Blogger Bugbears

I love the blogging community; it’s a wonderful place to share, vent, learn, grow and rant. I’ve made some amazing friends through blogging, some extra special nutty ones that I’m heading on holiday with next week ‘ya’ll know who you are batches’. However; and I absolutely do not want this to come across bitchy, but I’m sure you’ll all agree, there’s just some blogger behaviour that get on your t**s.

Of course I’m not going to single out, there are only a few bloggers that actually annoy me, this post is more about blogger behaviour in general that annoys me and I’m pretty sure the rest of you too … unless you do those things … then you’re probably not annoyed and actually feeling rather smug right now! haha

I had a lot of input from other bloggers when I put a shoutout on Twitter for peoples opinions; so if you gave me a bugbear to mention – thank you!

I will also say that yes I’ve done some of these. I’ve done them, realised how annoying they were and then STOPPED asap! So please no pot-kettle comments … I’m admitting that on occasions, this has been me … and gosh must I have been annoying!

Over-scheduled tweets

I think scheduling a tweet is a fab idea. Keep your readers engaged if you know that you have busy times during the day that you can’t tweet. It’s a perfect way to keep in touch with followers from different time zones or if you’re going on holiday or feeling under the weather. However, what really bugs me is a ‘hey have you seen this post?’ every 2 minutes! It clogs up your feed; usually your ‘Guide to Christmas’ isn’t relevant in June and it makes your Twitter account look like it’s run by a lazy bot!

Top braggers

We all love to share our achievements. Follower/view/subscriber milestones always deserve a little jig. Pictures of items you’re reviewing are great and so is telling everyone all the cool events and collaborations you have coming up … but remember to stay humble. I’m sure like me you started reviewing packs of chewing gum and items you bought with your own money so don’t go OTT here people.

Cryptic Callys

‘I’m feeling really down’ … ‘Oh no what’s wrong?’ … ‘ I’ll DM you’ – has to be THE most annoying conversation to read on social media. It’s okay to leave your followers guessing about an upcoming competition or family announcement but come on, these Debbie Downer tweets are just irritating!

Follow-unfollow-follow

Follow me, that’s great. I really appreciate you taking the time to show your appreciate for my account by following it. Unfollowing me, also fine if it’s because you’re not interested in what I have to say; but when it’s because I haven’t followed you back … bugger off! It’s especially annoying if you then try it again, as if I hadn’t seen your initial follow.

Freebie hunters

‘My T.V broke, anyone know a PR that gives them out?’. Arghh, you may as well say I’m hungry, anyone have a Snickers to send me? *p.s. I don’t know why I used Snickers, I hate Snickers*. Everyone loves a free item or service, I’d be lying if I said that they don’t, but don’t use your blog as an excuse to get a load of free stuff. Review things because you love them, they’re relevant to you and your reader and you’re genuinely passionate about the outcome of your review.

Gimme gimme gimme

This is one from a good PR friend of mine. So you want to contact a PR about an item or service to review? Don’t email along these lines ‘Hi, I see that you sell pushchairs, I need a pushchair so do you want to send me one and I’ll review it for you?’ This reeks of ‘freebie hunter’. Approach a PR with a genuine business proposition. Introduce yourself and your blog, tell them what you love about their brand, tell them why you would like to review their item, how you will review it and most importantly what you can offer them? Having a blog doesn’t necessarily mean a brand ail want to work with you. It’s all about personality, passion about your blog, a good (not necessarily big) readership and an honest review ethic. I can do a separate post on PR tips if you’d like?

In it to win it

If you hear of a fab opportunity, share it with others. We all want to succeed but it’s a tad boring alone at the top (I’m assuming). If a PR asks me for contacts I pass them over or let my relevant bloggy friends know. Gemma from Sunshine on a cloudy day is fab for sharing opportunities that she finds over on social media and so is Emily from Twin Mummy and Daddy. Likewise if you’re working with another blogger on a project, collaboration, or linky then don’t forget it takes two to tango, share the love and appreciate each others hard work!

So this is a review blog?

