Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers "confess" and vent about blogging/bookish topics. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. It is hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam from Midnyte Reader. One of the hosts will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.
I follow a huge number of blogs through Google Reader. Blog design isn't very important to me because I don't actually visit the blogs unless I am planning to comment. I am also not a very visual person. My own blog designs probably haven't changed for more than a year.
I like clear fonts and contrasting colors. Red letters on black backgrounds in an ornate font really turn me off. I don't like a lot of distracting sidebar junk. I also don't like to play hide and seek. If it isn't easy to see how to follow a blog or how to comment on a post, I won't bother. Blogs that use Captcha for comments are sometimes annoying. I am good at Captcha but will only give it two tries. If I haven't figured it out by then, I just don't comment and move on to a blog where commenting is easier.
My biggest pet peeve though has to be blogs that play music when a person visits. I stay at those the absolute minimum amount of time I need to do whatever it is I came to the blog to do. It is especially annoying when I can't find the music player and TURN IT OFF.
What design elements matter to you?