Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge – Day 7

Posted January 7, 2014 by Shari in Challenge / 9 Comments


Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge
  1. Emails Labeled Dear Blogger…Should I respond Dear Author or Dear Assistant. It is kind of rude not to know my name since you can find it very easily all over the site. If you are going to send a request for my time, a least address me by name.
  2. Captcha – There are tons of alternatives. If I have to use Captcha, I leave and you lose a comment.
  3. Blinking ads on sidebars – We all want to grab attention of our readers, but distracting us is also a problem. Wow me with content, NOT the latest flashy, blinky, bold colored, music playing widget.
  4. Unsolicited Promotional Tweets – Yeah, those authors who think if they suggest I buy their books when I have never heard of them and sound desperate. It irritates me even more if they have no clue what I like to read. So, I guess Delighted Reader could be any genre, but in my bio it does say romance books. Or the person who just wants to talk about something going on in their life and tack it on to your conversation.
  5. Unsolicited Facebook Promotions – Those authors or assistants who post on my Facebook page explaining why I should promote their book and give me the synopsis, this person said this about it, and everything they can do to help me promote my page with their book. Oh, I turned off them being able to email me through FB. But when they get angry for me not answering, oh, my blood boils.
  6. Giveaway Comments – The “thanks for a chance” or “I would love to read the book” and they never read the article or interview the author and I took time to put together. Then if they win, they don’t even say thank you. I detest when people have an entitlement complex.
  7. Author/Book Attacks, Drama – When you read comments or posts where the author or book is being attacked and you really don’t know why. It’s not listed why they don’t like it, or they get all personal on the author. Just review the book and move away. Drama Drama Drama…
  8. Cost of running a blog – running a blog can be very cheap or very expensive. But non-bloggers really don’t know how much it takes to run one and can be snippy during giveaways where I pay for the giveaway. Some appreciation of all the bloggers hard work is not to much to expect. Be respectful on giveaways, we often dig into our pockets to do them and share the love of a good book.
  9. Blogging Blues – Yeah, I get them. And I get mad at myself for not wanting to get on the computer and work on the blog. Mostly I just hide and read. Ignoring the problem. Sometimes just the mountain of emails and reviews to write, just draw me away from why I love reading. In fact sometimes I don’t get to read as much because I have too many emails to answer. Not to be rude, I just can’t answer all 200 emails I get a day. (yes…I get anywhere from 100-200 emails a day – 90% of them get deleted without being read)
  10. PDF Books – I know it is an easy way to get a book out, but I don’t have an universal app on my iPad that deals with PDFs very well. Reading on my MAC, not fun. Most have tiny writing and you can’t change the font size. Yes, I am getting old. Yes, I probably will be wearing bi-focals next year. But constantly having to zoom in and out to read. Never mind that I can’t even begin to read them on my Kindle. I try very hard to never base a review on the format, but I HATE PDF books.

What are your blogger pet peeves?

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Try an actual PDF reader on your iPad. You should be able to control text size in something like that. 😀 Besides that I agree to all of your peeves…so right on.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

I use iBooks, Bluefire, and GoodReader for PDFs. Really depends on which one works best with the PDF. None are universally great. Any suggestions?

Pet peeves keep us going, lol.

Sophia Rose

I’m not the blogger here, but just the minimal contact I have with others has shown me that what you listed is for realsies. I might also add those authors/tour hosts/author assistants that request the tour and then don’t give us what we need to make it happen or don’t give it in a timely fashion.


Haha! I totally get the blogging blues sometimes. For Captcha. Unfortuately I choose not to leave a comment then.

My “Day 7: Top 10 Book Blogger Pet Peeves” Post!

Laura Agnella
Laura Agnella

I also do not like the Captcha and the blogs with lots of blinking lights or too much to look at. I more enjoy a blog that is well organized and attractive where I can easily find what I am looking for.
Happy reading!

Midnyte Reader
Midnyte Reader

Oh yeah, I get all these. I said Captcha on my list as well. I find it very hard to read a PDF book as well. And yeah, the simple cost of shipping stuff out! I sent something to Italy once and it cost more than the item!

Becky B.
Becky B.

Yes, pdf books are really hard to read and the formatting can get really wonky.


I completely forgot about PDF books!!! Definitely a pet peeve for me too. It looks horrible on my Kindle, horrible on my smart phone, okay on my iPad and just plain annoying on my Mac!

I definitely agree with your list. A few are on my own too!

Kristin @ My ParaHangover

Ooooo, I’m with Farhana! I, too, forgot about the .pdf books!!! I have an iPad and a Kindle and I think I hate trying to read a .pdf on my Kindle MORE!! My “Send to Kindle” program on my computer seems to make .pdfs readable in the Kindle app on my iPad but forget about it on an actual Kindle. Calibre doesn’t help, either. I might try Bluefire or Overdrive one of these days b/c I have both on my iPad but it usually ends up an all day event. I can’t tell you how long it took me to… Read more »