WTF Wednesday: Blogging Truth Bombs and Beefs

It’s about to get beef bomby up in here, so prepare yourselves. Depending on how you interpret that, you could be feeling very different things right now.

Blogging, ya’ll. What is it even?

I’ve mentioned a time or 10 how I’m a writer who just so happens to use the blogging platform to get my writing “out there”. As such, I’m by no means an expert on the topic. However, I’ve been doing the grunt work long enough to have noticed a few things.

Ready? Let’s go!

1. The “Market” is Saturated

Ya’ll, we’re all just one of millions. Literally millions. There are millions of blogs on the interwebs. If you are doing this blogging thing to be noticed; if you’re blogging to earn money; if you’re writing on the blogging platform to get your writing read and/or to be found, GOOD LUCK.

I’m not saying that sarcastically either. I really mean it. You’re going to need some serious luck of the Irish or some other historically magical luck to distinguish yourself in a major way.

I’ve had many discussions with fellow bloggers on this topic, and the general consensus is that bloggers who have ended up rich and famous started blogging and writing smack dab in the middle of the sweet spot of the Blogging Leads to Fame and Fortune era.

There are plenty (actually a fuck ton) of bloggers who make income from their blog via affiliate links, advertising, and utilizing SEO like bosses, but I’m not referring to them here. I’m talking about bloggers who have used their blogging platform to become extremely well known, published authors a la Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) or Allie Brosh.

So, if blogging is just a step in the direction of your ultimate goal of being a published writer, just get to writing on your book, baby.

I used to actually, and don’t laugh when you read this, think I’d be “discovered” because of my blog. I know, embarrassing, right? The reality is, though, among millions of other bloggers vying for readership, I’m just another asshole who thinks my blog is going to become famous. Learn from me, just write the damn book.

2. They’ll Help You, But For a Price

If you are currently blogging about blogging or offering e-courses on SEO, rock on with your bad self. Anyone smart enough to monetize where the gettin is good is money goals in my mind.

That doesn’t make the bad feeling I have about this business go away, though.

Whenever I wish to educate myself on monetizing options for my blog, I usually click on a blog post about SEO or affiliate links and I’m lead down a veritable rabbit hole of advertisements, newsletter pop ups, and the promise I’ll turn my lame blog around just so long as I sign up for an e-course or I pay an un-godly amount of money to receive consultation on my brand. This inevitably reminds me of all the times I was dumb enough to invest in and try to sell Mary Kay or Scentsy or dōTERRA.

They get you with the promise of a “nominal” fee and the insistence that you’ll be CEO of the business in “no time”.

It’s the same thing with blogging courses and blog consultations. Maybe you will learn something and be successful like them or maybe you won’t, because remember- there are millions of others doing the same exact thing as you.

I’m not saying these courses are all crap or the people offering them are part of some pyramid scheme, but what I am saying is nothing in the blogging world is free or guaranteed. Be savvy about how and where you invest your money, especially if you started your blog as a hobby and you are literally making zero money doing it.

3. The Dumbing Down

I don’t care if this isn’t a fact- or researched-based opinion, because what I see with my pretty perceptive eyes is that a huge amount of people on this planet are dumb as fuck.

The kinds of things that go viral all over social media are quick and easy to read memes, gifs, funny videos, and graphics. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good meme or gif. In fact, I can entertain myself for an embarrassingly long amount of time just scrolling through funny bullshit on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. But, I fear that this is the limit to many people’s attention spans or interests- a pretty picture or easy to read snippets of information.

When you’re a writer, you put blood, sweat, and tears into content for people on the internet to (hopefully) read, but many just click onto your post to watch the funny gif and then they leave.

I have heard/read the words, “People just aren’t reading blogs as much anymore” far too often in the last year.

I think it’s true. And, I think people are choosing to read an eight word meme over your 800 word post because it’s quicker and easier.

