Blogging is a great thing to try if you feel alone because of a disability you have and need a community of people like you that gives you hope. The blogging community is filled with supportive people but unfortunately, people starting blogs today are doing it for the wrong reasons and only start blogs because they think it’s a lazy way to make tons of money. I love blogging but like everything in life, there are things that people do that I personally think is annoying. Every blogger is on a different journey and not all bloggers will be annoyed by the same types of things because new bloggers who started last week may not have been doing it long enough to experience the same types of annoyances veteran bloggers do. In this post I am going to about some things that happen in the blogging community that I personally do not like and wish people would stop doing.
Following me only to get a follow back- Blogging has become quite popular and sometimes all people care about is how many followers they have and will only follow you to get a follow back. If someone follows my blog and happens to be a blogger I will check out your blog to see if it’s something of interest to me but I will not follow people that leave comments and ask me to follow them. I understand that it’s important to grow your follower count to get more opportunities but you are not going to build a community of genuine people when you pressure them to follow you and beg for followers. I have not once followed someone and sent them a message saying that I would appreciate a follow back because when you do that it gives you a lot of followers who don’t care what you write and will not read your posts. Post often and create quality content and your blog will grow naturally because begging people for follows is not how you market a blog and all that will do is give you a ton of followers who never engage with you.
Liking posts at rapid fire- There is nothing wrong with liking every single one of my posts because it does help bloggers grow when you engage and I am not annoyed with likes. The problem isn’t that people are liking all your posts and it’s the serial likers that will like ten of your posts in a thirty-second period but read none of them. Please do not like posts that you did not read because it hurts a blogger’s website rankings when you are not viewing posts and makes it so we rank lower in Google. I know when people have read a post or just hit that like button because I don’t get the views when you don’t click on it and there is nothing more annoying than when you are getting a million notifications from someone who clearly went to your blog and started hitting the like button on all of your posts without reading any of them. I would rather you not read my posts than to spam my blog by liking posts at rapid fire because it’s not helpful when you hit the like button on a post you didn’t read.
Brands that try to take advantage of you- Blogging can create a lot of opportunities that you would not have without your blog and sometimes when you become more popular you get more paid opportunities. Some bloggers write for fun and will not accept sponsored posts but running a blog can be expensive and some people may do paid work to help financially support their blog. I have worked with a few brands and some of them are great businesses and I would work with them again but sometimes they are dishonest and try too hard to take advantage of bloggers and get free marketing. There is nothing wrong with accepting free work and I do think there are times when you should but you shouldn’t expect bloggers to promote a product for free. Do your research before signing a brand contract and know your worth because people will try to take advantage of you and that is just the world we live in!
Ads at rapid fire– Some people get annoyed when they see ads on someone’s site but I understand that it’s one of the ways content creators make money and am not bothered by it. I am not annoyed by a few ads because that’s how bloggers make money but I do find it annoying when I get on someone’s site and I can’t do anything without clicking on an ad. There is nothing wrong with having ads on your site but there should be a limit on how many ads you have because when there are too many it makes your site look spammy which makes people leave immediately. Put your ads in the sidebar so you still can make money but it’s not overwhelming for readers and people can still browse your site without being bombarded by a million ads.
Dropping your links in the comment section- When people drop their links in the comment section of my blog I get so irritated because the comment section of my blog is for sharing your thoughts on the post I have written and is not there to promote your businesses or any products you are trying to sell. The only time it’s okay to drop your links in the comment section of someone’s blog is if they have clearly stated it’s okay because otherwise it just looks spammy. I have my comments set up for moderation because people will drop their links in the comment section without my knowledge and I don’t want every comment to be a link. If you want a blogger to promote a product you are selling contact them privately and see if it’s something they will do because blogger hate it when you use the comment section of their blog to promote yourself.
Trolls that hate on your blog for no reason- As a blogger, I have come across my fair share of trolls that want to hate on my blog only because they can and it gets them attention. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone and if something genuinely upset you, it’s okay to call out content creators because chances are you weren’t the only one. The problem isn’t that people sometimes disagree but it’s that people are rude unnecessarily because it draws attention to themselves. I ignore trolls because it will drive you crazy if you took everything a troll said to heart but not all bloggers are able to do that as easily and some people may quit because of trolls. It’s so upsetting to me when I see great creators that are trying to make a difference quit because of trolls. Let’s open it up for discussion when we have a difference of opinion instead of hating on bloggers for having the wrong point of view because things change when we talk about it.
Blogging opens up many opportunities that you would not have had without your blog but the unfortunate reality is most people starting blogs today don’t care about who is in their community and it’s all about getting likes and follows. Like and follows are important for blog growth and if you can it’s helpful to follow someone’s blog but sometimes people become obsessed with numbers and that’s all they care about. Blogging is all about building connections and if you don’t care about building relationships with your followers you shouldn’t get into content creation because without a community you have no blog. I can never understand how some people can create useless garbage and become popular because sometimes it’s the smaller accounts that make the most impact. What are your blogging pet peeves?
I read all comments because I love hearing your thoughts but please be kind, keep all comments relevant to the post you are commenting on and your language clean. You don’t have to agree with everyone but you should be respectful of everyone’s different points of view because rude comments toward me or any other commenters will not be tolerated. If you see that someone is struggling it’s okay to offer support but please do not give out any kind of medical advice in the comment section of my blog even if you are doctor because I am not qualified to diagnose anyone and can be held liable if it’s bad advice. The comment section of my blog is not for promoting yourself and any links that are dropped without my permission will be deleted without warning. If you violate my policy your comment will be edited or completely removed from my site.
🙂 I hate it when people drop their links to their blog and the products that they are marketing in my blog’s comments thread.