Want to hear my rant about respecting each other in the blogging community?
I’ve been blogging for nearly six years now and back when I started things were very, very different. The community was much smaller, there was less drama and PR samples were unheard of (well at least to me anyway) Over the past two to three years blogging seems to have exploded. Everyone and their neighbour seems to have a corner on the internet to share their thoughts whether it be about products or life in general. Although I welcome the change, I do find myself taking a disliking to certain things going on.
The first thing that I dislike is the increased amount of drama that goes on. Now it is inevitable that when a group of ladies (and gentlemen) get together, there is more than likely going to be some disagreements and fallouts. It is a fact of life. Humans don’t get along 24/7 (although I wish we could all just get along at times) Now I understand people debating over different opinions but what I don’t get is people turning nasty against people on social media for the slightest bit thing, it seems silly to waste your time arguing with someone who you’ve probably never met. I myself have been on the receiving end of this and I’ve got to say, it is one of the reasons I don’t really tweet as much anymore. Not because it got to me, purely because I cannot be bothered with the drama. I’m soon to be 21, I have a job, I’m in the process of planning a wedding, I have a life with someone I love and I’ve started a new small business. The last thing I need to be doing is wasting my time partaking in drama on Twitter, with people I’ve never even met! Whenever I do go on Twitter I see drama, no word of a lie. It also appears that there are a number of individuals in the blogging community who seem to be drawn to drama like magnets (I personally like to call them Drama Llamas) If you are a Drama Llama then fair enough, that is your choice, but I myself am really not interested in getting involved. I try my best to remove negatively from my life to keep it happy and stress free and unfortunately Twitter, a social media site I used to LOVE, often seems to be a place of “he said, she said” tattle tales and a place where you get virtually attacked for the slightest bit thing. And for the above reasons, I tend not to partake in blogger chats anymore and I keep my tweets to a minimum.
The second thing that majorly annoys me is the sheer amount of “Blogging Dos and Don’ts” posts I’ve seen cropping up lately. My blog is MY blog. To put it frankly I will write and post what I want on here. And in my opinion, blogging shouldn’t be about rules. A blog is essentially a place for us individuals to have a voice, be creative and share what the heck we please and design our blogs how we please. I find it sad that many bloggers are reading these type of posts and think “Ooo well I won’t do this and I won’t do that” I don’t know who’s idea it was to start deciding what is considered to be the rules and what is not allowed in the world of blogging but it annoys me greatly. Now I agree with many posts that state that automatic music that plays when you land on a website is annoying and I agree that CAPTCHA is frustrating but maybe Miss or Mr Blogger is a fan and wishes to pop them both on his or her site? Although I may not find it appealing, I think as long as the blog owner is happy with THEIR decisions on THEIR blog, then what business is it of mine or yours? Sure I would probably enjoy visiting the blog more but it isn’t my blog, it is theirs and therefore entirely down to them.
I think what I’m trying to say in this post is that although I welcome the fact that the blogging community is expanding, I feel like everyone needs to remember to respect each other whether it be on social media or even when it comes to their decisions regarding their blogs and online content. I think it would be a much happier place of we all did so but to be honest with you, it really is your own decision whether you want to or not.
Do you respect other bloggers?