My thoughts on blogging…greed and dishonesty
11th Dec 2014
I started blogging for fun, to cure boredom and communicate with other people with the same interests as me. Through blogging I have spoke to some of the kindest people in the world and I feel so fortunate to be able to call them my friends. They’ve reassured me, cheered me up and given me advice. It’s incredible when you think about it.
However, recently I’ve found that the blogging world isn’t always a nice place to be. There are two main themes that are currently on my mind: greed and dishonesty. It’s something that I am seeing all too often nowadays. I must point out, this does not apply to everyone. It’s just a certain few (thousand) that are ruining it for others.
If you’ve ever looked at #bloggerswanted on Twitter then you may understand where I am coming from.
I’ve seen bloggers begging for freebies to review on their blogs and events to attend. I’ve seen bloggers questioning why they were not invited to a certain event – god forbid they’d be left out.
Personally, if I were a business looking to connect with bloggers I would be discouraged to work with someone who bombarded me with “Send me free stuff” messages.
Greed is not pretty. Greed also doesn’t get you anywhere in life.
Get to the back of the queue and wait patiently. Good things come to those who wait.
A lot of comments have been made in light of the Zoella/Girl Online saga, and believe me, I’ve bit my tongue. However, after pondering my argument for sometime, drawing conclusions on what she had actually done wrong, I realised the worst thing about it all was dishonesty.
I’m not blaming her for using a ghost-writer but I do think that she was very dishonest to her fans. At no point did she make it clearly that it would be a collaboration between her and another author. There is a difference between getting help and getting someone to write for you.
Dishonesty also comes from not telling your readers when you have been given something to review for free, or when you are being paid to say something. Getting free stuff is nothing to be ashamed of, so why hide it?
Honesty is the best policy. If you can’t be truthful to your readers then you shouldn’t be running a blog.
In the spirit of the Christmas season, let’s stop the greed and dishonesty, whether it’s online or in the real world. Just because others are greedy and dishonest doesn’t mean that you have to be too.
Is there anything you dislike about the blogging world?