Monday, 22 May 2017

We Need To Talk | The State Of Blogging

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Hello Everyone.

Today's post is a little risky because I can imagine it might ruffle some feathers, but hey, what is life without a little honesty?
Everything I'm about to say is just my personal opinion and feeling lately, I may change my mind next week or even tomorrow, after all, opinions can change overnight, but for now, right at this moment in time, I'm going to divulge to you all my feelings on:

Why Blogging Is Beginning To Suck


Blogging, the Blogosphere, Bloggy McBlogface, whatever you call it, blogging has exploded in recent years due to a little thing I like to call 'The Blow Up Effect'. Basically, a few long term bloggers made blogging mainstream after the world finally sat and and took notice that bloggers and youtubers have a hell of a lot of influence and the industry has become absolutely saturated with new bloggers since their spring to relative stardom around 2014, this jump in popularity is a double edged sword, on one side you have the positive effects which are akin to companies realising that blogging is legit and that these people behind the screens are worthy influencers with an interactive audience, this is brilliant in terms of allowing bloggers more work opportunities. Other positives include there being waaaaaayyyyyy more like minded people with similar hobbies at the click of a button, blogging isn't a lonely bedroom activity anymore and for that, I love the influx of daily new bloggers, however, the rise of blogging has also brought the rise of a plethora of blogging problems.

Obviously, with such a large number of bloggers nowadays, finding work and getting noticed can be a challenge but what I'm going to talk about here are the bloggers who are out there daily, damaging the reputation of other bloggers, I'm talking about the Pushy Self-Entitled Bloggers. These bloggers are like flood water, they come out of nowhere, they cause shit loads of damage and then they're gone again till the next rain storm. These bloggers are the ones that have 3 followers and they're harassing the likes of MAC for freebies with cringey hashtags and an air of self importance, you'll see tweets such as:

@BloggerStereotype: MAC are you looking to work with a blogger I review lipstick free of charge #PRREQUEST #MAC

Nay Pal, NAY.

This is so damaging to bloggers because it only serves to remind people of the infuriating blogger stereotype that we all want everything for free just because we opened a blogspot address twenty minutes ago. This is not ok, it damages the legitimacy of people who actually have an interest in the industry.

Also, freebies aren't actually freebies which is something I think gets overlooked a lot, when you factor in the time that it takes to write, photograph, edit and promote a post? That's hours of work there, don't undervalue yourself new bloggers!

I'm going to be talking about selling out in another blog post that will be coming your way soon but I believe it is another HUGE issue lately, some people will literally review ANYTHING and say it is amazing just because it was free. There's a big company at the moment working with bloggers, their online reviews are appalling, how they continue to trade is beyond me, and yet you have blogger after blogger not researching the company and appearing on their blogs with very badly fitting items and trying to tell us all they're THE BEST COMPANY OF ALL TIME!
Side note, this company emailed me and offered me a large budget to spend on their website if in turn I produced a post saying they were the best thing since Nutella. I had a look on Google and saw thousands of horrible reviews and I declined their offer, why? Because £70 worth of clothes is not worth lying to my readers over, but sadly, not everyone feels the same way.
Again, it's all about self worth, you're worth more than just taking anything thrown your way, the right opportunities will arise, I promise!

In other Dramas we all know about #BotGate but I'm not here to talk about that myself.


Another thing that really bothers me is the blogging snobbery I've witnessed lately, the majority of bloggers that are in blogging for the love of it all are really lovely people, they welcome new bloggers, they offer nice comments and they're really pleasant to speak to but there are a lot of bitches Regina Georges out there that just want to put people down, I've seen people discussing 'pathetic' pictures another blogger took because she used an iPhone and not a DSLR, I've seen people bragging that they post more often than other bloggers, they have a paid sponsor to cover all their blogging needs (yet they're very vague about these claims, I must say), that they can afford to spend more, or, and these comments are the worst, I've seen entire niches torn to shreds as being written by 'idiots'. 

