I have to say that I was not looking forward to X, not at all. It is probably the letter I have worried about the most during the challenge. My usual fall back plan of googling “words that begin with” didn’t yield great results. I just can’t see myself writing a post on Xanax or xylophones, or even x-rays (though I’m sure I’ve had more than my fair share). Then inspiration struck when I was visiting this blog, and read the Q post. Yes, I realize it’s a bit of stretch to get an idea for X from a Q post, but here’s what happened.
I was tossing around the idea of X-rated posts as my topic, not in a dirty way (minds out of the gutter please), but in a “what makes you uncomfortable” kind of way. I’m sure we’ve all seen a lot of different blogs, in a lot of different styles this month. Some of the posts have encouraged further perusal of the blog, some have had me looking for the “follow” button as fast as I can, some have really made my day. Then there are The Others; the ones that have had me clicking the X in the top right corner like a madwoman, the ones that have me feel like I need a shower, the ones that have made me feel like I overheard a conversation I really wasn’t meant to hear, and the ones that have just annoyed me in general.
Don’t get me wrong; I really, really look forward to clicking on different blogs every day. The vast majority have at least been a look at something from a slightly different perspective, or a new fun fact; something positive. So I decided to try and figure out what it was that made me decide I would NOT be coming back to certain blogs, and here’s what I came up with:
Too much personal information – yes, we’re all sharing a lot about ourselves with a lot of people, but for me there are limits. Hearing about your struggle with infertility is one thing, detailed posts about the state of your cervical mucus is quite another. I also do not feel the need to know if you post naked or not. I don’t consider myself a prude, that’s just not in the need to know category. Bodily functions are also another topic that will send me clicking away from a blog in a hurry.
Language – yes, there are times when only a four letter word will do, and I’m no stranger to them, but when the post has more words I wouldn’t be comfortable using in front of my mom or my boss, I’m not inclined to keep reading.
Tone – this is a much more subtle one, but if a blog’s main intent seems to be to educate the illiterate masses (i.e. those of us who aren’t the author of said blog), or to preach a religious doctrine, or to promote a political ideal I tend not to come back.
Now for the fun part and the part that was really inspired by the blog I mentioned earlier, what are the things that you consider “x-rated”, that make you uncomfortable, or very unlikely to return to a blog?