Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Hey Entrecarders! I hate your blog!

To those who do Entrecard:

I recently lost all my bookmarks in Flock (long story, having to do with beta version and not saving from one version to the other.) In any case, recently Entrecard banned the generators that I used to use to drop cards. So I am starting over, making my folders of 10 bookmarks and dropping on people. I have to get this off my chest, or I will explode. I have come to this conclusion:

There's a lot of crap out there

So, this is the post I have been trying not to write. But I finally had to do it.

Don't expect a return visit from me:

  • if you do paid posts and don't divulge that until the end of the post
  • you have embedded music. Period. It is extremely annoying!
  • if your blog is all about making money, and you aren't in the money-making blogs section
  • you don't have a decent command of the English language
  • if you don't write good content; don't spend five minutes and post with typos just to get "something" up
  • if all you have on your blog is negative posts. I have my own shit to deal with, I don't want a steady ration of yours as well

  • you're just a repository for ads and want page views, not readers
  • you are simply a giveaway clearinghouse. I read blogs as a Slice of Life, not to get stuff
  • you have no original content, simply recycled from elsewhere
  • the template is too busy and interferes with the posts
  • if the badge on Entrecard has nothing to do with your blog

That's my rant, add your own. Do you do Entrecard? Do you think it adds quality traffic, or is your bounce rate high?

And, just so you know that I am not completely all about the negative, the next post is how to write a good blog post.

what drives you nuts about a blog? What are some of the biggest blog mistakes you've seen (or made!)

T, who says just because monkeys CAN create Shakespeare, should they?

12 sent chocolate:

Spooky said...

I don't know no Entrecard, but I agree, I HATE embedded music. I'll close a window that has it, I can't need to know what someone has written that bad, if I have to be accosted by their musical tastes, which are more often then not, NOT mine!!

Melissa said...
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Melissa said...

Oops. Deleted my own comment by accident. What a way to introduce myself!

Anyway, I just wanted to say that i totally agree with you on both posts on blog quality. I've actually found so many great blogs on AM. Which maybe means we aren't so mediocre after all.

hellokittiemama said...

I don't know anything about Entrecard other than what I tried to grasp from reading the e-book which as I understood was.. I scratch you.. you scratch me? I wasn't sure about the type of traffic it really would generate. It just left me feeling so wishy/washy and not sure about the whole process. I'm no dummy. I'm often quite technical - I'm also admittedly slow sometimes, so maybe I'm missing it!!!! Maybe I'm just too lazy to go through the process? who knows.. don't answer.
I'm relatively new to my current blog but have been blogging in some form for a few years - I'm totally with you on the music. I generally browse with my sound off anyways, so it doesn't affect me too much.

mamikaze said...

I have never heard of Entrecard until this week. Never been there and now I am glad. Sounds like a bunch of fools.

I hate enbedded music and autoplay videos.

mama bear bugga said...

eek! i'm guilty of embedded music. :(

Jenn P. said...

I just started this entrecard thing and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. I think I will give it a few more days before I decide to keep it up or not. As for music, I really wish others would not use it. It take to long to download sometimes and half the time it just ends up scaring me.

Gayle said...

I didn't realize music was so annoying to people. I am always on mute so I don't even notice. I don't want to annoy so the music will have to go! Me...I hate the ads. I just don't get it. When I look at a site I want to see photos of family or scenery. I want to read to laugh or cry or learn. I could care less about what is being promoted or sold or whatever. It is clutter. The closest I came to an "ad" was a link to the Apron Queens blog so I could win an apron. (I got it, and it was cool). I read how people started blogging to share themselves or document, etc. and what they've become are walking billboards. As for Entrecard, I see it and I don't click on any of it. If I want to browse through new sites I check out someone's favorites and cruise from there. As for why I visit here...because you are damn funny! I'd love to open up all that really good stuff I have, but since we are *forever* in the middle of an money-sucking custody battle I am careful what I say. Man, I'd really like to let go the sarcastic demon inside me, but for now I'll just post photos of the kids for the memories (I print all the pages and scrapbook them into one big journal). OK...I'm out..sorry for blabbing! :)

Joe said...

Embedded music... just don't put it on autoplay. I don't have my speakers muted when I surf the web at 5am with everyone still sleeping.

Entrecard... looks like a gimmick to me. I'd be one of the losers that only had like 1 or 2 credits. Fail.

Blogpeeves... I have a very finite attention span. Don't make your blog so long that I lose interest in reading it (although I may have danced on that threshold a few times myself). And don't *force* me to register with your service (I'm talking to you, WordPress) in order to leave a comment. It's just not going to happen. I will not bestow my wit upon you. Lastly, while I have no problem with, errrr... colorful language, it doesn't necessarily need to be littered all over your blog. I can swear with the best of them, but I've been able to get my thoughts across with nothing more than "hell", or "@#$#" on my blog. Make good use of the language you were taught in school.

Thanks for mentioning Flock. I kept meaning to check it out, but it completely slipped my mind. It'll need to be hella awesome to get me to leave Firefox though.

mommy~dearest said...

I've never heard of Entrecard, but I'm kind of glad...you're kinda scary when you rant. ;)

Designing Hilary said...

Interestingly, I posted about bounce rates the other day and got some good feedback (basically, I shouldn't worry about it because of the use I'm intending for my particular blog).

But I'm with you on everything. Muting music isn't always enough because it does take up precious memory just because it's playing.

I can hang with those who are trying with the English language ... it ain't easy to learn. If they are at least trying (hard) I'll read as long as their blog is in existence solely to make money.

I'm wondering ... so many blogs put up the YouTube video of the bedet I was beginning to wonder if it was a PPP!! I didn't bother to watch it on any of the blogs ... did I miss anything?

I do like Entrecard, though. It has brought me quite a few readers and commentors. Even though my bounce rate was 92.65% one guy who seemed to know what he was talking about told me that people returning will only read the current post since they already read through a great deal of the "history" on their first visit. So naturally they will come and go on the same page.

autismfamily said...

I lost my power and had to go out to the box and then came back to leave a comment and had the hardest time trying to find the link to post a comment.

Many of these entrecard blogs have paypal donate buttons on that irritate me and some say if you like this post get me a cup of coffee, I dont drink it and figured that meant paypal, so I thought that send T chocolate was the same thing.

I have no clue what Flock is. I have met some great people thru entrecard and like some blogs and others cannot find the widget and the music I hate.

My 13 yr old likes cats so we made a list of the fav cat blogs and now they are easy to find from my page. I have some ads but for things I have used, etc like Tangle, model me videos and discovery toys.

I liked this one site last nite barfootedme.blogspot and tried to do the ad boxes on top for my site since you get paid via paypal, but mine does not look right. Will give it a week and then just forget it if no interest.

It is feast or famine in my house and lately always famine and when I went to entrecard forum to mention how tacky the donate button was I got pounced on and it seems people can easily get $100, so doing the $1 ad is my way of trying to get uniform clothes for my son since rent increase, auto ins increase and my car loan are killing us. I am going to concentrate more on reviews to make $ with amazon to get kids holiday gifts. good rant, I hate the code stuff on these blogs....

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