Thoughts on the Blogging Community

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about my thoughts on the ever-increasing standards of blogging. I was frustrated at the way the blogging community was and didn’t really feel like I fit in anywhere. I was doing my own thing with my social media, and posting any content I fancied. And I was really enjoying it.

Nowadays I’m in a completely different situation with my blog. I still really enjoy what I’m doing, but I’m taking more of an interest in my social media and my content and everything that comes with that. What I’m still unhappy with, is the blogging community. I still don’t really feel like I fit anywhere. I have a few people I tweet semi-regularly, with a few regular visitors to my blog, but honestly a lot of the time I scroll down my Twitter feed and don’t like what I see.

Bloggers are called out before they’ve even had a chance to justify their actions. Indirect tweets pop up left, right and centre leaving you wondering if it could be about you or if it’s just somebody having a rant. Everything is taken so personally and half the time I just don’t have time for it. Rebecca over at Notes From September recently wrote about her experiences with social media, and I found myself agreeing with a lot of her comments.

I love social media, but I often find myself getting angry at many of the tweets I see. I don’t like drama; I don’t like it in real life and I certainly don’t like it on the internet. So I don’t get involved. A couple of times recently I’ve seen girls being down right attacked by other bloggers for an opinion, or for doing something they didn’t even know they weren’t supposed to be doing, which just makes me sad. What’s with this need for everyone to know everything about each other’s business? Why can’t we deal with things like grown-ups; having proper conversations about things that bother us, or privately messaging others if we think they’re in the wrong?

If I’m being honest, it’s probably a problem with the internet as a whole rather than just the blogging community. Everybody is entitled to their freedom of speech and with the internet providing a certain level of anonymity, many people take this as a chance to say whatever they like, regardless of the consequences. I appreciate that not everyone in this world is going to get along, but what happened to ‘if you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all’? It makes me uncomfortable that people are called out so quickly for being in the wrong, before having the chance to apologise for a genuine mistake. I also appreciate that some bloggers are in this for themselves but do we need all this public name and shaming? Isn’t it all a bit childish?

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that I wish everyone would chill out a bit more. Don’t jump into accusations without knowing the whole story. Don’t get caught up in drama that doesn’t have anything to do with you. And don’t think that just because you have an opinion, everyone wants to listen to it. #sorrynotsorry.

I’d love to know what you think about the blogging community. Do you think I’m overreacting or do you agree with me?

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