The short answer to my question is no. But the long (and correct) answer is yes. Do bloggers really need to support each other? Do bloggers really need to be supportive of what others are doing in their carrer and hobby? Let’s get into detail…
PRO BLOGGER SUPPORT
So you know that post I did saying why I don’t read blogs so much? Well, this is a bit of an extension of that. No, I don’t read as many blogs as I used to because seeing the same/similar content can get dull. That is true. But what needs to be remembered is that there are a lot of blogs out there. Similar content is bound to come up. Which is why I choose only a selected few to follow. The blogs I follow now are not the ones I followed two years ago.
I choose personality and quality over what the content is trying to represent i.e. beauty, fashion, travel. Quality tutorials, outfit photographs and inspirational written content is different to a half-hearted version of those things. Am I making sense?
The bloggers which receive the trips, free designer goodies and boxes full of makeup are getting them because they are good at what they do. They have worked really hard to get those things. And they deserve them. It’s part of their job and that’s how they make a living. Why hate them because of that? They are admirable for showing that hard work does get rewarded! No, they do not represent the blogging industry but it’s up to you if you’re going to see them as ‘one’.
ANTI BLOGGER SUPPORT
You don’t have to love a blogger that is admired by all. You don’t have to support everything other bloggers do. But if you don’t, keep it cool. Not liking what the blogger way of life represents and how being a blogger has been moulded into a stereotype is one thing. But being horrible about/to another person (keyword: person) is just not a good trait to have. You don’t know these people. You don’t know what their life is like behind the camera or when the laptop is turned off. Slagging them off personally, that’s bullying. Got nothing nice to say, don’t say it. Well, unless you want to look like you’re hateful, bitter and jealous.
DON’T BE A DICK
Becky Bedbug’s advice for blogging? Don’t be a dick. And I love it. It’s true. Be honest, be vocal but realise when something just makes you sound like a dick. Aiming comments at individuals who have worked hard, that have done nothing to hurt you in any way… That makes you a dick.
Overall, no you don’t have to support other bloggers but to relentlessly write tweets or posts about individuals and what they have worked hard to achieve just makes you a bad person. Be supportive online, vocalise it but keep your little fingers away from that keyboard when you’ve got nothing good to say. Don’t be a Jealous Jenny. Be positive as much as you can online, even if you’re not feeling it in real life.