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Things To Look Out For in the Blogging World

This big ol’ blogging world can be a tough one to navigate at times. Even with 6 years (6 YEARS CAN YOU ADAM AND EVE IT?!) of experience under my belt; writing little book reviews as a side hobby at first, owning a business which required working with a lot of bloggers, then blogging as my job, I still find myself staring at my screen going “eh?” at times.

It can be seriously hard to keep up with the trends, the latest new app, the latest disclosure guidelines (don’t start) all the while maintaining your blog, trying to write relevant blog content and keep up to date with the blogging community. How any of us do it, I’ll never know.

Yes, blogging can be a lot of hard work but I love it. I love (almost) every aspect of it (aside from taking photos – bane of my LIFE) but you definitely do have to be vigilant, as you do in most aspects of life. Because the blogging world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

People playing the follow/un-follow game

I know, it’s old and it’s boring now but people are still doing it. Imagine THAT being your life. We all want to grow our social media following but there’s ways to do it. And continuously following and un-following people isn’t it. I keep on top of this by using a few free apps, where you can see who’s un-followed you and if I notice the same person cropping up over and over again, they get an instant block. I ain’t got no time for that.


Plagiarism can be a huge problem if it happens to you – thankfully I’ve never experienced it but I’m well aware of bloggers I follow who have spoken up about it on Twitter, about how certain individuals are stealing their content word for word and posting it on their own blogs or taking their Instagram photos and re-posting them on their accounts. It’s an incredibly petty thing to do and often, the culprits have rather lame excuses like, “I just wanted to create a blog but didn’t know where to start!” *eye roll*

Dodgy PR’s, brands & ‘business opportunities’

I’m sure most of us could go on huge rants about this one but I’ll keep it short for the sake of this post. Working with brands and building a relationship with PR agencies and individuals within those agencies is brilliant but if you work with brands regularly, you need to watch out for the wrong’uns. For example, offering you money off of their products in exchange for a review is not an opportunity. It’s a joke. Nor is being asked to pay for postage or being asked to send the product back afterwards (yes, I was actually asked that once!)

Not being paid

Unfortunately I did experience this last year – twice. Thankfully however, it wasn’t anything highly substantial like some bloggers have seen but it still happened. It was still annoying. I worked on two blog posts which I never, ever saw payment for despite emailing the agency multiple times and even ringing one of them on one occasion. The man on the phone was incredibly unhelpful and sounded like he found the situation almost humorous! But just be aware and only work with people you trust.

Drama Llamas

In a community this big, you’re always going to meet some Drama Llamas. Individuals who seek out things to negatively comment on, have nothing nice to say to anyone and those who will truly make a mountain out of a mole hill and cause an uproar when one wasn’t needed. All I can suggest, is stay away from them. Block, mute and don’t engage.

Have you ever experienced anything like this? Anything else to add about the “darker” side of blogging? I’d love to hear your experiences about anything mentioned above!



  1. I felt this blog post on a spiritual level! Omg the unfollowing thing makes my blood boil. My follow count goes up and down like 600 times a day. I also get weird PR/Collab emails and DMs everyday. The most dodgy ones are the brands that comment on my Instagram to DM them. Can’t they just DM me?? Doesn’t make sense tbh. I ignore them now because all of them want me to pay for their product to then promote it

    Chelle |

    1. Haha! I hate those comments! You know it’s dodgy if they’re like “love your feed babe! DM us!” 😂😂

  2. Such a great post for newer bloggers lovely, thankfully I’ve been around a good few years now and I know what I’m looking out for with pretty much all of the above! I think my biggest pet peeve is the follow/unfollowers! It really grinds my gears hahah

    Kayla |

    1. Thank you 😌 I don’t think anyone is safe from the unfollow game!

  3. I like this! When I was freelance writing as a job, I had a few people post MY articles on their blog and claim it as their own. Was so annoying. I can’t believe anyone would think to do that. Oh well, I enjoy blogging (most of the time)

    Coralle x

    1. Oh my god! That’s awful. I’d have reported them.

  4. This is such a great post! Especially so for the new bloggers who aren’t familiar with the blogging world. It’s easy to overlook some things when you just start. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    1. It really is. I’m sure I did when I first started.

  5. Weird Louise says:

    I love this! It is very relatable. I don’t get the follow/unfollow game. There was an account that kept following me and unfollowing me and after the third time, I followed them back. They sent me a message saying “thanks for the follow” and unfollowed me. 😂 I still don’t get what all of that was for. Thank you for sharing these are some good tips to keep in mind.

    1. Oh my god seriously 😂😂 It’s ridiculous!

  6. I’m slowly trying to convert my blog over to not just books, and I’ve noticed a lot the unfollow/follow stuff lately! I swear that was never a thing when i started 6 years ago!

    I think the drama is kinda funny? Maybe I shouldn’t but sometimes things are taken WAY too seriously!

    1. I don’t ever remember the follow unfollow game when I first started 5 years ago either!

      Some drama definitely is funny if you’re watching from the sidelines. Different story if you’re in the middle of it, I imagine!

  7. Sophie Hearts says:

    This is so relatable and funny! I can’t stand people who follow to unfollow- such a dishonest way of growing an account. It’s such a shame that no or late payments are such a huge thing in freelancing!

