6 Things Not To Blog About

This is a guest post by Coleen Torres.

what not to blog Attention all bloggers, this just in…everyone makes mistakes. Yes, even bloggers make mistakes. You know how to blog and what to blog about, but do you know what NOT to blog about? Believe it or not there are a few mistakes you can make that may turn your readers off. So here are 6 things you should dodge before you start posting.

1. Political

Avoid this one like the plague! Pushing your personal political opinions onto your readers is a sure fire way to get some angry feedback. Whether you sport the donkey or elephant and as much as you think your idea is a good one, it is guaranteed you will make some readers enemies. However this does not apply to you if your blog is in fact, a political blog, and then soapbox away.

2. Complain

The only time it is okay to complain is if you are talking about the reality TV show Jersey Shore or you know how to be funny at the same time. That is a type of humor that most can’t pull off, so it’s suggested you just avoid whining altogether. No one likes a complainer and as a complainer, you must be careful with how negative your posts can come off. There is a difference in making your voice heard about a subject you feel poorly about but keep in mind there is a thin line and complaining is a turn off in the blogging world.

3. Repeat, repeat

You have heard that saying, beating a dead horse and this applies to your blog and this is probably the most common blogger mistake in the blogosphere.  Not only should you repeat topics in your blog but avoid beating that poor dead horse. If you choose to repeat a topic, make sure you have added something new that the reader can walk away learning. A rule of thumb to follow, if you are tired of hearing about it most likely so is everyone else. An example: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries brief marriage. Keep it timely and with the news.

4. Religious

Didn’t your mama teach you? There are two things you never talk about with people politics and religion. Just like political topics, religious ones are a tough one for readers to read with an open mind. Keep away from any negative words or overly positive/support for different religions and views. Again, unless your blog clearly states that is your theme, then this does not apply.

5. Personal

Your blog is not your high school ‘burn book’, if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say it all. Remember what you blog about will be online for eternity (or until the internet blows up.) We would hate for you to regret something later down the line and not be able to escape words you said while ‘in the moment’. Do not air your dirty laundry. Most of your readers don’t want to know what you ate for breakfast or that you are having lovers spat with your significant other.

6. Ads

Giveaways, ads, marketing tactics are best kept on the side. If you overload your readers in the body of your blog with different marketing tactics they will mostly ditch your pitch. Keep it to a minimum and move on. No one likes the look of these blog posts and no one likes to feel like they are reading spam.

    No one likes an overly political, religious, personal, complainer with too many ads. Ditch these tactics and stick to what you know. Reading your reader’s comments is a good writing tool for you. Take their advice or get inspired! As much as you don’t want to know sometimes, your readers have no problem letting you know how they feel about your posts as well what they want to hear from you. So remember please the people, they are your audience and biggest fans. Happy blogging!

    Image credit: farconville / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    About the author
    Coleen Torres is from local phone service. You can find more about her at her profile.

    16 comments to "6 Things Not To Blog About"

    zulkbo March 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM    

    thanks..nice info Bro
    benar membantu :)


    MUXLIMO March 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM    

    Totally absolutelly never agree for number 4!

    {Just like political topics, religious ones are a tough one for readers to read with an open mind.}

    from sentence above, it shows u know nothing at all about religion. duh!

    sW33tdARLiNG March 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM    

    on sensitive matter, kadang2 kita terlepas jugak bercakap di blog....

    makko March 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM    

    Thanks for the advices!

    Anne Lyken-Garner March 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM    

    I think it's okay to blog about the above things if your blog is actually in the niche. If you run a celebrity blog, people visit so that they can read about Kim Kardashian (for example).

    I think the mistake is to mix it all up. If you run a Christian based blog where your readers are comfortable reading (and expect to read) about Christ, don't blog about politics. It just won't sit well with most of your viewers.

    Osho Garg March 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM    

    Not Agree With You This Depends On Blog Category. What Will You Refer For Tech Blog?

    Истина March 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM    

    Each item listed is correct. No one hurt but a little all meet.

    bhojpurigaane March 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM    

    not agree with any points of this article. you can't make evryone happy. and it's necessary that one should blog about 'how to open a blog' only. if it's a political blog then blogger got to discuss about politics. and it's true for other topics also

    rohan gupta March 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM    

    I think one should never put too many ads on your blog posts,specially in between content.Its becomes really irritating !!

    Ivan Saldajeno March 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM    

    I disagree with number 4. I'm a sports blogger, but I want to share the love of God through His Son Jesus Christ through blogging too.

    Anonymous,  March 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM    

    These comments further give credence to this great article. I wonder why some people do not seem to understand when the author makes qualified statements about religion and politics. Taking the issue again gives the impression that the author himself did not concede that one might blog on these things if it falls within their niche. Congrats for a great article! I am a professional writer and communication coach, yet I still discovered how little I knew about blogging etiquette till I read this!

    Taimoor March 20, 2012 at 7:58 PM    

    hm.. thanks for the guidance..

    Admin March 22, 2012 at 8:38 AM    

    bakpo dok lih politik nyah? doh bloh politik, keno la tulih pasal politik. ko guano?

    ahaks.. hope someone understand what im talking.

    WritRams March 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM    

    Wow. This seems like a really outdated list...

    Anonymous,  April 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM    

    can't take this post seriously especially with that picture.

    Jun Inquig April 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM    

    Anything goes for me as long as my visitors and followers love reading my articles. Precisely it's a big no to write about politics especially if you are campaigning for a politician. For me, it's not bad to write about religion, it only depends on how you compose your articles. Having a topic about sainthood isn't bad if you research the history as to how and why that person was canonized and became a saint. If you write an article about religion, do not compare the beliefs of all religions and never criticize another religion as you may get nasty and negative comments from your furious readers.

    Post a Comment

    We love to hear from you! Leave us a comment.

    To ensure proper display, HTML/XML/Javascript need to be escaped first using this escape tool.