Ahhh, seeing as my first post, Frustrations of a Blogger did quite well, I thought I’d come at you with some more frustrations.
E-mailing me too much.
I get a lot of press-releases or e-mails about information that might be useful to my readers. Especially for my fitness blog.
Although I don’t publish that type of content here, I’m a bit more open to it over on my fitness and tech blogs because I’m generally less anal about it what I post there.
I like this blog to be ALL my own content and because I blog so often, it’s sometimes nice to quickly cut and paste an article and change a few things around when I’m low on time on the other blogs. There’s no budget for most things like this and most of the time the people e-mailing me are pretty cool about it.
But there has been a handful of times when I’ve expressed interest in writing about it only to end up receiving an e-mail every day asking if I’ve had time to read it. If after sending one e-mail explaining that I work full time so haven’t had time to read it yet and I still get pestered daily, I’m just not going to want to work on this anymore.
I understand being chased if it was something I had been paid to do, or had been given something in exchange for! But doing something for no compensation, I think I should be able to work to my own time scales.
Demanding things after the agreement.
This has only happened to me a few times, but there have been a few times I’ve been sent a product, and after I’ve had the product sent to me there’s a list of demands. Things like anchor text links, or video reviews, or to Tweet so many times a day. There was one that wanted two posts, one when I used the product for a month and another after two months. Eeeeeeekkk. To test something every day for a month is time consuming enough.. but two months?
Just be upfront!
Submit a cover letter.
Okay, I understand having to pitch to brands sometimes. But when brands are looking for bloggers to review something, it’s frustrating when they ask for a cover letter!
I understand that they just want to find bloggers that are eager and passionate about the brand, but I wonder how many time poor people like myself just won’t bother applying to anything that requires an individual pitch, especially if it’s for a low value product and not a paid opportunity.
I would have thought that having a quit look around my blog and social would be enough to decide whether you want me to rep you or not? AM I RITE?
Being mean about typos.
Typos happen. They just do. I make them on a regular basis.
I pay a lot of attention to my blog, I put in a lot of time and try to be as diligent as I can. But also I’m dyslexic. and I’m busy. and I’m easily distracted and I’m a hooman bean* so I make mistakes.
I often see tweets from bloggers slating other bloggers for typos. Either as a way to one up a blogger during an argument by making them look silly, or just passive aggressively.
It just makes me feel bad because I know that no matter how hard I try, I’ll never be 100% free from errors.
I feel so embarrassed every single time I spot one!
(Also, can I just thank the two lovely bloggers that DM’ed me to tell me that I had linked to the wrong thing in some posts recently, I know that’s not quite a typo but thanks for letting me knowwww!)
Thinking you’re owed the world.
I’m pretty much in the middle of the road when it comes to the whole ‘should you work for free’ argument.
I think it depends on so many things. Like:
- Is it a good fit for your blog?
- Would it get you page views?
- Are you struggling for ideas?
- Are you a new blogger?
- Is blogging just a hobby for you?
- How good are your stats?
- My mood at the time (lolz).
Realistically, brands aren’t going to pay you unless you have good numbers. That’s just life. Your time is only worth as much as the results you can deliver. And those results will vary from op to op.
I sometimes feel like there are quite a few bloggers out there that expect too much. There are some that won’t even do product reviews without the payment. Which is absolutely fine, that’s your choice.
The thing that bothers me is belittling others, or telling them to have some self-respect. Which is what sometime said to me not long ago!
Oh, and it can totally work the other way, too. There are bloggers out there that think you’re selling out or if you make money, or you’re not authentic.
One my long time blogging buddies, Holly, once tweeted something along the lines of:
Bloggers are the only creatives that slate each other for making money.
Trust story, bro.
I should probably change that headline from ‘thinking you’re owed the world’ to ‘you do you’.
Whether you want to make money or not. It’s your choice.
What are your frustrations?