There was a period of time in my life (most of it) where people who use the bathroom and don’t wash their hands were my biggest pet peeve. Well times are a changin’ (yesterday).
My newest and greatest pet peeve is seeing the words, Your Comment Is Awaiting Moderation after I place a comment on someone’s website. Obviously I want visitors to this website and I learned that one way to drive traffic to your site is by visiting other blogs and leaving comments. I even went so far as to read a blog post by Lorelle on how to leave better comments. Comments that get noticed by the blog owner and by other readers at their site.
I’m not so much a product of the instant gratification, can’t wait for later, microwave generation. I’m actually very patient and I realize if traffic comes to this blog with the name that would drive most visitors away anyway; it will take time.
I think one of the main reasons I hate it so much is my own stupidity. For instance, I searched WordPress for shrimp recipes (one of my favorite foods). The search returned a list that fit my search parameters but the posts could be over five years old and the blogger no longer is posting.
So, in my ignorance, I fill out a long drawn out comment on how the recipe would fit my taste buds perfectly. How I could see my girlfriend licking her fingers after the meal and praising the chef as we entertain our football fanatic friends. I continue on how nice the photography is and then hit submit.
Your comment is awaiting moderation appears as the site reloads. Then and only then do I see that this particular post was posted on June 6, 2004. Looking at the rest of the site I notice that the blogger hasn’t posted since September 2008. My 100 word comment is never going to be seen by anyone.
I do understand the spammy reasons for moderation but that doesn’t make it any more bearable. So much for my SEO.