I consider myself to be a pretty laid back person, but there are some things bloggers do on social media (specifically Twitter in this instance) that really irk me. I hope I NEVER do them. If I ever fall victim to any of these things please link me back to this post and give me a virtual slap.
- Tweeting out your statistics. This REALLY annoys me. Who cares how many followers you have? Who cares how many people stopped following you? Who cares how many people you follow that don’t follow you back? Nobody, that’s who. The only person who might care is you and surely there has to be a better way to keep tabs on that situation than having it auto post to your Twitter feed for all of your followers to see. I see it as a stupid way to brag and/or get attention. Every time I see it, I have to sit on my hands to stop myself from messaging them asking why they feel it necessary to tweet that stuff out. The last thing I want is to start drama with people, so I’ll stick to just making a generic post about it.. that way I’m not pointing a finger at anyone in particular (and I’m not, there are MANY bloggers guilty of doing this) If you do this and you can help me wrap my head around why you do it, then by all means, please let me know! It genuinely baffles me.
- The auto message. You know the one, where you follow someone and you get an automated direct message back thanking you for following them and/or giving you more information about them.. their website address, their other social media accounts or whatever it is! I HATE them. Everyone knows that they are bullshit, right? Why do it? I know you’re not sitting there personally sending me out that generic message.. and chances are I followed you because I thought you were a good person (why are you trying to change my mind?!) It’s not even just bloggers that are guilty of doing this either.. top brands are even getting in on the action. I get that it’s supposed to make me feel like you give a shit and that I’m connected somehow and that you appreciate me, but it makes me feel the opposite. I’d honestly feel better if I didn’t get those messages, or if you genuinely feel like you need to say thank you for the follow do it in a more public way by tweeting directly at me, rather than a private message. That way I can interact back with you and all your followers can see if you respond or not! Because you’re bound to respond to me, right? I mean you care that much about me following you after all.
- Bloggers calling out other bloggers publicly. Why? Oh, why? Oh, why?! I really don’t get this. You have a personal issue with someone.. great.. it happens. We’re human after all. There’s no need to make it a public display though. Pull the person you have an issue with aside in a private message or an e-mail and keep it between you both.. why get your and their followers involved? It just makes you look like a horrible person. 9 out of 10 times I’ve seen this happen too, the person calling the other out publicly ends up apologising either for acting so rash and impulsive or because they got the facts completely wrong. It is easily done when you’re upset to want to voice your anger, but I don’t see why it has to be a public thing… especially when you’re two people doing the same thing, you’re on the same side!
- Claiming someone copied you publicly. Okay, so this in a similar vain to number 3. The amount of times I’ve seen a blogger call another blogger out either by name or by being super ambiguous about it (but enough to make everyone know that they think someone is copying their blog idea and gets all upset about it) I really hate that passive aggressive crap, where they make a big hoo-har about it but without actually saying who, making everyone following them instantly paranoid. I feel I can say this as a blogger, because currently as I post this none of the bloggers I follow know I’m a blogger because I’ve seen it happen on my personal account. It is possible for two people to come up with similar things. It is also possible that they did see your post and drew inspiration from it, in which case you should feel flattered. The only time I feel it’s fair to say someone copied you is if your pictures have been stolen or they’ve literally copied your post word for word (cos that shit takes time and effort to do) But if you’re getting upset because you did a post about, “How to fart discreetly” and someone else does a post called, “How to fart without being caught” then you two both just had a funny as fuck idea and you should in no way get upset about it. That post title was the first thing that came into my head when trying to think of an example (I don’t know why. Don’t judge me!)
- Moaning about PR companies that have got in touch. I don’t get it.. if they were stupid and didn’t address you right or you could tell that they sent the message out to a ton of other bloggers, just let it be. Grumble about it to yourself and move on. The fact that anyone got in touch should be an honour! The little things that irk you should be something you either keep to yourself or tell your inner circle about privately. If you do that kind of stuff you’re just gonna make brands not want to contact you for fear you’ll shit all over them at the slightest infraction. I’m all for keeping your fellow bloggers safe, but there’s got to be a better way of doing it when it comes to those minor offenses. Fair enough, if a brand didn’t pay you or did something really huge that they need to be publicly shamed for then that seems reasonable.. but if they didn’t address you by name, don’t feel like they need to be named and shamed for that. Chances are they are just doing their job and have been told to find bloggers fast and are under a lot of stress.. so they didn’t scour your blog to find your full name or they sent a generic message out, it’s because they’re busy. I’d feel honoured if someone even contacted me for that kind of thing. They could even spell the entire e-mail wrong and I’d be over the moon.
I’m sure there are other things that annoy me when it comes to bloggers on Twitter, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind. I feel a little bit mean for saying it’s a blogger issue, I’m sure it happens not just where bloggers are concerned too.. but this is the only time I’ve personally seen it.
Do you guys agree or disagree with these? Do you have any things that irritate you when it comes to bloggers on Twitter? Let me know!