8 Things Bloggers Are Sick Of.

Todays post – 8 Things Bloggers Are Sick Of – has been inspired after having a very unfortunate discussion with a brand that emailed me stating they “don’t care about the time and effort bloggers put into posts” after asking if they had a budget in mind for the post, it made me realise there are so many things bloggers have to put up with that I would love to stop if I could.

8 Things Bloggers Are Sick Of

#1 / PLEASE STOP: Asking to work for free.

This expectation is one I face daily. I am all for reviewing a product that I would have normally purchased myself (then the item definitely saves me money and both parties benefit from the collaboration) and I have done many review where I have not received a payment as I was genuinely excited for a product. I also took every opportunity I could at the start of my blogging days to build up my contacts and I’d certainly not recommend you begin negotiating a deal when you’re blog has only a handful of posts. However, when your DA begins to grow and your social media following becomes notable a free review should not be expected. I spemd hours on each post I write; testing out the product (over the course of a month before reviewing in great length), taking images, writing the post, re-editing and proof reading and then advertising when it goes live. For brands to expect this to all be completed for free is beginning to become a pain. The national living wage is £7.20 an hour – we all also have bills to pay. Also had a brand offer me £1 once. I’ll just leave that there.

#2 / PLEASE STOP: Making us chase payment(s).

Not all brands are guilty of the previous and I’ve worked with many that respect the work bloggers put in to posts, see a return in working with influencers online and are happy to offer a settlement for your hard work. Amazing. I have also had brands however never pay me for a post they have agreed with – that is simply unprofessional. I will not publish a post now until I have received an agreed payment but you would not do it to other people so why do they think they can fob off bloggers? I know I’m not the only one and it’s becoming a proper pain. I can’t stress not all brands are like this and many are fantastic, but there have definitely been a handful I’d never work with again.

#3 / PLEASE STOP: Getting too competitive.

I love other blogs and the whole reason I began my blog was because of the influences I had before I began my own. So can everyone on Twitter stop getting so competitive with one another and remember why you began it?! I’ve seen a lot of people being put down on social media because they’re made to feel like their blog isn’t good enough. Please don’t listen to anyone and continue creating something you have passion for. Don’t believe you’re doing badly as someone just got a collaboration with a brand you were dying to try out. Keep it going. Work hard and good things will follow, I promise.

#4 / PLEASE STOP: Asking me to buy followers.

I don’t know who the companies are, but it does my head in opening my inbox to another email asking if I want to buy “100% REAL FOLLOWERS” – no. I have worked so god damn hard in building my connections up and my god has it been a very slow process but I’m so happy with the following on my social media accounts and love they are all genuine people with genuine interests in my content. I will never buy followers to make me feel good because at the end of the day, you’ll know they’re fake and what is the satisfaction in that? If you do/are considering buying followers – why? – they won’t engage with your content or provide any benefit to you. I’d rather have 10 followers that engage than 1000 that are social media ghosts. I have a post on how I doubled my Instagram followers here – it doesn’t take a lot to up your social profile, but it does take time.

#5 / PLEASE STOP: Sending Auto DMs.

Now this is one of my BIGGEST peeves on Twitter and I’m beginning to see if on Instagram too – Automated messages when you follow someone. I follow someone who I believe has wonderful content, is a great influence or because we have similiar interests. Please don’t make me unfollow you after getting an annoying message. It isn’t personal and definitely won’t encourage me to visit your blog/channel/business. I’m all up for sending a thank you message to someone for their support, but don’t make a generic one to everyone because it is so annoying.

#6 / PLEASE STOP: Sending me Infographics.

I have never posted an infographic on my blog. Never will either. Please stop.

#7 / PLEASE STOP: Commenting just your links.

I adore comments on my blog, in fact they’re my favourite thing about blogging as you can interact with someone with a similiar interest and honest your comments make my day and drive my motivation to keep going. I’m not talking about those. I’m talking the sorts where people say “Great Post! *leaves links to blog and all other social media platforms* – I know most of these people have not read even a sentence of my post, and are doing it in the hope it drives traffic to their site. It’s annoying. Please stop.

#8 PLEASE STOP: Asking if I’m trying to be Zoella.

When I’ve told aquanences/friends/family I have began a blog (and a Youtube channel) they ask if I’m trying to be Zoella. Not at all. I’m trying to be Blonde Amy – myself, with my content, but also online. Zoella is a huge influence to so many people and she’s done a frickin’ amazing job of getting to where she is today and she is definitely a huge influence to anyone with a blog/Youtube channel, but are so many other online success stories that prove how blogging/vlogging has developed into a very successful industry. I am being 100% me when I create content and would like to stop being asked “if I’m just trying to be Zoella”.

