As bloggers we are constantly messing up and doing the wrong things. I have spoken openly about my blogging mistakes in the past and will be the first to hold my hands up to a mistake I have made. We are not perfect, and none of us have ever claimed to be either. But something I am noticing quite often recently in the blogging community, are bloggers who just get it wrong. Whether it’s the advice they share or the way they speak to their readers. There is this increase of bad advice and no thought going into posts and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen this happening either.
As a person who shares advice and puts herself out there for the world to judge. I am very aware of the fact that words can hurt people. Words can cut just like a knife does. I think bloggers forget the platforms they have and the responsibility that’s on their shoulders. We are to be cautious of the things we put out there and the advice we give, because one wrong move could be destroying.
I have got into a habit of including disclaimers into my writing, and letting people know that what they’re reading is my own opinion. This isn’t just to cover my back but to set my readers expectations too. In todays post, I thought I’d share some of the things that us bloggers do to get it wrong. Of course, these things don’t apply to everyone but they are just some observations I have made myself. And are even things I have done myself too.
BLOGGERS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE
The rise of mental health and self-care posts in the blogging world has increased in the past year, and for obvious reasons. But, I think the approach on how to help other people during this time needs to be carefully done. Posting “5 Ways to Cure Your Depression” is really not helpful for those suffering with crippling depression. It’s not helpful and it’s not smart. Theres no way that your depression is going to be cured by taking a bath and getting an hour extra sleep each night. Yes, those things can help temporarily make you feel better, but it’s certainly no cure.
Mental health is a serious and important thing that needs to be discussed with caution. There is no one way approach to anything to do with mental health. And suggesting someone should just take a bath and they’ll be cured is not it. If anything that can come across rude and very patronising. There is a fine line between helpful and disrespectful. Now, I am not pointing the finger here because I’m sure that I have made a mistake like that in the past. We are all learning together.
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WE PRIORITISE POPULAR CONTENT
The million dollar question. Do we write because it’s what we know our readers want? Or do we write because it’s what we want to post? I really don’t know what you should do. Should you post content that you know will do well, but you don’t enjoy it? Or should you post content you love, but you know might not do as well? As a blogger this is the kind of question I ask myself every time I’m writing new content.
I go through this constant battle between wanting my blog to perform well but also wanting to be authentic to myself and posting topics that I enjoy. There have been countless times where I haven’t posted something because I know it won’t do well. I know other bloggers struggle with this too and it can be quite a big worry for us.
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BLOGGERS DON’T TAKE THEIR OWN ADVICE
There has been countless times I have posted a blog about overcoming anxiety, when I cant even overcome it myself. I can share tips and tricks on how to combat stress, whilst I have been in a very stressful situation myself. We don’t practice what we preach alot of the time and I will happily say that some of the advice I share with others is not the advice I follow in my life. Why do you think that is? We are quick to help others but when its ourselves we don’t listen.
I guess it’s easier to help others because you don’t know the in’s and out’s. But when it comes to yourself you are slower to take the time and effort to look after yourself. Which is kind of sad. And another valid reason as to why we should prioritise our mental health and self-care.
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Yup, you heard it here first. Alot of your favourite bloggers are lying to you. The truth is, they hated that product a company sent to them but they told you to buy it anyway. The blogging advice they give you isn’t all that true but they want to look like they’re helping you. You’d be surprised at how many bloggers lie and cheat to get where they are. Now I know these people are few and far between but its a reality on any social media platform. Most of your favourite Instagram influencers are doing it too. The internet can be a deceiving place.
As already said, this is the minority of bloggers and not the majority. There will always be bad seeds no matter what it is you’re doing!
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What are your thoughts on this topic? Is there anything you lie about as a blogger? Do you practice what you preach?
Somewhat of a different post today, and one I’m sure alot of other bloggers will have opinions on! I am excited to hear them!