I have to start this post saying that I love blogging, I really do…it has brought to me so many things – financial independence, flexible working, incredible fulfilment; brilliant friends and once in a lifetime experiences. However – there is an ugly side of blogging which sometimes pops up which can cast a shadow over all the good times – but hey, that’s life I guess.
Here are some of the ugly sides of blogging which I’ve experienced during my career as a blogger thus far:
Yup, the people who agree to do a piece of work with you and then when it comes to payment disappear off the face of the earth or worse still deny that they ever engaged into a work agreement with you in the first place! GRRRRRRR! While it’s tempting to let these numbers slide – for the greater good of blogging if you ever experience someone dodging payment then please have the guts to take them to the Small Claims Court to let them know that this sort of behaviour is absolutely unacceptable because the chances are if they’ve done it to you they are hurting a whole lot of other people in this unprofessional manner.
Trolls and haters
Haters will hate and you know what they say…if you have a troll it’s a sign that you’ve made it. I’ve written about trolls before. They can really put a downer things but just remember that these maligned so-called key board warriors are just a small minority trying to muddy the waters in a world where goodness actually does still prevail.
The companies who expect you to blog for nothing
Yes it’s true – there are truck-loads of massive companies with massive budgets who expect you to write about them for free, and who are totally ignorant to the fact that free doesn’t in fact pay your bills. Don’t be afraid to push back and let them know that fact! It can be massively dishearteneing. Hopefully one day all these companies will wake up to the fact that, yes bloggers should be paid for their work.
Thankfully I haven’t yet experienced this one to date (that I know of anyway!) but sadly I know of too many incidents within the blogging community where bloggers have stabbed each other in the back or shut them out. For the most part the blogging community is a lovely supportive place but like in life, there are some people who prefer to put others down not lift each other up.
So what to do in the face of the ugly side of blogging? The answer: toughen up, be confident in your abilities and yourself and keep doing what you love doing well. Don’t let the ugly side of blogging get you down…simply turn around and face the sunshine instead.
Have you ever experienced the ugly side of blogging? Do leave a comment and share your experiences below.
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