Girl, Bye!

Everyone has their own interests, perhaps it isn't your own interest but what happened to the old "If You've Got Nothing Nice To Say Don't Say Anything At All"? Personally, I love reading about someone's passion, let's get back to supporting each other eh? 


Now, finally, the bit you've all been waiting for, I couldn't possibly write a post about blogging issues without mentioning this whole 'follow for follow' thing that is rife!
This isn't just blogging, this extends to Twitter and Instagram (I can't speak for Facebook as I don't use it) but oh my life, the struggles!
Instagram used to be great, people would follow you if they liked the cut of your jib (or your pictures, whatever) and that would be that, no hidden agendas, no follower apps and then, and then...

Instagram - Gain 21 followers, lose 29 followers.

What the hell? If you like what I've posted, then please, by all means, follow me, but, if you're following so I will follow back? I won't. It's not that I don't like following back but I've stopped bothering now that I've realised the majority of followers that arrive each day are people wanting Instafame and they just unfollow within 24 hours, I give up. The same thing happens with twitter, go online after a day and you have 15 new followers, check your follower count and there's no change from this morning's count... Seriously? What is the point of it? Come on now, let's just go back to following people because we actually want to follow them, it's not too crazy to ask, is it?
Also, remember the post I wrote about 5 Comments Bloggers Hate To Get? Well it's still going on, I get comment after comment from people who blatantly didn't read the post, if you want an example, I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about two different books, one was a positive, the other a negative review, the amount of people telling me both books sound fantastic clearly shows how many people DON'T READ THE POST. You can see this post here.

Now finally I'd like to thank the readers of this blog who are here to read the post, it means a lot to me that the majority of you read what I have to say and have a nice old natter in the comment section, even better are the ones who hit me up on twitter or email after reading a post, you really do make my day. Those of you who are bloggers? After you've read my posts, leave your links with pride, all your blogs are amazing works of art and I love visiting them, and for you non bloggers, thank you too for stopping by, sharing my posts and just generally being here.

Have you experienced similar feelings?

Bye for now,

Rosy xx


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  1. I think you've mentioned some very good points!

    I agree that bloggers who have become large influences act as a massive motivation for the new bloggers that have spurt up.

    I think that as time goes on, the bloggers who aren't blogging for the right reasons, eventually fade away. Eventually, I think those who started for the right reasons will be the ones left over...or that's what I hope.

    Very insightful post!

    Steph

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    1. They usually do I've found so far, I really love discovering new bloggers with amazing writing talent though :)

      Rosy xx

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  2. Rosy you know I love you like my blogging sister and you are right in many points here. I'll send you a PM in a sec.

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    1. Thank you for all your help Iga :)

      Rosy xx

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  3. Yes yes and yes to this post! Vix Meldrew wrote one of a similar vein recently and I couldn't agree with you both more. Blogging is a wonderful thing, and I hate seeing it tarnished by the things you mentioned. Follow for follow is a massive pet peeve of mine - I'll follow if I like an account, not to retain a 'follower' who would most probably not even engage anyway. I'm so done with getting caught up in numbers and just trying to enjoy it as much as I did when I began again. Your blog is brilliant Rosy, and you have a loyal READER in me!

    Kara
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    1. Yey thank you so much Kara :) I'm glad I'm not the only one and for the record, I love your blog too :)

      Rosy xx

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  4. I'm only a month into my blogging journey and I'm already encountering these issues.

    I used to love instagram on a personal level but I'm starting to loath it recently. I get a decent number of followers each day and the next day they all bugger off again, it's like they have found a sneaky trick they think nobody knows about, I use Crowdfire, I see you!!

    I had 1 blogger follow/unfollow me on twitter 5 TIMES, in the end I blocked her it was so annoying.

    I do follow back but if I would like to see more from their account, but not just for the sake of it, what would be the point.

