The Three am Rant
- Blog posts and articles with names like “The Top 5/10/20 Best/Worst” of anything.
- Blog posts and articles that inform you that “You have been doing this wrong for your whole life”
- Articles that make you click through endlessly to read a story that could have been told in less than 500 words
- Articles that make some claim about a celebrity/royal which turn out to be nothing new and usually tied to some advertising campaign
- Poor proofreading eg. “7yo saves chocking mum”. What was she doing, eating too much chocolate?
Number 1 annoys me because frankly there is far too much of it. It’s even recommended by blogging tutorials as a way to format a post. I was asked to do it when I wrote a guest post for Ruby Lane but it’s really not my style. Once in a while, I write a list but these things are subjective anyway. My 50 most beautiful classic movie stars won’t be yours.
Number 2 annoys me because I don’t like being told that everything I ever did is wrong. I won’t read those because they just make me mad at the twenty-somethings who write them.
Numbers 3&4 are clickbait and I try to avoid them but sometimes I get sucked in by a nice photo or actually wanting to read about the subject but I don’t want to spend fifteen minutes over it, and no, I never click on the accompanying ads.
Number 5 annoys me because I notice spelling errors and it’s becoming more common than ever. Spell check is not enough on its own but sometimes it seems as if nobody cares about correct spelling any more.
Everyone talks about “content” and being “an influencer” it seems that too many people just write any old thing to make money.
Yes, the internet is full of rubbish. Thank goodness for the journalists and bloggers who still provide material worth reading.