First things first, I’d like to thank you for the love on my last blog post—who knew the tale of a coat would resonate with so many of you! I’m also pleased to report that Bryan and I had a rather unceremonious and anticlimactic cutting of the price tag. New winter coat is officially mine.
There’s been a trend in the blogging world lately; something I like to discuss with two of my nearest and dearest bloggy sisters Lindsay and Krysten whenever I have the chance. Despite how welcoming and supportive this community can be, there are some things newbies may want to be aware of; things that took me several years to figure out myself.
- Cliques exist in cyberspace and there are (sadly) mean girls who try to ruin it for the rest of us. Don’t get discouraged, but you’ll easily recognize the signs, as they may be similar to things you encountered in high school many moons ago. I’m grateful to be a member of wonderful supportive groups (Authentic Bloggers on Facebook is one of them) and my advice here is to stick with chicks who are allergic to drama.
- Sometimes it feels like blogging is one big popularity contest. Your space will often be overlooked for another blog with a bigger Instagram following. You may receive countless requests to vote or share to elevate someone’s standing—I’m sure I’ve been guilty of that myself (apologies).
- There are some exclusive blog networks out there and they probably don’t care about your organic reach or the fact that you have an engaged audience. In one week alone, I was rejected from three such networks as well as Like To Know It, which is a way for influencers to share details about their outfits on Instagram. What really grinds my gears is that some of these networks actually charge bloggers but still don’t accept all! I wouldn’t subscribe to these personally, but they are out there so beware.
- You’ll be asked repeatedly to write about a new product/service or share an infographic to your social channels from companies that expect you to work for free. I don’t really need to elaborate on this, do I?
I have no intention to give up on blogging but a lot of things have definitely changed since I started in 2009. If I’m not moving, shaking, and catching up, I run the risk of always falling behind. Blogging IS serious business and if you want to get ahead it’s important to remember that you are establishing your brand.
If I can leave you with some final advice it’s to stay away from mean girls and learn to play nicely in Twitter chats.
Have you noticed any of this behavior since you started blogging? Leave your answers in the comments below!