IT’S TIME FOR BLOGGERS TO GET THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE

*Warning – for context, this post features some swearing so if you’re easily offended then you might want to turn away now.

OK, before I begin, I should probably warn you all (yep, another warning) that I’m pretty angry.

Which means I’m ready to rant and put the world to rights. If you’re not a blogger, you may not give a tuppence about this post although I’m hoping you’ll hang around anyway for a nosey. But if you are a blogger, I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Because I don’t know about you, but I am sick to my back teeth of hearing how bloggers are disrespected. It’s gone on far too long.

But first, let me set the scene and explain where this little rage has come from…


Last Thursday evening I was invited to the press launch of a new restaurant opening in Sheffield ( it was for The Botanist, gorgeous place, lovely food, fab drinks – if you’re in the area I can highly recommend it.)

Whilst I was there I was doing the usual blogging thing of sharing snapshots of the place on social media and I sent a tweet which received a good response, bar one. From an angry podcaster who was livid that his booking had been cancelled by the restaurant because of said press night.

Fair enough you say. I’d be a bit miffed too.

I didn’t reply as it wasn’t my place to (only the restaurant can deal with that) but I did pop over to his Twitter account for a nosey because he was making a bit of a who ha about the whole thing.

And then I became livid.

Because amongst his various complaints and whinges to other, it was clearly apparent that he was particularly furious about the fact that bloggers were attending. So furious in fact, he said, and I quote, “fuck bloggers” before continuing in his next tweet to say that he didn’t have a problem with ‘proper press’ attending.

“Fuck bloggers.”

“Fuck bloggers.”

Really Mr? Really?! I don’t think so.


But it begs the question, why the aggression? Why the hostility? And is it me or does it scream of jealousy? Was he feeling rejected per chance? I think so.

But hey, he was OK with the press attending. Just, you know, not us bloggers.

And yet, for the silly likes of him and just in case I need to point this out, we are press.

Just like journalists from newspapers, magazines, TV & radio, we too are content creators and sharers. We too have audiences, and incredibly loyal ones at that. We too have people who read what we publish. (Many of whom will even share it.)

We have readers who revisit our blogs numerous times, daily, weekly or monthly because they like what we create and – more importantly – because our words resonate with them. We have people who buy what we recommend or ask for our advice. Readers who email, message or tweet us to say hi.

So yes we are part of the press gang. And make no mistake, we are powerful.

Powerful because we have voices which touch and inspire others into action. Real human voices that share stories, warts an’ all.

“Fuck bloggers?”

Why?

Because we give of ourselves to others? Because we make people feel less alone? Because blogging gives us a democratic voice, where otherwise we may not have one?

Because we get to attend occasional glamorous events and drink cheery cocktails with the ‘real’ journalists? Because we can make a living from writing what we choose, when we want? Because we have readers who like us? Who cry over our stories and share in our triumphs?

Blogging is brilliant.

It has changed my life, and me, for the better. I will talk to anyone whose interested, about it’s power and how it can transform your days.

But this misinformed hatred, this envy, this patronising attitude and damn right hostility towards bloggers is sadly part of the course.

It shouldn’t be and yes, it makes me angry.

Because bloggers deserve respect and I’m not just talking about the big ones – the ones who command mega bucks or have superstar status – I’m talking about everyone.

I’m talking about every single blogger, small, big, teeny or medium sized, who dares to put themselves out there and share something.

Because let me tell you, non blogging friends, it takes a whole lot of courage to start up a blog and a great deal of hard work, determination, resilience and self belief to stick at it and keep it alive.

Far from what people think, it really is not easy. In fact, I’ll let you into a secret, it often feels impossible.

Like journalists we too have deadlines. Like newspapers we too have content we need to deliver. Like radio shows we too have to entertain and yet unlike all of these media organisations, we have to do it all mostly alone.

I’ve blogged for over four years now and I do 99.9 per cent of everything for this online space of mine.