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

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    1. There's a few bloggers keep following and unfollowing me too, over and over and I don't know why they think I don't notice haha.

      Rosy xx

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  5. I'm a new book blogger and have to say I've found the book blogging community fantastic - helpful, supportive and encouraging. I get your point about other types of blogging though - I could never do lifestyle or anything like that!

    Sheila www.thequietgeordie.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh the blogging community are usually lovely there's only a few people that are making it negative really :)

      Rosy xx

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  6. Yes and yes!! I read a similar post two days ago and I think we all agree. I have been enjoying my blogging journey since day one, I met some wonderful and inspiring ladies and I love that I am a part of this community. All I have received is love and support and I don't want it to be otherwise, but it is obvious that things change. I write for things I love on my blog and if someone has different taste, he can exit and find something else to read.It's just simple as that, no need to hate. And I don't own a camera, I take all my photos with my phone which is fine. Also, the follow/unfollow thing on instagram? So frustrating, I gain and lose so many followers every day. Great read, thank you! x


    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you agree and I love your blog photos personally :)

      Rosy xx

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  7. I do have similar feelings. The blogging community is so frustrating sometimes. Coincidentally, I've got a post planned this week to vent my own frustrations on the topic. I try to ignore it most of the time though. You've got to focus on your own grind, you know?

    amberelb.com

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    1. I agree so much Amber, it's going through a frustrating phase for sure though.

      Rosy xx

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  8. I really agree with most of this post! I don't really mind too much when people ask me to have a look at their blog, but there has to be effort put into it. If someone comments, "Great post! You can read my blog here", it's totally obvious that they're doing a bit of a link sweep to get more traffic. That really ticks me off!
    I really enjoyed reading this post, you made some excellent points. Blogging shouldn't be a competition, it should just be something you enjoy. I think every blogger gets a bit of a thrill when someone follows them, but it's so much more worth it when that following has been grown 'organically' because readers genuinely enjoy the content you put out.
    Juliet | notcapulet.co.uk

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    1. I love reading everyone's blog posts too, I always visit links I'm sent, unless it's just a 'great' then a huge list of their links, no thanks!

      Rosy xx

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  9. Amen to all of this, girl! Like you've said, the industry has a lot of positive aspects, but because it's become SO saturated, it's also become SO cut throat. I've gone to events and seen some bloggers that have a decent following size act as though they were J.Lo or Beyoncé. One girl, I complimented her outfit and she just looked at me like, why are you talking to me. My husband was with me that night and was like babe, don't compliment these girls, they're snobby. It's my nature to do that, I mean that's what inspired me to become a fashion blogger, I like to share where I got things and know where others got their cute pieces, too! Omg, I can't stand the whole follow for follow. I had to DM this one girl that was doing that to me several times a day for weeks. I usually let it go and ignore it, but what got me pissed was that I finally did follow her back, since we were following mutual bloggers only for her to unfollow me? I had to respectfully put her in her place that as bloggers, we should be SUPPORTING and ENCOURAGING each other, what's this business of unfollowing? Now that Instagram has been placing more and more restrictions making it so much harder to grow, I've been noticing this even more. I'm glad you brought this topic up because it's one that needs to be talked about and some need a reality check that there's enough glitter in the jar for everyone! We all can succeed and thrive, even if we support one another :) I hope you have the best start to your week, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. I'm so sad that that girl treated you that way when you were giving her a compliment :( There's no need for snobbery at all, I'd like to think I could get a billion subs and still act the same.

      Rosy xx

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  10. It's like you climbed into my brain to write this! I've found my social media being filled with bloggers who are 10 years younger than me and whilst that's not their fault, I find myself feeling distant from the trends, attitudes and cliches which are so popular.

    Generally now it feels like the majority of people are only out for a comment back or a follow. I've all but given up on Instagram of late. I resolved to do a huge social media clean up and try to find more bloggers I love reading, to fill my timeline / feeds with content I want to see and less of the blogging mania which is everywhere at the moment.

