Blogging is an incredible creative outlet for me, but like anything it can have some aspects which can be irritating. This post is by no means a rant, I love blogging. I thought I would share my pet peeves and see if other bloggers can relate.
1. The Follow/Unfollow “Game”
This unfortunately goes on so much and on various social media apps, it is so silly. Most people now have apps to find unfollowers, so to be honest it is a waste of time following just to unfollow. It can be so frustrating when you are trying to build a community.
2. Copying Of Content
This has not happened to me, but I have seen it happen to other bloggers before. It is so disrespectful to have all a blogger’s research, writing and photographs copied. If you like an idea/theme a blogger has written about, acknowledge the blogger and credit them when writing your post.
3. Trying to balance life, work and blogging
Blogging is not easy and takes so much time, the researching, the writing, the photography and editing just to name a few elements. But working as well, it can sometimes be quite overwhelming. I have been planning ahead to ensure I have enough time to have a healthy balance. Using my planner and planning out my content has been so helpful.
4. General Comments
I see it on my some of my posts and on other bloggers’ posts and you get comments like “Nice” or “Great Post”. But you are left wondering, what was great about it? What was nice? Did they even read it? Even if people dislike the post or don’t agree, offering constructive criticism can be so helpful to a blogger. I like to read posts and leave genuine comments as I know how much hard work and effort goes into their posts. Also, if you leave genuine comments, people will want to do the same.
5. Auto Dm Messages
These can be quite irritating ha ha. I just find it so impersonal to receive an auto dm, I would much rather talk to that person and share links and read their content that way. It shouldn’t be forced.
6. Bloggers using the #BloggersWanted or #Bloggersrequired incorrectly
This is such a pain because there are so many hashtags to use to promote your blog or a particular post. These hashtags in particular are specifically to help brands/bloggers find bloggers for collaborating opportunities and it is harder to find these opportunities when others are using those hashtags incorrectly.
7. Writers Block
I have had this happen to me twice in the time I have been blogging and it is so irritating! When it happened I took myself away from my screens for a few hours, was creative with colouring or go outside. I would also search online, do research and scroll Pinterest for inspiration.
8. Brands asking for a collaboration with no payment
Every blogger knows how hard it is to post consistent content so when brands reach out, but do not offer any payment/or product or only offer a discount code for their products. I mean I personally feel like it is a slap in the face. Just remember the work you put in and your worth. You can say no!
9. Having to register to a company in order to comment
Like a lot of people I don’t really want to be registering to another company and being spammed ha ha! I think it is definitely a good idea to make it easy to leave comments on your blog.
10. Influencers paying for followers
If you want to pay for followers, that is your own personal choice, I personally wouldn’t as I like genuine connection with real people. The only reason it is a pet peeve of mine is because when brands want to work with influencers with a certain following, it is not a fair playing field for those said opportunities.
Can you relate to any of my pet peeves? What are your biggest blogging pet peeves? I’d love to hear in the comments.