I have to say that I am actually shaking with anger whilst writing this and you’ll have to forgive me because I literally am just word-vomming onto the page right now – I may need to adjust this post at a later date! Anyway, there I was mindlessly scrolling Facebook and minding my own business when a fellow bloggers page popped up in front of my eyes with their latest blog post. It was a mega click-bait title with a click bait tag line too and I caved and thought I’d click through and read the post which I hate myself for but anyway that’s a bloggers job isn’t it?! To make post titles we cannot resist.
Boy do I wish I hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong I have no problem with other people’s opinions – I may not agree with them but I would never, ever think to disregard someone or put someone down based on their opinion. However, this is not what this was. This blog post was basically words and words and words building themselves up and insulting and putting other bloggers down. I don’t name and shame so I have to be very careful with what details I share when writing this but I just couldn’t believe it.
Unfortunately, I know this blogger well and the hypocrisy of the post was just laughable – they are there on this post claiming they will not be doing certain things anymore or haven’t done because they are thinking of their readers and that whilst other bloggers can if they want to, they won’t be stooping as low as that. This blogger does actually add a few complimentary comments about bloggers and influencers and what they do but then back hands an insult in straight after. I’m not going to do the same and compliment them and back-handedly insult them but I think that they need to remember it wasn’t long ago they were asking blogging friends including myself to help share and promote their sponsored posts that had no sponsored content disclosure on it “because the brand wants a natural look. shhhhhh!” – so I guess they are right when they say it is a bloggers own choice what they choose to do on their blog.
The thing I cannot abide? The thing that has really really got me seething? Its the belittling of bloggers and what we do. For goodness sake woman, you call yourself a blogger so you know the crap we have to go through defending ourselves to PRs, Brands, HMRC, The World in general and even our friends and family members some of whom think we sit on our arses all day playing on social media and get sent free-stuff. I have no problem again with people writing blog posts, books, newspaper articles, full blown film manuscripts or whatever to try and build themselves up and build their own self-esteem but DO NOT for the love of God do it at the expense of others.
I spoke to a few of my close blogging friends about this post to check I wasn’t over-reacting and was relieved to find it wasn’t only me that found it insulting. I know us bloggers will do a lot for a viral post or page views but I am absolutely mortified that it’s come once again to insulting other bloggers to get them. What is worse is to find someone in my own blogging circle who would do this.