I can tell when you’re updating just to update.
We’re all guilty of this, myself included, hungry for our Alexa rankings to drop steadily. I’m trying to steer clear of doing this now because the more frequently I sense a blogger is just going through the motions, the less I am apt to stay subscribed and reading on a regular basis. I want to know about your personal stories, your hopes and dreams, your struggles with money, and all the back and forth. If I wanted to read another top ten list about how to shave my spending or whether or not credit cards are a smart idea, I’d read the bland articles that pass for content on msn.com.
I don’t want to read a guest post. Ever.
Sorry I’m not sorry. I debated whether or not to even admit to this. But as soon as I see the italicized, This is a guest post at the beginning of a piece of content in my Google Reader, I click away. I subscribed to you, not to the washer and dryer company that’s paying you $15.00 a post to borrow your readers for 500 boring words. I’d rather watch paint dry. There are exceptions, of course. If the guest post writer is another blogger I follow and/or a personal, compelling story, of course I’ll read it.
You pass your own personal finance story as fact.
I can’t read the comments sections of some of my favorite blogs anymore because some of my favorite bloggers are constantly lecturing their readers about how it could be done better and faster the way they did it, as if their journey to debt-free was a one-size-fits-all glove and readers are ignorant to believe their experiences could be any different. It irks me.