Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week's topic:
What type of posts do you like reading the least on blogs?
Last week, I shared the type of posts that I enjoy reading the most, and now this week, I am going to divulge the posts that make me groan. Now keep in mind, this is my opinion, and just because I don't like certain posts, doesn't mean that others won't. So here are the type of posts that I tend to skip.
Advertisements: I am not the type of reader who buys a magazine for the ads, nor do I watch a tv show for the commercials. I am all about content. I want information that I can use. Book Blasts, Blitzes, Promos, etc., to me are nothing more than book ads. Sure they attract attention, but I need more than a cover and a synopsis. I want a review. Plus, I hate that these pop up on numerous blogs at once, so I feel like I am being bombarded with the same content. You will never see one of these type of posts on my blog as I have a strict policy that I only feature books that I have actually read.
Cover Reveals: Cover reveals fall into the advertisement category. Sure I like seeing covers for books that I am eagerly anticipating, but more often than not, the cover reveals that pop up across the blogosphere are for books that I haven't heard of. Like Blasts and Blitzes, they also tend to crop up on several blogs at once, and I don't like seeing the same thing over and over. There are exceptions to cover reveals, I don't mind seeing them on an author's blog when they are introducing the cover for their next book, and I enjoy seeing them on Jenny@ Supernatural Snark's blog because Jenny designs the covers, and I love seeing her work and hearing about her creative inspiration.
Loooooong Excerpts: Be honest, how many of you actually go through and read an entire excerpt if it goes on and on and on? I am not patient enough to invest time in reading a lengthy excerpt, especially if it is is for a book that I am really not interested in. If you are going to do an excerpt, one that is short and concise is the way to go.
Unoriginal Content: These are what I call the copy and paste posts. They can be from a tour, a blast of blitz or what not.... Basically, all a blogger has to do is take the information, copy it, paste it in their blog and be done. Sure it is quick and easy, but if you are reader, it isn't original exciting content, especially if you can find the same post on several other blogs. If I am doing a guest post or interview, it has to be original content. I am not about having the same post that everyone else does.
Nasty Reviews: The blogs I follow don't post nasty, scathing reviews. I don't like reviews that go on and on with acerbic remarks, cuss words and funny gifs. I like well written, balanced reviews.
Drama Llama Posts: These are the posts with drama and controversy. I like a healthy discussion, but I don't like posts where bloggers are lashing out. I have seen posts where bloggers are taking to their blogs and calling out another blogger for some type of offense. Airing your dirty laundry for everyone to read isn't always the best way to handle things. I haven't seen this in awhile, but there was a time when I first started blogging that I encountered a lot of not so nice things in the blogosphere.
Debbie Downer Posts: We all encounter negativity every day, and the last thing we want is more of it in our leisure time. Reading blogs should be fun and relaxing, so when I read blogs, I don't like reading negative things whether it be a scathing review with nothing nice to say or someone griping about personal problems. We all have problems, and reading about other people's problems isn't fun. Keep it positive. Again, the blogs I follow don't do negative posts, if they did, I wouldn't follow them.
These are the posts that I tend to steer away from when reading blogs, what types of posts do you avoid?
Next week's TMST:
What are some of your favorite books set in other cities?