Confused About Blogging, And Some Hawaii Pictures

Today, I’ve been thinking about blogging.

I recently received some nice comments from a blog/website and then, like getting the bill at a restaurant after a nice meal, they asked me would I please follow them.

What are your thoughts on comments like these? Do you reply? Do you mark them as spam? Do you do what they asked and follow them?

I almost replied that this isn’t how the blogging world works, though I know Instagram, Twitter and other social media work very much like this.

But then I stopped myself: Wait a minute, maybe this is how the blogging world works. What do I know? Here I am, quietly growing my blog organically (without any marketing tricks or bought followers) and genuinely enjoying every authentic, human-generated comment I get. Silly me.

When I first started blogging, everything was new to me and so I spent some time studying blogging etiquette, for example, as well as advice on how to create a blog that’s easy to navigate, and so on. I soaked up every word, I was so enthusiastic. I thought everyone else was doing this too: why would you set up a blog if you weren’t passionate about it? I guess I was pretty naive. There are a million reasons to set up a blog and only a few of them involve passion for creativity.

So, after reading all about etiquette, I was always under the impression that it’s generally frowned upon to ask someone to follow you or to add links to your own blog in a comment, and I’ve considered those kinds of comments spammy – unless there’s a reason to add a link. In any case, there’s a link to your site through your profile Gravatar, if you bother to add one, so people can find you: there is no need to appear spammy and tacky.

I decided long ago that I would only follow blogs with topics and posts that I genuinely wanted to see in my feed. And I’ve stuck to it. I don’t do the follow-me-and-I’ll-follow-you thing. That’s where I’m drawing the line. I’m sure twenty-something “social influencers” would laugh at me at this point. But it has worked well for me.

But there’s still something I can’t wrap my head around. Over here, in Finland, online newspapers (which are more and more like gossip sites) promote some blogs. I usually never read these blogs because they are all sponsored, commercial blogs. Advertorials.

They invariably feature a cool hipster woman wearing lipstick in oversized clothes that she clearly likes, posing on the street like a model, and showing off her manicured hands wrapped around a tea mug in an Ikea-designed home. The topic of the day is whatever product she is advertising. There’s nothing of interest in them for me and I’ve always wondered who reads these blogs. The writing isn’t professional or creative, and, worst of all, they never seem to respond to their comments. If you scroll down to the comments section, you’ll either see no activity at all, or a few unanswered comments.

That’s what I don’t get. Why would you have a blog and not answer comments? Wouldn’t it feel like you are talking to a wall if you didn’t get any comments at all, are you not grateful for them? Even if it’s your job to blog (which always sounds so funny to me), wouldn’t it in that case be a professional way to handle your job to respond to readers’ comments? Why would anyone sponsor a blog like this? Why would you waste time writing a comment to someone who’s not going to write back?

I do understand that not everyone has time to respond to comments, but in that case you could just close off the comment section altogether, or write a polite little note above the commenting space saying that unfortunately you will not have time to respond. But I haven’t seen this done. I think it’s actually quite rude and even egoistic to expect people to read about your life and take the time to comment without offering anything back.

Why do people read these blogs and why are they sponsored? The answer to both questions, I believe, is publicity. Finland is a very small country with small social circles, and if you know the right people, you can get your blog onto the websites of magazines and newspapers, and gain readers. You’ll even become a “celebrity” (over here not much is needed for fame to come your way).

How are these things in your country? Do your local newspapers regularly link to lifestyle bloggers’ websites as if their blog posts were pieces of news? Do you follow any sponsored blogs? How do you feel about not responding to comments?

Lately, whenever I’ve told a new acquaintance that I have a blog, I’ve seen raised eyebrows. They seem to think I’m aiming to be a sponsored blogger or an “influencer” since those are the only types of blogs that most people know of over here.

Blog lists over here don’t even have an option to list your blog as a photo blog! I used to be proud of this little hobby of mine, but now I’m almost embarrassed or feel like I need to explain. “Blogger” has become a synonym for I-think-I’m-special-and-I-don’t-want-to-work-for-a-living. Maybe next time I should just say I have an online journal?

The photos are from lovely Hawaii, too long ago…

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135 responses to “Confused About Blogging, And Some Hawaii Pictures

  1. Thank you for this post, I’ve often asked myself most of these questions too.

    I feel that we’re the lucky ones, we who blog for passion and not for clicks and moneymaking. I can see how those other bloggers give all blogging a bad name and yes, it might be time to draw the line and separate commercial influencers from deep-soul bloggers.

    I don’t get asked to be followed back much but if I were, I’m afraid I might give a snarky reply. I always have a look at a new follower’s blog though but I don’t follow back automatically at all, reluctantly even, because I already follow too many blogs to be a regular visitor on all their pages, despite all my free time. I see that I’m especially slow to catch up if the bloggers who I follow (no matter how much I adore them) have more than one blog. This just messes me up.

    Also, I stop commenting or even following if there is no response to my comments, except if the content is really that extraordinary. One of the main reasons I blog is in order to get and give feedback, and if you don’t want mine, get off my screen.

    I think it depends on the personality and desires of a blogger: whether they want to become a “celebrity” (which in smaller countries happens quickly enough, as you say) or fly under the radar, and whether they are after numbers or meaning, quantity or quality.

    That said, I’d LOVE to see your mock post with IKEA furniture, potted plants, manicured babies and your hubby in a white sweater. PLEASE!!! 😀

    (We’re alright. I love it how you do it. Nevermind others and neverstop.)

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  2. Thank you for sharing this post. I often wonder the same thoughts. Blogging is a very strange world indeed. I enjoy it when I find a blog set out to share the author’s sense of creativity.