I take the photos. I write the words. I share. I promote. I come up with the ideas. I work with the brands. I do my emails. I look after the tech stuff. I keep on top of it all.

I’ve been part of the press set for years after starting my career as a trainee journalist on magazines.

But let me tell you, from my experience, blogging is tougher. Blogging demands more. Blogging requires creativity and courage in droves.

So yep, I’m livid that blogging is seen as easy. I’m disappointed that blogging is still not taken as seriously as it should be. And I’m furious that bloggers are still too often mocked, despised and treated badly for no fair or just reason.

We deserve respect. 

The traditional media has its place, but when you’re looking for a real human voice out there that isn’t employed for an agenda, blogs are where you will find us. Frantically beavering away, doing our best, working all the hours, to create online spaces that work for both us and you.


So angry little podcasting man, if you’re reading this, I have an idea for you. You know, from one creator to another…

Stop hating bloggers and start learning from us.

Because maybe then, when you understand that the secrets of being a successful podcaster are very similar to that that of being a successful blogger, you’ll get your own press invite one day and can come and stand amongst us.

Until then, you’ll find me drinking my (non-alcoholic) cocktail proudly at the bar and enjoying the occasional high life, as much as the next press person.

Not because I’m lucky, not because I’m there to make up the numbers, but because I’ve damn well EARNED it. Cheers.



 

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29 Discussions on
“IT’S TIME FOR BLOGGERS TO GET THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE”
  • *Leaps up next to you on soap box* Yes!! I’ve never had derogatory comments to that extent but the looks on people’s faces when Phil or I tell them I’m a blogger, the comments about free stuff, the questions about why I’m on press trips, and my blog isn’t even my main job it’s mostly a very challenging and demanding hobby! Yet when I tell people I’m setting up an online shop it’s met with positivity and admiration and I can’t seem to explain that without the work I’ve put into my blog, I would have the contacts, knowledge or confidence to have ever set up a business!xx

  • Fabulous response to an uncalled for comment by a guy that sounds like he was more than a bit peeved that he’d not been invited. Well done Katie, as the saying goes ‘Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle’!!

  • I can’t understand why a podcaster would think that what they do is so vastly different from blogging? It’s just saying it out loud instead of typing it, isn’t it!? Haha!

    As for not having a problem with “the proper press” there’s very much a spectrum with those anyway; on one end, clearly the ‘deserving’ food critics he presumably deigns to approve of, and at the other end….well, phone tapping, door stepping, libel and and racist/sexist/homophobic/xenophobic sensationalism. Generalisation works both ways!

    Think I’d rather be a blogger, and I hope his drink goes down the wrong way when he finally gets his precious table!

  • Totally with you on this Kate, but sadly the guy’s reaction doesn’t surprise me *sighs*, and there have been several stories of late where bloggers are being talked down (the Vogue thing was a biggie). I think it mainly comes out of ignorance, and the fact that many people simply don’t understand quite how much hard work (as you’ve pointed out) goes into running even a moderately successful blog- there is so much! Bloggers have so many skills and the thing about blogging is that it’s largely self-motivated, so bloggers tend to be hard working, driven types, which other people in similar/competing industries feel threatened by. I just hope that soon bloggers get the respect that they deserve x

  • OMG this is so accurate. I get ridiculed by everyone around me (that aren’t family) about my blog. They think it’s a silly little game I play, but I’m forging a new career for myself and they have no idea. Good for you for fighting against that.

  • A bloggers work, in most cases is evergreen. A newspaper or magazine might write a review of the same place but the next day that newspaper is in the recycling bag and the magazine is lining a hamster’s cage. The review a blogger writes, no matter how small they are, will always be there (obviously unless they delete it or stop blogging) – bloggers are HUGE, worth more and at the end of the day don’t have an editor to please so creative control is theirs.

