As bloggers we all have blogging habits. Things we do everyday that revolve around our blogs. Whether it’s having WordPress open when doing work or checking stats from the second you wake. There are many other things that you can probably think of when it comes to your blog. And whether we admit it or not, we have all formed an addiction to blogging and there are habits that come with our addiction.
Sometimes habits can be formed without us even realising it, whether they are good habits or bad. I think it’s important to acknowledge these habits and recognise that some of them are not needed and are more annoying than anything else.
In todays post I wanted to talk about some of the more negative habits that I see forming amongst bloggers. Especially new bloggers who don’t really know the do’s and don’ts yet. Now I’m not pointing fingers here, because some of these habits I am guilty of too!
You might think by rude comments I mean being nasty to others and spreading hate, which yes we shouldn’t be doing anyway but thats not what I mean here.
One thing I have noticed as of recently has been an influx of new bloggers leaving comments on posts asking readers to check out their blogs and follow them. It’s so rude and disrespectful. I have actually come to the point where I message/email the perpetrators asking them to stop when it happens to me. Especially if they do it alot.
I understand the want to gain more followers and grow your blog, but there are ways and means to do so. Our comment sections are not a place of publicity, especially when alot of bloggers charge to promote other bloggers or businesses on their blogs. I find it so rude and its one of the biggest annoyances of blogging for me.
SERIAL STATS CHECKING
We all do this, and don’t try to tell me you don’t. I wake up in the morning and one of the first things I do is seeing how my posts and blog performed overnight. But we need to stop, and I am preaching to myself here. Being obsessed with how many numbers are on your stats screen really isn’t important. It really is just a number.
You really can start to worry and obsess over your blog performance if you aren’t too careful, and thats not good for anybodies mental health. Let’s leave this one in 2020.
FOLLOW FOR FOLLOWS
Even though I see more of this on Instagram I have occasionally seen this in the blogging world too. If you aren’t too sure what this is, it’s basically when someone follows you so that you will follow them back. Then once you follow them back, they unfollow you. I’m really not a fan of this. I’d rather build up organic engagement and have people follow me who actually want to follow me.
One thing I really dislike too is people following you and then unfollowing you as soon as you follow them back. It really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I think it’s almost a way to use someone, and it makes me feel differently about the person who does it.
Brands will see through this, so please be careful if you do it. They will see you asking for follows and it will put them off. They want to see people who have a credible audience, not one thats based of a follow train.
TAKING NO TIME OFF
GUILTY AS CHARGED!
If you speak to any of my friends you’ll know that I rarely ever take time off from blogging. Between Blogmas finishing and the New Year, I was planning on taking time off which would have been just over a week. I think I lasted 4 days. I think I came back purely because I really love blogging. It’s such an escape for me, but we have to remember even though its fun we should still take time away from it. It will help us to appreciate it in the long run.
It’s okay to stop and think about anything else besides your blog. This is for sure one blogging habit I want to kick this year.
Do you have any of the blogging habits I mentioned?
What blogging habits do you have?
What positive blogging habits are you going to create this year?
Blogging is fun, but with anything there are downsides too. Kick those bad blogging habits and replace them with new positive ones for this new year! I’ll be right there with you!