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    • Thanks for your comment! I feel the same: I enjoy following blogs that are creative and showcase the blogger’s creativity, whether it be writing, photography or anything else. Luckily there are still many of those – not everyone has gone commercial yet! 🙂

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  3. These are all good points to raise, but there seems to be no hard and fast answers as there are so many different layers of self-promotion – some acceptable (to me) and some not. I think so much inexplicable stuff goes on in blogworld and social media generally, it has to come down to what you are comfortable with doing yourself, and ignore anything that doesn’t fit with that. And then, it seems, you generally find yourself among a pool of fellow bloggers who are pretty like-minded 🙂

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    • Thanks for your thoughts! Inexplicable is a good word to explain a lot of what is going on. I feel like we amateur bloggers often have more street smarts than those glittery sponsored bloggers, many of whom don’t even manage their own blogs. Best to surround yourself with bloggers you respect and whose posts give you joy! 😊

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  4. Very good points!! I didn’t have these kind of comments in my blog (yet), but sure I had them in other platforms (the typical comment on Instagram: “beautiful. Can you see my gallery and follow me?”. I love to share the photos I take with other people and I’m always grateful with every comment, like or follow, as I think that they are from people that took the time to watch what I shared and liked it. But I don’t understand that other word of bloggers, influencers and some photographers that think that this is a kind of race or career where they should get everything for free… all that word of buying followers, likes and all that stuff… everything looks fake and unreal!

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    • I tried Instagram for a while but it was just too superficial for me. Those comments that you mentioned are slightly insulting, as if the person’s only interest is in getting likes and not really appreciating your photos (the value of likes is such a mystery to me, kind of like the bitcoin!). Luckily, after a while I’ve gotten better at spotting genuine comments vs ones that want something in return… Thanks for your comment, Mercedes!

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  5. Thanks for writing this post! I can agree with all that you mentioned. I do get these comments on my blog too. A lot of those are caught by the Spam-Filter anyway before they make it into the comment sections.

    I check those comments, as I want to make sure I don‘t cull any sincere comments of sincere bloggers, that like my posts and ask if I can check out theirs. If I find honest, creative and non commercial blogging on the other side I accept the comments and I might even follow back.

    I take pride in (trying) to answer every single comment left on my blog. If I, one day, can‘t handle it anymore, I will close the comment section. But interactions with readers from all over the world is the most fun in blogging, at least for me.

    I take pride to have grown my little blog totally organically as well. Success will come by itself, as long as you are authentic and have something to offer that other people like to read or look at.

    Running a private, uncommercial blog I observe those „influencer“ blogs about travel, fashion and beauty, that pop up in endless numbers. But apart from a selected few that are really good (and have been around for a while), the rest has nothing to offer, and in the end they disappear into the digital graveyard as fast as they have appeared. And also „buying“ followers doesn‘t help there.

    I‘m proud to have built many great relationships with authentic bloggers like myself, where we appreciate each other’s art and enjoy respectful interactions with eachother.

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    • Thanks, Marcus, for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment! I so agree with you all the way. Authentic bloggers and authentic blogging relationships make the whole experience so much more meaningful. I’ve even learned a lot from other bloggers, in addition to being entertained and delighted by their posts.
      I too try to check some of the comments to make sure I’m not judging too hastily. With many blogs it’s hard to tell, though. It might seem normal but then you look closely and see that every single post was posted on the same day… or something else weird. 🙄
      But lets just focus our blogging lenses on the positive and enjoy the company of those bloggers who are real, sincere, and creating their own little world!

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  6. Freedom, feeling … and certainly no willpower. People are free to blog, to read or not to read, to like or not to like, to comment or not to comment, to ask for whatever they want. On the other hand, my blog is my empire and I will blog, respond, reject, whatever I want. I have no projection of myself over the readers and I will certainly not force myself to like, comment, respond. It comes as it comes. To me blogging is a relationship which deserves attention. I see a number of other blogs claimed to follow my blog which I have no or very little interest in. Their affair, not mine. I feel no obligation of any sort. I know that the number of followers that WordPress advertises is a big lie. Better not read that number !
    This being said, it is a pleasure to me to see your blog, the Snow Melts Somewhere, and feel free to do whatever you want with it !

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    • Thank you, Gilles, for your thoughts! I like how you said your blog is your empire – I feel that way about mine, too, and I won’t follow anyone I don’t want to. And I also think it is a relationship worth attention. I do always respond to comments and I do it with great joy – except the spammy ones which go into the bin or sometimes I actually flag them as spam. Sometimes it’s hard to know if someone is being sincere or not, if they are a bot or whatever, but sometimes the intentions are clear, good or not. Like life, I guess!

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  7. I really feel you on this. I blog for myself and don’t need followers to enjoy it. Those are the kinds of blogs I want to read. It’s sometimes frustrating to have to sift through all the promotional stuff.

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    • Thanks for commenting! Those are the blogs I want to read, too! Though it’s a bit of a paradox because I am grateful I have some followers because otherwise I wouldn’t get any comments, feedback or discussion. So I do need readers, too. But only genuine ones, I don’t need fake ones!

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  8. Yes, yes, yes, of course you hit on so many thoughts I have about blogging! I feel it’s even changed in the 3-4 years since I’ve started, especially as things like Instagram have exploded. I have pretty much given up on the latter for the reasons you listed above, but I have tailored my own little blogging world to people like you, people who write their blogs with love and care, and who want to engage with a community. I still always answer every comment, and I do check out any blog whose owner has liked or commented on mine, but I am way beyond caring if anyone else follows me! Sounds standoffish, but if there’s no real connection, I don’t want to spend the time any more. And talk about dumb and naive, I didn’t even know you could buy followers! Too late for me, but that’s OK. I’ll stick with you friends I already have! 🙂

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    • Thanks Lexi, dear blogging friend! 😊 I am with you! For a long time, I checked all blogs who liked, commented or followed. Now it’s become just those who comment, I don’t have enough time anymore. And comments are what matter to me the most, because it’s interacting and that’s what it’s all about for me. I’ve been blogging for 3 years and like you, I too think that it’s changed during that time. I don’t know if you can buy blog followers but on social media, yes (though it’s against the rules.) I don’t have details and don’t want to have them! 😊
      I’ve even heard some Instagram accounts being referred to as blogs, which is just too weird for me.
      I’m so happy to have found a fulfilling way to blog – this community!

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  9. Fair questions to be asking ourselves. 🙂 I think people blog in different ways for different reasons and I’m OK with that. For some it’s a hobby, for others it’s a job. I feel you can be passionate, respectful and have a sense of community in both cases. The same with ignoring your audience and spamming everyone with “follow me back” comments. I feel I’ve seen it all!
    For my part, if someone leaves me a comment like that I usually reply and check their blog in return – but I will only follow if I truly feel interest or some kind of connection. I find it quite easy to see if they are genuine or if it’s just them working on building their following. 😉

    I guess we just have to find our online tribe and hang out with those people. Surround yourself with like-minded people and the rest doesn’t really matter. It’s not that they’re doing it wrong, but they’re doing it for different reasons/results.