    Amy - http://amyevans.blog

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    1. Instagram is horrible at the minute, months go by and although I gain several followers a day, my count stays the same or even gets lower, the follow/unfollow thing is a real pain in the backside.

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  11. I loved this post, girl! It is everything I have been feeling recently and I love bloggers who are honest like this because it's how I try to be. I don't like what Instagram has become and I'm happy with my smaller following. I don't want to deal with that follow for follow thing, it annoys me. I want people to follow me because they like my blog and want to get to know me or enjoy what I post out there, but it's hard to tell nowadays with people just wanting followers.

    Also, I have dealt with the comments that don't relate to my post at all, which is so frustrating sometimes because I take the time to write and create content that I work hard on and people just comment to get a comment back on their blog, which makes no sense to me. Blogging should be about enjoying other people's content and that's why you read it. I don't know, people confuse me.

    Sorry I went on a whole rant here. I'd touch on each topic you mentioned, but then my comment would be it's own post lol. Thanks for your honesty, this was a refreshing read!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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    1. The follow for follow thing is really pointless isn't it? Because the people doing it wont engage with you so they're just a pointless number, I'm not into that at all.
      I loved you long reply, it wasn't a rant at all thank you for your input :)

      Rosy xx

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  12. This was so awesome! I've been wanting to write something like this as well. I use to in the past, but I need to revisit. Blog reviews use to be TRUSTWORTHY! LOL When I first started blogging 5 years ago they were. But then it turned into 'I WANT FREE PRODUCTS' and 'GETTING PAID'. I NEVER have contacted a company for them to send me ANYTHING. They have all contacted me and I have turned down so many offers. I don't review just anything. But I have accepted products from brands, thinking I would like them and I don't....but I still tell the truth! I let my readers know when something isn't good. That is why I created my Sweet, Bittersweet, Not Sweet rating system. I'm a little older than the regular beauty blogger and I've been in corporate professionally. So I don't care about a companies feelings. LOL That's why my readers like me. I give credit where credit is due. If it's good, I'll say so. And yep! People don't read! It's unfortunate. Not many people CARE about what you truly have to say. I'm not that way. I've been following your blog. I even go back to past posts, because I don't read blog posts everyday. I don't spend a lot of time on Instagram, because lately I just haven't had the time. But I do and try to catch up when I can. The beauty business has gotten very ugly. Honestly, if companies would just use someone to swatch their products (I could make up my own mind if I want the product or not) and put the big vloggers out of business. They use the same influencers over and over. There are only several I trust. I could go on! Know that you're not alone.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for your reply Kim, It's great to know I'm not alone with this, I agree, the same influencers seem to be used over and over and sometimes I think they might not be being quite honest (I suspect this after buying a few recommended products only to be left wondering what the hell I wasted my money on). I love your sweetness rating, it's one of the parts of your reviews I look forward to :)

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  13. I know what you mean, bloggers who blog only for freebies destroy our reputation. Of course I like to cooperate with stores but I have never written that something what I received is great if it wasn't. My readers and my pasion is more important than cooperations, so the reviews have to be honest.
    I totally agree also with this that we should support each other, if I don't like someone's blog or post I don't write anything.
    'Follow fo follow' is another irritating thing in blogosphere, I really don't like this.
    Great post, I agree with everything you have written.

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    1. I agree too, If there's something I like when I read a blog then I'll leave a comment but I never just leave a 'great' comment, that is worse than not bothering to comment.

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  14. Haha, this post is great - and so accurate! I'm most certainly not a fan of the whole 'follow for follow!! xxxx' phenomenon.. my photos are shocking and blogging haphazard but I do it because I enjoy it, that's the whole point right?

