Spam sucks. We get it. But is it really that much of a problem in this advanced era of blogger spam-catching software? I have never had captchas in place and in the past year, I've deleted maybe four anonymous spam comments. Yes, captchas have gotten easier. They went from long confusing hard-to-read letters to short confusing hard-to-read letters on doors and mailboxes. But I think I speak for MANY readers when I say we're tired of having to solve a puzzle to comment on your blog.
Hide-and-Go-Seek Comment Button
I can't count the number of blogs I've read, only to not be able to figure out where to comment. Ideally, the comment link should be at the bottom of the blog, not the top. That's where we are when we finish. But there have been at least a few times when there was no comment button at all that I could find. If you don't want comments, that's fine, but I'm probably visiting your blog because you commented mine. I'd just like to return the favor.
Half of us are using Blogger. Half are using WordPress. When you leave a comment here, there's no telling where your link will take me. But one of the most confusing things is to get to your Google Plus or Blogger page, only to not be able to figure out where your blog is. Maybe you have a list of blogs a mile long that you "contribute" to. Maybe your Google Plus page lists every blog you've commented on for the past year with no post to your latest blog. I'll battle it to find your blog, but will everyone else?
I watch TV shows while reading blogs, so your auto-launch audio makes me have to pause my show and mute my laptop temporarily. I probably won't come back unless I really enjoy reading your blog. Remember...people may be sneaking to read your blog at work and the sudden blast of Stairway to Heaven through their computer speakers is a dead giveaway that they aren't working. Have some compassion!
Speak up in comments. What are some things you wish bloggers wouldn't do?