    As for following, here on WP I follow blogs that I can relate to. I seek authentic content and people who are kind of in the same page as me – so I can connect. But for example on Youtube I follow creators who do a lot of sponsored content and I don’t mind it, because I’m not connecting with them. I mainly watch their content for entertainment or interest in the topics they approach in their videos.

    I hope you will soon find some peace regarding all this. Don’t let it trouble you that much! 😉

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    • I don’t follow anyone on Youtube and I’m trying to limit my social media to save up time for things I really care about – focusing on WP. But over here, it really is hard to avoid being frankly bombarded with links to local lifestyle bloggers. If I want to check out the news headlines to see if anything interesting has happened locally, all I get are links to blogs! (Lazy journalism!)
      But never mind 😊 All is zen!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, Ines! Online tribe sounds good, and I have found mine ☺️

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  10. Nice post TSMS. I’ve thought a lot about blogging too, and wrote a post about the creativity of it a while back. I agree with pretty much everything you say. I never follow just because I’ve been asked too. That’s so tacky IMO. I had no idea about the sponsored blogs – either in Finland or elsewhere. If I come across one I’m so turned off by the advertising that I move on very quickly. And I think it’s rude not to respond to comments.
    Alison

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  11. I haven’t read all above comments, so maybe I’m doubling. I understand your point, but perhaps you shouldn’t worry to much. I started my blog because I wanted my pictures not to live on a hard drive for my eyes only, but to let them have some more exposure so they wouldn’t feel to isolated 🙂 The surprisingly extra benefit for me is that I get to correspond with interesting people from all over the world and get to know their pieces of art, photo’s, stories, reports. That I find so cool! I too skip blogs with a sole commercial content. But there are enough left to have genuine fun with, content wise and even more important, people wise.

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    • You are right of course! And I feel the same way about sharing my photos (don’t want them to feel lonely!) though they aren’t even that pro 😊 Corresponding with people from all over the world is the best part!
      Thanks for joining in the conversation ☺️

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  12. I so agree with all of you! I don’t follow anyone if I don’t feel the connection and also I don’t need followers of my own whose are not genuine and don’t really like my posts. It’s same with friends. I have only few friends but they’re all close to me. It’s not about the quantity, its quality what really matters! Sure I like to have readers but more likely I took the readers who are really interested what I’m writing.

    Also I appreciate creativity, and individuality. It’s nice to find something new and different! The best thing is if you can give something to think for readers (or show something new)!

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  13. I am very much on the same page as you on this.

    I am in Canada, and Canadian blogs just don’t seem to get a lot of attention. LOL The media sometimes will write about a blog, but only if there is something in particular about the topic that is newsworthy. Most newspapers have/had their own blog sections, but I think that’s going away. Old School media is not transitioning well to the internet, financially speaking.

    The blogging world has changed a lot over the years, and for some people, they start blogs because this is a potential income avenue for them – it’s something I’m examining myself, as working outside the home is not an option. Very few “this is my life/passion” blogs can compete and become income generators.

    That focus and purpose for a blog makes a big difference in how comments are handled. A “business” blog certainly should keep on top of its comments. But a personal blog? My thought it, if I make a comment, no one owes me a response. And if comments are moderated, it’s up to the owner to decide whether or not my comment is worth approving. It would be nice if they do, but not a necessity.

    As for the “please follow me” comments, I also feel that this is bad etiquette. I don’t approve them, typically, but I might check out their blog and see if I actually would follow them. So far, none have turned out to be ones I want to follow, but I’ve also had very few such requests, so who knows?

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    • I certainly agree that a blogger can decide if a comment is somehow unworthy of being published – if someone leaves a mean comment, for example, I think it’s definitely fair to just delete it and forget about it and move on, if that’s what the blogger wants to do. But when blogging is a “job” I feel like it’s a bit different. I would wish to see professional integrity. Of course, my definition of that will be very different than someone else’s and there are no rules! You are right, the blogging world has changed a lot recently. Usually I’m all for change, in general. And I’m all for people building independent careers in innovative ways, and for those who can live off a blog, good for them. I still don’t understand who reads them but I guess if you get enough ads onto your site you can make a bit of money?
      Thanks for your thought-provoking and interesting comment! 🙂 Enjoy your (snowy?) day over there in Canada!

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      • Thank you.

        I definitely agree, re: professional integrity!

        In looking at blogs that seem to designed for earning an online income for the blogger, most of them seem to be… well, blogs about how to earn an online income! Others are very niche or sales oriented.

        It takes a LOT of ads and clicks for those to generate an income, for blogs and for media sites. It makes visiting them very unpleasant, sometimes, as there is often more ads than content, and more than I few times, I’ve found myself suddenly looking at some disgusting object with “eat THIS to lose weight fast!” or images that are basically soft-core porn. You can tell which sites are with the same ad revenue company, because the types of ads and formatting are all the same. Then there are all the little videos that show up in corners, or overlay ads, that all manage to skirt around the ad blocking software. I want to make an online income, but I am not willing to subject my readers to that!

        http://thepioneerwoman.com/ is an example I’d love to emulate; she’s now got her cookbooks and cooking show, all out of her blog! But this is probably a one in a million example!

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        • You are right. And her blog does look classy, that’s my first impression at least. I studied internet marketing a while ago (I have an old marketing degree from uni which I wanted to update to help me career-wise in the real world). One thing that I vividly remember is that they advised us to always include landing page pop-ups that won’t let you enter the site without signing up for an email newsletter – the idea being that surprisingly many people still buy what’s advertised in newsletters. I can see this working for corporations, as annoying as it is, but for bloggers not so much. If I click onto a site with one of those pop-ups, I will immediately leave never to return.
          It is a form of art to make a living out of blogging in a classy way – good luck!! 🙂 As for me, I’m hoping that my blog will act as a sort of portfolio of my ability to create content in the real-life professional world. Though that is NOT the reason I blog, there is no harm in introducing your blog when looking for a new job! 🙂

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          • Oh, I HATE those pop ups!

