As I’m writing this post about the 5 things I hate about blogging, I feel a bit like Julia Stiles’ character in 10 Things I Hate About You – one of my favourite teen movies (yes, I’m old please see my birthday post ;). Despite this negativity, I think this post is necessary and many of my fellow bloggers will probably relate to many (if not all) of these.
I want to put this out there for everyone thinking of starting a blog. You’ll need to know about these minor irritants too so that you’re not blindsided by all the stuff that can happen.
Without further ado, the 5 things I hate about blogging:
People who Follow and Unfollow
To all of you people who follow me (and others) on Instagram one day, just to unfollow the next, please just stop. What’s the point of the follow/unfollow nonsense? If you have 25,000 followers but are only following 500 people and all of a sudden decide to follow me, I know you’re going to unfollow me tomorrow. I just won’t bother following you…
We’re all trying to grow an audience so why not do it in a genuine and legitimate way. That’s what I do. While I might not have a bazillion Instagram followers at least I know I’m not following/unfollowing people all the time.Can you Relate? 5 Things I Hate about Blogging Click To Tweet
People who Don’t Follow Through in Facebook Groups
This goes back to my Facebook group rant. I love Facebook groups where people are helpful and awesome – they can make a real difference in your whole blogging life and experience. However, there are those people in groups who just don’t reciprocate! Despite warnings from all of the amazing group admins, they still don’t follow through. These people dump their links or their social media profiles expecting others to follow the guidelines that they can’t bother to follow themselves.
Going through the various threads takes a lot of time for everyone. If you’re going to join in – just follow through please!
This is a pretty major thing I hate about blogging – useless webinars that take up our time without offering any value. I know and understand you need to sell a product and I completely, 100% respect that, but please don’t advertise your webinar as one thing and then turn it only into a sales pitch.
Many of us are so busy – running around after kids, working full time and still trying to build our own businesses. If I’m going to sign up for a webinar it’s because I trust you and want to learn from you. Sure, I may buy a product in the long run but if all you do is sell (despite promising something else), I’m not going to trust you anymore.
In addition to the unhelpful nature of these “useless webinars”, some people send around 20 emails advertising these webinars. When I see 20 webinar emails, after reading the first and deciding whether or not I’m interested, I’m going to delete the rest. Again, it’s not that I don’t want to read your emails, but I don’t have time to read 20 emails about your webinar, even if I plan to attend.
On the other hand, there are some amazing and very successful bloggers/online entrepreneurs who provide so much amazing info without a sleezy sales pitch. You guys are fantastic, super helpful and greatly appreciated by the many bloggers out there (like myself) who are trying to bootstrap and find success online.
Unsubscribers are on my list of things I hate about blogging because they make me sad. I feel as though I put so much effort into gaining every subscriber I have and I want my subscribers to feel that they are learning something and getting helpful info from me. When someone unsubscribes it means that they aren’t learning and benefiting from my content. It’s never fun to think that people aren’t benefiting from your hard work.
If this is the case, then I have to work on making more useful content and look deeper into what my readers are interested in learning about (PS – please feel free to shoot me an email and let me know what you’re interested in reading about – nicole (@) theprofessionalmomproject.com)
For more blogging tips –> Secrets to Blogging Success: A Review of Traffic Transformation
I’m not talking about Justin Timberlake and his buddies from the Trolls movie. I’m talking about icky internet trolls that pick on people, write hateful comments and are completely unhelpful in Facebook groups.
Again, we’re all working hard trying to hustle and take care of everything. No one needs these mean and hurtful comments and attitudes.
Bonus Item: People who Steal Pinterest Pins
I don’t understand people who steal other people’s hard work. It’s really frustrating to be working away at something only to have a spam site steal your image to redirect it to their blog. Can you tell I’m living this at the moment lol?
Not only does it divert valuable traffic from your site to their site but I think it also impacts your rating on Pinterest in a negative way. If people click on pins they think are yours and then it takes them to a spam site they won’t trust your pins. If your readers or searchers stop trusting your pins so will Pinterest. While I don’t have direct proof of this, I think it makes sense since they are trying to cut down on spam as much as possible.
You can report stolen pins, which is very helpful and the folks at Pinterest will take the offending pins down. If you’ve faced stolen pins, check out this helpful post from Social Media Examiner on how to Find and Report Stolen Pins.
Is there anything in particular that you hate about blogging? I’d love to know in the comments!