4. The Balance

Probably one of the hardest aspects of being a blogger is finding the time to keep up with the blogs I follow. Not only do I want to read them, it’s also nice to comment, like and, perhaps, even share on various social media outlets. I mean, I want other people to do the same for me, so I can’t not return the love.

This is where things become a precarious balancing act.

When I have to decide between 20+ blog posts to read during my rushed 20 minute lunch, I either read only one or two or I skim read them all.

I don’t have an endless amount of time to read blogs, as much as I’d love to be able to do that all the time (how glorious of a career would Professional Blog Reader be?). Yet, I hope others will have the time to read my blog.

It’s such a crazy, fucked up thing, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this balancing act. It’s like we’re all saying, “I don’t have time to read your blog, but read mine, mmmkay?”

But, if we all do that, though, no one will read any blogs. And then, the blogosphere will implode, and all of our hard work will die a terrible death.

I’m still working on how to read all of my favorite blogs and sleep…

5. The Like vs. Traffic Debate

How much traffic your blog receives is only revealed to you, unless you wish to share it. However, how many likes your post gets and the amount of quality comments at the end of your post is viewable and it means something.

I mean, it should mean something.

To me, likes and comments are like passport stamps from the visitors of your blog. They are trophies. They are getting the gold.

The more likes and comments I get, the prouder I feel about my post and how it was received by my readers.

Likes and comments are also a visual to new visitors that make me look more credible as an established blogger. As much as you don’t want to accept this fact, we all know you’re secretly ashamed of that post you did last year that only garnered two likes and zero comments. At least, that’s how I feel about that asshole post…

That said, this is how I measure the success of my posts. Not everyone is the same. Many people consider traffic to their blog to be more important and that’s just fine, especially if they’re monetizing. In that case, traffic is the gold.

The great thing about blogging is that it can literally be and mean anything to you. Find value where you wish.

If you’re new to blogging or you are just not seeing the amount of likes or comments on your posts that you’d like, assess how welcoming you are to visitors. Does it take you a week to respond to a comment? Do you not respond in a way that keeps the discussion going? Are your responses pretty canned? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you need to up your commenting game.

Also, asking a question that is related to your post topic, like, “What do you think the little hole in the crotch of Spanx is for?” (that’ll really get ’em talking) can help facilitate discussion in the comment section.

I could go on. There’s so much more I can say about my blogging beefs and truths, but I think this is more than enough for now.

Blogging isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, so spill it. What grates on your nerves. What annoys you the most? Let it out, babes.

61 thoughts on “WTF Wednesday: Blogging Truth Bombs and Beefs”

  1. Just leaving a passport stamp to say this: I don’t ‘do’ Instagram or Twitter. I spend 2 minutes a month on Pinterest when a blog link takes me there for some reason. Any Facebook time is used for keeping up with actual friends and family (I’m an expat) and for keeping up to date with specific dance or musical events as I am a swing dancer. So my social media time is spent either on YouTube (old dance videos mainly) or is used to read blogs: interior design, fashion and people I have stumbled across who write well. Guess where you fall? 😀 …

    I haven’t been reading you for very long and may not have commented before, so I thought I would do so now, to let you know that traffic is good. Some of us ARE reading it all (see ”writes well’) and also laughing at some of the GIFs… please accept a belated thank you!

    1. I’ve seen you comment before, but welcome, welcome. I’m glad to meet another person who isn’t part of the Dumbing Down 🤣😉.

      You’re lucky you can have such a simple relationship with social media. I must admit, I’m in deep 😕🤣

  2. What really gets me is that one or two bloggers who “like” a post within 30 seconds of it going up and I know I ranted for a solid 800 words in that baby so I KNOW you didn’t read the whole thing. Also the one who just likes all your posts but doesn’t actually comment – ever! I know commenting takes time and effort, and sometimes I fall into a liking spree where I don’t comment either, but not a single comment? Ever since they followed your blog twoish years ago? I don’t get it! I have a few bloggers I only like posts for but they are photographers and it’s just a pretty picture.