            I like the portfolio idea. Companies are increasingly aware of the effects of social media and check out applicants and employees’ online presence. I think it’s a good idea to be proactive and straight out say, “this is my online presence” in a professional way.

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            • Definitely! Years ago, before my blog, I received negative feedback at a couple of interviews for not having any Facebook account – which was so ridiculous!! You used to be judged by your merits, now by your following. Rolling my eyes, I decided a blog wouldn’t be a bad idea to show that I can in fact operate in the digital world, even if I choose not to be on FB. (This wasn’t the reason I started blogging, but it happened at around the same time.) So next time I apply somewhere, I can show them my blog, which I’ve been trying to keep more or less professional (a few rants here and there, hahah!).

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  14. I’m not following for likes. I want so see the world or other interesting things. Since I’m blogging not regulary, much bloggers have left my blog. But this is a kind of cleaning. The comments are more intene and honest.
    Such comments are not answered by me. But no spam too. Nothing.
    Have a great and not confusing day!

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  15. Many of the sentiments have already been echoed, and I feel exactly the same. Similarly, I’ve poured wholeheartedly into my blog (when time permits) and hope to receive genuine feedback and interest.
    The only time potentially that I will link my own site is perhaps to suggest that it would be of interest and genuinely feel I would want to make the connection. How wonderful it is to meet everyone here in the blogosphere and to be able to feel, if only a moment, a connection that we could perhaps never be replicated with our real life non-blogging friends?

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  16. I know right? Same problem down here on the other side of the world, and it’s not just blogging – instagram feels even more commercial and and fake (like for like and follow for follow tags are just so embarrassing!). I don’t tell people about my blog now at all. Three cheers for old school bloggers who are about creativity and genuine connections!!

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    • So glad to hear that so many old school bloggers still exist! 😀 I think those tags are quite embarrassing too. I studied internet marketing a while ago and one teacher advised us to simply ask people to share our social media posts, to write “please share” or something similar. I could never bring myself to do it, it seemed too tacky! And it doesn’t bring me joy to see something liked a million times by people who obviously only want me to like theirs back. Fake and leaves a bad taste in the mouth!
      Thans for your thoughts! 🙂

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  17. Hey there! As of now, this post of yours has 37 comments, 38 with mine. Sure, many are your lovely replies and sure, they won’t be as many as on hipster blogs managed by hipster girls doing lots of selfies of themselves and bagging sponsorship deals, but doesn’t it feel great to know that, today, dozens of people are reading you because of what you’ve done so far, the promise of what you’ll do and not because of what has been sponsored on some newspaper?
    Personally, I think that the “I’m going to comment so you need to comment me” charade is a bit sad, and you shouldn’t feel obliged to follow it; I, personally, don’t and don’t expect people to.
    Keep up the great stuff and please, I’d like to see more of Hawaii!
    Fabrizio

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    • Hahah, thanks Fabrizio for your lovely comment! You made me chuckle 😀
      I’m definitely very happy, proud and grateful for everyone who’s reading and who regularly comments! After 3 years of blogging, I’ve also gotten over the stage where I feel like I have to live up to expectations: now I can just be myself and it’ll be fine. I don’t really compare myself to those hipster blogs – but I have a marketing degree outside of blog life and sometimes am quite overwhelmed with how fast new trends become permanent, and so on. At 39, I feel too old to keep up! But never mind, I’m on the right track with my blog – and anyway those hipsters over here never get as many comments – though comments aren’t their goal either.
      My thoughts are straying… 🙂 Thank you again for your beautiful and kind words and enjoy your Thursday!

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  18. I feel like what those people do isn’t “blogging” so much as “marketing”. It’s really just advertising, dressed up all “authentic” so it doesn’t feel like someone is shoving copy down your throat. Ultimately, they just want you to buy something. I remember when I started blogging at 11, I just wanted people to share my life with, to write dumb stories and try my hand at coding. The personal relationships and interactions I built were always the best part! I’ve met people via my blog that I now know in real life! That’s always the most important thing for me.

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    • Oh my, you really are an old school blogger, a digital native! 😀 I love how blogging can teach us so much – I haven’t tried coding but I’ve learned a great deal about designing a website that works and solving little problems. Anyway, I agree with you – those blogs are advertisements, advertorials. Which is why I always wonder why someone would read them regularly?! Sure, if you want to read a review on a certain beauty product you could check out one of these blogs once – but even then, it wouldn’t be an unbiased review. Maybe people are just too gullible?
      I love meeting new people thru blogging too, even if it’s just online for a quick chat! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

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      • I mean, people like buying things. Just look how people talk about Super Bowl commercials like they’re great works of art. (At least, that’s what they do in the US.) I personally don’t like them for the same reasons you don’t: they have no soul or wit, the writing isn’t even good! But I think people like seeing someone whose life looks perfect, then thinking they can buy whatever they’re selling and achieve that perfection as well. Based on my watching of Mad Men, that’s what advertising is all about, right? 😛

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  19. You are a girl of my own heart Snow as I feel just the same way as you. If I like a post and leave a positive comment, I think it is only polite to receive a response but sometimes I either just get a smiley face or nothing at all so I think why should I bother and I don’t interact with that blogger again. If someone asks me to follow them back I don’t even take a look at their blog even though it might be amazing. It’s not the way I do things and I think it’s downright rude because I can easily click on their blog myself if I want to. I’d never ask anyone to follow me or add a link, simply posting quality, authentic content should determine that. I want to decide who to I want to follow not be asked to do so. Anyway, those bloggers who say I’ll follow you back if you follow me aren’t the sort of followers I want as they would probably never read my posts anyway! Coincidentally we were discussing this topic this evening with my Tampere colleagues and we all agreed that engagement is what brings the blogging experience to life and makes it so special and its dreadful that people can just buy fake followers as this doesn’t help anyone. Virtual friends who write well and post nice photos like you are, in my opinion, what its all about? I’m in seventh heaven here in snowy Tampere.

