Friday 13 July 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Cluttered Blogs

Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? 
By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.

It depends on whether I really like the content of the blog or like the blogger...
Generally, I'm not a fan of cluttered blogs. I don't like teeny tiny reading areas for the main body of the blog because there are multiple columns either side of the main body.
I'm not a fan of things popping out at me, constant adsense/advertising crap, tiny writing or harsh contrasts that make it difficult to read the content and leave funny patterns on my eyes after reading the blog for a while.

I like simple, functional, easy to navigate and pretty and I don't give a monkey's ass if a blog or blog article is full of pictures if they are cool, pretty and/or serve a purpose.

However, stylistic preferences aside, it's the content of the blog that matters.
You could have the best blog layout and design in the world but if I don't enjoy what you write, I'm not going to keep reading, it's as simple as that.

If I find your blog layout annoying but you write great reviews, share a similar taste in books, write articles that challenge how I think, write articles that amuse and are a blogger I like?
Then I'm going to keep reading your blog regardless of whether I like the aesthetics or not.

At the end of the day, It doesn't matter if I think a blog is messy, ugly, unwieldy or annoying.
It doesn't matter whether I think a blog's content is crap or not.
It doesn't matter whether I like the blog content but think the blogger seems like a first-class grade-A tit, all that matters is that the blogger is happy doing what they do and that THEY like the layout of their blog.
We spend way too much time on our sites to pander to someone else's preferences if they do not match our own. You have to just be true to who you are and march to the beat of your own drum and if you like harsh contrasts, advertising and clutter then crack on my fellow blogger! Crack on! I'll just do myself a favour and scroll on.


  1. I go more for content than looks. I guess the only thing that would really deter me is things popping up a lot in my face or sounds blaring at me.

    But I LOVE you closing paragraph! We really must do what makes us happy to blog! Yes, listen to advice and feedback but ultimately it's your blog & creative space! Do whatever you want.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  2. I'm like you, if I really like the content then I'll keep coming back.

  3. Color schemes make it hard for me, but I can deal with just about anything else if there is good content.

    1. Yeah, harsh contrasts hurt my eyes but if I like the content then I'll suck it up. I just tend not to linger as long as I otherwise would.

  4. There are definitely some blogs that I appreciate aesthetically more than others, but it won't necessarily keep me away.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. True. If I like the content or blogger I'll return... I also return comments regardless of how eye-hurty the blog is. There are always exceptions. :)

  5. GREAT answer...content is important, but I do like a neat, clean blog.

    Thanks for sharing, and nice to see you on the Blog Hop this week.

  6. Ah the things jumping out at me to get me to join a newsletter or whatever yeah that bugs me.

  7. I agree - content is important in the end. Looks can change after all... What is seen there today might not be there tomorrow or next week.

    I try my hardest not to judge a blog based on aesthetics unless it's SUPER bad... And I think there's only one that I skipped out on because EVERYTHING was just... *cringes* They had bright font on a bright background and images were falling into and out of the sidebar... I couldn't handle it. 😅

    1. lol, I agree Sophia! There is always one where your brain just goes NOPE!


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