What I love to hate about blogging

I have been blogging for almost three (3) years now and to say I have come across a dozen blogs of all niches would be an understatement. There are blogs that from the word go you’re hooked and then there are blogs which don’t exactly match your palate but are still palatable then there those you dread reading or even coming across the blogsphere. I am not sure which of these categories my blog falls in for you but which ever it is we can’t please everyone and we shouldn’t try. That being said here are some things that I love to hate about blogging.

Love to hate about blogging

Commenting threads

I run a Facebook group called bloggers 2 brands and in the 12+ months that it’s been running we have tried a number of commenting threads until we landed with 3 that seem to have been working well for the last 6+ months. As bloggers we know we can’t just click publish and wait for comments and shares to come in, we have to do some social media tactics to help it along and commenting threads are one of those tactics. I love to hate about blogging: commenting threads because as much as we all love getting comments on our blogs they can be time-consuming and at times you find you’re reading a blog post which you have zero interest in but for etiquette’s sake we do what we must.

Follow for follow

when I started out as a novice blogger I got caught up in the follow for follow scheme on different social media and for most part it was a great way to up my numbers because more numbers (and interactions) equals more chances of that coveted sponsor. Then I learnt the hard way, people follow today wait a week to two and unfollow you. There are people with strategies, they follow certain number of people for certain number of days and then unfollow whilst you’re left following them. Thanks to numerous apps we can now see whose unfollowing etc. I love to hate about blogging: because it truly sucks when some bloggers do this and takes away the fun of the blogging community.

Reciprocation

This all in all is a good thing but can get tiring sometimes. As part of blogged etiquette, when someone comments on your blog it’s good manners to reply and possible interact with that person. There are times when some people leave comments on your blog and you have no idea what they are talking about, I hate calling people out and I know we all have different understanding and interpret information different but for real!!! Most people think the picture in the post is what the post is about but as fellow bloggers can attest there are times when you don’t have that picture that goes with the post so you improvise instead. For some reason people scanning posts look at the picture and talk about how lovely it looks etc. making it so obvious that they did not read the post at all.

Following the trend

I have noticed a few bloggers who love following the trend and this is not always a bad thing because people want to voice their opinions which they are totally entitled to but there are some bloggers who will hijack the headlines or whatever is trending to get some page views. It’s funny because it’s so obvious they are not doing it to voice their opinions but to gauge the audience to bring views to their posts. We all love it when we get a lot of page views but there is a proper way to do it I think.

I have a handful of things I love to hate about blogging but it’s not a ‘this blogger does this and that blogger does that’ kind of post. This is more of pert peeves that I have come to realise I love to hate about blogging.

Overall blogging in general can be amazing, it can be a way to vent, share your ideas and give some love. Blogging for me personally has been very fulfilling and not only emotionally but financially too which was never part of the thought process when I started blogging but an added bonus I have earned along the way.

What are some of the things you love to hate about blogging?

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  • I absolutely hate the follow/unfollow on Instagram especially and the comments I receive where it’s so clear that people haven’t read my post. There are some drawbacks to blogging but there’s also some lovely bloggers out there and for me it’s just fun anyway!

    • There are some lovely bloggers out there and I think its the 90%. The remainder 10% really grind my wheels.

  • I agree with so many points you mentioned, some of them is such a waste of time and energy, especially follow and then unfollow. Sometimes I feel the same about comment threads, it’s great for some engagement but how many comments are really genuine…

    • I ask myself that all the time about comment threads. It’s even more disheartening when you read a comment and can tell starlight on they didn’t read your post

  • Totally agree with most of your points! I particularly find RT threads difficult when I have to tweet completely irrelevant posts to my engaged followers, I’m sure this puts a lot of people off following, as it would me!

    • Absolutely, I can understand why people create two accounts so it doesn’t affect their engaged followers.

  • I’ve requested to join your facebook group. I don’t understand why people follow then unfollow but I don’t keep track either, just let them get on with it x

    • Thanks Jenni, one of my admins will approve if they see it before me. And yes I don’t understand but then again they want to be in better position than you.

  • Interesting post and some very good view points. Follow for a follow bugs me too.

  • I have to agree about some of these. Especially follow for follow. It doesn’t add engagement as it only inflates numbers. I’m chatty so love to talk to people interested in the same things as me instead. x

    • The follow to follow ones have noticed are no longer beneficial as some followers (include fellow bloggers) use ghost accounts

  • I swear using apps to see who are those cheeky follow unfollow people revolutionised my social media haha x

  • Love this! I HATE readers saying ‘she’ and ‘her’ about Pickle – they ovs haven’t read the post and realised he is a BOY! Just because he has curly hair…. Kaz x

    • Hahaha, I saw that on your page and had to double check because I know he’s a boy lol

  • This made me laugh, their definitely some good points in this post. Great post. X

  • Haha, this proper made me laugh as I came here from a comment thread 😉 never heard of your Facebook group before and I’ve just joined 🙂

    Corinne x

  • This made me laugh. I’ve done the follow for follow, I just follow who I find interesting. However the comment threads can get very time consuming and you can tell when they haven’t even read it. But on the positive side, from doing this I have had a giggles, tears and I’ve read very inspiring posts, and I’ve come across some brilliant blogs.

  • Jessica

    I agree with all those points. I agree with comment threads – they are good for getting some engagement, but then not everyone properly reads your posts.

    • And that’s the disheartening part which gets to me sometimes

  • I can certainly relate to the comment threads thing, it is natural to see blogs that you have no vested interest in, but that does not make them bad. I don’t follow for follow either, I follow people I interact with

    • Absolutely it doesn’t make them bad it’s just they are of no interest to you etc

  • The follow to unfollow thing really annoys me – overall it’s just such a waste of time and energy. x

    • I have come to the same conclusion too

  • This is a great post! I totally agree, and definatly with people not reading your post properly and their comment clearly reflecting that, its my top peave!

    • It’s disheartening when people don’t bother to read the post and just say things that don’t even make sense

  • Some good points that I can relate to definitely about the comment threads though.

    • Commenting threads I definitely love to hate them but they are the necessary evil lol

  • Hi there, an interesting post but i don’t think it a ‘hate’ blogging – more of a hating the social part of the blogging world. If you get my understanding,

  • You’ve summed up exactly the same points I would have made. Blogging can be difficult when you first start out, but now I seem to have found a few things that work, so I’m sticking with that! 🙂

    • Thanks, I am doing the same too

  • Some good points but all of which you can ignore and do your own thing x