What Bothers Me About Bloggers

Now before I start this post I would like to say that I am definitely generalising in this post. I am not saying that this is every blogger out there and probably only applies to a few. Also this is my opinion which I, like everyone, am allowed to have ๐Ÿ™‚

It frustrates me when some bloggers act like they are the most important person out there and don’t bother about anyone with less followers than them or with less of a following.ย I love interacting with people (online at least) and it just makes sense to me that if you’re a blogger you should enjoy doing that too.

These are just things that bother me about bloggers – of course it is possible that I don’t understand the reasoning behind it so if you can shed some light on any of these then please do ๐Ÿ™‚

Commenting

  • There are many promo hours where you drop your link and then comment on other people’s posts. If someone comments on your post it’s just nice to return the comment. It doesn’t have to be right then – you can always like the tweet when they say theyย have commented and comment back when you get the chance. That is the purpose of those promo hours – to read and comment/share.ย Obviously if you are getting thousands of comments then this might not always be possible but you get the general idea.
  • Don’t tell someone you have commented if you haven’t. I don’t feel like I need to elaborate too much on this – it’s just not cool.

Helping Out

  • Why is it such a big deal if someone wants to knowย what theme you use or how you edit your instagram photos? The blogging community is supposed to be about lifting each other up and helping each other! If you have any knowledge about something and someone else is looking for help then please share it with them. Everyone was a new blogger once – I still am one!

Replies

  • I understand if you have thousands of notificationsย or get loads of comments it is not always possible to reply. However I so often see people that never reply to anything, especially on instagram and their blog. By sending a quick ‘thank you’ the person commenting knows you appreciate the time they took to write the comment.

Please know that I am in no way directing this blog post at anyone in particular! These are just my thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ What things have you been thinking about lately?

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  1. September 5, 2016 / 17:23

    I think the same thing. I’m not perfect at responding to everything, but I do try to at least address, like, etc. I can see how huge blogs may not be able to do this, but attempts at remaining human go a LONG WAY. Great expressions!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 17:36

      Of course! Sometimes it can be difficult and that is understandable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. September 5, 2016 / 18:07

    I agree with these points, there are some bloggers like these out there. And of course a good rant is all you need hehe, it just shows how not everyone can put up with things like this. By the way your blog looks super pretty, I might have to check it out properly later ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:02

      Thank you so much! I always get nervous when I post a good rant haha!

  3. Jess
    September 5, 2016 / 18:09

    Loved this post! I completely agree with the last point, it’s so rude not to reply if someone has commented something kind on your blog!

    http://www.jessbethan.blogspot.co.uk

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 11, 2016 / 14:56

      I feel so bad because I never replied to this but I only saw it now! It doesn’t take long at all to leave a quick comment to show your thanks x

  4. September 5, 2016 / 18:10

    I love that you wrote this! I know many bloggers can cringe at the thought of someone writing anything even remotely ‘negative’ or ‘opinionated’ so thank you for doing so. I also find it irritating when comments aren’t returned or if they are but they’re clearly very short and haven’t shown that the person has read the post; I like comments I can engage with rather than the typical “hey great post! Here’s my blog link” sort of thing. I also think that as many refer to it as a blogging ‘community’ that more help and constructive tips should be given out freely to those seeking them.

    Pandora xo
    http://curiouslilpandora.blogspot.co.uk

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:04

      Thank you so much! I was so nervous about writing this post because I had absolutely no idea how people would take it! I just felt like I needed to get some things off my chest and this seemed like the perfect way! Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to comment! x

  5. Samantha
    September 5, 2016 / 18:13

    I almost never reply unless there is a direct question asked because commenting is just that, a comment. It doesn’t always require a response. That’s how I operate, anyway. It isn’t rude, it is just more efficient.

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com/

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 11, 2016 / 14:57

      That is perfectly okay! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. September 5, 2016 / 18:14

    There has been so many instances where a comment of mine has gone unacknowledged and its rather rude! I completely understand late replies if you are busy (I am a big culprit of it!) but it is common decency!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 11, 2016 / 14:58

      Absolutely! I know many people don’t acknowledge but I just like doing it! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  7. September 5, 2016 / 18:16

    I see a lot of bigger scale bloggers repeatedly ignoring comments/tweets etc and I find it really frustrating.. I have emailed a few medium sized bloggers when I started out for tips and advice and had NOTHING back, it really put me off that particular blogger, like, help a gal out, yknow? X
    http://www.sopherina.co.uk

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:06

      I totally get that! I mean I get that it might be very time consuming but it’s just the polite thing to do! I feel like helping eachother out is what we, as a community, should be doing!

