Minimalist Blogging: Strip it!

skinny dippersOn the west coast we have just had a welcome break in the weather following a heat wave. During the heat wave my visitors and I  were focused on beating the heat. The lifestyle we were living is bare minimal camping. We are long time friends who have been close for decades, and we have no apprehensions about stripping down or skinny dipping to cool off.

While my visitors have been out of day trips I have been trying to keep up with my blogging. I have also been surfing to locate new blogs of interest. I have been viewing blogs on mobiles, notebooks and laptops with very small screens.  What I have experienced on many sites makes me want to shout “strip that blog!”.

I am a blog minimalist and I do not apologize for that. I strongly prefer clean well designed themes and clutter free sidebars. I expect navigation aids to be easy to locate and use to reach content located deeper in the blog.  And, I’ve recently had my say about the ubiquitous followers widgets trend.

I am visually challenged and the colors you use on your blog do affect my emotions. Dark backgrounds and busy backgrounds are distracting, and a lack of contrast between font colors and backgrounds makes it difficult to focus. Font sizes  are not an issue as there are keyboard shortcuts we can use to increase or decrease font (text) size.

Most importantly I come to blogs to read content. I do not come to click ads or to be annoyed by any item designed to distract my attention away locating and reading the content. Yet, it seems that distractions are becoming more numerous and more in your face as time progresses. And they all increase page loading time, despite the fact that fast page loading time is a ranking factor.

If Computers are Faster, Why Are Web Pages Slower? – The culprit is a bloated aesthetic. Weight and complexity of site design have outpaced the increases in network and computer speed. — Time for fast, minimalist web aesthetic?

Blogginpetpeeves.jpgg: How to lose me as a reader contains 11 of my pet peeves that guarantee a blogger will lose me as a reader. This post includes 4 more pet peeves  that have recently popped up, so that’s why the list numbering begins at 12.

12. Blog Subscription and Newsletter Subscription Pop-Ups

When I click into a site and the first thing I experience is an in my face pop-up to subscribe to your blog or your newsletter you have annoyed me. I haven’t even read a single blog post and you are asking me to subscribe. That’s arrogant.

Strip it!

13.   Pop-Under Advertising

I don’t think I need to need to expand on this creepy annoyance.

Strip it!

14.  Social Networking Toolbars

When I click into your blog and find its encased in a “media bar” frame with a toolbar depicting buttons to be used for sharing on social networks, you have annoyed me. I haven’t even read a single blog post and you are asking me to share. That’s arrogant.

Strip it!

15.  HUGE Social RSS Buttons and Social Networking Buttons

rss feed iconIf you have joined those who choose to have the largest in your face RSS, follow me on Twitter and/or other social networking buttons the impressions you are conveying to me are:

  • you have too little blog content & are trying to mask that with over-sized icons
  • you are desperate for followers
  • or you have atrocious taste.

Strip it!

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I think small is beautiful and bigger is not necessarily better.  What do you readers think?  Also, please feel free to contribute to my pet peeves list.  If you got them –  share them.  ;)

54 thoughts on “Minimalist Blogging: Strip it!

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  2. This is the most helpful post about blogging I’ve ever read. It’s also the most comforting. I love simplicity. Seeing so many blogs out there that have and offer everything… I always thought they looked cluttered and distracting. I didn’t want to have to learn what every one of those features was or meant. I read blogs for two reasons: I like the content and I like the author. Period. You’ve reassured me that I don’t have to be one of the crowd. (I don’t Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., I just, as of July 5th, blog. I want my blog to reflect me, not a three ring circus. My stress levels just went down because you reminded me of why I wanted to start a blog in the first place – for me, because I love to write. Readers would be great but, as for fame and fortune, I’ll pass. I’ll be going through this post with a fine tooth comb. Thank you.

    • Hello again,
      I’m glad to hear you are a minimalist too. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, color, hype and animation. There are strong “copy-cat” tendencies among bloggers but lots of what’s going on in themes, sidebars and posts is just too “busy”.

      I like to feel relaxed when I read a post. When I’m distracted by busy surroundings I feel edgy and I’m not likely to stick around as long. I assume at least some of my readers are the same.

      It sounds like you have a good idea of where you are going with your blog and how to present your content so it reflects you. I wish you all the best with your blog. You might enjoy this post:

      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/10/10/what-do-you-look-for-in-a-blog/

    • Hello again,
      I’m glad to hear you are a minimalist too. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, color, hype and animation. There are strong “copy-cat” tendencies among bloggers but lots of what’s going on in themes, sidebars and posts is just too “busy”.

      I like to feel relaxed when I read a post. When I’m distracted by busy surroundings I feel edgy and I’m not likely to stick around as long. I assume at least some of my readers are the same.

      It sounds like you have a good idea of where you are going with your blog and how to present your content so it reflects you. I wish you all the best with your blog. You might enjoy this post:

      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/10/10/what-do-you-look-for-in-a-blog/

    • Hello again,
      I’m glad to hear you are a minimalist too. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, color, hype and animation. There are strong “copy-cat” tendencies among bloggers but lots of what’s going on in themes, sidebars and posts is just too “busy”.

      I like to feel relaxed when I read a post. When I’m distracted by busy surroundings I feel edgy and I’m not likely to stick around as long. I assume at least some of my readers are the same.

      It sounds like you have a good idea of where you are going with your blog and how to present your content so it reflects you. I wish you all the best with your blog. You might enjoy this post:

      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/10/10/what-do-you-look-for-in-a-blog/

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  4. Lol. From what I gather, you seem to prefer neatness and brevity, both in outlook and content (this I’m assuming) in a blog. Nice!
    On a side-note, given you extensive experience, if you could give my blog a small tiny peek (I re-did its theme entirely, recently) and give your valuable feedback about its looks, that’d be very kind of you :)

  5. Thank you for all this wonderful information, I’m a clutter person by nature and so is mum so you have pointed us in the right direction as to the look of our blog thanks again

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