    Soph – x

    1. I know it’s pretty disgusting. That wouldn’t happen in any other industry?

  8. Not had it in blogging, but when i started out on jewellery selling, someone took my whole photos including ones with my child modelling in them! The bloody cheek of it x

    1. Jesus Christ!

      1. I know, imagine being so brazen to steal a family photograph and using it on your website. Theft of my designs are common and frustrating, especially as I work hard for them. But to steal my photos is a pee take

  9. I’m lucky that I’ve never had these problems – probably because my pictures are lame and I’ve never worked with brands! Aha! This is a great post – it’s so important to be aware of these things!

    1. Your pictures aren’t lame at all!

  10. This is such an insightful post into some of the downsides of blogging! I’ve also been asked to buy a product with my own money, review it and then send it back to get my money back!! Can you even believe that?! Xx

    1. It’s bloody ridiculous 😂😂

  11. i LOLed at ‘drama llamas’ i’ve never heard anyone call it that 😂 this is amazing, definitely all things i’ve seen in this blogging world!

    1. Haha a few people have said that 😂

  12. Oh wow I can’t believe someone asked you to send their product back to them?? There are some bad sides to blogging sadly, the only thing on this list I’ve experience so far is the follow/unfollow however I also have an app so I can find out who it is!

    Chloe xx

    1. I didn’t agree to it at all because it’s just ridiculous? I have an app too, I LOVE it. It’s so satisfying unfollowing them 😂

  13. The follow/unfollow game is honestly such a pain in the arse!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. I know 😂 Why do people still bother?

  14. These are such great points! I’ve definitely experienced plagiarism and it can be so frustrating especially when you work so hard on something. I will never understand the follow/unfollow game, you’d think people would have better things to do with their time haha. Great post as always Jenny!x

    Elin |

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that – I bet it’s the worst feeling when you’ve worked so hard on a post 😔

  15. love this post hun. I’ve dealt with some drama llamas myself, I’m sure we all have at some point during blogging. I dealt with it by exactly as you put it, block and don’t engage, they’re always just seeking attention!

    Alura |

    1. They really are. Glad you did the sensible thing 😌

  16. A lot of the drama I was seeing about is what also put me off starting up on my blog again (as well as life ofc). I saw a lot of bitchiness around Sept/Oct time when I was planning on coming back but with all I saw and the fact I was out the house most of the time, it really put me off.

    Today I had a DM actually, I was offered 40% off a product & free shipping in the US (I’m in the UK) postage will eat my 40 haha, to review a product, post a pic on insta, and they would give 20% off to my readers… I haven’t replied as yet!

    You have some good points here 😊.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Much love,
    Laura |

    1. There’s ALWAYS going to be blogging drama. You’ve just got to avoid it and stay clear of those that keep cropping up over and over again making a fuss. And I’m glad you haven’t replied! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

  17. Great post as always Jenny! You mentioned a lot of things which are wrong with the blogosphere – another thing I really dislike is when people produce the most mediocre content and are celebrated constantly. I feel like there are so many deserving people out there you know? Thanks for sharing! x

    1. Oh yes I TOTALLY agree. Its the same the other way around too, there are some incredible creators who don’t get nowhere near enough recognition!

  18. I hate blogger drama. I always try to disappear from the sidelines when it happens. On another note, I had a new “opportunities” which were pretty much what you described and I decided to ignore them …

    1. Good for you! The more people that ignore these “opportunities” the better! Hopefully the brands will start to understand that that’s not the way things are done 😌

  19. These are definitely the worst things one can stumble upon in the blogging world! It’s great to keep one’s eyes open.

    ✖ Jasmin

    1. Yep agreed! There’s not much worse than these 😂

  20. Anika May says:

    So many great tips here! I really don’t understand the follow/unfollow thing haha! But I totally agree with there being dramas and sometimes even witchunts in the blogging world which I really try to stay well away from. No one needs that negativity!

    Anika |

    1. I’ve seen many a witch-hunt and it’s awful. Sometimes someone can say one tiny thing out of whack and then others send an army after them, it’s disgusting 😔

  21. I do love blogging but god it can be frustrating at times can’t it! I’m absolutely sick of the follow/unfollow game, it was bad enough with Instagram but I’ve noticed it a lot on Twitter recently too. Also brands not paying bloggers! Why do they think it’s acceptable, we have to keep our end of the deal, I don’t understand what gives them the right to mess us around and not keep theirs. I wish there was more that could be done about it xx

    Tiffany x

    1. I notice it more on Twitter tbh but maybe that’s because I don’t use Instagram AS much and aren’t as invested in it. Either way, it’s annoying! And you’re so right, it’s awful. I’ve been lucky in that they’ve not been massively high paying posts in the past but some bloggers haven’t been quite so lucky.

    2. I can’t believe people still follow and unfollow. Even thinking about the effort that takes is exhausting. This is all so relatable. Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with not being paid, but chasing late payments is 😴😴😴 x


      1. Chasing late payments is such a bore! 😂😂

  22. I’m new to blogging and assumed some road blocks would turn up. Thanks so much for the heads up! 😊

    1. You’re welcome! Don’t let them put you off though 😌

  23. This is really useful – thank you! Not being paid is always a worry in the freelance world, and I’ve experienced that before with my artwork which is rubbish. Good tips to keep in mind though!

    1. Ugh I’m sorry to hear that! It sucks and really gets you down doesn’t it 😔

  24. I always try to stay away from blogging drama x

    1. Me too, there’s just no point getting involved 😌

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