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!