Thoughts On The Blogging Community

Sunday, 16 July 2017


Sit down, grab yourself a cup of tea - or whichever beverage you prefer - because I want to start a discussion. This discussion is about the blogging industry today, and how I feel it's great but there's definitely some things about it that have bothered me, and I'm going to address them.
I've had this blog since 2014 but I think I've only become a part of the blogging community on social media since January and since then I have met some incredible people and made some friends I hope I will have for life. The support I get just from tweeting "I'm feeling down today" is amazing - the girls that I know and love get on, support each other and are genuinely lovely. 

However, sometimes, on my timeline, there's serious drama. 

I've never been involved with the drama per say but a lot of the people I follow have. The first major drama I can remember being sucked into was the ongoing Bot Drama (if you missed it, Emtalks has a fantastic post explaining her thoughts on it) where people were using websites to find out if certain bloggers' followings were genuine, and then publicly calling them out on Twitter when they suspected they weren't. It was interesting to me to see which of my favourite bloggers were using bots, and at the time the public calling out seemed funny and the replies to these tweets from angry bloggers name-calling and using the frog and tea emoji was hilarious. 

On reflection, however, this really does demonstrate the ugly side to the blogging industry. I think the calling out is justified - if people are being paid based on their following and their following is faux then that's wrong, but calling people a "stupid bitch" is just rude - you can express your opinions without being nasty. I think we should rise above the people like this who feel like they need to cheat their way to a following and definitely not sink to their level.

Another drama that I have seen recently is the photoshop drama, where Amelia Liana has been accused of photoshopping herself into prettier scenes of cities she's visited, photoshopping birds onto photos (?!) etc, and a lot of people have called her out on Twitter. Ok, it's quite funny and a little strange that someone would feel the need to photoshop themselves into places they've never been or better versions of places they have been, but she's not hurting anyone. A lot of people in the industry have been really quite rude about Amelia, calling her sad, pathetic, shady etc. While I admit this is something I would never do, it seems really harsh to name call her like that. 

It's this ugly side of the blogging industry I don't like. People do shitty things all the time, and yeah, they're not right. But the situation is never helped when hundreds of people get involved and start hurling abuse at one another. It's that mob mentality that I think makes the blogging industry so dangerous. The faux girl gangs who viciously attack those who they think are wrong can sometimes make this wonderful community of supportive people scary and you can be frightened to share your opinion due to fear of being victimised by these people.

People in everyday life can look for drama and make arguments out of nothing, but with the blogging community, when it's all over your timeline and it's sometimes your friends that are at logger-heads, it can be pretty distressing. Recently, my Twitter feed was filled with drama about Zoella, claiming she was a snob for making a throwaway comment about Tesco clothing. Now, I watched that video and personally thought it was a ridiculous thing to get so worked up over - people say their clothes are 'only from' somewhere all the time! All my clothes are from Primark or H&M, and you'll always hear me say my top or skirt is 'only' from Primark! But, bloggers pounced and suddenly, everything was dramatic and strewn across my timeline.

Similarly, a blogger who is also an illustrator recently broke her laptop. Her friends decided to do a really nice thing for her and set up a crowdfunder to help her get a new laptop. And, of course, out came the problematic people who called her entitled and selfish when she didn't even ask for it! It got very nasty, and it was all a misunderstanding.

I get it. Drama happens in all walks of life, and it's never nice. However, I feel like there is another drama in the blogging community every day. I adore the friends I have made from blogging - those I've met and those who live on the other side of the world - and I'm so glad that this community exists for us to express ourselves and support one another but I feel like it has an ugly side, and I'm not comfortable with that! 

What do you think of the blogging community in light of recent events? Does it scare you how some people can be so vicious? Let me know in the comments: let's get a discussion going!

19 comments

  1. I'm so glad you wrote this! I stay as far away as I can from the drama because I feel like it's mostly unnecessary. Also, I didn't watch the Zoella video but heard that everyone was DISGUSTED with her, but after reading this post, I literally can't understand why....the community can be a mess at times!

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    1. It's very messy! All she said was that she'd bought some clothes and they were "only" from Tesco! Seemed a bit ridiculous to me that she was being attacked for literally nothing! ☕️🐸

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  2. I love this post and totally agree with you! I think the whole Amelia thing is so nasty and unnecessary, most of the bloggers slagging her off aren't mentioning her name in their tweets either, which is a bit cowardly. I've seen the same people who've shaded her liking and commenting on her photos as well. Also, they're her photos and if she wants to edit them she can? Haha.

