About a million years ago, Hilary @ Songs Wrote My Story posted ten book blogger confessions, and I thought it was a really cool idea, so I decided to do it too! I kept pushing it down my list of things I want to post, because there always seemed to be something I wanted to write about more, but today I am finally getting this done. Here goes nothing!
1. I like posts without reading them
I know, this is really bad. But sometimes I’m busy and I want to show the bloggers I follow that I care, so I just leave a like even though I don’t have the time to read their posts. Does anyone else do this?
2. I never check out the blogs of people who follow me or like my posts, only the ones of people who comment
I don’t even check who leaves likes or follows me to be honest. What I look for is interaction. If someone leaves a comment, I know that checking out their blog is worth it, because there will be some kind of interaction.
3. I absolutely despise weekly features
This is a pretty unpopular opinion I think, because literally everyone participates in features. But I just can’t stand them? Whenever I scroll through my WordPress Reader and it’s flooded with the exact same post (and most people include the same books as well), I just get kind of annoyed. It’s not personal, and I don’t blame anyone for participating in features, I just wish I could make them invisible on my feed or something.
4. I go on unfollow sprees like every day
This is a habit that I have not just when it comes to blogging but to everything in life. I’m a minimalist and I hate keeping things around that I don’t need. I spring-clean my room all the time, I unfriend people on Facebook if I haven’t talked to them in a while, and, well, I unfollow blogs that I don’t interact with. Sometimes I follow a blog because it seems interesting, but then a few weeks later I realise I never read it. Time to go!
5. I only follow blogs that post thoughtful, personal reviews and/or discussion posts
Sometimes a blogger leaves a really sweet comment and I decide to check out their blog. But if all I see is features and tags, I won’t follow them, just because I already know I won’t read any of their posts. Bloggers who mostly review books tend to get my attention, even if the books they review aren’t exactly my taste, just because I admire that instead of going for the posts that get a lot of interaction, they stick to the much less popular reviews.
6. Getting tagged makes me happy and uncomfortable at the same time
Obviously it makes me happy, because who doesn’t like a bit of attention? But it makes me kind of uncomfortable as well. Whenever I get tagged I’m just like nggghhh because I know that I will have to leave a comment saying that I appreciate the tag but won’t do it, because I just don’t like tags. And it also makes me uncomfortable because there’s a certain fakeness to tagging – it’s a bit like networking, very businesslike and all about making connections. It just feels weird.
7. I love writing reviews and hate writing list posts
I think this is the least relatable one. I absolutely love writing book reviews, which everyone else seems to hate. I just find it relaxing and exciting at the same time to get my thoughts on one specific thing down and share them with everyone. Even if they often don’t get a lot of attention, I just love writing reviews. List posts, on the other hand, just stress me out, because I have to talk about so many different little things! This post right here is okay, because I chose to do it myself and wasn’t tagged, but there’s a good reason I put off writing it for so long.
8. Exaggerated reaction gifs make me cringe SO BAD
I think I might hurt some feelings with this, but I swear I’m not calling anyone out here. This mostly applies to lists and tags – sometimes the post is entertaining and quite good, but there are these way too exaggerated reaction gifs everywhere ????? Like, I appreciate reaction gifs, but if you’re talking about something really minor there’s no need to use a gif of someone screaming all over the place? Like I said, this isn’t personal, but whenever I see posts like that it just makes me cringe.
9. I only follow blogs that have easily accessible comments
THIS. Honestly, it’s such a minor little thing, but it drives me nuts. I read blog posts on the WordPress app, and most comment sections are easily accessible, but blogs that are self-hosted (I think that’s what it’s called) or aren’t basic in other ways make my life so complicated. I have to open the post in Chrome to be able to comment, and then sometimes I have to leave my e-mail and name instead of just using my WordPress account?? I just don’t get why, as a blogger, you would make it so hard for people to leave comments. I often follow people and then realise their comment section is like that, so I unfollow them again.
10. I think not replying to comments is very rude UNLESS there’s a personal reason
I know a lot of bloggers are busy or have personal stuff going on, so replying to comments might take a while. What I find really rude is when there is no reply at all, ever. I have commented on blogs multiple times before without ever getting a response, and honestly it just makes me stop commenting. I find it really rude and also very strange – why would you not want to interact with your readers? I’m so grateful for every single comment I get, I can’t believe there are people who appreciate them so little.
This was a very salty post, so I hope no one feels personally attacked. If you do any of the things I have complained about, it doesn’t mean I hate your blog. I don’t expect anyone to base their blogging around what I like or dislike. Keep up whatever it is that makes you happy – I just love complaining.
‘Till next time and happy reading!