Blogging – the self entitlement epidemic

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SO I have been debating whether or not to start this particular series of posts. ‘SO you want to be…’ has been a frequent post series on my blog over the past few weeks. They have all been positive, where I share all of my tips and tricks of the blogging world. From growing your following to making your own blog header and how to take the first steps to go self-hosted. I love writing these posts [even though I am SO far from being an expert] and I have many more up my sleeve. HOWEVER, I also want to write some more controversial posts about blogging too. I am bit a hesitant [queue my mention of the blogging police AGAIN] but WHAT THE HELL – here I am.

Therefore, the first post in my ‘SO you want to be a blogger’ series – The Self Entitlement Epidemic. Confused? Let me explain. Recently on Twitter I saw a post from a blogger complaining that their most recent blog post had only received 19 views. SORRY WHAT? I just don’t get it! I am not going to get into my blog stats, but regardless of how many blog views I get, I would never dream of tweeting to complain that no one had read it.

This wasn’t the first tweet I will see, and I am quite sure you will have seen tweets like this one too, whether it be moaning about blog views, or lack of Instagram likes?! People will continue to do it. BUT where did it come from? Since when did bloggers become arrogant enough to be able to freely do it? NO ONE, no matter how big they are can guarantee views, likes or followers. In fact, the entitlement [in my opinion] is the sure fire way for me to unfollow or mute you. To be honest, it just make them look like a massive DICK.

SO here is my advice – if you are that person – entitling yourself to expect more views – STOP IT! Instead, we can learn from these things. If I get less views/engagement than I would normally, I learn from it. Perhaps that type of content is not quite up to scale to my normal content – I will make a note of this and look at the content [particularly if it is a blog post] and edit or alter certain elements of it. Quite often I find, if I have rushed, or not properly thought through a post, it will get less engagement. OR perhaps, people just don’t like it. WHAT A THOUGHT.

What are your thoughts on this topic? I did a poll on Twitter and 85% of people thought blogger self-entitlement is getting out of hand.

P.s SHOUTOUT to my Mum for being my model for the photo!

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  1. July 23, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    I find it so strange that people tweet things like that. I started blogging because I wanted to voice my thoughts- get a peace of mind by writing out the things in my head and if people want to read it and get something out of it then I’m extra happy. But it seems like a lot of people only blog because they want followers? Which doesn’t make sense to me? And then that they start feeling entitled like you say… that like completely blows my mind in a negative way lol.

  2. July 23, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Your mum is the best! I did wonder if they were someone else’s hands pictured😂 I think at the end of the day blogging is for yourself. It’s easy to get focused on stats but I Blog because it’s something I love and I’m passionate about. If one person reads my blog post then that’s amazing if they haven’t I take it that maybe that post wasn’t quite right for people. But at the end of the day I post what I would like to read not what I think would be popular☺️
    Brooke x
    http://www.brooke-pearson.co.uk

  3. July 24, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Someone on Twitter replied to a tweet of mine enquiring how someone managed 6k views in 6 weeks on their blog. He ended up being exeptionally rude to me and telling me that my content wasn’t interesting and if I wasn’t getting loads of views there was no point and I should just quit. It really annoyed me, my initial tweet was asking for advice to grow my blog, reach more readers and create more content. But he took it way too far to say I should stop blogging because I wasn’t getting a bunch of views.
    I am very proud of my little corner of the internet, I work hard at my blog and I write it because I love it. Any views I get are so, so appreciated, to know that even one person has read what I wrote is fab. Of course I want to grow and expand, but I would never loose sight of why I was doing it.
    Really good blog post!

    • July 24, 2018 / 11:44 am

      I saw that! He was bang out of order!!
      I’ve had to take a step back. I’ve done my blog for me, a way to practice writing in a ‘public’ way and with the book blogging side I just want to be active in the book world, learn about it etc, ready for the day I actually finish this novel!!!
      I found overwhelmed by the numbers being bandied around and the expectation of targets etc and it really made me feel inadequate. I took a step back, re-evaluated my purpose for blogging and regrouped. It took the pressure off me and I’m ready this week to do my thing’ again, without expectation or disappointment. I obviously want people to like my blog and read it, but equally I’m a) terrible at self promotion, it makes me want to gouge my eyes out when I have to tweet a link to my blog and b) brand new at this!!! Numbers don’t matter.

  4. July 24, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Lack of views and like used to get me down because the majority of the blogosphere use them to measure ‘success’ and how worthy you are as a blogger. I grew out of that pretty quick and if nobody wants to read my blog it doesn’t kill me any more. As long as it is there people can find it when they need it!

  5. July 24, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    I totally agree with you on this! I think that when you expect views, there is rarely any there. But the worst thing is when some people on Twitter do it so frequently that you question if they are doing it for the right reasons. Some have even contacted me on how to contact brands but are new bloggers and complaining about their views. I just don’t understand😂

  6. July 25, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I see this a lot too! People complaining their Instagram only got 200 likes or their blog views was only 10k for the month. I’d kill for those kinds of stats and would be absolutely thrilled to bits!!

    I suppose the issue is the fact that blogging (of you want to be successful) is a numbers game? They matter, and people value themselves on them. and that’s a shame.

    Laura ☆ laurahasablog.co.uk

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