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    • Hehee, I’m so happy your dream of experiencing a snowy, wonderland-type of Tampere came true! ❤ It's white and snowy here in Helsinki, too. Was Finnish winter what you expected, having previously only visited during the summer? I guess you'll write about it on your blog later 🙂
      I feel like the bloggers who don't interact with their audience are really missing out, and it's kind of sad. Unfortunately, those types of me-me-me blogs are what most "real-life" people think of when you say you have a blog, in my experience (over here, at least). The Finnish commenting culture is also kind of negative – lots of criticism – which is why I'm happy I never even thought of blogging in Finnish to a local audience! (No offence to any Finns reading this!)

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      • Just reading this in the hotel. My day doesn’t start until 10.30 a.m. today which is great as I woke at English time! The snow is gorgeous and not icy or slushy at all and despite it being -9 last night, it didn’t feel as cold as at home. Had dinner in a cosy bistro with three lovely people who made me feel very welcome. I just left my boots on as the others did! Have a lovely day playing with your little boys!

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        • Thanks, Marion! Sounds lovely, I’m so happy for you that you are enjoying it and fitting in so well 🙂 We have an appointment at the nurse today, in Finland all babies and small children are regularly monitored to see they are growing and healthy. One of the perks of living in Finland 🙂 Luckily it’s not too cold, we can walk there which’ll be nice! Enjoy your day!

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  20. I enjoyed reading your views. I prefer blogs that are not sponsored either about travelling or eating at restaurants or cooking. And it’s nice to get a reply or even a ‘like’ if you leave a comment. I think it’s manners.

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    • Yes, even a “like” will do – I don’t expect everyone to spend hours of their day responding to comments, but if you leave the comments section open and someone offers you their thoughts, the very least you can do is simply write “thanks” or at least like it. Acknowledge it somehow.
      Thanks, Sue! I’ve enjoyed reading abut your fabulous travels once I started following you! 🙂

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  21. Oh please don’t be apologetic about being a blogger… it is your passion. Let people go figure. Secondly, I know how annoying it feels when random bloggers pop up on your comment section and ask you to pop by their blog. I mean you would anyway do so out of curiosity, right? But I do still check out their blogs. Blog on with pride. Why not take the special bit in stride, eh? 🙂 xx

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  22. It depends on what your motivation is for blogging. I’m fine branching out into commercial territory, and I’m fine with the way it is now. I’d love for my blogs to be read by thousands of readers, because I love interacting with people, but I haven’t read up on how to go about achieving that. But for me blogging is about communicating with others, so an exchange via comments totally rocks.

    I’ve read a few blogs that state they always like posts of the people they follow and vice versa because it keeps people happy. Those I unfollow straight away. They’re not genuine, just soliciting. If I read about a follow request, or constant donation requests, it leaves bad taste in my mouth. So I don’t bother with them. I try to comment whenever I can, and if I just like a post, it means I didn’t have time to comment.

    I guess with commercial blogs, they might think it wouldn’t be fair to answer one person and not another, but why have the blog in the first place? I can see it being a case of “gimme the money and take a hike.”

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    • Oh yes, I forgot about those asking for donations! Geez. It’s weird that this kind of behaviour has become acceptable.
      I’m the same as you in that if I just like a post, it means I didn’t have time to comment (or sometimes couldn’t think of anything meaningful to add, though I do give out a lot of ‘nice post’ comments if I’m in a hurry). With the babies, I no longer have as much time. But I would still like to remember to keep my blogging interactive, ie it’s important to me to visit blogs I like and not just expect everyone to visit me all the time. It’s not to gain anything, just to feel like I’m participating.

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        • I know, I do understand how some people want to try to live off their blog, why not? If you pull it off, it sounds good. You do what you have to do. But there are so many ways of going about it.
          I was going to continue my reply to you yesterday but I had to hurry off. In your first comment, you said “I guess with commercial blogs, they might think it wouldn’t be fair to answer one person and not another, but why have the blog in the first place?” Yes, why have the blog in the first place? The Finnish blogs that I was thinking about don’t get many comments at all, so replying to a couple of people (“fans”, if you’re a “celebrity blogger”, which you automatically become over here once the gossip/newspapers start writing about your every post) every once in a while shouldn’t be a huge task if you’re the type of person who likes to write anyway. (If you don’t like writing, why do you have a blog?)
          There was a bizarre exchange on the blog that inspired this post. A reader was wondering why the blogger never responds to comments. Another reader started defending the blogger, saying “It’s her job to blog, no one expects you to work 24/7 do they? Let her blog from 9 to 5 and then have some time off.” The first person replied “But she hasn’t responded to any of the previous posts’ comments either”. The person defending the blogger gave an aggressive answer to that. The blogger herself took no part in this conversation!
          In my opinion, if blogging is your job, it’s not a 9 to 5 job, but more like an entrepreneurship where you work 24/7, or freelance work where you work when you have work. You can’t close the internet. Even many corporations have staff replying to social media comments 24/7 these days. So I don’t buy it. It just seems like rude and egoistic behaviour to me. Again, this is just my personal opionion!
          (Vlogging on Youtube is different, most comments are inappropriate and the whole culture is different.)

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  23. I know exactly how your feel! 🙂 I do not approve comments that aren’t relevant to the post or have a follow back plea or a link pasted in it. In some cases, I do appreciate links when they are used in context of the conversation. I enjoy reading comments from bloggers who are regular and read the entire post. I blog to share (and remember) our travel journey. For many, it’s all about self promotion. It’s the flip-side of travel blogging I guess. 😦

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    • I so agree with you!! One reason why I blog anonymously is because I don’t want it to sound like it’s all about me – my blog is more about the places I’ve been than the fact that I was the person who was there. And links are fine if they add value and are not just for self-promotion! 😊

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  24. lol, the minute I registered the new blog here on WP and a blogger liked all my photos, then sent me an invitation to follow him 😀 I din’t follow and he never ever liked any of my posts after that 😀 nowadays most people’s ego grows proportionate to the number of likes they get, which is hilarious and so shallow… I never do follow-for-follow or like-for-like, I’ve seen enough from Flickr, WordPress and Instagram to know that follows and likes don’t mean a thing… connecting with people and communication is all that matters 🙂 so you keep doing your thing, Snow, post your beautiful images and share your positive vibe!! that’s all that matters ♥ these Hawaii shots are so dreamy and romantic btw…

