I’m going to burn in blogger hell for this post, but it’s finally time I get it out there. My gripes with several blogging practices are certainly in the minority, as countless bloggers do all of these things- huge bloggers who will have more new followers in week than I will ever have in my life- but they turn me off of blogs pretty quickly. So. if you aren’t interested in hearing blogging gripes, feel free to take a day off and check back in tomorrow! If you are, read on…
Why does everything need to be monetised?
I love reading about style but I’ve kind of given up on style related blogs and Instagram accounts. If I have to make a “LikeToKnowIt” account to even see what brand made something, I’m taking a pass. I’ve been burned by countless blogger pushed pieces of clothing and beauty items because they probably were paid or given free product to promote it. I know that bloggers spend a lot of time finding items to share from your affiliate links but if the entire point is to profit off of me, I’m just a customer and not a reader/follower. I understand that finding products, checking availability, linking them, writing the rest of the post, potentially taking pictures/making some sort of gift guide collage takes time but does anyone get into blogging because it’s fast and easy? It’s now at the point where I only trust reviews from maybe 10-15 reviewers, and they are typically the people who buy their own products. Everything seems better when it’s free, right?
Do We All Use the Same Things?
Okay, I understand that there are certain things that a large percentage of the population likes. I’m not a hipster by any stretch of the imagination- I like my Hunter boots, my Kate Spade tumbler, and my cute cookie cutters, and so do other people. However, do we all need to write a post on how wonderful S’Well waterbottles are? At a point, I would argue the topic is saturated and there is only so much to say about a waterbottle or a J Crew shirt or a Madewell tote. If you touch on a popular product in a post, awesome! I get a hint of what you like about it without an entire essay. If you write an entire post on Warby Parker glasses like two thousand other bloggers, I’m going to leave altogether. I like following bloggers to get to know them as an individual, not someone who is going to jump on whatever is popular with “influencers” at the time. (You aren’t influencing me. Quite the opposite, in fact.)
I Don’t Need Eight Old Posts a Day
I don’t care what Pinterest articles tell you to do, please stop sharing a billion old posts a day. If it’s Arbour Day and you have a post about tree planting, feel free to share away because it’s relevant. Please stop re-tweeting numerous old links daily because you make me think that you have new content for me to read when I’m really being linked to the same posts over and over and over again. If you want to tweet but don’t feel like continually putting out those 140 characters, share some articles or other blogger’s posts. If you were in a room with someone and they continually kept bringing up things that they have done, like, and enjoy, it would be weird. Doing it on Twitter with your blog posts isn’t any less weird.
I’m not saying that I won’t read something from a blogger who does one or more of these things, but I typically stay a little distanced rather than throwing myself wholeheartedly into waiting for your blog posts to come up. It makes me a little sad, but this is the way of the world. I get it, if you can make money you will. I’m still hopeful that honesty will return to blogging, though.
I’m a little scared to ask, but what are your thoughts?