Blog Life: Sh*t That Bloggers Have to Deal With

If you’re going to share parts of your life over the internet, you have to be prepared for what can happen, and let me tell you…anything can happen. Don’t get me wrong, lots of good things happen…but there seems to be a lot of bullsh*t that bloggers have to put up with for simply being online.

**NOTE: This isn’t a post meant to complain about being a blogger. I love being a blogger, and I understand everyone’s right to freedom of speech. This post is meant as a lighthearted joke.
(Also, putting these rather obvious statements in blog posts is another bullsh*t thing bloggers have to do…)


Anyways, welcome to the internet, right?
It’s this crazy place that seems to have this strange effect on people; where they all of a sudden feel like they are invincible and that it’s okay to just say anything you want, even if it’s incredibly rude or offensive.

If you own/run a blog or put yourself out there through the internet somehow, you know that it can get a little out of hand sometimes.

These are some ridiculous things that bloggers have to deal with, and how to keep your cool:


MEAN COMMENTS

Everyone has an opinion, which is great. You’re entitled to your opinion and you should share those thoughts, but don’t share them in a way that will offend other people, because that’s just really not necessary. But still ,for some reason, people’s opinions tend to get nastier over the internet. I am telling you from personal experiences… your mean comments do hurt us, obviously. Because we’re people. Even though we don’t know you, never will know you and really shouldn’t care about your opinions; it’s nearly impossible to read something mean about yourself and not be a little upset about it. We’re just people, trying to share our memories and tips for traveling the world.

HOW WE’RE TOLD TO HANDLE IT:
“Just ignore it” or “don’t worry about it”.

HOW WE SHOULD HANDLE IT:
Microwave popcorn, and a glass of wine. If you take a step back and read these comments with some friends or loved ones, they actually start to become really funny. Try to take everything with a sense of humor and it’ll all just roll off you.


JEALOUSY

The amount of rude comments that travel bloggers get is ridiculous, and a great amount of them seem to purely stem from jealousy. Whether you’re stuck in a dead-end job or climbing your way to the top of a company chain; just let us do our thing, and you can do yours. There’s no need to try to tear down our experiences, just because they are different then yours.

HOW WE’RE TOLD TO HANDLE IT:
“Just let them vent”, “they are just jealous” and again, “don’t worry about it” are all things bloggers are told pretty often by peers or family and friends.

HOW WE SHOULD HANDLE IT:
Take a small satisfaction in knowing that you’ve made someone else re-think their life and their choices. Not even counting the people who actually tell you that they enjoy your blog or that you’ve helped them in some way; these people who write mean comments that stem from jealousy…you’ve made them re-think something about their life. You’ve somehow gotten into their head and made them think some variation of “I’m jealous that I can’t do those things.”  No matter how rude the comments are, you have obviously made some kind of impression on them.


 

PEOPLE BEING TOO INTRUSIVE OR INVASIVE TO OUR PRIVATE LIFE

People asking you on dates, people asking for your email (or actual)  addresses, people sending you endless inappropriate messages. Like I said before, the internet has this effect on people where they all of a sudden feel like anything and everything is okay to say (or type) and that regular common courtesy or politeness is out the window.
Well I don’t know about other bloggers out there, but I don’t really appreciate you using my travel blog as a way to ask about my breasts, or if I’m willing to travel to India if you pay me to live with you…and I definitely don’t enjoy the multiple requests attempting to get me into a long distance relationship on the posts where I talk about my own long distance relationship.

HOW WE’RE TOLD TO HANDLE IT:
Protect your privacy. Try only using your first name, or your first and middle name, or a nickname on your website. Don’t put your actual address on anything other than official blog business (Google, Business registries, etc).

HOW WE SHOULD HANDLE IT:
Like that ^


BEING ACCUSED OF BEING TOO COMMERCIAL OR A SELL OUT

Yes, I make money off my blog…but so what! I put a lot of effort into my blog and hard work deserves at least some reward.

Yes, travel bloggers sometimes also get paid for advertising things or staying in certain hotels…but that doesn’t mean we don’t actually like those things! I often promote things (like Lufthansa airline group, Kelly’s Irish Pub in Antwerp, the entire city of Brugge, hop on/hop off bus tours everywhere) for no money, because I simply like those things and think people should give them a try! And if one of those things (like Lufthansa airlines…I wish…) offered to pay me for posting my review about them; how is that wrong?

HOW WE’RE TOLD TO HANDLE IT:
“Try to make your blog seem less commercialized. Fewer ads, less promoted content…”

HOW WE SHOULD HANDLE IT:
If your posts are about things you actually care about and you just happen to make money from that – you’re in a pretty great spot. If you make money from posts that you don’t really support or like, you just have to be okay with that. And if YOU’RE okay with that, who are we to judge? You do you.


 

BEING CALLED SPOILED OR PRIVILEGED

Okay, I’m just going to say it: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE RICH TO TRAVEL. No, my daddy’s not paying for my travel. No, my mother isn’t wealthy. No, I don’t have a trust fund, a giant savings account or a high paying job. I work a part-time job, my boyfriend is looking for full-time work and we try really hard to save our money in order to pay for our vacations. Maybe you should start putting as much effort into saving your money, and you would understand that we aren’t spoiled little brats; we’re just people who know what they want and work hard to get it.

HOW WE’RE TOLD TO HANDLE IT:
“Be proud of how you life your life and have fun!”

HOW WE SHOULD HANDLE IT:
Spend a week in Cuba and drown your hurt feelings in a haze of vodka and palm trees. 😉



 

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Canadian travel & immigration blogger.

8 Replies to “Blog Life: Sh*t That Bloggers Have to Deal With

  1. I totally agree with you! I don’t see anyone going to Apple and telling them they are too commercial. When work is delivered, work shall be paid. If we didn’t plan on making anything from our blogs (be it advertising on the blog or establishing ourselves as brands so we pay more) we’d be writing private journals, right!

  2. So true!! And guess what..”you write pretty well…could you write an essay for my son’s school project??” ” oh heyy…you should definitely write about …… on your blog”

    And the latest today, ” Hey can you write content for my website?”..With no link backs or not even your name on it…and I tell them my rate for that kind of Ghost writing…and he asks me did you just read what you wrote in the rates??” And the rate was not even what I get for doing a sponsored post on my blog!!

  3. Hehehe, well I’m still far too new to the travel blogging world to have this sort of crap flung at me – I only started blogging about two months ago – but this is the sort of heads up that I appreciate. Know it’ll happen eventually…thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. It’s such a strange thing, some bloggers have tons, some have absolutely none. I guess it depends on how controversial your posts are, maybe?
      Let me know what your first one is! Mine was a doosie! (Comment read: You’re a pretensyous brat.) Yes, pretentious was spelt like that. I laughed pretty hard, but some of them really get to you sometimes. 🙁

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