    I find myself having limited time to read posts as well so I started reading posts at breakfast (my coffee and pancakes say hi BTW). If I read and do comments during breakfast when I just have to sit for an hour and make sure teens get to school, it makes my life easier and frees up time to avoid other things later. And if that time is used reading the blogs I follow, then I’m not spending that time on Pinterest haha! Cos we all know I’m heading there as soon as I finish the last two emails I have to read 😉

    1. I have never been able to understand the creepers. I don’t hate them, but I know they’re there and just wish they’d say ‘hi’. Hi, I see you 👀👋🏻.
      This is why when you post on your blog page on Facebook you reached 200, but only 2 interacted with your post. I should have included that in my rant, because that annoyance is STRONG.

      I LOVE my blog reading time over my coffee on the weekends. During the week, I’m working during my breakfast 😩😩😩

      Hi, pancakes 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻❤️

      Oh, and I used to be on Pinterest ALLLLL the time. I had to detox. It was hard. In its place now is Home Design. It’s a pretty serious addiction this time around 🤣😩😩😩

      1. I took Facebook off my regular time suck routine so now Pinterest is where I live! Although I have been trying to avoid it a lot lately. And I’ve busy in the mornings so I try to get started doing things earlier which takes away from Pinterest as well lol

        The thing that I don’t get is that I have a few who like and never comment. I know they are active on other people’s blogs because I’m in the same circles. But for mine it’s just a like and move on. It’s puzzling. I don’t follow their blogs so maybe that’s it? I have no idea lol

        1. Hmmmmmm. So weird! I wonder if it’s because they want to show support but just don’t know what to say?!

    2. YES!! I’ve had a couple of those…but I think they might be doing it just so you go and look at their posts. I find less of those folks since wordpress got rid of the community pool.

  3. The crap content–yes, that bugs me, but I get it. People don’t read. Dumbing down of society and all. Still, I’m keepin’ on keepin’ on. I mean, Professional Blog Reader, PBR–that works on so many levels!

    1. Oooh it is PBR 🤣🤣. That’s all we can do- keep on keepin on, man. If we don’t, the internet would be too stupid to bear 🤣🤣😱

  4. Yep, yep, yep and yep. You know my beefs, but trying to get “organic” readership is one of my biggest. I love my blogging family. I love the interaction and feedback I get from them. But I would also like people from outside of the blogging world to occasionally read my posts. I want my posts to appeal to people who don’t blog as well. Or to at least reach people who don’t blog. But as you know bastard-Facebook are making that all the more difficult for us all.

    1. I agree. I love my blogging family too, for they have embraced me despite my crazy content 🤣😬. BUT, I also want people outside of blogging to read my writing. That’s the tricky bit for sure 😬😬😬😬

  5. I totally get all of this! I haven’t been blogging for very long so and I haven’t really done anything to drive people to my site. I was working strongly on the ‘if I build it they will come’ method – which is failing me gravely. It is soul destroying when you really stop and think about just how many people out there are doing it. When I think like this I remind myself that I enjoy maintaining my blog, I see it as a hobby & a challenge and it really doesn’t matter how many people visit. OK I don’t mean that last bit (if you’re reading this, visit my blog).

    1. It can be SO defeating to think about how many bloggers there are, but there’s only one YOU. You are the only one with your unique blog. Does that help a bit? I tell myself that and sometimes it helps 😬😬😩😩😩

  6. I want to be a PBR and get paid under the table so I don’t have to report it to Social Security/Disability. God know, I read them enough.
    And the girl on the steps? That’s so me!