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    • Thanks dear! 🙂 I will, and you too I hope! Those types of “likes” are insulting, but then when you think about it, it’s their loss 100%. Sometimes I wonder what kind of world this will be for our little ones… how all this will affect their self-esteem and willingness to enjoy life off-screen. Over here, kids have phones and beg their parents to let them have a facebook account at a young age…

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  25. Haha, I loved that “next time I say that I have an online journal”. High five! That totally hits my nerve. Once, 10 years ago, I used to blog about my life, and it was like having a journal. Now, when I say I blog, people go like “do you get sponsored?”, and when I wonder about where I should work next – they say “maybe, you should grow your blog”. Well, yes, I want to grow my blog like a garden, but I am not ready to start selling its unripe fruit.
    I once imagined myself becoming a blogger and living off it. But I don’t see a role model for me. Those girls and ladies that feature products in every second post are not my role models. So I still cherish a dream of developing a skill of writing and maybe one day earn money with that skill. But I don’t see my blog as a fulltime job.
    And those strategies follow-for-follow, ugh, I wondered just the same. If people add me so that I can check them out, just like on Instagram where my follower numbers are rich on shops and services :). Because when so many add, but so few join the conversation – isn’t it weird?
    And those bloggers not answering the comments – I wondered at that too. But then I see that my favorite vloggers (youtube bloggers) get hundreds of comments, and it would not be possible to answer all them. People just start conversation which each other, often rude, hehe. But then the blogger would mention in the next post/video like: “I got many comments like this, many questions like that”, so it looks like they sum up the comments. It makes their job easier, I guess. I would not answer 100 comments a day. Would you?

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    • If I were living off my blog, I would feel like it was my duty to answer and part of my work day. (If I must think of it as a tedious task.) But I think the culture is different on Youtube, as well as those other places, Instagram and so on. I don’t think you’re expected to answer. And if you are a celebrity with millions of followers, obviously not. But blogging is different, in my mind. More personal. Well, this is just how I see it. The bloggers that I meant, the Finnish ones, honestly don’t even get many comments, from zero to max 8 or 9 per post.
      And I’ve been thinking the same as you, this is a good way to hone my writing skills and improve my photography. Both for my own pleasure, and my followers’, as well as maybe for a future job I’ll be interested in, looking for someone who can write, for example. You never know! 😂
      Lets keep growing our gardens! 😊 Ciao and have a fun evening!

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      • I would do the same, haha. But well, I try to answer even though I don’t live off the blog – so definitely I would do it as a part of my work routine. When I analyze it, I see that blogs in Norway are not the same, even if they may look the same. There are some fashion blogs which get, as you say, 2-8 comments, and I wonder why the blogger doesn’t care answering them. But then there are some provocative blogs: either they expose their kids and the readers start a holy war in the comments; or there is this most famous blogger who started in her teens and did a lot of plastic surgery, so lips, boobs, butt, – and she provokes the hell out of people. At the same time she has something to say, I like her voice. And she says, she answers a lot of messages. But the comment section is closed. I am sure it can get full of haters, bc the girl likes to provoke, it is kind of “love me or hate me strategy”.
        Sometimes I regret that I didn’t start a blog in Norwegian 10 years ago, I would be a celebrity by now 🙂 As you say, it is easy to become that in a little country. But I don’t have that desire to expose my life too much, and I am not as good at PR and self-marketing. So I am just plugging ahead, wondering at what this all will lead to one day. So far so good. Good people and good vibes along the way. and it is worth doing for the pleasure of doing.

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  26. There is so much about blogging that I don’t understand! I guess the thing to do is as many people here say, just keep doing your own thing, do what you’re happy with and all will be well with the world…

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  27. Do I really need to add anything more to everyone else’s comment? The chase to more followers and more likes, the chase to being appreciated from afar rather than in our everyday life has become a pull so strong we sometimes forget what being real means.

    I believe you’re doing a wonderful thing on your blog and you should keep up with doing so in your own beautiful way, interacting with those that actually bring something to you as much as you bring something to them. Although our relationships via blogs is only virtual at first, they allow a connection and later, when time and space permit, a live flesh-and-bone encounter of like-minded people.

    btw, those pics about Hawai… ‘sigh’… I need to go! 😉

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    • Oh Hawaii was lovely, memories of it are still one of my happy places where I let my mind wonder… when I’m at the dentist for example! 😄
      You’re right, we forget what being real means. I often think I spend too much time looking at my phone/computer, and I’m not even active on any social media! (Except Twitter once a week or so.)
      Hope we’ll meet one day! 😊 Thanks Juls for commenting!

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  28. Great post. I only read and follow blogs that I really like and then I actually read the posts as well as the comments left by other readers (some comments are better than the post itself!). I will never be an influencer, haha, but I am a good listener / reader.

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    • A good listener, I like that. I hope to be one too. I also love reading the comments section after a post and I often end up visiting the blogs of the most intruiging commenters (if the Gravatar links work, many people don’t seem to add them at all). Thanks, Hester, for dropping by and reading!

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  29. I think I will copy the idea of online journal. Bloggers have such a bad reputation at the moment.

    And all this talk about fake, bought followers and likes in Instagram and Twitter. All that fraud makes me sick. Lets make social media honest again.

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    • I so agree with you, Johanna! I hope we can somehow turn things around, little by little. Maybe this “likes-craziness” is just a phase, and people will get over it? Bloggers do have a bad reputation right now, don’t they? Such a shame that most people don’t know what we bloggers here are doing, this is something completely different 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  30. I feel just the same about people asking to follow – well, I don’t if I am asked to. And I do not answer either. I agree that bloggers have a bad reputation nowadays. In Sweden there are too many people blogging about fashion and make-up and such. I think they are sponsored or want to get sponsored, and too many people do not like this “making money out of it”. I put in two affiliated companies, but I am not sponsored and that is not my goal.
    I agree with Johanna – all the fake/fraud things make me sick too. We are here to learn from each other and widen our world – to have fun with friends and like minded.