    I watched Zoe's video and think she was buying Louise's baby clothes, so maybe she felt bad for not spending lots or something, hence the comment "only from Tesco", I don't know.

    Sorry for the massive comment, just really annoyed at the bitchiness of bloggers who preach about being supportive at the moment, haha.

    Julia x
    juliarachelday.co.uk

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    1. I love this comment Julia! Thank you for expressing your views! Since writing this post, Amelia Liana has lied about editing her photos which has annoyed me, and therefore I think she should be called out about that but maybe if bloggers hadn't attacked her in the first place she wouldn't be scared to tell the truth? Who knows, I just know I'm fed up with the drama and wish everyone could sit around a campfire and sing kumbaya together y'know?! X

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  3. Great post Chloe, I agree with a lot of what you've said. I think a lot of people tend to forget that being a blogger can be competitive to some people and it can be easy to get swept up in trying to be better and going to unnecessary lengths to appear popular or perfect! Spreading love is the way forward, hating on people who are already insecure won't help anything! 💛

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    1. "Throw kindness around like confetti" is my life motto!

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  4. I completely understand where you're coming from when talking about people who get a bit too nasty when it comes to other people's decisions etc. Personally I haven't been involved in any twitter drama myself - I'm fairly new to the community but I dislike some of the attitude I've seen already! I'm totally a 'live and let live' person in every aspect of my life so if someone isn't hurting me or others it doesn't bother me in the slightest how they do them! ✨

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    1. Sometimes people need to do a Queen Elsa and just "let it go"! Some things aren't worth getting so worked up over! X

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  5. I'm new to blogging, so I haven't actually witnessed any drama yet, let alone been apart of it. I always steer clear of it in everyday life, though. I just can't be bothered. I think the blogging community has a lot of potential for jealousy, especially to blogs who are well known, so perhaps this is why there's so much drama? This is a great post though, I agree with everything you've said! X

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    1. I think jealousy is a big issue but anytime you mention that people jump down your throats saying they are "FEMINSIT AND WOULD NEVER DO THAT" 😂 Feminists don't tear other girls down!

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  6. With the whole photoshopping photo thing - I personally think you'd have to be quite gullible to believe it was real anyway, I mean have you SEEN the images she posted? If anyone actually believed it was real, thats their own fault haha.
    In any situations like the ones you've mentioned, I tend to just keep myself to myself and not share any of my personal opinions on it publicly as
    1) As much as I love being sociable and supportive and sharing the love, I think it's best to mind your own business the majority of the time &
    2) It's not my place or anyones place to have such a strong and harsh opinion on another individuals life, especially people we don't even personally know! You never know what's going on behind closed doors and anyones snidey little comment could push someone over the edge.
    Why can't we all just be kind to each other!? Jealousy and ignorance is ugly!
    Thanks for writing such an interesting post!
    Alice Xx
    blacktulipbeauty.wordpress.com

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    1. Kindness is SO important! And I defo agree, she doesn't make her photoshopping discreet! xx

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  7. Such a well written post! You already know my feelings on all the drama, but like you I've made friends (you included obv) that I hope to have for life! It is frustrating to see drama like that especially over silly things like something 'only' being from Tesco but I guess people look for drama in whatever they can!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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    1. <3 <3 <3 I hope we will be friends for life too Rachael xxxx

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  8. I really struggle with that bot thing - I looked up my own stats and ngl, it looks like a lot of fake accounts/inactive accounts are following me. but I've never used a bot? so I've no idea where they have come from!

    as for Amelia Liana - gurl just needs to admit she's bloody overdone it. yes we all know her photos are Photoshopped, her followers aren't dumb, people know the clouds aren't pink (sadly). but that floating bed bloody got to me!

    ps: so excited for our podcast xxxxx

    Marty
    www.ChampagneAndCheese.co.uk

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    1. Yeah me too, but I think the main indicator for bots is a massive surge of followers all at once on one day, so we are good!
      And yeah, she's being ridiculous! Like girl for real we weren't all born yday!!
      Ps: me too xxxxx

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  9. I stay out of all the drama I just don't think it's necessary! Although Inhave always found it hard to.find my place within the community so I just keep doing what I do because I blog for me! X
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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  10. The drama over Jemma's computer situation was the one that confused me the most... She didn't set it up, she was SUPER thankful to anyone who took part, and those who contributed to CHOSE to... no one forced them, no one stole their money, they were upfront as to where the funds were going. If you don't want to support her, then don't, easy as that...

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

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