Bloggers are like birds. We flock together, and then we fight to death over the breadcrumbs.
Blogging is something I look forward to on a daily basis. I love to sit down and write posts, it feels like I'm talking with an old friend. There are a ton of really amazing people that visit this site on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, and I wouldn't trade them for the world. I've met so many awesome people and had a ton of really cool opportunities come my way. But sometimes, just sometimes, things about the blogging world can really grind my gears.
In four years of blogging, I've come across my fair share of annoyances. It is important to note, however, that the positives outweigh the negatives a million to one.
This being said, the Things I Can't Stand About The Blog World are:
-Blindly jumping on trends simply because they will bring pageviews.
Of course there's no problem using hot keywords in your posts, or for buying and showing off those shoes you love that every blogger seems to have. Your blog is your blog, and the content is up to you. BUT it's fairly easy to tell when a blogger is just to fish for pageviews, and has little to no interest in the actual topic. Stay true to yourself and your blog!
-Needing to be an expert on everything.
Some bloggers will turn anything into a tutorial. How to make a peanut butter sandwich. Why it's important to inhale, then exhale. Simple tips for walking down the street. You see, we all understand that tutorials and tips are popular, but not every post needs to be a Definitive Guide to Living The Perfect Life. The only thing you need to be an expert on is being you, and not everything has to be a teaching opportunity.
A girl's gotta eat, yeah, but cat litter reviews on a beauty blog? And you don't even have a cat? C'mon!! Stick to your niche, and your readers will be fine with you making a buck.
It's so important to reach out to other bloggers and make blogging friends, but the purpose of blogging friends is to build each other up, not to ride on their coattails. This doesn't happen to me often, but when someone approaches me (online or at an event) and asks "how I got my followers" it sends up a big red flag. Be genuine! Get to know someone for them, not what they can offer you!
-Sometimes it's lonely!
It can be really hard to find your "friend group" in the cliquey blog world. Especially when you're first starting out. We're all really busy, and sometimes it feels like a blogger you really love totally blew off your email or your tweet. It takes a while to learn that balance, and that sometimes opportunities will pass you when you don't even realize it. I've forgotten to respond to emails before, and I'm sure bigger bloggers have an even harder time with this.
-It's SO much work!
This is both a blessing and a curse. When your work pays off, it's so awesome! It's such an awesome moment to see a post be really successful, or to get that email from that opportunity. Sometimes, however, it feels like you've been working nonstop and seeing no results. A lot of blogging seems to be the luck of the draw, or all about how you market yourself. You can write the best post ever and nobody will ever see it if you don't break your back promoting it. It's kind of hard to get used to all the "shameless self promotion" you need to do as a blogger. Then people call you self-centered. It's like sometimes you just can't win!
What drives you nuts about the blogging world?