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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    1. That's definitely the whole point, if you're enjoying yourself then you win :)

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  15. Thank you for your honesty Rosy. Though I haven't voiced it publicly, I have been feeling a little disenchanted about the state of blogging lately for pretty much the same types of bloggers you mention here. I've been blogging for a number of years now and seen a lot of changes but it's these types of bloggers that make us all look bad as well as detract from the community as a whole. I think there are still alot of good bloggers out there who are genuine about what they share and aren't in this just for the freebies or fame.

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    1. I agree that there's still a lot of really great bloggers out there still producing fantastic content, hopefully the few that are more disreputable will just fade away after a while.

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  16. Oh man there are all so many bloggers out there but I think some people just do it because they want free stuff or think that they will make a massive income. I think it is important to be genuine. I think a large amount of bloggers will quit after a few years or moths because they realize how hard it is
    xo
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    1. I agree because it is way harder than people think.

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  17. I don't think you could have phrased this better. I am so glad someone else agrees with me. I'm not a big blogger but I've never tried to be, especially as I hateeeee follow for follow requests. So much so that I've written a note at the bottom of my blog asking people to not comment that. Of course people never read it! I write about sensitive matters (e.g. Mental health) so it really annoys me when people do not read my post and comment something unrelated, followed by asking me to see their new post. Seems like I've joined you in the rant here haha.

    Ayesha xxx
    Http://alycheeaday.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm so glad you agree, I can imagine the horror of writing about something as important as mental health and getting a silly 'follow for follow' comment in response, it really in infuriating when people obviously haven't read the post.

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  18. I must admit that I agree with you on more or less everything you say here. I seriously don't like what the so called "influencers" have become - something like direct sales person. There is less of the fair-trade honesty of blogging these days.

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    1. It's getting a little hard to navigate out there isn't it :(

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  19. You definitely hit some points right on the head - bloggers that create an address and write a couple posts and expect free crap all of a sudden is ridiculous! There's some of us out here who work our butt off and would like to make this a living but definitely cannot. Unfortunately I can't eat shampoo or lipstick haha!

    Follow for Follow is also another super annoying thing too and absolutely ridiculous that accounts that follow and unfollow don't get banned or at least suspended.

    Lindsey Elyse | Sustainably Savvy

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    1. I agree, there should be some sort of sanction for them as they're basically spam.

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  20. I am a blogger (and a reader of your posts, I may add!), and I can totally relate to your thoughts here. You had really good points. I started seeing more and more desperation in some bloggers to achieve that instant fame or that already feel like they are so important and much better than everyone else. That's a shame... Not much we can do about it, but keep doing our best at staying true to ourselves and I believe this will show through our work as well xo

    Sabina | I've Got Sunshine

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    1. I couldn't agree more, the bloggers that go around desperately gathering freebies and then completing half arsed reviews won't find themselves being asked to work again for another company.

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  21. Thanks for your honesty! I'm a new(ish) blogger myself but I don't work with brands (yet. Maybe someday). I've definitely noticed some of what you're saying, though. Especially 'follow for follow' that's so annoying! I've been trying really hard to boost my Instagram following but everyone follows and then unfollows. I hate that so much emphasis is put on that stupid number, but it feels like nobody takes you seriously unless you have at least 1000. Alas. Also I really hope the people making those snobby comments come to their senses! That's just mean.
    Julia | Julia in Bluhm

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    1. Follow for Follow is the absolute bane of my life at the moment!
      Instagram is so hard to navigate at the minute with the use of follow bots and the likes, it's all about getting a certain number these days and less about the actual content sadly :(

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  22. Lol you said it all and it is a justified rant. I hate the Instagram follow issue as well but I haven't noticed it as much on Twitter. I'm hesitant to follow back people too. If I see you have 12 million followers but you only follow 32 people and then decided to follow me I will not even bother following back because I know an unfollow is coming shortly. So I constantly check my Instagram feed and see if someone is still following me and if not I will promptly unfollow back. I also hate the snobbery as well but what can you do because haters are going to hate. Great post!
    LaToya
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    1. There's a few people currently constantly following my instagram, unfollowing later that day and then refollowing the very next day... I'm sat there shaking my head like "come on now girl".

