The longer you blog, the more you learn about what kind of space you want your blog to be. We both subconsciously and consciously develop our own rules and take on some already established rules. I’ve been seriously blogging for a year now and I’ve learnt so much on this journey. Here are my 10 blogging confessions:
- I will not follow you back if I’ve seen that you haven’t liked any of my posts
Who are you? What are you about? What do you like? You following me doesn’t give away much information about how you interact with other bloggers or what kind of content you’re interested in. Given how varied my posts are, I don’t know whether you’re interested in books, poetry, social justice, feminism or TV! In this case, I will check out your blog, but I definitely cannot promise a follow back if I go on your blog and find that you don’t engage with other bloggers. If you are merely interested in keeping up with my content, fair do’s but otherwise I’m not particularly interested in the follow for follow game.
- I will check out your blog if you like my post
I can’t guarantee that I will like one of your posts especially if I discover that you’re running money-making schemes. I will not be liking your latest post either unless I actually like it, otherwise I will like a post that I genuinely enjoyed.
- I don’t enjoy doing a lot of book memes
Which is why you’ll see me do one every month or two. I want to put out content that I’ve enjoyed writing up, so I’ve been quite picky with memes or Top Ten Tuesday’s circulating on WordPress.
- I don’t press like on posts that go against my religious beliefs or general beliefs
The former is shirk (associating partner’s with God) and the latter, well, if you’re very clearly FOR body-shaming, slut-shaming or engage in behaviours and opinions that I strongly disagree with, I cannot pretend that I am here for it.
- I don’t read the content of those who spam like my posts
I mean, you are aware that the notifications appear on my email and I can tell that you’ve liked my last ten posts in under a minute, right? I am fully aware that you haven’t read a single one of them. When I first started blogging, I returned the likes but now I fully ignore those who do this because I’ve worked hard on my content and I have too much self-respect to give you the time of my day. I’m looking for engagement first and foremost. I will admit that I’ve been tempted to play petty and return the favour but there are is only so much time in a day, and I’d rather spend it on bloggers who actually engage in the community. I’m also aware that some bloggers do like several posts with the intention of reading it later, but I use my discretion to discern who are the more genuine bloggers.
- I ignore spam likes on comments
This doesn’t tempt me to check out your blog and like your posts either. If I do check it out, it’s to help me remember who to carefully avoid.
- You can’t be asking bloggers to check out your posts right away
I see this happening a lot on Twitter to the point where it looks like a like, comment, view rat race. You are not the centre of everyone’s universe, the world doesn’t revolve around you so stop moving so entitled. Bloggers who do not check out your content right away are not evil. They have other priorities, you cannot ask people to make you a priority. Relax and enjoy the process. I will add that I do check out certain bloggers as soon as I have time to read and browse the internet, but that’s because I’ve formed a bond with them and have organically developed loyalty towards them. I’m not ignoring you either, I’m getting to you in my own time. There are so many blogs and so little time and I try to ensure that I’m caught up on content and that takes time with my ever-drifting attention, but I want to try and make sure that I’m actually reading your content. I’ve followed you because I like your content, I will get to it in time. In alphabetical order. As provided by that lovely WordPress ‘manage followed sites’ tab.
- My writing isn’t perfect and that’s okay
Alexa play: “I’m only human after all, after all.” I’m trying my hardest and improving which is the most important thing. Having said that, I want to maintain my authenticity so in my non-formal posts, I try to be just that: informal.
- You’ve written a new post, so you like an old post of mine to remind me to go and like your new one
LOL NO. I will go and find your oldest post and like that instead. How about that? Am I dumb? Am I a mug? I’m not playing this silly passive-aggressive game. I will play the petty game though because, you know, Gemini and all and plus it’s just funny. And, yes, I’m bringing astrology into this with no shame!
- I schedule my posts in advance
Scheduling in advance just saves a lot of hassle! FYI, if you see that I have posted new content and I haven’t yet replied to your comment, I’m just letting you know that I haven’t been ignoring you that whole time, this post was scheduled in advance.
What about you? What are your blogging confessions? Do you agree with my confessions? Let me know in the comments!
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