Blogging Pet Peeves...and Advice for the Newbies

Since my blog is brand-stinkin' new, I have soooo many thoughts about what to write swirling around in my head!  I know I need to post about something other than my new monster theme (because while I'm so excited about it I can't sit still, I know most of you could care less!) ;)  But, should I write about the other things going through my head - common core, lesson plans, classroom organization, reading with genre studies, writing's so hard to decide and I'm really trying to limit myself to ONE blog post per day.  I'm sure if I posted more than that it would royally annoy someone (or everyone)!  And so, that leads me to today's post.  While I try to decide what to post next, today I'm linking up with Jessica over at Mrs. Stanford's Class about Blogging Pet Peeves!  This is my FIRST link up, so here's to hoping I'm doing it right!


When I first read her post, I instantly knew my #1 pet peeve, and, well, it seems to be universal in that it's everyone's #1 pet peeve - that "Are you a robot?" word verification thingy!!  As I've immersed myself in the blog world this week, I've visited A LOT of blogs and I HATE those things!?  Why in the world would someone want you to prove you're not a robot?  Do we hate robots that much? As I read on someone's blog, who cares if you're a robot - we love everyone, including robots! Hehe

Then, in a moment of panic, I thought - oh no! What if I have that and just don't know it??  Guess what, I did!!!!!!  PLEASE go check to see if you're preventing the robots from posting to your page and annoying all of your blog stalkers!  What the Teacher Wants has a great tutorial on how to do this.

My other pet peeves are the same as many - fonts that are too tiny to read or blend in with the background, or that use a cute, fancy {but extremely hard to read in a paragraph} font.  Let's be real, most bloggers are on the computer for hours at a time - let's be easy on the ol' eyes!

Another one that annoys me is the "Your comment will be visible after approval."  REALLY??  We all want instant gratification {and to know our comment went through successfully}.  Let's trust that the robots are only writing acceptable comments on our blogs.

So, that's it!  Those are my pet peeves from my few days of blogging.  What are yours?  Am I doing any of them?  Maybe you just want to give advice for those of us who are new to the blogging world so we avoid YOUR pet peeves from the start!  I'd love to hear any and all advice!


  1. Thanks Amanda for linking up!! I love your blog and can't wait to see what comes next!! Even if it is monsters lol


  2. Thank YOU for your link up! You're going to allow the robots to take over the world, one blog at a time! :)

  3. Just found your blog and TOTALLY agree with your pet peeves! Now we are going to have to go back and see if we are discriminating against robots ourselves!!
    We are your newest followers and would love it if you want to check us out sometime!
    Katie & Lisen :)

  4. I just found your blog also & I'm a new follower! I am completely in agreement with you about robots! They drive me crazy, along with weird fonts!!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. Katie, Lisen, and Lisa,
    Thanks for sharing your blogs! I am your newest follower...can't wait to share along the way with you!

  6. Cute blog and welcome to the blogging world. I always hate the robot verifiers and until reading What a Teacher Wants post, I never realized that I had it on my blog either. I quickly changed it and have seen an increase in my comments because of it.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  7. Updated my blog too because of this post. Thanks!

  8. Hi! So glad I found your cute blog! I too love to visit and comment and am NOT A ROBOT! :) I have a newbie blog too... stop by if you have a chance :)
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  9. I completely agree with that robot thingy. I have so many problems when I try to read those letters. UGH! A robot probably could read it better than me.

  10. Hey Amanda,
    I'm so happy you found my blog today! Your new blog is adorable! :-) I'm a new follower! Hoping you noticed I didn't have the ROBOT verification thing going. I got rid of that thing immediately! A lot of people just don't know how to do it, so thanks for sharing! :-)
    Looking forward to keeping in touch!

  11. I knew I recognized your GREAT BLOG work from somewhere. Diana did mine too @ Custom Blog Designs. Isn't she awesome?! :-)

  12. She is Ah-mazing, Michelle! I love your blog, also - too cute! Thanks so much for following! I look forward to sharing ideas!

  13. I agree with all of the above! LOL!

    Ѽ Lori

    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  14. Your blog is darling! It's so bright and cheery . . . it just draws you in. Glad I found you :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  15. This has been one fun linky! Thanks for following my blog! Don't forget to link up on the Blogger Link Up page if you hadn't already! Your post was so darn funny that I knew I'd love following you! Now, that I know you're from my home state...that's the icing on the cake! I'm from Sumter, SC! Ha! Small world!!!

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  16. I am so happy your found my blog. Thank you for being a follower. I hope you linked you blog on my blogs page!

    I am your newest follower.

  17. Completely agree! I just blogged about the same robot issue yesterday! Thanks for stopping by my blog, so I could find yours!

    EduKate and Inspire

  18. I totally agree too. Thank you for visiting our site. I think I may link up to that too!

  19. I completely agree... I have the same pet peeves... and I had made the same mistake as you when I started my blog... I didn't even know I had the word verification turned on! Oops!

    A Turn to Learn

  20. Now following.

  21. Those crazy robot verification things... :) (I saw that you're new to blogging. Thanks for letting me follow.)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  22. Welcome to the bloggy world, from one robot to another. :o)

    The Paper Maid

  23. Your blog is adorable! I am so impressed. Look at all of your followers! I am now one of them.
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  24. You have such a cute blog and personally, I think you should post all about the monster theme. I have been debating it. I would love to see what it looks like in action. I also agree you should write about all that other stuff too. But then again, if you look at my blog you will see I write about whatever pops into my head at the time.

    Welcome to bloggyville!!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  25. You would be surprised at rude things people will comment! I am firm advocate of moderating comments, but I do wholly agree with all of your other peeves! =)

  26. Oh, I can imagine Ginger Snaps! I will be closely monitoring the comments for any RUDE robots! :)

  27. I love your blog design and can't wait to read more of your posts. I hope the robot is turned off on mine. I remember doing it a while back but you never know. Will you check?

    Miss Nelson's blog

  28. Just checked your blog, Michele and I'm happy to report it is turned OFF! :)

  29. Thanks for visiting, Amanda. I have been blogging for about 5 yrs. now and never thought about "pet peeves." thanks for linking. I have well informed and feel more confident in my blogging. BTW- love the monster theme. I did it last year in second grade.

  30. Thank you for the link for the monster check! I am glad I found your blog. I am a newbie and I have a lot to learn. Thank you for the heads up!
    Amy K.

  31. Haha okay so I've got to admit that as a new blogger, a lot of these things didn't bother me before, but now everytime I go to comment on a blog and the robot thing comes up, I think "This person needs to go see Amanda at Teaching Madness." lol

  32. Heehee... It's probably because I never wear my glasses so I have to try those blasted things a billion times to get them right! ;)

  33. I just found your blog. I am your newest follower. I found your blog on the pet peeves Linky party.

    Queen with Class

  34. Love your blog! It is so cute and I totally agree with the "comment after approval" thing!

    Kindergarten Korner

  35. I couldn't agree more with your pet peeves! I'm double checking my settings now! LOL - I'm you're newest follower!


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