I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now… but something has been niggling at me for a while. I often get approached by random companies who would like me to copy and paste content into my blog. Let it be on record that I would rather not write anything at all, than fill my blog with vapid nonsense.
Sometimes, yes, that means I’ve skipped posting on schedule, and sometimes I could have taken the easy way out! But I like to think I’ve got a modicum of integrity. I’ve noticed and discussed with friends recently that there is an ever growing amount of Zombie Bloggers. We just keep wondering, why do people have such a bad attitude towards bloggers and influencers? Well, this could be part of the problem…
Disclaimer: This is not for bloggers who are easily offended. Sorry, not sorry.
Ever since my LiveJournal account way back in my teens, I thought blogging was a place for people to produce content from the heart and not the same old repeated crap. I’ve realised though over time, that people’s attitudes towards writing just SUCK. Since joining the blogging community there have been way too many scenarios where I’ve been rolling my eyes. Do any of these scenarios seem familiar to you?
Scenario 1: I want to make money from my blog but I don’t know how to do it, or what to write… I just set up a URL and want to make money from blogging, mmkay?
I have an idea for you. Stop filling the world with your hollow rubbish! These are the kind of people with zero opinions that end up writing lifeless, soulless posts without a true voice. This is a big part of the reason the blogging community gets a bad rep.
Scenario 2: I just love… LOVE this product I got sponsored to review but heck, I’d never pay actual money for it?! Are you crazy?
Fashion and beauty bloggers PLEASE – have a real opinion. People look to you for actual help on product choices… I find those who beauty blog fall into the trap of making it all about the product. Even if your blog is mostly about what you wear, you can still show people who you are.
Scenario 3: I’ve never used this product before but I will copy and paste whatever you say… for a price.
Wow. Just wow. *shakes head* Appealing directly to blog readers here; please don’t give these people your time! And if you’re offended by this then I’m ever so sorry but, you must be one of them! The zombie bloggers out to get us, ruining the blogging scene for one and all.
But what gives me the right to judge?
Nothing, really. I am just at the end of my tether with zombie bloggers spouting these same 3 scenarios at me. Dare to be different, people! Or dare to do nothing at all; that works too!
I love blogging because it allows me to express myself and what I love most (even if those things are just nerdy as hell) and if you’re doing the same and just writing about what you’re passionate about then that’s ALL good with me. I get so proud when I hear that even one person loves something that I post. You will always hear my voice and I will not have sold my soul, because that means more to me than lacing my pocket.