There are many things that I do love about blogging. I love having the freedom to express myself. I love meeting other bloggers. I love experimenting and trying new forms of writing. But there are a few things about blogging that I don’t like. This got me thinking after reading a blog post by fellow blogger Mind.Beauty.Simplicity. about the “ugly side of blogging,” as she eloquently put it. You’d have to click on this link to read her post, which I highly recommend. Basically, she expresses that there are certain people in the blogging world who may copy someone’s words.
After reading this post and reflecting even more on the “ugly side of blogging,” I wanted to talk about a few things that makes me want to silently growl in passive aggression. This post may focus on 5 things about blogging that I don’t like, but it is not intended to be a negative post, but a lighthearted attempt at humor.
Promoting on social media
I do love interacting with people on social media. But the idea of posting my own blog link into a tweet or an Instagram story is still a concept that makes me feel kind of embarrassed. I’ve liked tooting my own horn, so to speak. So, the fact that I have to do this, not once but several times a day, is something that I am still getting used to. However, I have accepted it because it is a pretty effective way to get views. Readers won’t suddenly find your blog, unless if your blog happens to go viral overnight thanks to the magic of Google. Your blog is really just another blog in the blogosphere. In order for any one of your posts to get noticed, you’ve got to use social media. I may not like it, but that is why I spend at least an hour creating Pinterest pins and Instagram posts, and then sharing, sharing, and sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Any good blogger knows that it is essential to do keyword research. By doing keyword research, you are ensuring that your blog will reach the right people. After all, you don’t want your parenting blog to reach people who want to read a blog about cooking and recipes. If you have a parenting blog, then you want to reach dads and moms and even grandparents. It may be boring to do keyword research but it is necessary for success.
It is necessary in both the blogging world and the social media worlds. In a previous post, I talked about how essential it is to do keyword research in order to find the right tags to tag your blog post with. And then, once your blog post is written but before you are ready to promote on social media, you have to do find the right keywords to use on the various platforms. It is one of the most effective ways to reach new people. As with most things that you don’t like to do, it is needed.
Another thing that I absolutely don’t like about blogging is the phenomenon called blogger’s block. Blogger’s block is similar to writer’s block, which is the short term inability to create new content. It is annoying when this happens to me. I want to write something new and profound, but somehow, miraculously, the words don’t come. In fact, I got so tired of this that I once wrote a blog post on how to overcome blogger’s block. Basically, one of the best ways that I usually overcome it is through distraction — do something else. Whether that is going on Pinterest to look for ideas, stepping out into nature, indulging in some online window shopping, or reading a book, your blogger’s block is bound to come to an end soon as a wealth of new ideas come streaming into the window of your mind.
Asking for email subs
Any successful blogger knows that the more email subscriptions that you can attain from your readers is a blog that is that much more likely to be successful. It is crucial to get email subscriptions from readers, because that is a guaranteed readership. People read their emails on a regular basis, which means that you have a pretty good chance of them clicking on your link to read the article. But it doesn’t mean that I like it.
I don’t like the idea of asking for email subscriptions, mainly because I don’t like asking for email. I myself don’t like to give my own email because to be frank I get enough email as it is. It would take me several hours to weed through the clutter that manages to evade the spam folder and get dropped into the new email folder. But even though I don’t like it, it is a necessary evil that I must soon fully employ on my own blog in order to be more successful as a blogger.
Plagiarism and copy cats
And finally, though I haven’t thankfully experienced it myself, I don’t like hearing of people who have intentionally copied another person’s content. Copying someone else’s content shows sheer unoriginality and lack of creative thought. Copying someone else’s content is pure laziness. When you come across someone who does this, particularly if they copied your own work, it is downright aggravating and infuriating, at the thought of someone else taking credit of all of your hard work. It is the same as theft. You might not be stealing a tangible commodity, but theft of words — and images — is just as bad. So, just don’t do it. #Bekind and create your own content.
These are the 5 things that I don’t like about blogging simply because they are annoying. However, most of them are things that are necessary to do for success in the blogging world. Because I don’t want you to think that blogging is a terrible hobby, stay tuned for a post about 5 things that I do like about blogging.