Why I’m fed up of bloggers being dishonest…

Blogtober day 10

Warning…rant ahead!

Over the past month or so, you may have noticed that I’ve been blogging more, tweeting more and Instagramming more. During this time, I’ve noticed a few things about the blogging community and one of these is dishonesty and gameplaying when it comes to social media.

Over the past month or so, you may have noticed that I’ve been blogging more, tweeting more and Instagramming more. During this time, I’ve noticed a few things about the blogging community and one of these is dishonesty and gameplaying when it comes to social media.

Don’t get me wrong, I care about social numbers as much as the next person. We all know that the higher social following, the more blogging opportunities come your way. Readership and views still matter but the social media stats are the big boys now, they’re the make or break.

However, as much as I would love to wake up and have gained 171833 followers across my social media platforms, there is no way I wouldn’t do this in an authentic way. From spending more time on social media, it has opened my eyes to how many people are buying their followers, some of these being the ‘big bloggers’ that I’ve gone to for inspiration. How are the rest of us even supposed to compare to those who are gaining thousands of followers a day without even posting for just a small sum of money a month…it’s impossible!

Another thing that seems to have become somewhat of a trend is the whole follow and unfollow game. In case you’re unsure how this goes…you follow an account until they follow you back and then you unfollow them once you’ve lured them in. How do I know this you ask? I’ve had countless emails from fellow bloggers who have grown their own social following in this way and are now offering this as a service. Not only this but I’ve so many people do it to me. I’m constantly gaining 10 followers and then losing 10.

When I first started writing this I hadn’t intended it to be a rant, in fact this started off as a post on how to find the motivation in blogging. However, once I started I just couldn’t stop so I apologise however this is something that I feel passionately about. To me, blogging isn’t just about having somewhere to write, it’s also about the community. There are so many amazing bloggers who spend hours every day working on fantastic content for their blog and social media and I feel like those who are ‘cheating’ are totally disrespecting us other bloggers as well as their followers who are being misled.

What do you think about social media and blogging? Do you think buying followers and following/unfollowing is dishonest?

 

Me

 

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