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24 October 2017

Blogging Problems, Pet Peeves, and Pressures

If you knew what you know now about blogging when you first started blogging, would you still have clicked that publish button?
I honestly don't think I would have.
There are a lot of 'issues' within the blogging world that I think aren't spoken about enough. Or, if they are, it's mainly the issues that everyone deals with (i.e brands expecting bloggers to work for free).
There are things about blogging that you probably don't find out until you're a few months in, and you're noticing that these problems are becoming a common occurrence, but not a lot of people are talking about them.

Witch hunting on social media has almost became the norm within the blogging world now. You probably know what I'm talking about, and if you don't, you're lucky. You have probably seen the endless tweets of fellow bloggers commenting on just how much drama there is in the blogging community now, but I want to focus on the cause of it.
You have almost definitely seen it happen.
 Someone tweets or posts something a little controversial, or about a topic that's a bit 'touchy', or it can even be something so silly or even something based on the wrong facts/information, and the next thing you know, it has blown up, and every blogger and their aunt has something to say.

What we seem to forget, is in this mass witch hunting for the culprit, for proving that you're right and they're wrong, there is an actual person on the other end of this targeted 'assault'.
Everything we say has an impact.
Of course everyone is titled to an opinion, but when you see hundreds of bloggers attacking/commenting on one blogger, is it really okay? To join in on seeking someone out just to have your say and potentially cause more drama than stopping it?

You can almost go as far to call it 'mob mentality'.
You see other bloggers doing it, they make it look okay, so you join in.
Do we really think it's okay? Is it justified? Are two wrongs making a right in this case?

Cliques are a thing now. You were probably part of them in school, but they're here in the blogging world too. Cliques may be the wrong term, but what I'm referring to is groups of certain bloggers, that claim/are in a certain 'tier', and act like that's all that matters, that if you're a smaller blogger, you don't matter as much.

If you're not part of a blogging group or 'clique', blogging can be extremely lonely. You always feel slightly left behind, left out, never quite part of the conversation.
They have become more apparent, and I see more and more tweets every day of bloggers commenting on how lonely and left out they feel.

Are these 'cliques'/groups leaving out other bloggers intentionally? Do we get to decide on who is worthy and who isn't?
Bloggers are bloggers, no matter their follower count, or the amount of brand collabs they have done

This community is made of mainly female bloggers, and of course at times this is an issue. Girls can be downright nasty and absolute bitches.

Blogging comes with such a unwanted amount of pressure. Pressure to post X amount of times a week, pressure to have the latest release, pressure to be doing things like all of the 'top bloggers' to justify your presence.

Blogging almost feels like a competition, when it's supposed to be a hobby, something we love doing, and for those of us lucky enough, a full time job.
You will always feel pressure to do things a certain way, and that's mainly because you see others doing it. This causes so much pressure on bloggers, that we often end up feeling guilty for when we need to take time off for ourselves.
 If you don't do these things, you often feel off topic, not as relevant, not a good enough blogger, and it's such a shame, as it puts off smaller bloggers for even bothering to try.

These are just a few of the main 'unspoken' problems within blogging I have noticed in my short year of being a blogger.
I don't even know how you could fix the problems, when you realise that the main cause, are us bloggers ourselves.