So there we have the 8 Things that I would love to change about the world of blogging could I wave a magic wand. I’m sure I’m not alone and would love for you all to let me know what factors you agree with plus add anything you are sick of in the comments as I’m sure you won’t be alone!

Also to let you know my posts next week will be changing – I’ll be beginning to post three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday and a new Video will be going live on my Youtube Channel on Sundays. All will be posted at 8.30am BST.

Amy x


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  • Erin @MakeErinOver

    I totally understand where you are coming from! My other half thinks that because I have a blog, I am crazy and clearly think I am going to become something big and famous. Like im not allowed to have a blog because I love it, and enjoy doing it, I must be after something *eyeroll* But seriously DMs are the bain of my life. I HATE them, I unfollow people who DM me, its just rude! 🙂

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

    • Amy Paternoster

      It’s so frustrating when people think it’s for fame or for products, its genuinely a hobby we love doing. I also unfollow because of a DM its so impersonal, annoying and I can’t stand it! X

  • I love this post, and I feel like you couldn’t have put it up at a better time! Last night I got an email where I was asked to promote a company’s kickstarter project to my following for free? I was completely baffled! I know it’s a thing that goes around a lot in the blogging world, but I was still like, is this for real?! How doesn’t that sound so rude and cheeky?! I hate auto-DMs, it’s something I’ve only come into contact with since re-joining Twitter at the end of last year, I was like, what is this even about? #7 is probably my biggest pet peeve. I get really excited when I see someone has left a comment, so when I find out it’s two words and a link, I get really sad about it! I thought someone had read and enjoyed the post or I’d helped someone out, so I’m always gutted!

    Amanda Jayne | beauty, style, life

    • Amy Paternoster

      It’s so frustrating when they ask for stuff for free with a list of demands, I’ve accepted it before on the basis of the product but I feel a total lack of appreciation for all the time we put into our blogs plus it costs us to have our domain so they should respect that! Auto DMs should be banned and pointless comments do my head in, comments are my fav so it’s disappointing when it’s just for promo without any respect for the post X

  • £1 Are you fricking kidding me. I do leave my lInk after my comment but that’s just it I leave actual COMMENT! I too get excited when i see i have a comment especially as I hardly ever get any so when i see it’s just spam or a generic comment just so they can ask me to see their page it does vex me. I have only ever received one automated DM by following I have to say I didn’t find it annoying just strange like you are working in an office and get an out of office response, just weird lol.
    http://www.whatrosiewrote.com

    • Amy Paternoster

      Literally £1 I was like now that’s even more insulting! Spam comments are so annoying I have a filter that tries to spot themm out but some bloggers do manage to get through it with their more links than comments! Trust me you’ll begin to get more and more auto DMs and you’ll see what I mean but I’m jealous you’ve only got one so far! X

  • Hi Amy,

    you’ve totally hit home with this post. I’ve had quite a few “work for free” proposals, where I even got strict deadlines when I should publish a potential review/post. When I asked about remuneration, I never heard from the brand again. It really grinds my gears, as so much work goes into planning, writing, photographing, proofreading, and then promoting a post. It’s not just random rambles. DM’s on Twitter = unfollow for me, I don’t get why ppl send them, as a marketer I can’t believe that some big marketing names are actually sending them too, it’s so impersonal and cheeky especially when they ask to follow all their social media platforms and even sometimes to retweet specific tweets. How about no? As to the drama in the blogosphere, I stay as far away as I can, but I’ve seen it numerous times, it seems to happen a lot nowadays. I focus on the good vibes and my passion for this blogging thing 😉 Loved the post, and sorry for the long rant Viv x http://stylecite.com

    • Amy Paternoster

      Literally it’s always here are our long list of demands you must include x, y and z all for free – sorry that’s not how I work! Same with auto DMs for me – it’s an immediate goodbye I’m afraid they are so annoying! The negative drama between bloggers makes me so sad we should be supporting one another instead of getting envious at their success.. I love a good rant never apologise for that – hehe! X

  • All of these are SO apt! I hate it when companies email me asking me to write a post (aka WORK) for them, and then when I ask for a reasonable payment and explain what it is for they either don’t respond to my email or just state they ‘don’t have the budget’. If I contact a brand first then I think it’s very different – I’ve reached out to them and I will usually ask for sponsorship and/OR products to review. It’s acceptable if they can’t then pay me, but the other way round is just a bit rude. Also I seem to get about 10 emails a week asking if I want help gaining Instagram followers for a ridiculous fee. So annoying!

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • Amy Paternoster

      That’s it, a payment is not always necessary and that’s equally okay, but after the response from the company I got that showed a total disregard for a bloggers effort and hard work it became clear just how many companies don’t help us out enough. There should be more respect for us really! Faking Instagram followers is silly and I hate how emails I get too about how to get them, nah sorryyy! X

  • I’m a relatively small blogger so have personally never experienced any of these problems yet as I haven’t done any brand work. I think its appalling how they expect you to spend hours on a blogpost for next to nothing or even nothing! The “you’re trying to be Zoella” statement is so overused, nobody can be exactly like her as there is only one of her in the world, they can take inspiration but everybody is an individual.

