Think like a reader, not like a blogger

One thing I learnt to do on the internet was observing and analyzing my own behavior, both during searches and during reading the information the searches provided. I observed how long I stay focused on a blog post and what puts me off on a web site or blog. I observed myself which kind of ads I clicked and which services and products I bought and, more important, which not.

I assume that I am a pretty average internet user, so I figured out that the vast majority of internet users would be like me. They would read similar to how I read, first scanning the content to see if it is worth a full read, dismissing it or re-reading it carefully depending on what the first scan told me. I saw me leaving with burning shoe soles when a site auto-played audio or video at me and I absolutely hate pop ups that don’t go away and continue nagging you. I like clean, easy to navigate web sites full of useful content and without spam. I buy from web sites I trust, subscribe to programs, newsletters etc I am interested in and that gives me a benefit, not  only the web site owner.

Oh, and btw, I am not a big fan of vlogs, but I love it when the people behind the vlog offer also a transcript of the material in the video, some times such a transcript even coaxes me into watching the video!

I try to implement what I have found out about me as a reader, here on this web site, hopefully for the benefit of my own readers. So, please, tell me what annoy you most when browsing, the internet and searching for infotainment? The abandoned, not updated blogs and web sites? Busy, unorganized sites nobody can navigate? Loud ads, pop ups, videos or audio?

Anything of this one your own site(s)???

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11 comments to Think like a reader, not like a blogger

  • I definitely agree with you about getting away from blogs/websites that have the automatically loading music or video or pop ups. Those are a definite non-return, no matter how good the content may be.

    As for the non-updated blogs, they don’t bother me too much. I have my blogroll and my following list – so if there is an update, then I visit. If not, then I don’t visit.

  • hospitalera

    Hi Laneerg

    Long time not seen, how is your life? I was referring to blogs and web sites that I find in searches, not the ones I am subscribed to. Sorry if I wasn’t clear. Often I search for a software or blog tip, only to get presented by Google with old content that is not anymore relevant as things develop rather quickly on the internet 😉 SY

  • redskins

    Good to see that people still know what they are talking about. So much BS around these days!

  • Oh, that makes sense. 🙂 I guess I don’t run across that too often, i.e. where the tips are outdated. But that would be annoying if I ran a search for something, and most of the results were not useful due to being out of date.

    My life is pretty good – working on getting ready to move and going to school. 🙂 Trying to post to my blogs a little bit more frequently … 😀

    Hope you’re doing well.

  • hospitalera

    @Laneerg
    Yes, life is great, just horrible busy at the moment! SY

  • I always leave blogs that have the instant audio that comes up, and I am the worst at scanning, meaning that I will hardly ever read the whole article unless something pops out to grab my attention! With the exception of your blog, of course 🙂

  • hospitalera

    @Chuggin
    Glad to hear 😉 SY

  • I find thinking like a reader seems to be a very easy concept, but far more difficult to actually do. Its hard to take out your bias, but oh so worth it in the end.

  • hospitalera

    @Seth W
    True, I try to re-read my blog posts after a while and try to learn where and who I succeeded and where and why I failed! SY

  • Thinking like a reader is important for a Blogger. However things which mostly annoys me while browsing is pop ups & audios. I really feel disturb when i am browsing a page & suddenly a audio is started, it diverts my concentration on content & with aggression i have to stop it. Some times pop ups blockers aren’t useful too.

  • hospitalera

    @Lorren Van Fossen
    no danger of finding them here, SY