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2 Things Your Blog Doesn't Need

August 14, 2012


#1 CAPTCHA

A CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) began in 2000 - when spamming was high and internet knowledge was somewhat low. 

CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots by generating tests humans can pass, but current computer programs cannot. Though how many times have you given up on posting a comment because you cannot read the CAPTCHA phrase? It happens almost daily, and we are smart people. 

No offense, but your blog is not that important. If a spam comment is posted, it won't ruin your blog and all of your readers will know that it's spam. 

Protect your comments without CAPTCHA

Think about your readers. They spend a lot of time writing out comments to pat you on the back or to elaborate on your post, once they click publish, the CAPTCHA is thrown at them, usually after 2 tries, a reader will move on and not post their comment. Think about you. You want comments, why are you deterring people from leaving them? 

All blogging platforms have ways to moderate comments. Here is a screenshot from Blogger:

I used to only let registered users comment on my blog, but I sometimes blog about controversial issues that people want to express their opinion on, but don't want to be identified--that's fine with me. The random anon posts that would be okay if someone showed their name annoy me, but it is what it is. 

I used to moderate every single comment. My readers (you) are fantastic and not spammers. I like to know about comments on posts older than 7 days, because I might not necessarily see all of them. I moderate my comments to make sure I read all of them. I get an email each time a comment is posted.

These are two ways to ensure you read every comment that is posted. Your readers type their comment and hit publish, that's it. For you, your blog and your readers, please get rid of the CAPTCHA. 

#2 Decorative Fonts

I am a font nazi, but that does not affect the rant I'm going to go on about decorative fonts. Since I don't want to call anyone out or deface a blog, here are some examples of types of fonts you shouldn't use. 
You want people to know what your post is about, right? There are over 500 readable webfonts to choose from: http://www.google.com/webfonts/

Please use webfonts for your posts and headlines, there are some script fonts available, but please don't use them. Again, think about your readers, they want to read what you have to say! 

I hope to see some blog font makeovers soon! There are so many blogs i'm interested in reading, sometimes if I really want to read them I will copy and paste into Word and change the font. Other times, i just move on to the next blog that i can read. This goes for blog headers as well, if I have to look at the address bar to figure out what your blog is called, I'm going to move on. I've been a journalist, social media specialist and web image editor for years, please don't hesitate to ask me if you're unsure of the fonts used on your blog! 

I'm not a blogging expert and I don't claim to be one, but these two things prompted a list of other dos and don'ts of blogging, so it may turn into a mini-series. Do you have blogging or social media questions? Let me know! 

8 comments:

  1. I totally agree! I can barely read CAPTCHAS. Both blogger and wp have other tools to catch spam.

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  2. Yes and yes, feed readers are a blessing when it comes to terrible fonts. My biggest pet peeve is music that starts automatically. If I discover that on a blog I either don't ever go back or I 'unfollow' them.

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  3. I also agree with it for secure my blog.i am also using this methods.Wordpress is famous for this..Thanks for sharing this..

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  4. I loved this post so much, I included it in my bi-weekly series: Lots of Link Love!

    I'd love if you came and checked it out, and please feel free to share with your readers as well!

    http://www.stresscasey.blogspot.com/2012/08/lots-of-link-love_23.html

    Casey

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  5. I loved this post so much, I included it in my bi-weekly series: Lots of Link Love!

    I'd love if you came and checked it out, and please feel free to share with your readers as well!

    http://www.stresscasey.blogspot.com/2012/08/lots-of-link-love_23.html

    Casey

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  6. Haha I just uploaded my new website with a decorative font. Couldn't resist. But CAPTCHA codes need to die.

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  7. Great post-- there have been numerous times I have given up on commenting because of CAPTCHA! I totally agree, is it really needed??

    If your font is too hard to read, I will not waste my time trying to read it. Another blog peeve? Black backgrounds and a bunch of ads, buttons and sparkly gif things-- looks super tacky and unprofessional.

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