It’s really not you, it’s me, but I just had to tell you that this is why I’m not visiting your site!
AnnMarie here, and most of my friends know that I have an arid sense of humor and can be very snarky. As my mom would have said, when “snarkiness” was being distributed, I went to the front of the line and went back for seconds. However, today my friend, I want to tell you why I’m not visiting your website. It’s not that you’re not a great writer, you’re fantastic, and your photos are phenomenal. However, there are a few things I just can’t deal with, and I’m going to tell you about them; however, I JUST CAN’T DEAL WITH YOUR ADS! There! I said it, your ads are driving me insane along with a few other things.
I know you’re a blogger, and you need to make that money, but I just can’t read what you wrote or see your pretty pictures because your ads keep getting in the way. And why do you think it’s cool to put an ad in the middle of your post, trying to get me to click on it, considering its part of your story? That click baiting ain’t cool son! I hate scrolling through your fantastic post only to be redirected because I accidentally clicked on one of your ads. Don’t talk about the ones I can’t even get out of because I’m on mobile reading your excellent, well I hope it was terrific, post. I just couldn’t do it, so I clicked out of your site. Ads on everything, ads everywhere, so many ads that I’m starting to think you work for an advertising company. Too many, ads, ads, ADS. You get the picture?
Don’t get me started with your music that starts playing automatically as well, and sometimes your videos. See, I have a particular set of music that I just LOVE listening to, and the ones you play aren’t them. I would love to select my own music to listen to without you forcing me to listen to what you want me to hear. It’s bad enough I’m reading what you want me to read, how about letting me have my own choice of music? Turn the music off! Sure I can do that myself, but I can also X out of your page and never come back either.
I’m also not a fan of your pop-ups asking me to subscribe, or any pop-up whatsoever! I came to your blog for a reason, because I wanted to read what you had to say. If I love what you have to say and think that “hey, I would love to hear more”, I’d subscribe on my own. I really don’t need you to tell me that I should. Don’t be a bully! Stop trying to force me to subscribe. It’s a major turn off, and you want me turned on, you know you do so I can keep returning to your fantastic site.
I also don’t like that I have to click NEXT, a million times to read your article. Seriously, can’t you just put it on one page? This isn’t a Harry Potter novel! I don’t really need to read a million pages to get to the ending of your fantastic tale. I really don’t have time for all that page loading. We’re all busy people here and my time is money, I don’t have much of it to waste. If my internet connection is extremely slow that also means I can be on your site for about 20 minutes reading an article that should generally take 3minutes to read. Once again, not cool!
See all that fine print that I have to strain my eyes to see? Yes me neither, because I clicked off as soon as I saw it. My Ophthalmologist said that I have 20/15 vision, but that doesn’t mean that I want to read 6pt fonts. How about making it a little bigger, like about 12-14 which is normal so that everyone can read it. And while I love dark colors, I generally only enjoy it when it comes to clothing. That’s because no one can see when I spill my coffee on it. However, your very dark background is so depressing that I never want to revisit your site.
However, don’t decide that you want to go really bright and add a lot of colors either. No, no, no! You know that saying, less is more. Trust me! In your case, less is what you want to aim for. Stick with the classics.
And while on this subject of why I’m not visiting your site, I’m going to be really honest with you here. Even though all those above do get to me. What really, really irks me is your grammar and spelling. Especially your spelling. Now I get it, it can be difficult remembering how to use Their, There and They’re, but how about having a second set of eyes read your work before you hit that publish button. Nothing turns me off more than reading all those errors. I feel like I’m reading the work of a 5-year-old. Sorry, Madison! Despite your beautiful photos and me knowing what you want to say, I shouldn’t have to work harder trying to figure it out. However, don’t go crazy trying to fill it with all those big words either. I might be smart, but I prefer not to read posts where I have to keep pulling out my dictionary, or asking Siri, what’s the meaning of a word. Keep it simple please so everyone can understand.
Now I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, and you know I love you, however, until changes are made I just won’t be visiting you any longer. Consider our relationship over. I said in the beginning it wasn’t really you, it was me. I guess I lied, it’s so totally you!