  8. September 5, 2016 / 18:19

    I am guilty of not replying to comments on my blog posts. I think it’s mostly because I don’t get time to check back on other people’s blogs to see if they replied to my comment so I just assume that no one checks back to see replies. BUT if they leave a question, I make sure to get back to them via email or twitter!
    Also, your blog looks so pretty!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:08

      Thank you so much! Replying to comments on blog posts does take a long time but at least you do get back to people via email and twitter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. September 5, 2016 / 18:19

    In terms of themes and Insta themes, I wouldn’t like to give out where I got my themes for just so I can still keep my blog authentic and original looking. Main reason why I didn’t get a Piptig theme! everyone has those these days.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:08

      That is also totally fine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:09

      Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. September 5, 2016 / 18:22

    I definitely think the same! It really bothers me when people don’t reply, like I made the effort to leave you a comment why won’t you just reply, you know what I mean.
    Lovely post xx

    Sofia | http://www.theglamchapter.blogspot.com

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:11

      Thank you so much! It is a small thing but it goes such a long way! I have also left a comment on your blog – it is so lovely! x

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:12

      Thank you! haha I completely understand that sometimes it is difficult! At least you go through and return ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  11. September 5, 2016 / 18:24

    I agree with this so much! I LOVE promo hours and actually commenting on other posts and discovering new bloggers, regardless of their following, post count or anything in between. I feel like in blogging, it’s nice eticate to look after each other and to support each other. I also make sure to reply to most, if not all my blog comments because if someone’s taken the time to comment on my posts, it’s just nice to do the same back. Great post lovely! X

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 11, 2016 / 14:59

      Absolutely! Lately I’ve had 4 people say they have comments but they haven’t and that can get frustrating! Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  12. September 5, 2016 / 18:33

    I agree, it’s like people don’t realise that when your face to face you’re equal, no matter how many followers you have! Everyone started somewhere!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:13

      Yes! That is exactly it! It shouldn’t be a competition – we are all on the same journey x

  13. September 5, 2016 / 18:51

    This post is one of those posts where I nod along at everything you’ve said! It just seems like common courtesy to me to do these things (as best you can, because we all have breaks and comments go unanswered etc.) so it’s such a shame it has to be said! But it really does!

    The other thing I would add to the list is people who comment when they clearly haven’t really read your post, and it is literally just to get you to go back to their posts! I get that people interpret posts differently, and that makes for such a good conversation, but if all your commenting is ‘nice post, I think you’d like my blog or something equally as generic it frustrates the heck out of me! Like what am I meant to reply to that?

    Maybe that’s just me, but I like to take time thinking about what I’m commenting on other peoples blogs! Stephie xx

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:19

      Thank you! Oh, absolutely! It definitely does get difficult at times. That is such a good point – I love comments that are a bit more personal! And when people comment on what they actually enjoyed in the post I feel as though we can start a lovely conversation or something haha! And thank you for your lovely and thoughtful comment!

  14. September 5, 2016 / 18:58

    I defenitely agree With your points xx great post really enjoyed reading it xx

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:20

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  15. September 5, 2016 / 19:09

    I agree, it’s polite to acknowledge people’s comments. If someone complimented your work in real life you wouldn’t just ignore them. Plus, it takes time and effort to type up a comment and post it online. I don’t really understand why anyone would ignore praise or other’s opinions.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 5, 2016 / 19:20

      I had never actually thought of relating that to real life before and you actually make such a good point! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. September 5, 2016 / 19:39

    Totally agree with this post!! I know none of us are perfect and sometimes I take a while to get back to a comment.. but it gets so frustrating when I comment like a zillion times on a big time blogger’s blog and they never get back to me. On the other hand, when a mega blogger
    *does* reach out it means a lot because I know they’re super busy! Thanks for writing this…it’s a good reminder to always follow the golden rule!
    Xx, K
    http://www.jassamineelaine.com

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:11

      Thank you so much! Oh absolutely! Sometimes it does take a while but it is always appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! x

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:12

      I definitely agree on this!

  17. September 5, 2016 / 20:50

    Yes! That said I’ve become part of a lovely blogger community in PE and they are the opposite of this. I’m so grateful to them!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:12

      Ahh well that is absolutely lovely! I haven’t met any other PE bloggers… YET! I know there are quite a few so now it is just to meet up haha!

  18. September 5, 2016 / 21:26

    I love your post. I’m just starting out and I appreciate any advice I can get. I definitely will be implementing these. I really think commenting is important, even if it’s not to all the comments but to a few at least.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:13

      I also just started out and have received lovely advice from people which I definitely share if I can ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. September 5, 2016 / 23:01

    I don’t reply to every comment. She reads my blog and I read hers, and sometimes we comment.

