Sunday 22 November 2015

Things that bug me about Blogging

Follow 4 Follow
Stop it. Stop it now. The biggest way to get a whole load of people NOT to follow you is tweeting or hashtagging F4F. On Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook, I see it all the time. More often than not I think "What a dick" and swiftly move on, remembering your handle for future. 

I use Crowdfire and I don't see anything wrong with doing so, mainly to see those people who follow, unfollow then follow again. Trust me, download it and you'll soon cotton on to repeat offenders. My problem with Crowdfire are the messages people set up that automatically direct message you with every, single social media platform they're using. Guess what the first thing is I do? I unfollow you. 

Free Shit
Oh you know the kind, the people that think they can start a blog just for the free shit, the kind that think zero effort goes into a post and consequently screw it up for the rest of us by their stinking attitude. Since running events in Southampton and attending blog events run by other bloggers I've learnt to spot these bitches a mile off. They are so freaking obvious. Listen up desperate people, life isn't free, you have to work for what you want. Something thousands of other bloggers are doing and have been doing for years to build up trust with companies for the opportunities to even exist. I hope you enjoy your free dog biscuits from Canine for the dog you don't even own because ya know, it was free...

Copying Ideas
Unfortunately when putting something out on the world wide web, things are going to get copied. Copying and pasting entire blog posts and passing them off as your own are 100% not on BUT when it comes to certain ideas sometimes, just sometimes someone probably got there before you. Classic examples being, monthly favourites and empties, what's in your bag, interviewing series', the list is endless. But recently I've seen people publicly calling others out on a non original idea and that's not on, stew quietly. Just because say, you started an interviewing series and then someone else did that doesn't mean you can then get shitty with them. How do you know that that post hadn't been scheduled long before yours? I started The Netflix Tag earlier this year (or at least I think I did) and that was copied as "I've started The Netflix Tag", did I throw my make up out of the blogging pram? No. Why? Because I'm an adult. 

Blogging Events
As I said above I run events in Southampton for bloggers to attend for free. We have companies attend, hold drink offers and give everyone who attends pretty awesome goody bags all for nothing. One thing I have come to learn over the last year from doing these events are that some people are damn rude. At our very first event last year we invited twenty or so bloggers to network and mingle, after handing out the goody bags two left without even a goodbye or a thank you. RUDE. 

The last two events have gone much better, (at least everyone says bye now) but you still get the same people that come not to meet other bloggers and network but again just for the free shit. Amy & I work our arses for these events, we get fab companies onboard and we LOVE doing it but they definitely open your eyes to certain bloggers. Certain bloggers that seem to have a reputation not only at our own events but others as well. If you want to read just how much it bugs me click here - Blogging Events & The Free Stuff.

Blogging Misconceptions
Time and time again it is brought up in blogging chats on Twitter about blogging misconceptions. We now live in a very social media focused world where you only see the good things and why the hell not? I'm not about to start Instagramming what I look like after a night out, I'd rather IG a photo of a pretty book, a magazine and a cute cup and title it "Sunday lazy day" instead of "Drank too much rum and I now look like roadkill". I genuinely cannot believe that people moan about this on Twitter. If you want to Instagram yourself with chocolate down your pyjamas while picking your toenails go ahead but if someone else wants to share a picture, perfect photo, keep your opinions to yourself and stop being a very public bitch on Twitter. 

Twitter Chats
There's a difference between a healthy debate and being a dick. There's also a difference between having an opinion while respecting others and being an ignorant shit. Don't be that dick or that ignorant shit because you'll get a reputation and everyone will remember your handle for the wrong reasons. Respect others. What goes out publicly on Twitter stays public even after you've deleted it. 

Anxiety is Cool
I've suffered with Anxiety for quite some time now, I deal with it my way and keep that fact to myself because that's how I want it to be. I've only ever tweeted about it once and this is the first time I've ever mentioned it on my blog but I get so sick of people using it as a fashion accessory in the blogging world. The awareness that it's brought is fantastic but this attitude of "Oh I blog therefore I must have anxiety too" is bullshit. And if you're that person who is making up that you have anxiety to fit in or that you think that it's cool, stop it. You're making a complete joke of people you actually suffer from it.

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