3 hours. You know, normal length workouts that normal people do!
Confessions. I love confessions and when people open up!
Pictures of you! I obviously think you are awesome if I am reading your blog. Post some more pics! (I don't mean this in a creepy way, I promise!)
Okay, so that's my post for today. Not that bad, right??? Go ahead and blast me in the comments if you think I'm being a hater. I can take it, I promise. (Or maybe I can't take it and I will cry and will have learned my lesson.)
What are you sick of seeing on blogs? What do you want to see more of?
Am I the only one who doesn't like WIAW?
How do you decide what blogs to read when there are so many?
Did you ever comment on a blog just to get more traffic to your blog? (please say yes so I don't feel so bad!)