We all have our pet peeves in life. I don’t like bad drivers or hearing people chew loudly, but they’re just things I have to deal with. The same applies to blogging. While I love blogging with all my heart, there are some instances that just drive me nuts. Those who know me know that I don’t like to be a negative person, and I don’t want this to be a negative post, but there are some things that I just need to get off my chest. Maybe you can relate to some of these things too!
1. When brands contact you, they don’t refer to you by name
I’m sorry, but when did my name ever become “dear” or “blogger”? Pretty sure it says Anna on my birth certificate, and it’s listed in multiple places on my blog. I know many of these emails are sent out in mass amounts, but brands should at least take the time to make their emails more personal. As a person, I deserve that. Every blog, no matter how small, deserves that.
2. When brands don’t offer compensation
This is somewhat related to my first point, but it’s just as important. When I first started out blogging, I would take on opportunities that didn’t provide me any incentive besides “social media sharing”. Well guess what, I can’t pay for things with Facebook likes (although I wish I could!). I quickly learned that those collaborations were not worth my time. We made an investment into our blogs, so I believe that brands can make an investment in us.
3. Not adding a personal flair to blog social media accounts
I know there’s a whole debate about whether or not you should use your personal accounts as your blogging accounts, and everyone has a different opinion on it. For me, there was no question: I would absolutely keep my personal accounts and just promote my blog on them. I do have a separate Facebook page for my blog, but otherwise everything else is consolidated. Why? I didn’t want my blog to lose its personality. I didn’t want my feed to be filled with “Look at this blog post” and “Check out this other post”. Even if you do keep your accounts separate, I would still love seeing a little personality – especially when it comes to Twitter.
4. Not being transparent
This is by far one of my biggest pet peeves on this whole list. Every blogger should be transparent. That means they need to disclose every time they receive a free product, when they may receive commission, or generally when ANYTHING is sponsored. Whether this is a statement at the beginning of a blog post or just “#spons”, it needs to happen.
5. Not interacting with your readers and fellow bloggers
Okay, granted I don’t have millions of page views or hundreds of comments coming in every day, but I feel like bloggers should take the time to talk to their readers. Answer their questions, reply to heartfelt comments, give them advice, whatever. Similarly, I hate it when bloggers (and very few do this!) act like they’re above other bloggers. Luckily, most people are incredibly nice and are always open and available so I don’t see this much, but it’s super annoying when I do see it.
I’m sorry for this long rant of a post, but I just needed to get it all off my chest. Thank you for reading and listening!
Do you share any of these pet peeves with me? Let me know in the comments!
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