Top 5 Blogging Pet Peeves

Top 5 Blogging Pet Peeves

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!

Top 5 Blogging Pet Peeves

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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36 Comment

  1. Ive definitely dealt with all of these pet peeves before! Its something we will have happen as bloggers!

    1. Yes, it’s inevitable but it’s still kinda annoying!

  2. I totally have the same pat peeves as you, I hate when brands think you can promote them for free!

    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  3. the struggle is so real with brands and compensation….

  4. I can definitely agree with you on these! I’ve actually gotten emails before where the brand thought they were contacting a DIFFERENT Blogger- talk about awk!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. Holy guacamole, that was a huge whoops on their part! When will they learn?

  5. I agree with all of these! Especially when it comes to compensation – the time and effort we put in to make someone’s brand shine needs to come back to our brand!

    X,
    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

  6. Yes! I think the interaction between other bloggers is so important. I think many of us have similar pet peeves!

    Sydney… http://styledbys.ca

    1. It seems so! Thanks for reading Sydney!

  7. I agree with all of these. I try and answer every comment on my pictures on social media and answer all comments on my blog and I try my best to comment on other sites as well!! may be a lot of work but so worth it in the end!

    http://xoxobella.com

    1. It definitely is worth it!

  8. Uhm yes, yes, yes, YES to all of these!! Seriously you just wrote out everything in my head these last few days haha

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks these! Thanks for reading, Rachel!

  9. Me too! I’m starting to get all sorts of emails where I’m addressed solely as my business name or my email address…. come on. Do these companies really think they’re going to grow their businesses that way? DELETE. Thanks for the laugh, Anna. 🙂

    1. Isn’t that so annoying Sarah? I guess they don’t really care that much! Thanks for reading!

  10. #1 and 2 hit the nail on the head for me. Someone called me Breakfast at Tilly’s the other day. Like if you’re going to call me by my blog name, at least get it right haha.

    xoxo, Jenny

    1. Oh goodness, that’s not good! Will these brands ever learn?

  11. #2 is one of my pet peeves also! Ugh, especially if you go to their website and it looks like their spending millions on other things.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    1. Right? It’s super annoying!

  12. Definitely agree with responding to readers! Sometimes it can be hard when the comments are generic, but I try to respond most of the time!

    Tori

    1. I totally know where you’re coming from, Tori!

  13. I agree with all of the above! I need to come up with a pet peeve list. Maybe we can collaborate and have a massive list of pet peeves! haha

    1. Haha that’s a definite possibility! 🙂

  14. Such great points! Blogging is hard work and it’s annoying when brands think we’re just good for free advertising :/

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks Edye! It is pretty annoying!

  15. #5 is a huge one for me! I think interacting is a major part of having a brand!

  16. YES to all of these. Don’t even get me started on brands trying to take advantage of us, haha.

    1. Girl, it happens way too often!

  17. YUP! So many brands (and high end brands too) expect a post for no compensation. I find it very annoying too!

    1. Yes! Like, I know they can afford at least a little compensation!

  18. You’ve definitely highlighted many frustrations in the blogging world. I’m sure the list could go on and on if we all sat down and thought about it, but I have to say, despite the many, many frustrations, blogging has been such a blessing to me and my family – so much more than just a hobby or a job.

    1. I totally agree! Blogging is worth every minute!

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