1) Number one thing I hate on websites is music. I dig music, don't get me wrong. But every time I click on a link on the person's page (like to read an old post or pull up comments) the music resets and I hear it load from the beginning... again. HATE IT. Some of my friends, who have music, please don't take offense. I immediately hit mute when I go to your pages. It has become habit.
2) Overly girly stuff or lots of graphics. Or lots and lots of pictures of YOU. This is what got me to stop going to LKH's site. I liked her better when she was fat and didn't post freaky-ass pictures of her and her long-haired hubby. Thanks for killing the magic for me.
3) Dark backgrounds with red, white or light-colored text on them. It's very hard on the eyes. I will not come back to visit. I directed a few readers to pages like that when I was a guest and they actually wrote to me they couldn't finish the interview because it was so hard to read.
4) Sites filled with lots of flashing ads. Are you trying to make me have a seizure? Look, we know you didn't pick that ad, per se. But you did agree to allow the ads and you should be spanked for the headaches they give.
Over all, I'm not thrilled with my own website at the moment. Every time I go to change it I find myself drawn back to the simple, clean, un-cluttered lines of my current design - or one vaguely similar. I think I'll be working on a new one this month. It needs something.
But you can bet there won't be music, lots of graphics, flashing ads, loads of pictures of me, or a black background with light text. Or maybe I'll stick to writing. I seriously need to get book two done.
What do you guys hate? Or, more importantly - what makes you stay at a new site?