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    • Yes, there are so many beauty and fashion blogs here too. Too many, as you said. A while ago, there was a TV commercial for a clothing brand saying “you are the super model of your own life”. I like the idea, as in you are the star of your life and you can make your life into what you want, be proud of yourself, etc. But I think a lot of girls take that kind of thought quite literally over here! 😀 They pose on their blogs or Instagram like they are trying to be models and it seems a bit sad somehow. I mean, if that’s what’s important to you and you found a way to fulfill your dream of posing in photos, then great, good for you! But the impression many of those girls leave is that they desperately want to become insta-famous. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the impression. And then there’s us, a totally different type of blogger group, and non-bloggers think we are trying to be like that too…

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  31. I couldn’t agree more! I’m currently on a longer trip than usual and have met so many ‘travel bloggers’ and ‘travel Instagrammers’ that are blogging only for kickbacks and freebies on day trips/hostels etc. It’s really made me question the authenticity of some posts and taught me I’ve been naive in thinking that just because a travel blogger posts about a destination, they’ve actually been there!

    It’s helped me make the decision to only keep my blog as a hobby blog so that I can keep my writing real – I really enjoy reading my comments (and replying!) and feel like I have a proper little community on here now 🙂 Happy blogging!

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    • Thanks Rachel, happy blogging to you too! 🙂 I love having a blogging community, that’s the best way to blog!
      Oh my, some travel bloggers haven’t even been to some of the destinations they blog about??? Yikes!
      I started out as a travel blog (because I’ve actually worked in the travel industry 2001-2014!) and then I started considering myself as a travel photo blog. Now, I’m thinking of reinventing myself as a photo blogger, just because there are too many “travel blogs” and it all seems just too embarrassing for me to handle!
      Enjoy your trip!!

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      • I can’t help thinking that’s the right way to go! As much as I love writing, most people seem to prefer my pictures posts more! I guess with Instagram etc. We’re just gradually moving towards telling our stories solely with images one day… good luck!

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  32. Great post. I agree about responding to comments. I always try to, at least by liking a comment if a response isn’t required. I don’t strive for a sponsored site, for me, I just want a venue to share some photography and travel stories. I do check out a site if I get a new follower. I have actually started to remove some followers if their sites are purely commercial or trying to sell blogging/web service. And the two recent follows by blogs about finding women (in skimpy outfits) in South America were trashed as soon as I saw them. 🙂 I am amazed at how many travel blogs, often with not an impressive amount of followers, say that part or all of their trip was sponsored. There are so many travel bloggers around, I can’t believe that most of them generate serious business for the hotels and restaurants that foot the bill. Happy weekend, almost.

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    • Thanks, Marie, happy weekend to you, too! I find it hard to believe how many travel bloggers get things for free without a large following OR writing/photography skills. No offense. Often these bloggers seem very, very young too, without much travel experience. Maybe many businesses aren’t that up to date or are just lazy to check out the details and for them a free meal or off-season lodging is a small cost? Who knows. Make you wonder though, how many reviews are legitimate. No that that would come as a surprise to anyone! 🙂

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  33. I’m happy to know that there are so many bloggers who share your sentiment. I do, too. I don’t follow many blogs but those that I do, I try my best to get to know. And up to now, I’m happy to say that I only click ‘like’ when I actually liked what I read. Mine started out as a journal, like what you said, an online journal of our family’s trips abroad (mainly for myself bec I started to forget things) 🙂 I didn’t have FB then and my relatives wanted to know about our little adventures and see our pictures, so I started sharing with them. It’s still a journal up to now but now I have made some friends who share the same passion – travels, road trips, adventures, family, a bit of writing and capturing lots of memories. Cheers! 🙂
    – Amor

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  34. I totally agree! I started my blog as a fun way to share my adventures with friends and family while studying abroad and also as a journal of sorts to look back on memories from trips past. I don’t believe it should be a follow for a follow. And like you, I always enjoy reading the comments from my readers! Love your Hawaii photos by the way, I can’t wait to visit there again!

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    • Thanks, Hawaii was so dreamy, I’d love to go again too!
      I appreciate comments so much more than follows – though follows often lead to comments and I am of course very grateful for them too!
      I wish I’d started a blog when I had my travel peak, but better late than never! 🙂

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  35. I can totally relate to your post. I started a blog cuz I love to write. I have been writing since forever but have been reluctant to share. Until now. I have very few follower but like you said I like the fact that it’s growing organically.
    One of my first posts was about my brother passing away. And the first comment I got on the was someone promoting there blog. I was quite shocked at how in sensitive that was, it blew me away! That’s the only time it occurred but I would defiantly spam any who linked there blog in my comment just to get a hit and it didn’t at least relate to what I wrote. Great blog!

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    • Oh that is very insensitive! I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what you felt after writing such a personal post. It’s obvious those people don’t even read the posts, they are spammers indeed.
      Keep on writing for yourself if you love writing, and keep on interacting, and you’ll eventually grow a following. Like someone else said here in these comments, quality content will eventually pay off. Have you tried The Daily Post’s prompts yet? They are sometimes good ways to get to know other bloggers and to get feedback.
      …I’m quite shocked by your story! Gosh.
      Good luck with your blog and thanks so much for joining the conversation!

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  36. Interesting topic that’s obviously struck a chord. I think one of the nice things about blogging is that anyone can do pretty much anything they want. I like that, even if it might be something I’m not much interested in.
    A person doesn’t have to look at anyone’s blog, much less follow it, if they don’t want to. I haven’t had any follow ‘swap’ requests, but if I did I’d take a look at the blog, but only follow if I was interested. Otherwise that approach feels like a pyramid scheme to me.
    I just added a shop to my blog (not a shameless plug) but I have a very low key attitude towards is. If someone wants to take a look, fine. If not, that’s fine too. I can’t imagine going the pop-up, all singing, all dancing approach. I just click out of such sites, in the same way that I do if I see the word ‘Kardashian.’
    I’m glad you enjoyed your Hawaii visit. It’s cold here right now, expected to drop into the mid-60s tonight. Brrr.

