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!