  7. you’re so funny with your whole just write the book.
    you think that market isn’t saturated as fuck? People won’t read an 800 word blog, they aren’t reading an 80K word novel.
    The sweet spot was 2011. If you started indie publishing then, you are golden. For the rest of us you need the luck of the irish multiplied by Andy Weir. LOL

    1. LOL. But, at least with a book you have a better chance of being read. That’s what I’m hoping, anyway 😬😬😬😬

    2. Yes, I agree with you. The book industry is absolutely saturated. However, from a personal point of view I rarely have time to read blogs, but I am a ferocious book reader. I’ve always got a book on the go. I would much rather choose what time I have for reading, to read a book rather than a blog. There are many blogs that I love (this one included), it’s just my free time is limited & some things come first. Most of my friends that don’t blog, rarely read blogs, but a good portion of them read books. The point I’m making is that books are more popular than blogs and I believe that’s the point that Katie was making. Yes, if she does manage to get a book published, there’s a good chance not many people will read it as you say, but at least she’s done it and at least she’s tried. Also, I know at least three people that have published books and go on to make nice bit of money on the side (granted not enough to live on, but a nice extra) and they are just happy to do something that they passionate about and garnered much satisfaction and happiness from the process (more than from a blog). This leads me on to my next point. I’m curious to know why you decided to try and crush someone’s dream and ambition. I see you have “authoress” in your name. Are you an established author or trying to be? Either way, there could have been a much kinder & supportive way to make your point to Katie.

      1. So here’s my kinder version. You live by Reno, so I am guessing you’ve been to the Labor Day Rib cookoff (if not – totally go). Imagine you lost your BF there. It’s a zoo, he wandered off and you can’t find him. You look for him a while and then think huh I should get some help. So you ask your family and friends to help you find him. They say, absolutely. they’ll help. But you notice rather than looking they’re in line for beer and ribs. So you gently ask, hey I thought you were going to help me. And they say totally, it’s on my list, I’m going to get to that. Ok, fine. You go to security. And you have to spend eons getting security’s attention. When you finally do they say, oh my, yeah that’s a serious problem, I can see why you need our help. But here’s thing, you have brown hair, and statistics show brunettes are .02% more likely to lie about having a BF so we’ve decided not to help brunettes at this time. You curb the urge to physically accost them and you go back to your family and friends and say please come with me to security and tell them BF is really my BF. And they say absolutely, totally on my list, going to get to that. At this point I sit on the ground and cry and think maybe I should just a get a new BF. LOL.
        Indie publishing is brutal. But if you know what a slog it can be you’re better prepared to handle it. getting an Agent is hard but doable. Getting a publisher is hard and they will find any reason not to take a chance on you, so you must be lucky and bullet proof. Family and friends will encourage you but unfortunately they can’t be counted on to help.
        Every genre is a little different and I hope comedy is much kinder. But if you go in expecting a town with no public bathrooms, you won’t be shocked to find shit everywhere.

  8. I wonder if in the future you’d be able to write a harry-potter-esque book that includes gifs!? I mean that could be perfect for you! Anyway, I totally agree with your beef.

    I don’t get many of these (thank goodness) but the only comments I’m not so keen on are the “great post, pls check out my blog” or the people that leave a link to their blog in their comment. It’s like soft-core spam.

    p.s There is a little hole in spanx!? Whhhhhyyyy!?

    1. Ooh! I wonder if that’s the future of books?!!

      Those comments drive me batty!! That’s NOT the way to promote oneself AT ALL. That’s the only sure fire way to ensure I WON’T visit your blog!

      There IS a hole! I wrote a whole post about it back when I wrote for Shopper Lottie 🤣🤔🤔

  9. im at the point of 2 likes and no comments.. I do get comments but not many.. and my views way outweigh the amount of people that like.. I know my grammar sucks but I cant help thinking that people are reading a few sentences and moving on without liking or commenting. my facebook page tells of so many engagements but again very few llkes and no comments. im feeling a bit low..
    this is a good post, honestly, I just think im in the newbie failing category.

