8 of the Biggest Blogging Pet Peeves
The blogging community is an interesting place to be. I’ve been blogging for nearly 3 years now and obviously I love it otherwise I wouldn’t keep making the effort to do it. As a whole, the blogging world is great and so many good things can be said about it. It’s fun, friendly, informative, engaging and most people are very supportive. However, as with everything it does have it’s downsides too. There are a few habits that bloggers do that can really get on other blogger’s nerves. So, I’ve come up with a list of some of my biggest blogging pet peeves.
1.) Clickbait Posts
This is possibly the most annoying thing anyone can do. Posts that are titled like ‘find out how I made x amount of money in just 1 month of blogging’ or ‘how I gain hundreds of Instagram followers a day’ etc annoy me to no end! Not only do these types of posts make bloggers look like greedy social climbers but it’s also just complete bullsh*t!
These posts will take you through the blogger’s backstory of how they got started. They’ll big themselves up like their a superior blogger and then right at the very end they’ll give some obvious statement like ‘engage with followers to get more’ or ‘I made all my money from sponsored posts,’ that doesn’t actually help anyone. All it does is waste someone’s time.
2.) No comment section
Honestly, the amount of time’s that I’ve read a great post, gone to comment and find out that I can’t is ridiculous. It makes me think that all they care about is what they have to say and no one else. I didn’t start a blog just to have a place where I could talk to myself. The whole idea of blogging is to build a community of like-minded people who you can openly share thoughts and opinions with. So why would anyone not have a comment section?!
3.) Follow to Unfollow
The follow/unfollow game is definitely up with the most frustrating thing a blogger can do! If someone follows me and then unfollows me a few days after I’ve followed them back, they’re getting a swift block. I’m not here to play games. If you’re not genuinely interested in my content and are only looking for a follow back then please just move on. Doing this isn’t going to build an engaged community. It’s just annoying and I can’t believe that people are still doing it like we can’t just all see right through you.
4.) Moaning about Blog Views/Followers/Likes
I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this at some point in our blogging career. But there are people I’ve come across who consistently moan to the point where I just want to unfollow them. Yes, trying to get an engaged following is tough, it takes a lot of time and a lot of work and moaning about it 24/7 is going to get you nowhere. Not only does it make you look greedy but it also makes the people who do view and engage with your posts a lot not feel good enough.
The way I look at it is I enjoy the whole process of blogging, from coming up with the ideas, creating content and putting it out in the world. If no one engages with it then at least I had fun creating it and I’m happy with how it turned out and if someone does engage with it then that’s just a bonus. Basically, just be grateful with what you’ve got and stop putting out moody, unappreciative tweets about followers and engagement multiple times a day.
5.) General Comments
It is very obvious when someone has commented on your blog but not actually read it. They’ll leave comments like ‘great post, check out mine.’ etc, which will 100% ensure that I won’t be checking out your blog post. Getting comments is always an exciting thing. But when you see that it’s just a general thing from someone who just wants a view it’s pretty disheartening.
6.) Bloggers Who Only Want Free Things
I see this a lot on social media, especially with new bloggers. They’ll start a blog, ask around how they can get onto pr lists, or get free things, find out it’s more difficult than they thought and quit. Even long term bloggers try so hard to just get a few free products. While I understand it’s nice to be compensated and recognised for your work, I’ve been thrilled whenever I’ve received a pr package, that’s just not what blogging should all be about.
7.) Pyramid Schemes
I cannot be dealing with the blogger girls who ‘have their own business’ constantly messaging me saying they think I’d be great at what they do. It drives me completely up the wall! The worse thing is they’re getting smarter now. They’ll follow me on Instagram, write some really lovely comments, start up a conversation with me and then a few days later BAM…’Can I tell you a little bit about what I do?’ It’s so bloody annoying!
8.) Buying Followers
Lastly, one of the biggest blogging pet peeves is bloggers who buy their followers. These bloggers think they’re real ‘influencers’ and then brands who only care about the numbers work with them. Really these people are cheats. They cheat the system and they win because brands can’t be bothered to actually check what they’re doing. It’s absolutely infuriating for those of us who are genuine hard workers and often get nowhere. I have no time for the people who buy their followers.
Can you relate to any of my blogging pet peeves? What some of your blogging pet peeves? Let me know in the comments. While you’re here don’t forget to subscribe to Beauty and the Bookshelves. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!