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    • Oh I’m not against all internet sales at all 😀 I had a look at your shop and love the pictures! The first one with the lizard licking the flower is a winner – so colorful and fun! A lot of bloggers seem to sell their photos or art on etsy and other places, and this is totally cool. I love how blogging can inspire us to do such things and to gain self-confidence and improve our art.
      I loved Hawaii 🙂 Having spent my childhood in Australia, I felt right at home in Hawaii – from a visitor’s perspective they both seemed to have a lot of similarities – good ones.
      60 F sounds cold for Hawaii, I was under the impression the weather’s pretty stable over there? Over here, it’s white with snow and just a bit under zero celcius (32 F). I’m so tired of winter but luckily I have my blog where I can keep on dreaming… 🙂
      Thanks for commenting, Graham! I recently started following you and I’ve greatly enjoyed your blog!

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  37. ive had a comment or two like that before. Generally when I see a new person commenting on my blog, I check out theirs (should they have one). If it’s related to my interests, usually travel, well I may well follow them. But to ask is well, i dunno. I had one guy who kept asking me to read his blog. so i did for a while. it didnt relate to me or the topics i write about much at all. so i stopped following because, well, i follow heaps of blogs. I must admit, unless i see a topic that piques my interest, i generally dont follow. as I already have more than enough that I do follow that I can genuinely keep track of! the posts mount up (rather like the comments on my blog) and then I try to deal with them all in one BIG go. such is life.
    Anyways. at the end of the day your time is valuable and your blog takes time and effort and concentration, and realistically you can only follow a certain number of blogs. is it rude? Maybe. Presumptive? DEFINITELY. anyhoo. keep doing the amazing stuff you do!

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    • Thanks Andy! 🙂 I have to admit I’ve unfollowed some blogs too. They were ones I started following in the very beginning of my blogging days and they still didn’t ring a bell. When I checked them, no posts had been published in ages, like 6 months or so. Maybe they died? Maybe they stopped caring about the blog? Now that I follow a manageable amount of blogs, I’m trying to keep it that way and only follow really special ones 🙂 Not enough time for everything. I get it!

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  39. I am not a fan of “follow me” trend and I abhor the follow/unfollow trend of IG. Even if I liked their work at
    that point I typically unfollow back because I feel like they were just trying to take advantage of me. I don’t always comment, but if I check “like” on a post, it’s because I actually read it and liked it. I have had times where somebody like multiple posts of mine in such a rapid succession that I’m pretty confident they didn’t read them because they weren’t photo-only posts.
    My blog is set that the first time somebody comments on my blog, I must approve their message. I’m typically able to weed out “spammy” things that way. If somebody comments or follows me, I will check out their blog, but I feel under no obligation to follow them.
    I love the photos that you share. It’s fun to see places that I’ve never been (I had no idea that some travel bloggers talk about places that they haven’t visited. That’s very uncool.)

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    • Thanks, Amy, for your comment and for reading, of course!
      I’ve had those “multiple likers” too… and sometimes I get my first like to a post just seconds after it’s been published. If it’s a long one like this one, I doubt they had time to read it all before liking! A lot of these sites don’t exist or are private when I click back to see who it came from. Who knows what their motives are if not gaining likes for their own site!? Anyway, I’m happy that I have found real people too, who read and interact!
      I approve all comments before publishing – it’s also a good way to make sure I don’t miss any! Sometimes I have to leave while reading a comment (babies) and I might later forget it or not find it if I’d already approved it! 🙂

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  40. Thank you for raising this issue! I find myself a little bewildered by the whole thing, too… One of the greatest things about blogging is that it allows interaction through comments/conversations.

    I suppose all you can do is continue writing for your passion and continue to spark and enjoy interactions with other bloggers.

    Thank you for sharing =)

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  41. I’m with you! I don’t understand why people have blogs, then don’t answer comments. I’ve also had those ‘follow me’ requests which I ignore. It still amazes me how many people don’t know what a blog is. 😃 Yours is a breath of fresh air .. Wonderful images my friend ..

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    • Thanks so much Julie! I need to bring my blog back to zen mode after this post and the snow rant, hahah 😀 But yes, I honestly think that answering comments is the best part and you are seriously missing out if you don’t care to answer… and what is the point?! Oh well.

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  42. I’ve been blogging for about four years now and I never ask people to follow me back. I don’t even ask friends or family to follow my blog. I don’t write with any kind of a theme in mind and have probably made every mistake in the book but I do think the weekly exercise (I’m not a daily blogger) has improved my writing overall and I’ve “met” some super nifty people!

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  43. Thank you for the etiquette tips. I am new to blogging and trying to figure things out. I think asking someone to follow is rude, but you see this a lot on Instagram and YouTube, so maybe it stems from that? I think the sponsored bloggers are too busy doing other things like Instagram, YouTube and going on sponsored holidays than responding to comments.

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    • You’re probably right about them being too busy reaping the benefits – which just goes to show where their heart is and where it isn’t. Knowing that, I still don’t get why someone would engage with these bloggers in the first place! Oh well, some things I will never understand 🙂
      Thanks for commenting and good luck with your blog!

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  44. This has puzzled me as well. My blog is only just over 2 months old. It may seem rude, but I just don’t find certain blogs interesting. I’m not a fashion blogger or commerce. I’m a writer and I dabble with images. This whole blogging thing confuses me yet I am intrigued. Those Hawaii captures are lovely!

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  45. I’ve think blogs as well as other social media sites (e.g. Instagram) should be all about engagement and quality of content. Unfortunately, many who know how to game the system are currently rewarded for creating endless reams of crap. But in the end, I think it will all work itself out, so continue doing exactly what you are doing until the noise fades away.

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  46. Beautiful photos! Hawaii is probably my favorite place in the world! A very interesting article. I started my blog years ago after my family wanted to see what I was doing with my travels. That is pretty much how it stayed for several years with just my family reading my blog and commenting and me not telling anyone else about the blog. It’s only recently that I’ve started to get caught up in the community we have here and started to expand my horizons off my own blog! Advertising all seems a bit silly really. It’s nice just seeing and hearing about other peoples adventures and ideas and hopes and getting caught up in another world for a moment or 2…!

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    • Thanks for your comment! Many people commented that they started their blog like you did. I like that idea of just going with the flow, what feels right at the moment. And I also like hearing about other people’s adventures – if I were only interested in mine, I’d get bored pretty quickly! I follow lots of photoblogs – I started out as a travel blog and have come to realize that I love looking at pictures from all over the world – not in the travel sense but random pictures bloggers post from their daily lives. 🙂

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