Hello! Now I must say, before some of you think, I absolutely love to blog, otherwise I wouldn’t have spent 2 and a bit years doing it. However, like all things, there are a few things that annoy me. I don’t know the direct purpose of this post – to inform or to vent, possibly to allow people to understand the world of blogging, but I do hope you enjoy reading it.
Maybe its because there are so many bloggers about, which there are, with very similar content – not saying I’m different cause I’m not, but its all become pretty bitchy. This is because many are putting their own popularity above all else. Although competition is not my primary focus, it is always at the back of a bloggers mind, with some using it to be unintentionally nasty. The amount of times I’ve seen bloggers change their theme or content just to be approved by others is obscene, variety should be celebrated.
The vast majority of people are lovely, don’t get me wrong, and the community is great. However there are a fair few who believe they have a higher status because they have more followers, which is definitely not the case, as more followers do not lead to good content. If anything, it is actually harder being a smaller blogger as there are less opportunities thrown your way and fewer people reading your content. Sometimes a message back is just the nice thing to do, its not like bloggers didn’t all start in the same place. There are also an increasing number of bloggers who use “bots” to increase their follower count to reap of the opportunities that a higher reach brings – even it is fake. In my opinion, this is cheating the system and not fair for genuinely hard working bloggers.
Both bloggers and brands are guilty for this one. I absolutely love other bloggers reading my posts and commenting, because most of the time it lifts my spirits. Every so often though, a blogger will comment with just their site link, turning what was supposed to be a comment into another place to promote their own site, which I do find quite cheeky. Also, when people comment a simple “lovely!” or “gorgeous” it makes my think that they haven’t read the post, which in my eyes makes me disregard the comment. I would rather have less, but more genuine comments. Also, I’m sure many bloggers will agree with this one, everyday I receive about 9 auto DM’s on Twitter telling me that I should check out their blog or YouTube channel. In all honesty I can’t vent enough about how much they annoy me – UGH!
Then there are brands, who are even worse. The expectation for bloggers to be a certain way, or to write a certain way comes from the type of bloggers brands work with. I thought in this day and age different is supposed to be accepted, yet I don’t see it. Or when a brand emails me and clearly doesn’t know my blog, or my name for that matter, and chooses to start an email with “Hi lovely” or “greetings”. If a brand wants time and effort from bloggers they could at least start their plea properly. And when it comes to what they ask for, not make it so unrealistic and too good for themselves, and nothing in return for me and my readers. Of course there are some brands that offer a really good relationship, but there some that seek too much self – gratification for their own good.
There we have it, rant over guys. Like I said, I really do love blogging, just some things can be annoying. Is there anything that you don’t like?