    Ruby xoxo
    rubyredr0ses.co.uk

    • Amy Paternoster

      I’m sure you’ll notice these as you grow, that said, I hope you don’t at all.. welcome to the blogging world! You’ve hot the nail on the head with Zoella, she’s an absolute icon but doesn’t mean I want to mould myself into her X

  • Such a good post! The emails about buying followers drive me insane! I can’t believe that bloggers continue to send auto DM’s, I don’t think I’ve heard one person say they like them and it usually results in unfollowing.
    Helen x

    • Amy Paternoster

      Thank you lovely! They’re all so annoying and I wish we could tell people to stop doing them! X

  • Great Post 😉 It’s the ones that post a comment that they just copy and paste on to every other blog post, I don’t know why other bloggers think they can get away with it, it’s also annoying when companies keep asking for sponsored posts when you clearly said no!

    Meme xx

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    • Amy Paternoster

      Thanks, I’m so overwhelmed by just how many people agree with these points it’s clear I’m not the only one that wants things to change for bloggers X

  • haha amazing <3 totally agree with everyone one of these! The buying followers and auto DM's drive me crazy! I don't understand how anyone thinks they work!
    I will never understand why companies think its ok to ask for us to work for free. and then think its not rude to just ignore you when you've started your rates. great post ! thanks (:

    Leonie | http://www.missleoniewilson.com/

    • Amy Paternoster

      Thank you so much it’s clear I’m not the only one who is getting a little fed up! Literally why do people think buying followers will result in success, it’s crazy, plus brands ignoring you after does my head in too – it’s all about mutual respect! X

  • Preach, girl! I could not agree more with everything that you’ve said. I’m all for putting in the grunt work and earning the respect of brands, but no one should be expected to work for free forever. I don’t know if you’ve had this experience as well, but I feel like most of my “real life” friends and family have no real understanding or appreciation for how much time and effort goes into writing a blog. And while I know they support that I’m doing something I love, they aren’t the ones who comment on my posts or share my content, nor do they understand why it makes me so happy whenever someone does. I also don’t want to buy my followers, as if looking popular is the point. I’d rather have 10 dedicated people who read all my posts and leave thoughtful feedback than 100 that show up once and never return. And as for your blog, I think it’s lovely! I’ll definitely be poking around and reading more of your posts 🙂

  • I actually agree with all of these. I’m never asked the Zoella one (new) but I am sick and tired of auto DMs, blogger rivalry. In terms of followers, I don’t really care. I’ve been blogging for years now and it’s only now that I’m actually getting some decent stats. This hasn’t made me follower crazy in any sense, so why would I buy them? I’m just flattered that people like the words I write.

  • I agree with all of these. As an online marketer, I’ve never asked anyone to work for free unless they’ve agreed to and they’ve always been paid on time.

    As a blogger, I tend to work for free from time to time depending on the circumstances. I used to send Auto DMs when I first started but with some guidance and feedback, I quickly stopped.

    I’ll be sure to share your post on Twitter as I think a lot more people could do with reading this!

  • Ali

    I loved this post. One thing you didn’t include that really bothers me about blogging (and maybe it’s just me… who knows!) is that a lot of “successful” blogs are all very cookie cutter and look more or less the same. I know there are exceptions, but I would just love to see more blogs that scream personality. I know that it’s a trap that we all fall into every now and again (myself included), but I would love to see more originality and personality shine through in the blogging world without feeling pressured to blog a certain way or take pictures a certain way or design our blogs a certain way.

  • I relate to this so much, but #7 just..god. I’ve been working on a blog post specifically on my frustrations about it for months now. It drives me insane. I have had people in the last month come on my posts and leave comments like this “makeup -enter url here-” over and over again and it drives me up the wall. Like I’m pretty sure no one’s blog is call free-advertising-space.com so our comment sections shouldn’t be treated like it! So glad to see someone else feeling my pain.

    Tara Joy | http://beausandbows.co/

    • Amy Paternoster

      They’re so frustrating, I’m so happy I’m not alone I was so afraid I was the only one X

  • I Loved this post! I can definitely agree with you I do not like auto dms at all only if they’re “a thank you for following me” one and I have been told numerous of times that I’m trying to be Zoella stop trying to be her and It gets quite annoying because I try and put as much of my personality into my blog as I possibly can xx Great post 🙂

    http://hollyxblog.blogspot.ie

  • Oh dear God number 5!!

    Haha so annoying.

    • Amy Paternoster

      Auto DM’s ARE THE BAIN OF MY LIFE! X