I have a little pet peeve that I want to share with all of you. I hate seeing emoticons in posts. Those little images of happy or sad faces do not equal a thousand words, despite what you have heard about images.
Even worse, on some blogs they are styled incorrectly, and either have too much or too little spacing, and don’t align properly with the surrounding text. And don’t get me started on the ones with borders around them!
Emoticons should only be used in the occasional comment, and in e-mails or instant messaging conversations.
Some people might think that personal blog posts can be spruced up with emoticons, but I think it just waves the lack of professionalism in the face of everyone that reads the post.
So please, I beg of you, don’t use emoticons in your post.