I don’t mean to be all negative nelly here so let’s start with a disclaimer.
I love blogging. I really do. I’ve never stuck at anything for this long in my life. Blogging has bought so many cool people and experiences into my life. It’s my jam. For sure.
BUT that doesn’t mean I love every part of it. There are some aspects of this blogging business that feel more like hard work than others. Here are a few sides of blogging that really bore me.
You guys, I think we killed Pinterest. Remember the days when it was about saving pretty pictures and creating these visual inspiration boards? And then bloggers came along and we realised that Pinterest had the potential to send us a shed load of traffic so we created all these pins that shouted ‘CLICK ME’, ‘READ MY THING’. Pretty pictures were replaced with garish fonts and key-word filled captions and that’s really not my thing. So despite having a pretty sizeable audience on Pinterest I’m not all that active over there. I’m trying to be but it’s not somewhere I go willingly, if you know what I mean.
Lately I’ve seen a lot of chat about comment pods coming up in Facebook blogger groups. (For the uninitiated you basically team up with a group of bloggers whose content you love and agree to comment on their posts a certain number of times per week.) These sort of things have been around informally for a number of years and I’ve mainly shied away because I’m too short of time (read: lazy) to leave relevant comments on things I wouldn’t read/see naturally. I get that algorithms are forcing bloggers to work extra hard to make sure their content is shown in people’s feeds but there is something quite inauthentic to me about agreeing in advance to comment on certain posts. What if you have nothing interesting to say? I’m not knocking anyone who is in a pod, I’m probably missing a massive trick here, it’s just not a side of blogging that interests me.
Similarly, I’m really selective about what Facebook Groups I participate in because there are just too many. How do people keep up with all the posts? I get notification anxiety!
I also get disproportionately irked by posts that start with ‘admin please delete if inappropriate’. 9 times out of 10 it is inappropriate (ie breaks the group rules) and the naughty poster knows it. I’m way too intolerant towards rule breakers to be a Facebook Group admin!
(PS the one group I do like is Girls vs Globe – Sabina and her team do a great job at keeping the posts helpful.)
Sorry not sorry.
Alt Text On Images
You pour your heart out into a post, read and reread every word, select photos, edit photos, upload photos AND THEN need to write a million times the image name/alt text/caption/description. Yes I know I could copy and paste these fields but for some reason that whole part of the blogging process really bores me. I just want to press publish already.
There’s lots I love about blogging too though, including some of the bits there are really fiddly. For balance here are 3 bits I love:
Updating my blog header and theme – I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to change how things looks around here. Although changing a blog theme is fiddly AF, I’ve massively enjoyed uploading this new look this week, even if it took me years to get all the bits in place again. I also worked with the amazing Sarah from Love Swah/ Peachy Keen Design Co to spruce up the header and love how she’s interpreted the random bits of inspo I sent her. What do you think?
Networking IRL – I love hanging out with blogger buds and chewing the fat about everything from time management to media packs. I also don’t think I’ll ever bore of meeting readers and chatting about our dream trips.
Comments from readers – I still get a geeky blogger buzz whenever someone leaves a new comment. Every time someone gets in touch to say they enjoyed a post or had a great holiday I feel like I’m back at school getting an A* on my coursework. (Thanks guys!)
Are you a blogger? Are there any bits that bore you?