Why is there so much blog on blog hate?

After a very long week at work which never really ended (ie I worked all weekend), I decided to take some time to read through my Bloglovin feed that had been sadly ignored. Since I was so behind on reading my usual blogs, I skimmed the list and clicked through to the ones that seemed the most interesting. After reading a few post titles I chose to read two reader surveys and an income report, some of my favorite types because I'm nosy.

After reading the results of the surveys I learned that people had a lot of things to say about the direction blogging is moving towards, most of it being negative. It seems as if I had found the one place on the internet where everyone felt comfortable rallying against how to posts, blogging about blogging, and anything that starts with "5 ways to xyz."

As someone who does two of the three things above, I was at first a bit offended, but then I stepped back and decided to see who was saying these things. People fell into two categories, total hypocrites or bloggers who had just made the jump of buying a domain name. Let's discuss.



I totally get where people are coming from, after a while it gets old to hear people debate about the blogger versus wordpress thing. At the same time though, we have all once wondered which is better, which is why people keep coming up with new opinions, posts and suggestions. As for the hate towards listsicles (if that's even a word) and how to posts, how often do the people complaining honestly give a shit about a weekend recap that has no real point? Really though, how many of us actually read a post that provides no value to us?

Unless you are absolutely in love with a blogger and feel like you are internet friends, many of us don't care that you visited some restaurant and snapped some pics. Oh you're painting your house? Cool, how about also mentioning your why you chose that paint brand so I can learn something while admiring that beautiful shade of blue.

Everyone has a right to write and read whatever they like, but I'd like to know when people who were doing the things they were complaining of began bashing those who like to blog with a purpose. And I don't think I'm saving the world, but at the very least before I hit publish I ask myself,  "does this need to be read? Will this help anyone in any way?"

All this blog on blog hate is just making newbie bloggers more unsure of how to get started, something they'd never figure out without all those 'how to blog' blogs. Which in my case, I fucking love, sorry not sorry.

So while we all may not love to read or write the same things, that doesn't mean we need to become internet warriors and use the comment section to tear down each other's writing. Fashion bloggers, I may not be interested in how to style that cute dress, but you'll never find me dissing you for taking that dress for free, using affiliate links and posing the same way in all of your pictures. Do you girl! I'll keep posting my how to posts cause there's someone out there that needs to figure out how to write a resume, get over their ex-boyfriend and enjoy their twenties all at the same time.



Where do you stand on this side? Are you over the direction that blogging is taking and wish it would get a little personal again? Let me know in the comments below, cause like I said, I'm nosy. 


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12 comments

  1. Something that really bothers me about bloggers more recently (I think) is the huge amount of bad medical advice being dished out like it's the truth. I can get really worked up about people making bizarre statements about things like health, diet (ex: "sugar free" recipes that contain maple syrup, molasses, honey, etc) and deciding that fairly arbitrary things are dangerous. It bugs me especially when they do paid reviews for things that are basically snake oil and recommend them to their readers, and it's like, I really liked your blog, but the moment you post about how drinking anything besides this one brand of artisinal water is going to shut down my kidneys I lost a lot or respect for you.

    /end rant.

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    1. oohhhh, I've never really noticed that! But I also never really read recipe or diet/cleanse posts. I dont know if I would automatically unfollow them but if they made a habit of giving out health advice I would definitely stop engaging with them as often.

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  2. Preach it girl! I feel like you just put into words a lot of things I've been thinking about blogging. I've been reading blogs for a long time and really watched the community evolve. But as a newer blogger myself, I'm really thankful for the transparency and how-to's, and I agree- I just don't want to read about your lunch anymore (so 2011). Love the honesty in this post! THIS is why I love blogs/blogging!

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    1. I joined the blogging community when it was all about gif posts, if that makes sense? And my favorite things to read are honestly funny, pointless gif lists. I'll only read a weekend or lunch post if I love the blogger, otherwise SKIP

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  3. I think the problem with the 'how to blog' posts is over saturation of the market. No one would hate Kim K as much if than damn family wasn't everywhere, all the time. Same with how to blog posts. Plus they're now coming from every single person, people who didn't blog about that in the past and then all of the sudden start doing how to blog posts because they think that'll make them money. (plus I have yet to see an original helpful tip, it's all the same now.) I don't hate on it, but I definitely unfollow. If that's not why I read you in the first place, I'm not going to stick around for content I'm not interested in.
    I don't mind other how to posts, those are usually interesting (like your examples.)
    I do loathe weekend recaps. Almost everyone I follow writes them though, but that just makes my mondays real easy - hit the read button on the whole list and skip it! I just do not care, plus I usually saw their instagram so I already know what they did over the weekend.

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    1. There are soooo many how to blog posts, and I honestly eat them all up, EXCEPT the ones by bloggers who are just starting out. There's one blogger I love who has an ebook on how to gain traffic or followers or something, except her monthly traffic reports are a fraction of what mine are, and I'm pretty tiny myself. In those cases I understand people's frustration with the over saturation of the topic. And I totally agree with the easy Mondays, all weekend recaps are skipped unless your title draws me in or I'm an avid reader

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  4. dang girl! haha. I had no idea this was even an issue, but I think bloggers probably just get bitter over time. At the end of the day, I don't really give a shit what other bloggers think about me. I just try to have fun, stay inspired and do my best. That's all we can do and if people don't like it, well screw em. The people who enjoy our content will find us and we can have a community built with people we get along with and forget the rest. The truth is that you can't please everyone even if you tried. Oh well! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :) I enjoyed this vent/rant post ♥

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    1. I really didn't notice it either until I started paying attention to other blogger's reader surveys and saw this one was the one thing that always came up. Then I was like damn, does everyone hate my how to posts? But I definitely agree, the people who enjoy your content will find it and there's no fun in trying to please everyone

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  5. I think in any community people are going to have opinions on other people. It's sad, but it happens all to often. It's tough because we create communities of people who value our opinions, so when people take that opportunity to talk poorly about someone else, it promotes the wrong kind of culture within that community. Whatever you do, do it for yourself, and don't worry about what others think. It's easier said than done but it's so liberating.

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  6. I like reading posts that offer helpful "how tos", or blogging advice. As a new blogger, the tutorials were/are really helpful. Also, when I'm posting, I try to share savings tips, products I like, books to read, recipes rather than just posting about myself. One of the best parts of blogging is sharing new viewpoints and information.

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  7. I think a lot of your "How To" posts are refreshing and offer a new perspective on issues. I think a lot of people who you are referencing are sick of the "How to" posts that get recycled and recycled again. And I'm part of that group! I feel like I see the same advice being dished out and offer no new opinions or techniques. So why should I read that post versus the other advice post that I read last week that said the same thing?

    I think as long as you offer your own new opinions and tips/tricks, you'll be golden. I've loved all of your how to posts. Checking yourself by asking "does this need to be read? Will this help anyone in any way?" is a GREAT technique that I think all bloggers (lifestyle, fashion, beauty, blogging, etc.) should follow.

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  8. I understand how certain topics might seem overdone but at the same time my reason for choosing Wordpress is not going to be the same exact reason why some else did. I may not exactly care what someone did over the weekend but I think you can tell me about color theory and why you chose those colors to paint your house while still adding in tid bits about you and your house.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can be useful and add personal touches. It doesn't have to be one or the other and the hate on "How to" blogs is kinda silly. I'm sure people complaining used those posts to build their blogs.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com/blog

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