      Rosy xx

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  23. I completely agree with you that we shouldn't be working for free and chase freebies. There is a lot of work in promoting a products and it's a little bit frustrating when a brand comes at you with "please write this post about us for a 20% discount". It happens because there are bloggers that say yes to it.
    Dora
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    1. I'm still happy to work for free in exchange for reviews but I think it's extremely rude when we get emails demanding that we buy something and then review it... even with discount that is a bit rude.

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  24. I feel the same way, I actually feel discouraged on blogging a lot of the time because my pictures aren't as good (take them with my phone), I don't post as frequently as most bloggers, that I am not as active on social media making publicity of my blog and that I don't care at all about my numbers, most of the times I feel not deserving because I see these girls doing all the effort they can, but then I remember I don't have to, this is not my job and for a hobbie you don't have to be perfectionist. On the other side sometimes I do feel a little jealous (hate to admit) of blogs that are more succesful than mine when it's obvious they put no effort but they just comment on million blogs with the "follow for follow" and they just get famous by overflow. I loved your post, it's great to know there's more people that think like I do, but most of my experiences in the blogging community have been amazing, and I do think the majority of people here are extremely lovely :)

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

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    1. I agree with you, the majority of people within the community are really lovely people but there can be a few people (like you've mentioned) that have some dubious blogging techniques and the result is a few of us left feeling a bit 'miffed'
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  25. This post is a big fat YAAS. You've ticked all the right boxes, I was nodding my head to myself whilst reading through and you made me laugh a good few times! Totally agree with everything you mentioned about some companies in the first paragraph, you can notice which companies are doing this as there'll be about 10 bloggers all saying the exact same thing at the same time and then it'll die down, and then it'll come back! I've also had a couple of companies wanting a "collaboration" but asking me to buy their clothes, with a 40% off discount, no thank you hun I don't think so!! & in terms of certain bloggers being nasty or snobby about others pictures, when blogging first started back in the days of 2009 Zoella, there were no glossy pictures taken on a DSLR & edited on Photoshop down to a T, they were simply just pictures taken for fun in their bedrooms, excitedly chatting about a few new make-up bits they'd bought, that's what made me want to start blogging, just the thought of being able to share the things that made me happy with like minded people. But like you say, the Regina George's of this industry are destroying that, especially for new bloggers. Don't even get me started on the whole like for like, follow for a follow aspect, I used to love Instagram so much, being able to share pictures that I was proud of and equally be inspired by the photography of others, but now it just seems like one big game that I really don't want to play. It was so lovely to read this post & to know there are still bloggers out there who think like this and haven't fallen into any of the traps! I suppose all we can keep in mind is that there are still a lot of lovely bloggers out there, big or small :-) Xx

    Gemma
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    1. I loved this reply so much, thank you for it! When I first started blogging there was hardly any extreme editing either, instagram was literally just phone snaps and the bloggers I met online were mainly nice, friendly and supportive, now however, there seems to have been a massive rise in the regina george blogger and it makes me a little sad if I'm honest.
      Just visited your blog by the way, amazing pictures!

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  26. Couldn't agree with this post more! It makes me cringe so much when people with three followers start PR requesting everything they can, it really puts us all in a bad light which just isn't fair. I take all of my photos on my iPhone, and I personally think they look alright, you definitely don't need all of the fancy equipment to be a blogger! Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. I've just visited your blog, your pictures are really good so you definitely don't need fancy equipment :)

      Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  27. Even though I can relate to these feelings, I have never felt that way. Does that even make sense? I never cared about what others had and accomplished and what I would get for free and I am very lucky that I have a fulfilling career outside of blogging. Very liberating.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  28. Ohhhh ruffle my feathers. I love when people are brave enough to share their true opinion, it’s so empowering.

