I am very lucky to have turned a passion of mine into my full time job! Many try & few actually make it happen. Thank you universe for that. So much gratitude goes out to you :)
However, just like any other profession out there, it comes with a list of annoyances. The blogging world unfortunately isn't any different & these are the things that annoy the cramp out of me online daily ;-)
1. 75% Of Bloggers Are Bitches
Yes, you heard me correctly! Being an ex-model I have met my fair share of cut throat, will do anything to get to the top girls & bloggers you win the bitch title by a landslide! I have met a handful of totally awesome, beyond helpful & just flat out inspiring people in the short time I have been doing this whole blog thing, but most of you are just evil & some just flat out scare me, so I keep my distance. The bullying & fighting I see between bloggers daily reminds me of high school! I know all businesses are competitive, but from someone who grew up with a CEO dad & a girl who was at the top of her game in the modeling world, being mean will eventually bite you in the ass. Your fellow colleagues actually have to LIKE you to STAY at the top & I wish more bloggers would realize that.
Long story short, Just Be Nice!
2. All Bloggers Are Mommy Bloggers.
This one drove me insane for a very long time!! I started my first blog, Chef Bunny, when I was at the very end of my modeling career. Cooking was my passion so I blogged my recipes for my friends and family to read. I had & still have a crazy Twitter following so I used Twitter to market my blog. I was also CHILDLESS!!!! Yet, somehow I was a "mommy blogger" to all the brands that saw me on Twitter & they would offer me mommy blogger gigs? This literally DROVE ME INSANE! So insane I just stopped blogging all together since I had no interest in reviewing a freakn car seat! Who was going to test it out? My cat?
Now here I am afew years later, a wife & mommy, and basically rebranded myself with "The Trophy WifeStyle" since apparently being a food blogger to the brands was next to impossible if you are a younger female. I still refuse to write deep pieces or parenting advice since I'm not gunna lie, Google helps hubby & I raise our daughter lol.... But I do write about other things besides food to appease the brands & make this my full time job. I guess I just wasn't meant to be the next Internet version of Paula Dean ;-)
3. The Like Me Back Nazis.
These are the people that like amillion pages on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram & send you silly like me back messages hoping that some will like them back. These are also the same people that get mad at you and sometimes send you harassing messages if you don't like them back. Look, just because you liked my page does not mean I want to like you back. In fact, I only like back about half the blog people that like me. I look at your profile, check your recent post and bio, and decide if what you are saying is useful to me. Are you even in my niche or are you just trying to sell me something? I'm all about networking, but if you're not useful to me, no like. Sorry. Stop harassing me! You can unlike me if you like.
4. Please Don't Overdo The Kiddo Pictures On Instagram
We get it. You're a mommy blogger & you think your kids are the cutest kids ever & just like every other blogger, you use Instagram to market your site. With that said, you're also on cloud 9 during every minute you spend with them, or at least that's the message you are trying to convey to your followers ;-)
I promise you, with the way social media is going, your spawn will assuredly get his or her chance to post plenty of selfies & snaps soon enough. For now, please just share only the best or funniest photos of your fabulous family. Keep the others filed away, or better yet, share them all on a network or site that’s designed to display photo galleries, such as Facebook. Everyone knows it's hard work being a mommy & daddy. Your kids really are cute (for the most part), and your followers are proud of the little ones you're raising too. Just do us all a favor & do not overdo it & post 20 kid pics in a row on Instagram.
Same can be said to food bloggers, post the best of the day or even week, not every meal & snack.
5.One Word : CAPTCHAs
I think I can speak for us all when I say we all hate these little word recognition puzzles! Onloy the internet would ask its users to prove that they are indeed human. CAPTCHAs, designed to prevent bots from spamming and attacking websites, may be a necessary evil for celebrity sites, but it drives me nuts when smaller sites feel this is necessary. Makes me almost not want to leave you that comment! Even their inventor has said that he regrets their drain on human time. Assuming that each one takes ten seconds to solve, it has been estimated that we waste a total of 150,000 hours a day squinting at distorted letter combinations. Evidence also suggests that CAPTCHAs are getting harder, with some effectively indecipherable. Ughhhh....
6. Everything has been done before.
Have an idea? Well sorry to break it to you, but someone in Tokyo had it last year and has already posted it on every social platform imaginable. So when you see a blogger post a recipe or craft similar to one you have seen somewhere else, trust me, if they are a reputable site, it indeed is an idea they came up with or they will say where the inspiration came from, so readers stop the slamming & bloggers accept that you are not as original as you think & stop getting too upset when compared to another . A lot of blogs are online journals, so you may very well may see a lot of the same things if that topic is trendy since these people document everything relevant online. Presumably this must of also happened before social media, but in those days people could remain in happy ignorance ;-)
****Discloser ~ this was written with 100% sarcasm. Don't take anything to heart & please just laugh at the things you have witnessed yourself ;-) ****
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.