I’ve been back in the “blogosphere” for a few months now after several years away and I thought it might be time to do a post to call out some of the great, and perhaps not so great things about the blogging world. I don’t mean for this to come across as just having a whinge but instead just a way to get some things off my chest that potentially some of you have experienced as well.
So, what are some of the things I severely dislike about the blogosphere?
The Follow/Unfollow Game
Possibly the most annoying game to ever grace social media. I just don’t understand the point in playing it? Surely you follow someone because you like them & their content, not just in the hopes that you’ll get a follow back. It just seems like such a waste of time and it ruins someone’s reputation.
I can guarantee that if I notice someone following and unfollowing me repeatedly, they will absolutely NOT be getting a follow back – instead they’ll be getting a block for being so bloody annoying.
It’s All About Those Numbers
It really shouldn’t be, but sometimes it is and it’s unavoidable. The number of times I’ve gone to apply to work with a brand and their requirements are somewhere along the lines of “Must have 10k+ followers on Instagram” etc. I mean, I kind of understand the reasoning behind it, like yeah you want your brand/product/whatever to be seen by a lot of people but that doesn’t necessarily mean than only “big” bloggers can promote it.
Another thing in this category are those aforementioned “big” bloggers who don’t reply to “small” bloggers. Honestly it’s just plain rude and there’s no reason for it. I’m not asking to be best friends with you, I just want to know where your skirt is from.
The Pressure & Comparing Ourselves to Each Other
I think every blogger has put pressure on themselves at some point, whether it’s to get a post written in time, or to get photos taken or edited, or to even just be present on social media enough so that they still feel relevant. I’m really bad for it myself. I constantly put pressure on myself to get a post done because I’ll feel like a failure if a week goes by and I don’t post. Now I know that’s not the case at all and that forced content is the worst, but still.
I’ll be the first to hold my hand up and admit that I’m so guilty of comparing myself to other bloggers and feeling inferior, and to be honest I think a lot of us are guilty of it. It’s so easy to look at one of my photos next to another bloggers’ and think “I wish my photos looked like that”. It can be hard, but I think we need to remind ourselves, and each other, that we’re all different and we all have our own blogs & Instagram pages for a reason – nobody wants to follow 50 bloggers that post identical pictures.
Now that I’ve had a moan (soz) lets move onto more positive things about the blogosphere and why it can be such a nice place to be.
Bloggers Are So Bloody Nice
It’s just a fact. Bloggers are just such positive people and are so ready to compliment you on your latest Insta post or retweet your most recent blog post, and it’s because bloggers know to treat others how you wish to be treated. We know that a like or a comment can literally make another blogger’s day, and it literally takes two seconds to do, so why not? If you need that little confidence boost, or that little bit of motivation to know that you’re doing good – bloggers have got your back.
The number of amazing people I’ve met through blogging alone is amazing and I never would’ve crossed paths with them if it wasn’t for my blog. I actually wrote a post about friendships (particularly blogging friendships) which you can find here.
The Possibilities Are Endless
By having our own blogs, we can write about literally anything we want. One day I might write about makeup, one day I might write about shoes, and the day after that I might write about a horrific true crime case that fascinates me because it’s MY blog. Our blogs are our own little corners of the internet and we’re so lucky to be able to do what we want with them.Another thing, our blogs can lead to so many opportunities! Whether it’s working with brands, starting our own businesses, turning it into a career etc; the possibilities are literally endless and it’s so exciting.
It’s Made Me Dress Better
I’m not even joking. After being part of the blogging community for a few months now, I’ve noticed my dress sense improving drastically and that I’ve become more adventurous with my clothing choices. I’ve started going for pieces that I normally would run a mile from and I’m loving it! The other day I bought my first ever jumpsuit and I feel FAB in it.
I’m no longer just reaching for a slogan tee and skinny jeans. Well, I still love a good slogan tee (who doesn’t) but I’ve branched out into mom jeans recently and I’ve been loving life. I’ve also been adding accessories such as belts which is groundbreaking for someone like me who always forgets to accessorise. I don’t think I’m quite ready for those teeny tiny sunglasses and a wooden handbag yet, but maybe one day I’ll get there.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the blogosphere. What do you hate about it, or what do you love about it? Let me know!