Living and NOT Letting Live – When Blogging Gets Ugly

Living and NOT Letting Live – When Blogging Gets Ugly

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This post has been on my mind for a little while now. At first I just put it to the back of my mind, I wasn’t going to voice my opinion. I thought I’d carry on in my own little world and ignore the, quite frankly tripe, that’s been popping up in the blogging community.

Now please don’t get me wrong, the majority of the community are supportive. They have nailed writing for them without having to resort to criticising the way another person chooses to blog. These people are the back bone of the blogging community and I’ll always be grateful that we’ve all been able to share this journey together.

What business of theirs is it anyway?

 

Recently I’ve come across a number of posts that discredit the way a lot of us make a living from blogging. They seem to have a problem with sponsored posts, reviewing items and working with brands. They hate it even more when we dare to share these posts with our audience. What frustrates me about these individuals, is that they seem to think it’s OK to put down the way others choose to keep a roof over the heads of their family. They’re vocal about their, in my opinion, ill-founded issues with the way another person works damn hard to put food on the table.

 

It’s this kind of negativity that really bothers me about the blogging world. This self-righteous attitude from a select number of individuals really gets my goat.

 

First of all, I wonder what business of theirs is it? Why do they care so much? Why do they think it’s OK to publicly put people down for their choice of profession? Secondly, I wonder what’s missing from their lives. I wasn’t brought up to bully people, be it online or face to face. Something is obviously amiss for these people to think that it’s OK to behave in this way. If you’re one of those people and you’re reading this, dismissing the notion that you’re a bully, then you’re very much mistaken. When you actively ridicule another person, when you go out of your way to point out their ‘faults’ and to exercise your own ‘superiority’, you are a bully and it’s nothing to be proud of.

 

Live and let live –

 

I’m a huge believer in the idea of living for myself and letting others do the same. There are so many bloggers out there, all doing what they need to do for themselves. Some do it to make a living, others do it because they love to write and some do it for a little bit of both. What every blogger needs to remember is that it’s OK to blog in the way that suits them best. There’s no reason and certainly no need to put someone else down because they do things in a different way to yourself.

 

We’re all adults and we’re all investing time into our own little corners of the internet, let’s play nice shall we?

 

 

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47 Replies to “Living and NOT Letting Live – When Blogging Gets Ugly”

  1. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!! I was thinking about this exact thing last night. I used to be a secret shopper and brands pay to have their products placed in very specific parts of high street stores, for example, to catch attention. Placing on the shelf, which shelf, where, end aisles etc is rarely without direction from the company. We are surrounded by advertising whether we realise it or not. The bloggers I know, myself included, who have posts that are sponsored make it really clear so I don’t really understand why it’s such a problem! It’s then down to individual choice whether as a reader someone wants to be influenced by it… That’s my penny’s worth anyway 😉 xx

  2. I am so with you! I was paid to share a post the other day and when the offer came in l needed the money. I disclosed or was sponsored and have always been honest with my readers about what l do. Then l read something from another blogger that made me question myself. Then I realised I had done what was right for me, not them. But I don’t understand why they would complain. Why waste time thinking about it. When all you need to is scroll past it. If it bothers you, don’t read it. I don’t care. I was paid anyway.

    1. No one knows what another person’s financial situation is like. Every little helps, especially when you have a family to take care of xx

  3. YES !!!Why would people o to the effort of ridiculing anyone for their career choice ! It’s just mean and unnecessary. More than that though, it has nothing to do with anyone else!!

  4. Great points and well said. I am always confused as to why anyone else cares. Jealousy I reckon! Personally I admire everyone who makes a living from their blog and I hope one day I can too

  5. Not sure why people can not just live and let live and if you do not like it scroll past xx

  6. It has always confused me while people don’t just click away if they don’t like something. Why do they think they can be the judge of others – especially for trying to provide a living. Most sponsored posts I read add value in one way or another. I get really excited to share fashion on my blog and if I make a teenie commission – I’m not doing anything wrong – who’s loosing? No-one. xxx

  7. Yes, very true. It’s not their business and why do they care really? Surely if it’s not for them then they can just choose not to read it! First time linking up for this Linky, glad I found it. Looks like there are a few interesting posts and I’m looking forward to reading! Thanks x

  8. Totally agree, we’re all just trying to make our way in the world and whether blogging is a full time profession or just a part time hobby why do other people care so much? I bet accountants never recommend a preferred type of software or get a free pen from a conference, huh?! Most of the full time bloggers I follow only tout wares that actually might be of interest to me, and I try and support them in this by liking and commenting as I know its a lot to do with engagement, but if they started to advertise juices/shakes/guns/real fur coats that I don’t agree with then its very easy to unfollow and not worry about it anymore. No one hurt or harmed. (apart from the poor baby animals for the fur coats) 😉 Loving the #blogstravaganza link btw x

  9. Love this! I wish bloggers could just celebrate each other, especially when others are successful enough to be approached by brands and are earning a living doing what they love!
    I have not taken the dive into sponsored posts yet, but whenever and if I ever take that dive, I hope to be in the pool of supportive bloggers!
    Cheering for you and the others!
    #Blogstravaganza

  10. Well said! Really really bloody well said! Actually, I live under a rock most of the time so am fairly oblivious to what goes on, good or bad. But pulling people down for whatever reason is never ok, and is also totally pointless and quite frankly spiteful. So glad you are speaking out about it. #Blogstravaganza

  11. How fortunate people are to blog for fun and voice their unwanted opinions. Some people have no other option but blog for money as without that, food wont go on the table and houses wont be warm. I was fortunate that my redundancy gave me the push I’d probably wait longer to take before going fulltime blogging but I’m loving it!
    It doesnt matter how someone earns money, its the fact that they’re earning rather than sitting on their bums, claiming benefits when they have no reason not to be in work other than pure laziness. #blogstravaganza

  12. I completely agree. People don’t have to read it if they don’t want to. Sadly, there seems to be a lot of negatively about bloggers at the moment. Keep doing what makes yoy happy I say #blogstravaganza

  13. I completely agree. If you don’t want to read it then don’t. If you don’t want to take those posts for yourself then don’t but there is no need to be cruel to each other! #Blogstravaganza

  14. I review things that I’ve bought and things that I’ve been given. I would only recommend something that I genuinely like and I think most bloggers are the same. There is such a negative perception of us but we are writers and creators whose work should be better appreciated #blogstravaganza

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