    But if I get a comment from a new to me blog and will go to hers to leave a comment.
    If hers is a new blog – I will work harder to find a few posts to engage with.
    Pay it forward as I was helped when I started out.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:14

      At least you are reading posts which is great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. September 6, 2016 / 00:10

    I totally agree with you on all of the points you stated! There are so many cliques in the blogging world, that people don’t allow any entry unless you have an x amount of followers, or whatever these cliques look at before allowing you in to their group.

    But such a great post! I really enjoyed it. I will be bookmarking your blog to read what future posts you post.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:15

      Thank you! Ah I know! I understand that, like in real life, blogging has cliques but looking out for others shouldn’t be such a big deal ha x

  21. September 6, 2016 / 02:46

    Points well made, I’m very good on my blog, less so on Instagram so thanks for reminding me. Have a great week.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:17

      Thank you! I definitely find instagram more difficult – not sure why!

  22. September 6, 2016 / 03:20

    I agree, I just wrote a post on how I feel, I didn’t get into it completely, but I will be touching more on this topic while sharing my love for design. A similar feeling, thanks for sharing.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:24

      Thank you for reading and I look forward to reading it ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. September 6, 2016 / 09:20

    I think it is so important to grow a helpful blogging community where we can all offer tips and advice. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 16:28

      Definitely! I think that it makes the community an even better place for everyone x

  24. September 6, 2016 / 16:57

    Admittedly, I’m HORRIBLE about replying to comments on my blog. It’s not that I don’t mean to, other things just always seem to get in the way. I used to be better when I could reply to the notification email. That said, if someone shares my stuff on FB or Twitter I almost always give it a like and/or a response. You’ve made me want to work harder at genuine responses on the blog, though. I’ll work harder at it, I promise!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 18:42

      Ah thank you for commenting! I totally understand that it gets difficult sometimes. Life certainly can get hectic! But at least you show appreciation for shares! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. September 6, 2016 / 17:55

    Definitely agree, especially helping others out. I’ve seen bloggers/vloggers/instagrammers be really snotty or just flat-out refuse to answer questions on how to edit pictures/videos or what cameras they use or whatever. I never understand it, firstly it’s rude but surely you’d take it as a compliment? I would!

    Maxine, xo
    http://maxinewhitneyy.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 6, 2016 / 18:45

      Exactly! I feel as though even if someone uses the same filter as you or uses the same app your photos will still look completely different so what is the harm? I would also absolutely take it as a compliment haha! Thank you for commenting!

  26. September 7, 2016 / 03:43

    LOVE this post! As a sort of newbie blogger, I totally get your frustrations! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 7, 2016 / 15:46

      Thank you so much! Just needed a bit of a rant haha!

  27. Kayleigh Zara
    September 9, 2016 / 16:40

    So many people have said they’ve left a comment on blog and they haven’t! It’s annoys but I’ll still read and comment on there blog anyway just because I enjoy finding new blogs in promo hours! I also can agree with the replying thing especially when you ask a question etc! X

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 11, 2016 / 15:00

      That happened to me 4 times this week! If you don’t comment on my blog that is fine but don’t tell me you have if you clearly have not! I also comment on blogs even if they don’t comment back – finding new bloggers is great! Thank you for replying ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  28. September 12, 2016 / 18:24

    OMG all of these things annoy me so much too… especially not responding to comments. For me though actually, I guess I don’t always know if they have responded, since I comment on other websites besides my own blog host [wordpress] but still… I also don’t like when they try to be like and look like all of the other blogs..

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 12, 2016 / 18:43

      I noticed recently that I am not always being notified with I get comments so I had not replied to a few and I felt so bad haha! x

  29. September 14, 2016 / 13:32

    I’ve had a few friends reach out to me and ask for advice on starting a blog. I feel so chuffed that they ask, it makes me feel like my blog or feed is worthy of something. I absolutely love giving advice, I spend hours doing research on improving my blog and I always pass on a link here or there to my blogging friends. Sharing is caring โ™ก

    – Jane Wonder –

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 14, 2016 / 21:37

      This makes me so happy to hear! It is wonderful when people are so willing to help out friends and fellow bloggers! This makes my heart happy โ™ก

  30. March 3, 2017 / 15:24

    I agree with all that you said! To be honest, if a blogger doesn’t reply to any of my comments, after a while I am actually put off. Why should I spend my time reading and supporting your blog, when you can’t take the time to acknowledge this effort? After all, your success is largely determined by your following. Just my opinion (this excludes bloggers the size of Zoella, that I understand).

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 6, 2017 / 15:36

      I completely agree! Obviously when you’re getting hundreds or thousands of comments it’s hard to reply to all of them but, if possible, replying is a really nice gesture and means a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

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