    That poor little podcaster (I’ve found him by the way) had to cry in to his fish and chips boohoo. Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll add it to the list of places I want to try :)

  • Great post – I’m a year in and it is such hard work that I am barely scraping the surface. I love the way you mentioned starting a blog takes courage because it really does. It is hard to put yourself out there and I am embarrassed to say that I don’t tell a lot of people that I blog for what their reaction might be. x

  • Bang on K! I think it’s just a ‘this day and age’ thing that has come about from accessibility. I also think it’s ignorance too. Perhaps this person is not your target reader and therefore doesn’t resonate or see your individual worth to him….but he is forgetting that he is one person…there are millions out there. xx

  • I’m not a blogger, (Although I blog for my business) – much respect. It does indeed take a vast amount of courage and hard work to make it work. Well done and try not to take the words of haters to heart. Use them to inspire you to make your work better, more creative, more inspirational and more appealing to your audience!

  • Yes, exactly, why are we undervalued in comparison to the press when often we’re reaching people at a local level, people who will actually go and try these places because they trust our voices.

    Very well said!

  • Love this. Your last line sums up everything I always try to explain to anyone who says “You are SOOO lucky to get all this stuff for free”. It’s not luck. I’ve earned it by building up a trusting readership. And it’s not free, I work for it.

  • *APPLAUSE* Such a well-written piece, Katie! It’s all very familiar to me. A guy I knew through a friend had a huge rant (aimed at me, but not @ mentioning me, so passive-aggressive!) on Twitter shortly after I’d started my blog… It really wound me up but it also knocked my confidence loads because I was pretty new to the scene. He was annoyed about ‘blogger entitlement’ as he put it… apparently we think we’re owed ‘free stuff’ and have huge attitudes about it. I blocked him and moved on, I wrote a piece about it on my blog and he commented, with screen shots of our conversation. What he didn’t show was all the passive-aggressive tweets he’d sent outside of our conversation. ARGH! This comment has gone on way too long. Love this post, thanks for writing it :) x

  • Great post and so very well written. I am a new ‘teeny’ blogger, and even I find this whole thing hard work. I believe this man has developed some envy towards bloggers perhaps. X

  • I was absolutely terrified the first time I put out a blog post… it takes some serious guts to press publish.
    So many nerves in fact that I barely told a soul that I loved writing posts, meeting other bloggers and… twitter chats! (A bizarre concept to anyone except a few)

    Thanks for a well written post by a journo now blogger! Love X

  • Bravo bravo bravo !!
    You summed it up in a brilliant blog post.
    I honestly don’t think people realise how much hard work goes into a blog. Like you say it’s all down to us, everything from the words to the pictures to the editing.
    I’m glad I didn’t see his ugly little rant but then again negativity always makes me want to do better and prove them wrong.
    Thankyou for sharing and lovely to meet you at the above event. ( I hope I took his booking!)
    Tracey xx

  • Great piece! I have never worked so hard in my life since becoming a Blogger but I love everything about it too. This man was clearly jealous…..

  • Love this! Whether you podcast, blog or write for magazines or tabloids, they all go online. The internet is a big place, big enough for us all to contribute to and get along with each other without the need for school yard antics! Well said 💕

  • Hear hear!! Totally agree with this. There is a stigma to blogging for sure and I don’t think many people understand the work that goes into blogging. They see free but don’t see the work. Good on you for writing this.

  • You have an amazing way with words! Thank you for that little extra confidence and inspiration that I needed to carry on, because It really does take a lot of courage to put yourself out there. The podcaster does sound jealous, and his rant on social media won’t gain him any respect from anyone!

  • Brilliant post Kate! As someone from a journo background also I agree that blogging is often harder, especially because so often we are leaping without a safety net. Definitely need more of us standing up and being proud of what we do. I hope Mr Podcaster is listening 👊🏾😃

  • 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    Well said. I do 100% of my blog, not always well, but I can testify that it’s hard work. And those bloggers who really get out there, like you Katie, are giving it more than I can manage, so you certainly have my respect. Xx

  • Perfectly put! It’s amazing how people don’t tend to realise just how much work is involved and that it’s just a 10 minute here and there to run and maintain a blog!

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