    1. Don’t give up. If this is something you have a passion for, don’t give up. If you’re worried about grammar, enlist someone to be your “editor”. I had a friend who has an English degree edit my posts when I first started. It helped a lot with confidence!

  10. You speak the truth, lady! I especially relate to the whole not having time to read all the other blogs I want to read dilemma. I treasure the comments I get on my posts and because of that I make an effort to make comments on posts from other bloggers. I think you are very funny and that you write well. We are all in this together!

    1. Yes, we are so in this together! That’s why I love the blogging community SO MUCH. Thank you so much ☺️☺️☺️

      1. By the way, I meant to tell you, I have 1,069 subscribers currently. The other day, SEVENTEEN unique visitors my blog. The day before it was 757 unique visitors. I got more likes on the 17 day. It’s this kind of shit that makes me want to throw my hands up. LOL But, as a dedicated narcissist, I just keep on-a-truckin’.

  11. I am someone who reads and likes but doesn’t often leave comments because…..well I guess I get tongue tied fingers. I know what I want to say, type it then make the mistake of thinking about what I wrote, then think “these guys are real writers, you’re not” so I’ll delete my comment.
    Sorry. Know that I don’t like something I haven’t read and really enjoyed.

    1. PLEASE don’t feel that way here. I’m not “really” a writer. I mean, I write. So, technically, I am a “writer”, but I’m not published. I love your comments! Don’t feel silly or rethink your comments. Speak from your heart and you can never go wrong ❤️❤️

      1. The writers (yes you all are writers in my opinion) I’ve discovered are so awesome I find myself spending more time reading than writing myself.
        Promise I’ll work on second guessing myself…..and you work on acknowledging you are really a writer. Deal?

  12. Lurking…

    Yup. Annoying AF, and rude. Here we are being fucking amazballs, witty AND entertaining, the least folk could do is appreciate it right? Cockwombles!

  13. So my purpose in starting a blog wasn’t to “get discovered”. It was to build an audience for my future books and hone my craft, because I know my books will basically be essays in the same style as my blog posts. When I publish a book, it would be nice to have a built in audience, right? That being said, I have definitely tried different things to monetize because a little extra change is nice too! So I’m still building that audience and when I feel the time is “right” I’ll probably try my hand at self publishing.

    I definitely feel you on the time element. I really want to reciprocate and read other blogs and interact, but I also have a day job that sucks up a lot of time and it pays the bills right now. So I’m literally doing this in the drive thru, waiting for my food right now. Don’t even get me started with trying to keep up with my social media!

    1. Lol!!! I feel you! I do A LOT of drive thru commenting 🤣🤣.

      I think using your blog to build a potential audience for your book is brilliant. I’m basically doing the same thing, I just thought I’d have been offered a book deal by now 🤣🤣🤣🙈🙈. I have zero shame.

  14. Shared it on Twitter. It needs to be read more. But as you said earlier, peeps aren’t reading and only 100-something follow me on Twitter (who never likes,RT’s or comments), so I guess there would be slim chance as well. 😀

    Just want to tell you, you’re very witty and made some amazing points. These are the reasons I post once a week. No point on tearing my hair apart over stats. I missed ‘that’ bus already.

    1. Thank you for sharing!! I feel you on the Twitter thing- I have the same issue with lack of engagement there. But, you never know- your share may actually get shared and more people might see it! That’s all you can do- have hope ❤️

  15. I know this is the issue on YouTube as well. Hard to stay motivated! I don’t know how you do any of it with a full time job. You should check out the newest episode of the battle tackticts podcast about internet rolls! I love their stuff. I realize this might be hard to fit into your 20 min crazed lunch but maybe while you fold laundry? Keep up the good work. I will buy your book if you ever write one 🙂

  16. I wrote a much longer comment but I got an error alert that I already said that WTF? In short keep up the good work. Listen to the newest episode of battle tactics about internet trolls. I know it might be hard to fit this in on your 20 minute lunch but maybe as you fold laundry?

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