    OH yes! I know exactly what you mean about the Pushy Self-Entitled Bloggers. They visit my blog or social media channels ask for a shot out or leave comments where you can tell they did not read the content just wanted to get their name out there.

    I had a advertiser contact me recently and ask me how much I would charge to post a link to his site on every post I told him i needed to see what he was selling and quoted him a price. He rudely replied and told me to revisit my quote and said other blogger charge more than %50 less than my quote and he never sent over his brand. I politely declined.

    I blame these kinds of trolls on those Self Entitled Bloggers that do anything for free it messes it up for people like us who actually care about our brands and who we partner with.

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    1. Oh my goodness yes, you get a lot of these companies being rude and telling you your prices are incorrect, which is extraordinarily rude! You wouldn't walk into a shop and demand they change their prices to fit your own budget haha.

      Rosy xx

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  29. All's I have to say to all of this is YASSSSS! So much yes! To the mean girl bloggers that try to put other bloggers down, to the bloggers who do everything for free making it harder for the rest of us to get paid, and most certainly to the people who don't read posts but then try to comment like they did....You are spot on with everything you said and I couldn't agree with you more!

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    1. Thank you so much, the ones that don't read the post really wind me up!

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  30. A very honest and informative post, you have made some great points that I'm sure so many relate too.

    You're absolutely right, there isn't such a thing as a 'freebie', photographing, editing, promoting takes a long while, it's great fun of course but it's certainly not easy.

    When it comes to blogging I tend to ignore the negativity I see around because I see no point in letting it drag me down.

    What the blogging industry should be doing is lifting one another up :) I love reading others blogs not only because I love the content, but I can see the amount of sheer passion that person has put into their post.

    Blogging for many is a hobby, for others it's a job, or simply a mixture of both, I think with any form of freelance work enjoy it, blog when you feel like it and if you see something negative in all honesty turn a blind eye and focus on the positives ;)

    I guess it's like a political debate, social media for me is a no go haha! I literally shut down Facebook during such times!

    You have a lovely blog, and don't let the negativity of others steal your light :)

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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  31. OMG I was nodding my head all the time it took me read this post. You're so right!! the Blogging world is realy hard lately and it's oversaturated as well. I started this because I've always like following other blogs and one day I said, why not? I can do this too. I take this vry seriously and sometimes it makes me kind of sad that a lot of girls are just doing it for the freebies without any plan in particular.


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  32. You are soooo rigt, I totally agree on every single point!

    Federica
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  33. Love it !
    Check out my blog.I write about fashion,beauty and lifestyle. I am going to be really happy if we can follow each other and be great blogger friends.

    http://herecomesajla.blogspot.ba/

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  34. Wonderful post!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

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  35. Understand your thoughts and related to a lot of what you said within this post. Unfortunately when something becomes mainstream the whole "industry" if you will becomes entirely saturated. Everyone trying to stand out etc etc. I think if you are doing it for the right reasons, and not to make tons of money you will be just fine... What do you think?

    XOXO
    kellmenow | http://www.kellmenow.com/environmentallychic/
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  36. Totally agree babe, great post!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  37. Amazing post! Love this!
    Have a nice day,
    kristykey

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  38. Brilliant post. I joined the bandwagon this year and have wondered several times if I have what it takes to not be @BloggerStereotype. I have definitely struggled with all the rules. I feel very inferior and unworthy that I am on Blogger and not Wordpress. I felt so pressured to move that I tried it. Cried for three days, much to hubby's shock and moved back.

    I have been fortunate to get involved in a great affiliation opportunity and have two more in the pipeline. I absolutely have only agreed to them as I genuinely love the product and feel my target audience would too. I am too honest for my own good and have always worn my heart on my sleeve so there is no way I could lie and falsely blog. No way.

    I could ramble on for a whole blog post in reply so I won't bother you any more, just to say I relate to everything you have written.

