The Vixen Thinks: Criticism in the Blogging World


The Vixen Thinks is an almost weekly feature on this blog. Posts vary in topic, I'll talk about anything I have an opinion on! From blogging to relationships and anything beyond. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, feel free to get in touch: theglittervixen(at)gmail(dot)com! Thank you! 

One thing I've noticed recently, is some bloggers having really awful attitudes towards other bloggers. I understand that not everyone can like every blog, but some of the snide comments I've seen have actually been ridiculous. There's a blog that isn't to your particular taste, and then there's being downright petty. I hate to point fingers or name names, so it's difficult for me to start mentioning specific examples without causing more drama myself but I do feel this is an issue that needs addressing. At the end of the day, if there is something that certain bloggers do that really winds you up, if you really hate reading certain blogs, then just stop. The beauty of blogs is you can pick and choose which ones you read. If certain habits or certain types of post just grate on you, then it's simple, don't read the blogs that annoy you!

First of all, I've seen a lot of people complaining about bloggers who are making money from their blogs. They complain about ads. They complain about market affiliating. This particular thing sounds like jealousy to me. I think a lot of people see blogging as an easy way to make money, but in fact, it's actually seriously hard work. I blog for fun, not money, and the amount of effort I put into this blog far outweighs the effort I put into stuff where I do get paid. Yet, because people perceive blogging as "easy money" it means a certain bitterness seems to have developed towards those bloggers that do indeed make, or try to make, money from blogging. I also think it's important to note that bloggers are people too, they have to make money somehow, and why shouldn't they try to make money from something that is a seriously enjoyable activity!

The next complaint I often see is generally people just criticising the way bloggers in general behave. I've seen digs about where bloggers choose to take product photos, how much makeup they wear, how much food they supposedly eat based entirely on their Instagram profiles and it all seems so ridiculous to me. Bloggers are certainly the new celebrity of our modern age because they only thing that I can compare to this ridiculous scrutiny and criticism is the attention that "real" celebrities get. Why does it matter if someone else likes to eat a lot of junk food? Why does it matter if someone else takes a product photograph on some rumpled bed sheets? Why are we so affected by the behaviour of other people? At the end of the day, I read blogs because I love how diverse they are. Compared with magazines, they're so personal, honest and the best written ones give you a glimpse into a life that otherwise you'd be completely unaware of. If I don't like a blog, I move on, nothing said about it. If there's something that another blogger does that I really don't like, I make sure I never do it here on my own blog.

As I said in the beginning: if you don't like something, you don't have to read it. The blogosphere is uncomprehendingly huge these days, so of course, we can't like everyone in it, and that's fine. What I'm saying is, maybe you should keep your opinions to yourself because none of the criticism I ever see is valid or fair. Actually, I take that back, there's one thing I do agree with: if CAPTCHA is enabled on your comments, turn that shit off! Isn't anybody with time for that...

What about you? Are you tired of seeing people's petty comments towards people they've never met, and never will?