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How often do you spend time during your week reading blogs?

While I spend most of my time writing blog posts, I do love it when I get a chance to grab a coffee, sit down and read a few posts from some of my favourite bloggers.

My list of favourite bloggers is quite large, and that list seems to grow weekly as I find more and more blogs that I love to read.

All is great until I boldly go where I’ve never gone before.

I click on a blog link that catches my eye, thanks to the catchy headline, and there it is – the dreaded POP-UP AD!

To me, pop-up ads, usually in the middle of my screen, are like fingernails on a chalkboard. There couldn’t be anything more irritating to me when I’m trying to read a post on a blog – or any website for that matter.

Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT against having ads on a blog. After all, I’ve got ads on my blog. Most blogs do. Ads are what help us pay to keep our blogs running. Yay for ads!

Just not pop-up ads. Ads that are “in your face” ads. Ads that “laugh” at you as you scramble to find that “X” that will relieve you of the unsightly ad. It’s always there…somewhere.

It was after reading…or should I say, TRYING to read, one particular blog post last week, that I decided to ask my readers/followers “When you read a blog…what are your pet peeves?”

You see, after trying to read this particular blog post that was about a topic that was of interest to me, I became so frustrated by the pop-up ad, I promptly stopped reading mid-post, and left the blog.

Never to return.

I don’t even remember the name of the blog I was visiting.

Even worse, in my opinion, is a similar sort of pop-up which asks a reader to sign up for a blog newsletter. I’ll be the first to say that I love following my favourite blogs’ newsletters, however, I really, really dislike when those sign-up boxes pop-up in my face when I am browsing a blog. No offense to those that have one, it’s just one of my pet peeves.

I admit, it is a good tactic. I’ve signed up to my fair share of blog newsletters just to get that darn sign-up box out of my face.

But…do you know what I dislike even more? When I go back to that same blog and it doesn’t remember me from my last visit when I DID sign up for the newsletter…and there is the same sign-up box asking me to sign up again.


On a side note…I really need to start a newsletter. It’s on my “to-do list” for 2016. You can be certain you won’t be seeing any pop-up boxes when I do start one. Of course, I still hope you will sign up for my newsletter!

So….back to you, my wonderful readers. You answered my call out and told me exactly what your blog pet peeves are.

Apparently, it’s those nasty pop-up ads that bug you the most:


I loved the responses I received, especially these ones on Twitter.

Sarah, from Journeys of the Zoo, wished I had added another option. Sadly, I was limited to 4 thanks to Twitter.




Christine is not a fan of grammatical errors. I have to agree with Christine on this one. I’ve left sites due to horrible spelling, grammar, or language.




Emily from A Pop of Red does not like those autoplay video ads. They’ve made me jump out of my seat a few times too, Emily!




Patrick would have voted for all four choices if he could have. Plus he added one…and it’s a good one.




I received a few more responses via private messages from those not wishing to go public with their pet peeves. Each one is something, I have to admit, that bothers me as well.

  • Not responding to reader comments/questions/emails
  • Too much advertising on the blog or a cluttered sidebar
  • An outdated blog design/poor layout/unprofessional
  • Takes too long to load
  • Bad links
  • Slide shows that make you click through to see whole post
  • Social media buttons that are difficult to find or non-existent
  • Contact information difficult to find or non-existent
  • No social media sharing buttons – need to make sharing easy

So what about you? What your blog pet peeves? What makes you leave a blog?



  1. January 2, 2016

    Kristy as Giftie Etcetera

    I hate pop-ups. I literally close out of that blog every time.

    Cookies are a bit different for me. Without them,, people have to sign in again and again to comment. A new European law requires us North Americans to do the clickable disclaimer once, so that’s why everyone is seeing it. But once it is done, it’s done…and not all cookies track location. I don’t know how to get around that.

  2. January 2, 2016


    I completely agree 100%, especially when the blog doesn’t remember I signed up, which on occasion has had me unsubscribe from said blog.

  3. December 13, 2015


    I would say all of the above PLUS…sites that have so many ads that the site takes forever to load, will not scroll, and is just waaaayyyy too slow. Nothing makes me want to leave a site more than this. And its too bad because I clicked over to the site because the post in question was something I wanted to read…but didn’t get to read it.

    • December 13, 2015


      Oh I hate when that happens! Yes, a slow loading site is irritating and it’s that much worse when you are looking forward to reading a particular article and end up leaving. Thanks so much for popping by, Gwen, and sharing your pet peeve 🙂

  4. December 9, 2015


    Agreed, very annoying pop ups whether it be right in middle of the screen or bottom right. If I am on your blog I probably already like you on facebook, probably already have your newsletter in my inbox, most likely that’s how I got to your post today, etc.
    Be done with pop-ups everyone. 🙂

    • December 9, 2015


      Love this Sue! That’s pretty much how I am too. Thanks so much for stopping by…and for sharing this on Twitter! 🙂

  5. December 8, 2015

    Tara Gauthier

    I can’t stand those pop up ads either..especially the please sign up and read my blog ones….just a huge reason for me not too.

    • December 9, 2015


      Yes Tara, I wonder how many pop-ups like that turn people away. I’m sure they work well – because some people like me will sign up just to stop them from being in my face, but personally, I’d rather have someone come looking for a static sign up form on my home page if they wish to get a newsletter. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. December 7, 2015

    Margarita Ibbott

    You’ve hit most of the pet peeves. A also hate these new (To North America at least), “this site is using a cookie to track your location (click, likes or pop ups)”.


    • December 9, 2015


      Another good one, Margarita! I very much dislike those! Ugh! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  7. December 7, 2015

    Cathy C

    Spelling and Grammar but only get to that if I don’t leave a blog out of pop-up frustration.

    • December 7, 2015


      Good point Cathy…you have to actually be able to get beyond the pop-ups! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  8. December 7, 2015

    Elizabeth Vlug

    Yes, those pop-up ads are annoying. I just wish I had more time to sit and read blogs more. Some great content out there, including yours 🙂

    • December 7, 2015


      Awww, thanks so much, Elizabeth! You made my day 🙂 I can totally relate. Sometimes I would love to spend the day just reading blogs, but of course, that never gets to happen 🙁 Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment! Appreciate it!

  9. December 7, 2015

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    Next blog post; pet peeves about Twitter surveys only having 4 dropdown choices 😉

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    • December 7, 2015


      HaHa! Love it Sarah! Thanks again 🙂

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