    Sarah
    MamiSkilts.co.uk

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    1. Don't feel pressured to become a stereotype at all, what we need is individuality above all else so you keep doing you, you're doing great. Good Luck with your affiliates too :)

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  39. It's so funny reading this because I feel the blogging industry has so many misconceptions for many bloggers. One of them being that we just work for free and it's easy. It drives me crazy that people think that the work we do is so simple. Instagram for sure is always a huge challenge for me when I work. With Facebook taking over, my engagement has dropped immensely. I can spend 3x the amount of time engaging and not get the same amount of likes or followers as I had before. Really sad. Like any job, blogging can be incredibly frustrating, but I find it helps to cut the noise and just do what you love. At the end of the day, you gotta just do you, right? :)

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    1. Agreed so much, I keep encouraging people to keep on keeping on and believe in their self worth regardless of what anyone else may say.

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  40. Don't think I've ever agreed with a post more! I think some bloggers are too worried about competing rather than supporting one another because for me when you look at the bigger picture we all share a common interest. It's making people forget the reason they started blogging in the first place.

    Katie | http://katieameliaxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  41. I completely agree with what you said. I love blogging but it sometimes upsets me when I see all these fierce competition, fake followers and desperation.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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  42. Great post. It's a shame that people out there spoil it but I think you have to stay true to yourself no matter what. It may take an eternity to grow your blog but if you are doing something for the right reasons it will get there and will have more longevity. I sometimes get disheartened by the follow, unfollow thing but what can you do?

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  43. I do think what it comes down to is the fact that people are people. There are bad ones and good ones, and we need to stick together!!
    Jodie
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  44. Thanks for writing this! I think I've actually been lucky so far in that I haven't experienced any bloggers putting each other down, and that the community has been welcoming and supportive to me since I started bloogging a couple of months back.

    However, I was starting to wonder if I was missing something with the follow4follow and like4like. I don't know about anybody else, but I don't care about having lots of followers if those followers aren't actually enjoying my content. I want people to follow because they want to, not because they feel obliged. And equally, I don't want my feeds full of content that I'm not interested in just because there's a follow4follow deal going on. I check out the blog/insta/twitter of anybody that follows/likes/comments on my stuff, because I'm interested to find out about those people, and if I find I like their content I will absolutely take the time to follow/like/comment as connecting with people is the main reason for my blog. However, if their content isn't my cup of tea, I wouldn't want to leave an insincere comment just for the sake of it.

    As I said though, it's been a great experience so far for me, and I'm totally looking forward to continuing this journey!

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    1. I agree, I love reading an commenting on people's blogs but I don't go in for follow for follow, I just don't see the point of it because it doesn't lead to real engagement.
      Thank you so much for your comment :)

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  45. I LOVE posts like these. There is a LOT of faking it until you make it in this industry but sometimes that can really get to people's heads. I haven't faced much negativity yet, but I am shocked that other bloggers would actually be so rude about what other bloggers do! Unfortunately, I worked with a blog photographer a few months ago & it was a total nightmare. They criticized how I posed, how I edited my photos, my following count, & name dropped all the "big-name bloggers" they worked with. I felt awful & discouraged afterwards but at the end of the day, there are so many authentic, pleasant people in the blogging world that I try not to let the rotten eggs ruin it for me! That said, I really enjoy transparent posts like these. xx Shannon || http://champagneatshannons.com

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  46. Love the honesty here! You've def addressed some points that I strongly felt about... I'm lucky that I haven't encountered any haters so far and I hope it stays this way haha. x

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  47. Ahhh so true, so true. I found myself nodding in agreement quite enthusiastically throughout your post, Rosy (I read the whole thing, pinkie promise). One other thing I've personally experienced is how quickly the so-called popular clique of bloggers can congregate and pounce. Be it on a trend, a brand, or some poor unsuspecting soul. It's a predatory act that's so aggressive that it often turns me off. It goes with that blogging snobbery bit you brought up. Seriously, women need to uplift and empower other women, it's how karma works :) I'm looking forward to your next rant xo

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