42 Of The Most Frustrating Things About Blogging

Believe it or not, I’ve done this whole blogging thing for FIVE years now. Five. Fünf. Cinq. Cinco. It’s pretty much the longest I’ve ever had a hobby for. So it’s safe to say I really love doing it.

But other than being able to express myself, having a creative outlet and meeting lots of new and interesting people (y’know all the best bits), there are some things that are actually really annoying about it. And sometimes stressful.

So I thought I’d jot down some of the things that really frustrate me in this blogging world we live in and get it all off of my chest! Let me know if any of the bloggers out there can relate to any of these!!

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42 Frustrating Things About Blogging

When you hit ‘Publish’ instead of ‘Save Draft’.

When you read through your blog post 5 times to check everything and then notice 458 spelling mistakes as soon as it goes live.

When Jetpack emails you to tell you your website is down, then emails you 2 mins later to tell you it’s back up. But why though?

When your boyfriend is pissed off because he can’t drink his coffee until you’ve taken 8735 photos of it.

When another blogger writes basically the same blog post as you, only 3957% better.

When your blog tags and categories are an absolute mess but you just CBA to sort through them all.

When you spend hours pouring your heart out and baring your soul in a blog post and no-one reads it.

When you spend days filming and editing a video and no-one watches it.

When you actually get a good level of views on a video but then get troll comments and thumb downs that you absolutely take personally.

Editing vlog footage of yourself talking to the camera and it’s just plain weird.

When every other YouTuber on the planet has a cool animated intro but you can’t find a way to get one anywhere on the internet. Just the pre-made shit ones. (Seriously, where is everyone making them?!)

When you get 100 new Newsletter subscribers in a week and then you realise they’re all spam accounts.

When you keep reminding yourself to take part in a relevant monthly Twitter chat but then get distracted by the Great British Bake Off and have to wait another month (I mean you, IceLolly.com’s #HolidayChat)

When a blogging “expert” tells you you really should be on Google +… LOL.

When you post anything to Reddit and get torn apart by 53 very mean people… (Don’t do it, it’s soul-destroying.)

When other bloggers keep telling you 90% of their traffic is from Pinterest but you barely get 5 clicks a month from the ol’ pins. Whhhyyyy.

When Instagram changes their algorithm.

When Instagram shows your latest post to less than 1% of your following.

When your Instagram following goes backwards.

Basically when Instagram does anything.

Fuck you, Instagram.

When a brand is really happy and super grateful for your sponsored post but then doesn’t pay your invoice for three months.

When you find out a blogger with the same stats as you got paid twice as much for the same work.

When a brand you really want to work with contacts you but they don’t have any budget.

When anyone, anywhere, offers to pay you in exposure. Yeah THANKS.

Going to an event or press trip that is mixed bloggers and journalists and the journos give you shit about the blogosphere. Haters gonna hate.

When you’re invited on a “fully-paid” press trip and then it turns out there’s stuff to pay for when you get there. (I know this one is rare, but it’s happened to me.)

When people approach you asking you to publish their pre-written article or press release, when that’s clearly not something you do.

When a brand asks you to enter their competition by writing a blog post… Yeah nice try pal, you gotta pay to play.

When you get invited to a cool-sounding event and make the hour journey there, only to be disappointed by limited finger food and PRs that don’t want to talk to you.

When a brand sends you a freebie to review and then hounds you with daily emails asking when the review will be live (even though they’re not paying you and it’s only been a week).

Getting a promising email about a sponsored post, only to find out it’s for a gambling/dating site.

When you’re talking to a brand over email and feel like it’s going really well and this PR is going to be your new best friend and this is the best thing ever… and then they stop replying. Hey, where you go?

Going to a blogging event only to get cornered by someone that wants to tell you all about their blog and not once ask you a question. (This has put me off WTM events.)

When an amazing hotel in an exotic location asks you to stay but you can’t afford the flights to get you there.

When you’re booked to go on a press trip but it’s 2 days before you go and you haven’t been given flight times or boarding passes yet and oh god is this a hoax? (They always come through, but it still stresses me out.)

Going on a press trip and feeling like you’re the group nerd. Like, why is everyone on this trip best friends and really cool and super experienced and knowledgable?

When any blogger talks about sales funnels. Ugh.

When you tell someone you’re a blogger and they make a face.

When someone at work makes a comment about you always being on holiday (I get the same amount of annual leave as you pal, I just use it wisely).

When you can’t actually relax on holiday, because you’re still working.

When at the end of the day, even though there’s a shit load of annoying things about the blogosphere, you keep on living in it anyway. (Because actually the good outweighs the bad, I promise.)

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I know I probably sound like a right wanker right now, moaning about everything, but I do like a good rant every now and then. It’s just good for the soul I think. Therapeutic and that.

Anyway, let me know if you can relate to any of these! Or if there’s anything I missed that really rubs you up the wrong way in the blogging world…

Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @HeelsInBackpack!

6 thoughts on “42 Of The Most Frustrating Things About Blogging

  • 7th September 2017 at 5:00 pm

    This is me, nodding at every single one of these!! Hotel invites… across the world. Hate. Google plus. Just no. PRs that disappear from the face of the earth. But why?

    • Kara // Heels In My Backpack
      12th September 2017 at 7:25 am

      I’m glad you agree haha. It’s a weird little blogosphere and I don’t think any of us know what we’re doing – bloggers, PRs and brands alike!

  • 8th September 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Haha, love it and feel the same with many things. But I actually get so much traffic from Pinterest and think it’s amazing – if used correctly ?

    • Kara // Heels In My Backpack
      12th September 2017 at 7:24 am

      I know, I know, I need to up my game I think. It just feels like it takes so much time and effort but I guess it’s the same on any platform… Watch this space!

  • 8th September 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you for this post, Kara!
    I’ve been blogging for a while now (not as much as you), and some things are truly annoying, especially when you’re new in the business. But the good part is so worth it! =)


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