I don’t really consider myself a “blogger”, nor do I feel belonging with other bloggers. Although I’ve been blogging for over three years now, using the term makes me feel very strange. I don’t fit the mould for what a proper blogger should be and my blog came about to be an extension of my youtube channel. However, I enjoy the whole process of blogging and the amazing opportunities it’s given me.
Over my time with being a part of the blogging community, I’ve noticed certain little things that I see bloggers do and I just don’t get it. I don’t know if I feel this way because I don’t fit the mould of the stereotypes of a proper blogger, but I see things and I just wonder…why? Why?!
I’m not writing this post to take a jab at anybody and if you do any of these, I don’t necessarily think you’re the devil (with the exception of one point which I think we all know about), but these things plain and simple, confuse the shit out of me. Please don’t take this the wrong way if you do any of these things!
#1. Retweeting Your Own Tweets
Okay, let’s start off with something little. I’m not talking about quoting your own tweets (I do this a lot), I’m talking about retweeting your own tweets with nothing to add. I can kind of see the premise behind it; letting people catch up on something you’ve said, but honestly? I just see it as liking your own status on Facebook. I find it sad and it slightly grinds my gears.
#2. The Dreaded Follow/Unfollow
Here’s the one that everybody’s frustrated with. Not just on Instagram, but now on Twitter too. I’ve seen this happen so many times to all my friends and myself included. It’s so frustrating to try and grow a social media platform when there are idiots who think this is a great thing to do. Watching my follower count go up and down on a daily basis has made me give up on trying to grow my Instagram altogether. Now I’m just using it how I want. Why do people think this is a good idea?!
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#3. Photo Props
I understand why people use props in their blog photos – it can add to a photo and make it look more appealing. But the other side of me thinks that a photo can get clogged with too many props in the way. When I do my blog photos, I just use the product. That is the main focus of what I’m writing about after all – I’m so worried that if I start adding more random props (especially ones that don’t mean anything) my photos will lose all focus of what I’m actually talking about. This one is just more of a personal preference.
#4. Too Many Hauls
I am not made of money. I work full time on a decent wage, have a mortgage to pay, a dog and goldfish to look after and a house to take care of. So why do bloggers feel the need to just do hauls constantly? I love a good haul video as much as the next person, but when there are bloggers (and this applies to youtubers aswell) spending so much money on haul after haul after haul, it makes me realise that I can’t relate to them anymore. I’ve stopped following lots of people recently because of this – I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with spending your hard earned money, but can you please vary your content a little bit!
#5. Instagram Themes
Me and Instagram Themes really do not get on. Al all. I’ve tried and failed to make a theme so many times and it really stresses me out. I know lots of people who have beautiful, polished and incredible themes on Instagram but me? I just can’t seem to do it! I joined Instagram to share photos relating to my life and my work online. I feel I’m adding more pressure to myself obsessing over a “theme” and it takes the fun out of Instagram for me. If you’ve got a banging Instagram theme that you are dedicated to, I take my imaginary hat off to you.
Are there bloggers things that you don’t understand?