Before we start, let's just clear this up. This isn't a personal attack as such, this is just some things I have seen recently which have annoyed me. I'm not writing this to start shit with anyone, so if you plan on commenting because that's what you think I'm doing, it really isn't. Everyone has an opinion and I'm sharing mine on my blog.

I'm sure we all know by now, I do love myself a bit of controversy, just to shake things up a bit. If you're not a long time follower you can also check some other posts that caused a stir:- animal testing and blogging etiquette.

As every post needs a picture ...



This is going to be a long post but please, I really do hope you all take the time to read this as I know it's something everyone is going to have an opinion on and I'd like to hear them.

PR:

Public Relations. When I started this blog a little over a year ago, there wasn't much (from what I could see) in the way of freebies. Not that that's why I started blogging in the first place. I never even thought I'd get sent anything so I'm never expecting it when I get asked if I'd like to.

A year later and more companies are realising that people are going to bloggers to look for reviews/swatches etc. Which in turn means people are being sent things to review. Which is fine, but it really rubs some people up the wrong way.

Personally, this isn't something that bothers me a great deal. It's down to the company at the end of the day and if I was running said company, yes, I would go to more popular blogs. That way, more people are going to see it.

But it seems the people that don't get these opportunities take it personally. They don't think they're good enough. Or it's because they're jealous, who knows?

There's also been a fair few events recently that people have seem to got their knickers in a twist over if they weren't invited. You can't invite everyone, can you? I mean, my location isn't set on here nor is it set on my Twitter. But I have never once even been asked if I would like to attend an event. Granted, I probably wouldn't be able to go due to family/work commitments but the thought would be nice. Do you see me ranting about it on Twitter? Nope.

It also seems like there's a lot of people blogging purely for freebies. They aren't too hard to spot out. But seriously, why? What is the purpose of that? I just don't understand it.

I really don't want to go into PR too much more as I have other stuff to cover but I think the way it's causing resentment in others is unnecessary. There really is no need for it. Like I said before, it's down to the company to do as they please. If you've been sent something to review, good for you. Just don't expect to get parcels weekly from companies, that way you aren't left dissapointed

Popularity:

Everybody starts their blog with zero followers, am I right? I went at least a month with zero. Then I got a couple, I have no idea how but I was grateful (I still am). Since then the numbers steadily been rising.

There are always going to be people who have more followers than me and there's always going to be people with less.

Regarding people with less: maybe it's just me but what I find really quite annoying is when people moan that they don't have enough followers. Or they moan at people with more then them. For the most part (not including the next subject of conversation) they worked for those followers. They blogged on a regular basis, with substantial reviews/pictures etc.

If you very rarely blog, you can't expect to be really popular, can you? Do you see what I'm saying?

Take a look at Temptalia for instance. (I know a lot of people don't like her but ssh!) She updates at least 5 times a day. She has substantial reviews, spot on swatches and crystal clear pictures. The brands she blogs about are varied. So it's no wonder a lot of people go to her when they want info on the latest product releases. And please, if you're going to comment about how she gets stuff sent for free or that she's affiliated with companies, I'm not interested as this has nothing to do with the point I just made.

First and foremost you should blog for yourself. You shouldn't be doing it coz you feel you have to for other people. Yes, it is nice to have followers and feedback. From where I'm standing though, I'd rather have 20 comments from different people on a post then 1000 followers, with only, say, 10% that actually read my blog. I like loyal followers. I like feedback.

Which kinda leads me on to my last topic ...

Giveaways:

I know this is going to touch a nerve with a lot of people. I know this whole post will, but I know this point will in particular so I'm expecting a ton of people to unfollow.

Once again, when I started blogging there weren't too many of these around. But now there seems to be a giveaway going on every other blog. Which is great but there's some things which really do annoy me when it comes down to the giveaway itself.

Where is the effort?! There never seems to be any now a days. You just have to comment with 'enter me' and you're done with it.

But there's also those blogs that give you extra entries for tweeting about it, posting on your blog about it or posting in your sidebar. Honestly, if I see a giveaway where you absolutely HAVE to blog or tweet about it, I'll skip right over it. There's nothing worse then going through my Google Reader and seeing the same thing posted six thousand times.

M.A.C. Oh how I love thee. But it seems more and more people are realising M.A.C = followers. Here's a bit of maths for you. Giveaway + M.A.C + Extra entries/must blog about = 348375348567 new followers.

I don't know about you but honestly, the majority of those people are probably only following for a chance of winning some free stuff. They probably don't even care about the rest of your blog. Sorry but I have to tell it like it is.

I recently saw someone who was having a huge M.A.C giveaway. Her total post count is barely double figures. Yet she now currently has over 500 followers. All you had to do was type enter me. And surprise, surprise, you get extra entries for blogging about it.

Now I understand people want to be recognised, don't we all? I know I do. But what I don't think is fair is when people are just getting three million followers without even trying.

It seems like now people are just blogging for followers and freebies. It all seems like one giant popularity contest and I think it's quite ridiculous.

I know I probably haven't explained myself well but this is something I've been thinking about doing for a long time now. I've seen some things in the past few days that have just pushed me to do it sooner rather then later, so here you go.

I'm sure there's points I could have explained more or things I totally missed but I've been writing this for at least an hour now. It's time to wrap it up.

(I checked and actually I was writing it for two!)

So I'm going to sit here and watch my follower count drop, while I wait for opinions!
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