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Blogging: What Not To Do.

May 30, 2012


Erin Schrader

It’s true. I do.

I would hope that you have gathered that by now. I would like to think that posting 5+ times a week would be a good indication that I kinda dig it. Speaking of, I need a life. I get it.
But I probably won’t be getting one soon, so deal with it.

Anyhow, as much as I adore blogging and all of the good that can come from it, there are a few things that sometimes makes me (gasp) annoyed. And I don’t really know why, but it does.
So I figured, why not write a post about it? My hope is that this does not come across as a post that is full of complaints, but maybe a post that has a few helpful hints? You’re right. It will probably come across as one giant complaint. My apologies.

Please keep in mind that everything I am about to say is my opinion and my opinion only. And if you do these things–I don’t love you less. I just wish you didn’t do these things 😉 
So friends, I present to you “What Makes Erin Irritated With Blogging”. What a charming title I know.

1. When the title of a post involves the words:
“Guest Post//Sponsor Spotlight//Giveaway//Product Review”

Now I get it people–usually a title of a post is to hint at what is to come, but I don’t think it is the smartest move on the block. For you or for your guest poster//sponsor//giveaway. Maybe this is just my logic, but hear me out. Your readers read your blog because they like what you have to say. They don’t show up thinking “Gosh, I hope it is somebody else today…I am so over hearing from the actual owner of the blog.” If that was the case, they wouldn’t read your blog in the first place.
As much as I hate to say it, if I see a blog title has any of those words up above–I don’t click on the post. Which is lame because I love being introduced to new blogs, but it is true.

I have this theory for that every post of mine, I am going to say at least SOMETHING of my own, regardless if there is a sponsor being highlighted or not. It’s my blog, I want to talk on it. And I think that is what my readers want as well. To hear from me. So I reel you little readers in, entice you with a glamorous story about bird poop, drop one of my fabulous sponsors on you in the middle, and then finish it out from there.

Try it out. You may see more traffic on your sponsor and/or giveaway posts than you normally do. And that’s really what we want for everybody involved isn’t it? Darn right it is.

2. The only reason you use social media is to announce giveaways.
We all know that I think social media is amazeballs. Amazeballs because you can get to know people on a more intimate level. You know, like the “this is what I ate for lunch, check out my new bracelet, I think Adam Levine is so hottttt” level. So when I follow you on either Facebook or Twitter, it is because I want to get all the inside scoop on your life. Some call this stalking. I call it reality.
If you are a social media addict who is using it ONLY for announcing this giveaway, that giveaway, your mom’s giveaway, I will get annoyed. Annoyed to the point that I don’t want to login to Twitter.
And we don’t want that to happen now do we? #nowedont.
With that being said, it is fine to use your social media outlets for giveaways//shout outs to sponsors//etc, but please, don’t use it only for that. Do yourself a favor and mix in a few food pictures, kissy faces, or some other meaningless bits of information about your life. It makes my life a lot more exciting. Thank you.
I will be the first to admit that I suck at responding to comments that are left on my posts. I just do.
I think it has something to do with time and lack there of. Anyhow, a few times I will either get asked a question in a comment, or it was just really sweet and I want to respond. Nothing makes me want to throw my computer screen more when I type up a reply, push send, and then notice I just sent it to nobody. Please, everybody, take a moment and add your email address to your profile right this minute. This will avoid many broken computer screens.
And this is where I am stopping for the day.

There are a few other items I could discuss, but that seems like too much negativity for one blog post. And I really kinda hate negativity.

To end on a positive note, leave me a comment with one thing you LOVE about blogging.
That will be fun now won’t it?

Here is mine: I love bloggers who have a passion about making this world a better place and are actually doing something about it. Like Ellie. I happen to be over at her organization, Speak Now, sharing how to love yourself and follow your dreams. Do yourself a favor and read what Speak Now is all about. You will be inspired.

I’m off now to go sit outside in a sports bra and yoga pants.
I like to keep it classy around these parts.


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