It’s great to read peoples reviews on their blog but not when that’s all there is. If I wanted a review site I’d head to ‘which?’. We want to hear about your life, your experiences … about you! Take the time to write posts purely because you love them not because you’ve had some kind of incentive or compensation to do so.

Poor layout

Spending 20 minutes finding someones social media buttons or comment’ button often leads to me just walking away … or clicking away in this case! Make your site simple to view, clear font, not too many ads and of course … beautiful pictures!

Non responsive

Argh there’s nothing worse than going on someones blog on your mobile or tablet to find it’s not responsive. Having to scroll side to side or zoom in and out is such a pain; go for a blog template that suits all devices – it’ll make your readers life a lot easier and more likely to come back!

Keep it relevant

A mummy blogger with older children reviewing breastfeeding balm; a non-smoker reviewing e-cigs? It’s really nice to vary your posts but not if you can’t actually review the items. If you plan to review or just write about a variety of topics then why not change your area of blogging to lifestyle … it leaves more room for variety!

 

These are just some of the blogger bugbears that myself and some of my bloggy chums have ranted about. Do you have anymore to add?

 

Thanks for reading!

~J~

14 Comments

  • Angela Webster
    1st February 2015 at 8:45 pm Reply

    I agree with a lot of those, I’ve been really sad to see some of my favourite blogs full of reviews now with all the personal posts almost gone, I love reading about people’s lives I’m nosy like that, you can also tell a mile off when someone’s writing a sponsored post about something unrelated to them like owning a horse when they clearly don’t for example. I only really blog for fun and for us as a family to look back on in years to come so I don’t tend to get involved in the more serious side of it, review opportunity’s are nice but they are not the be all and end all. Great post 🙂

    • Jessica
      3rd February 2015 at 4:38 pm Reply

      Thats a really great way to think about it. Some people definitely blog for the freebies but it’s lovely to find someone who blogs for the memories

  • Alyssa @ Mum to a monster
    1st February 2015 at 9:05 pm Reply

    love this , this I was guilty of a few in the early days

    • Jessica
      3rd February 2015 at 4:16 pm Reply

      I think we all were but it’s good to realises now though haha

  • Lara
    1st February 2015 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Totally agree on all counts! Keep it real people and keep it relevant. Great read, thanks for sharing xx

    • Jessica
      3rd February 2015 at 4:11 pm Reply

      Thanks Lara! People definitely need to keep it real!x

  • Amy
    2nd February 2015 at 8:44 am Reply

    Ooh heck I do the follow unfollow thing but in my defence I use an app as it takes too long to go through everyone individually! I tend to not clog up my feed with people who aren’t interested in me/want to support me back and then might accidentally follow them back without realising so, GUILTY!! 🙂 x

    • Jessica
      3rd February 2015 at 4:13 pm Reply

      Haha, but do you follow people just to get follows back? I do unfollow people but only because I’m no longer interested in following them, not because they’ve not followed me back.

  • Lauren Ashley Varley (@lollybond2010)
    2nd February 2015 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Love this post,completely see what you mean. I haven’t come across a lot of the above but I’m sure I will…I hope I don’t do any of those things haha x

    • Jessica
      3rd February 2015 at 4:14 pm Reply

      You definitely will come across; it gets worse the more you notice it too haha

  • Mama and More aka Zaz
    3rd February 2015 at 8:43 pm Reply

    I’m now thinking of which I’ve been guilty for and why?! The freebie hunter I’ve never been however, and I think that one in particular gives the majority of bloggers a bad name. Fab post!

    • Jessica
      24th February 2015 at 8:42 pm Reply

      Thanks lovely, I think we all do them sometimes to some extent but it’s those who go OTT that drive me a little crazy!

  • Urban Hairstyles
    9th February 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Thats a really great way to think about it. Some people definitely blog for the freebies but it's lovely to find someone who blogs for the memories.

    • Jessica
      9th February 2015 at 8:30 pm Reply

      Definitely! SO lovely to record the memories (and get some lovely gifts along the way 🙂 )

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