2017 was the year that I saw a dramatic change in the world of blogging. There seemed to be a considerable rise in having a go at each other on social media. For the life of me I don’t understand why?
Blogging, I have always thought, was a community we were all proud to be a part of. To support and help each other, but 2017 seemed to change where it was the norm to jump on people if they made a mistake or wrote something that was considered controversial.
What actually amazes me is that this can all be done behind the security of a screen. Would we really speak to each other in real life in what at times is a disgusting way. Or join in a group of people bullying one person, in a public place. We wouldn’t! So let’s keep it off social media.
The answer to that is quite simply, NO! We wouldn’t, we would hopefully have some manners, and treat people with respect. So why would it acceptable from behind a screen? It’s quite simply not.
When I started blogging just over three years ago, it was a friendly community and blog love was alive and kicking. We would share each other’s posts and support each other, although that is still around today there just seems to be less of it. Over the last three years I have been very fortunate to meet some wonderful people who I now see as very good friends.
There is an unsavoury move to attacking people if their opinions differ from yours or you have written a post that might be considered controversial, or you tweet something and we have all done this which you instantly regret, but somebody sees it and decides to screenshot it and then share it in Facebook groups. Which is wrong on every level. What has changed?
I believe in the three and a half years I have been blogging a lot has changed, and the biggest one change I have noticed is maybe jealousy of successful bloggers. Of course nowadays there is a lot more money in blogging. Which can sadly make people greedy, but there is enough to go around for everybody. At least that’s what I believe.
I have personally worked incredibly hard as have many other bloggers to have a blog that brands want to deal with. It most certainly didn’t happen overnight and there was no secret formula. Actually saying that there is a secret to having a blog that brands want to work with. It’s about hard work and dedication and great content and a following that it makes it worthwhile for a brand to work with you.
I have never actually pitched a brand for work, but I have been lucky enough to have been approached by them. Saying that, it’s not luck, again it’s all the hard work I put into my blog that has paid off brands have noticed me and I give them 100%, whenever I am writing a post for a brand , which they are happy with, that they will want to hopefully work with me again.
So when I see on social media people having a dig for working with certain brands. Yes, it’s annoying, mainly because I think it’s possibly jealousy that they are not getting these offers of work.
So many people come into the world of blogging thinking it’s easy quick money, unless you go viral overnight in your first week of blogging, which I can assure you is unlikely, you’ll have to work for the opportunities just like I have, and it takes time, so don’t get all nasty on social media with bloggers that are reasonably successful, because they have had some nice opportunities. Look a little deeper and you just may realise these bloggers have worked damm hard to achieve it.
I have been fortunate enough to meet some the biggest bloggers in the UK today. The one thing I always take away from our meeting is inspiration, they have always inspired me to work harder and try to make mine the best blog that I can. I have never felt inferior or insignificant. In fact quite the opposite, they have always found the time to give sound advice.
Blog love has always been vitally important to me, ever since I started blogging I have always shared. It takes a second and why not? If you like something, share it.
The blogging world in general is a lovely community to be a part of, but in 2017 I saw a dark side of people on social media where one person can start a witch hunt on just one person, that runs out of control very quickly, and what does it achieve? Absolutely nothing.
Let’s stick together as bloggers and enjoy what each of us is doing and show a little love, and encouragement. Let’s just be nice to each other, because being nice to somebody more often than not puts a smile on their face.
I would love to hear your thoughts.