My Problems with Blogging Right Now.

Every Tom, Dick, and Harry are discussing blogging as a whole at the moment. Whether it's the discussion of whether Blogging is "Dying"? (Hannah Gale discussed her thoughts on The Slow Demise of Blogging) or about the shift within the community as a whole. Vix wrote a great post entitled Why Does Everything Feel Forced in the Blogosphere?  and plenty more blog posts have got me thinking. Right now, the blogging community is really getting on my tits and I want to write about it. I don't agree that blogs are 'dying' or 'demising', in fact, I just feel as though people are just not blogging for the same reasons they were anymore. 

I began blogging back in the January of 2014. That was over 4 years ago. I was nearing the end of my dance degree, living between two houses whilst interning and I felt pretty cool that I had a blog as a hobby. 

It was inevitable that things would change. Nothing stays the same forever but I feel as though the community is so far from a "community" for me right now that it's hard to feel connected to it in one way or another. I want to share with you the 11 Problems I have with blogging right now, without the ridiculous word count that could be produced. 




01. The bloggers that just decide they don't want to turn up to events organised by another blogger. Even worse when they don't send an apology or try to let that organiser know. I organise events for local bloggers so when this happens, it's really frustrating (especially when they put on instastory what they're doing instead).

02. Just because you blog full-time it doesn't mean I have to show an interest in every single blog post, collaboration and AD that you do from now on. I understand it's your main income source but I'd like to stick to engaging in the stuff that draws my attention.

03. There's nothing worse than seeing bloggers use their social media platforms to complain when they haven't received a PR package another blogger has. PR's may see your social media, in the hope of working with you and then be put off by your presence on social media.

04. There's a real lack of engagement across all platforms. I'm not just talking about Instagram (because we all know Instagram is a pain in the ass!) but in general we don't have as many Twitter chats. people commenting on blogs, writing blog posts which spoke about the posts they enjoyed anymore. It just feels like every man for themselves.

05. Those bloggers who are clearly applying to every opportunity there is in order to grab a freebie, especially when it's so far from the content they already write. It's good to write about the things you enjoy but also just as important not to get sidelined by other things for the sake of a freebie.

06. People who copy your content. This happened to me in 2016 and has happened since. I see it happening to others too. I don't see why bloggers think it's ok to do that.

07. Bloggers who haven't been blogging that long and instantly want it to be a full-time gig as well as be on every PR list going for events. It's really important to grow your content first.

08. There's no "secret" in how to get the good gigs in blogging or views on your blog posts in the thousands. It's about working at it because it doesn't overnight.

09. The "friends" who you think are invested in you but in fact aren't really. There's nothing worse than having blogger friends who only contact you for a rant, for the blogger advice and do nothing more towards a friendship.

10. I don't understand the candid photos on the streets of London that have zero relevance to the topic, particularly if it's something quite important. I don't want to read about the outfit you are wearing when I may be reading about your cervical screening experience.

11. All of the drama on Twitter, particularly when it ends up being a massive community sending tweets towards one individual. It's basically bullying and shouldn't happen in blogging if you ask me.

I hope this post doesn't come across shady, I just wanted to put my thoughts into the blogopshere. Now I'm going to enjoy a Banana and Chocolate loaf with a cuppa. Let me know your thoughts on Blogging right now and any problems you have with it.

If you enjoyed my discussions about My Problems with Blogging Right Now you may also enjoy reading my thoughts on Why Full-Time Blogging Isn't For Me

14 comments

  1. Amen to this. Especially to people expecting things to happen quickly. Good things come to those who wait!! x

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    1. Oh definitely and I believe that too. I worked really damn hard on my content and then started to get some really exciting opportunities, I wish others felt the same! xx

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  2. I don't think you come across as shady at all. I think you've hit the nail on the head here as this is all the things I hate about the blogging community. I also don't think blogging's dead, it's just evolved and what was the in-thing to write about a couple of years ago isn't as in now. Times change, people move on.

    Izzy x

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    1. Thanks Izzy! Yeah exactly, the community has shifted but I just hope some of the parts (mostly the engagement) goes back to what it used to be because it was so much more fun back then then it is now! xx

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  3. This was a really interesting post to read! I’ve only been in the blogging world for a couple of years and I even I can tell that things have changed massively since I started! I definitely like to think of it more of an evolution than as a death though! I totally get what you’re saying about engagement being lacking, I’m guilty of reading so many posts but commenting less often - sometimes if you’re busy then you just forget but I really shouldn’t! Copying really gets my goat as well, I’ve had posts ripped off in the past and it’s so frustrating - but what can you do?! Really enjoyed reading your thoughts so thank you for sharing!

    Abbey 😘
    http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for your comments Abbey, it's crazy to think that it has changed so much but there's definitely parts of that which could easily come back! I read so many blogs but definitely also as guilty of not commenting on them, it's quite time consuming to be fair! :D x

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  4. A very interesting read, I cant imagine how frustrating number 1 is. There is no excuse for not turning up or at least letting you know!

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  5. I found myself nodding along to so many of these but especially point 10! Still don't understand why people do OOTD type photo shoots when the body of the post is actually advice based or serious topic matter. I agree with you - these are two separate things which don't marry together particularly well. For example, a written piece on mental health / anxiety / having low confidence doesn't work with sassy model-like photos (clearly no low confidence issues there!). I found there were two bloggers on my blogroll that did this a lot and I ended up unfollowing both of them sadly :( Great post! x

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  6. Me too - it just doesn't work and we don't need to know about their outfit when the topic is so serious! Oh gosh - I've seen it a lot too and you did the right thing by unfollowing them if you don't engage with their content anymore. x

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  7. A-FRICKEN-MEN, I couldn't stop mhmmming to this post as I was reading through your points. There definitely is a lack of engagement and lack of community now, it's ever-changing isn't it? x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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  8. Totally agreed. Specially point #10: I really don't get that pictures. I suppose it is to try to link the clothes to the blog and get some extra money, but I really don't need to see someone's outfit to enjoy their post.

    I would also enjoy some more engagement. I have just started blogging this month and when I decided to launch my site I was excited by the idea of engaging with bloggers, not just for advice but to start a friendship. It hasn't happened yet (although I guess it takes time).

    Thanks for sharing!

    Miriam | www.theopiblog.com

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  9. I really enjoyed this post. It is so true. especially the every man for themselves comment. it feels like a very isolated hobby now. its all about taking and not giving (by which i mean not commenting or reading blogs but expecting people to comment and read yours).

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  10. Preach! Completely agree with every single point you've brought up. One thing that does annoy me are the photos of locations that soon appear on every Instagram post. What happened to being creative and different? I feel I'm always commenting and sharing, and I'm lucky to even get a share. There have been numerous times I've wanted to give in, but I'm carrying on because I'm enjoying it and that's the most important thing. x

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  11. I'm going through every point and nodding along like 'yes, I thought I was the only one who thought this' haha! I agree with everything you've said here. Especially number 10, that has always been something I never really understood that either! And I'm so done with Twitter drama, even after unfollowing people I still find my feed clogged up of tweets full of drama, feels like everyday something new is kicking off! xx

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