9 April 2005
The ten habits of highly irritating bloggers
According to La Shawn Barber, anyway:
1. Bloggers who trackback to a post on this blog but fail to link to this blog in their post.
I'm usually pretty good about this, though I've noticed that the blogs using HaloScan are basically immune to MT's "auto-discovery" technique, which is something less than infallible in itself. What chaps my hips is a series of multiple TBs on the same post, especially if I, in my blinkered ignorance, sent them myself.
2. Online news sites that don't link to blogs mentioned in a story.
3. High-traffic bloggers who forget to link to my blog or mistakenly link to a different blog in a post where my blog is the subject.
#2 I agree with; on #3, I have to wonder if she'd object so strenuously were it a low-traffic blogger committing these sins of omission.
4. Bloggers who write long posts about why they have no time to blog.
5. Bloggers who write about their latest illness, right down to the details of an infection and physical description of a rash.
Um, guilty as charged, especially with regard to #5. (Of course, I'm doing this exercise because I have no time to write anything.)
6. Commenters who respond to a post without actually reading the whole post, or if they have read it, their comment doesn't reflect it.
7. People who leave off-topic comments on a post to tell me they just e-mailed me.
8. Bloggers whose posts are mainly complaints against other bloggers.
I think I generally avoid these particular peccadillos ("peccadilli"?).
9. Bloggers who don't include any biographical information about themselves. Even if blogging anonymously, you can still supply basic, non-identifying information.
10. Bloggers who either don't list contact information or make it difficult to find.
Were I any easier to find, I'd probably be on your porch.
I conclude that, at least by LSB's standards, I am moderately irritating at