Why I'm Proud To Be A Small Blogger

Hello!! This is a post I’m a little scared to write if I’m honest, but it’s also a post full of things that I have just got to get off of my chest. 
I. Am. Proud. To. Be. A. Small. Blogger. 
All too often in the blogosphere, smaller bloggers are regarded pretty harshly! Some people have been in the game for such a long time, and sometimes smaller, newer bloggers make mistakes. The bigger, older bloggers (excuse the adjectives) tend to quickly jump on the mistakes of the newer ones and turn it into a ‘drama’. This is in no way saying that they all do, because they don’t. Some of the bloggers with larger followings are the loveliest people you could ever hope to meet, but there is also a few cliques of bloggers with a pretty large audience who can be preeeeetty nasty.
For example, I’m new. I’ve had this blog for less than a year. When I started, I didn’t know what a follow link was. I thought using bots was the only way to grow an Instagram following. And I sure as hell didn’t know how to create a ‘media kit’. To be a blogger, I thought you simply needed passion and a computer. Ultimately, you do, that’s what blogging is. But I joined a community that already had a list of rules, rules I had to learn the hard way. 
Don’t send autodms on twitter, you’ll be ridiculed! Found this out the hard way. 
Don’t include do follow links in a post! Found this out the hard way. 
And don’t you dare challenge someone with a large following, their ‘friends’ and ‘fans’ will attack you! Found this out the hard way. 
I did not join this community to follow rules. And I sure as hell did not join this community to be ridiculed, humiliated and made to feel small by people who feel they can because they’ve got a 10,000+ following online. 
All too often, smaller bloggers are referred to as ‘micro influencers’. But, all too often, I trust the opinions on products of my friends who are smaller bloggers over those who ‘call out’ others and are mean to them online, wouldn’t you? 
I’m proud to be a smaller blogger because I don’t have ‘fans’ or even ‘followers’, I have friends and that’s something I wouldn’t give up for anything in the world. So, I’m sorry if my newness and the size of my audience makes you think that you can alienate me for my mistakes, but it does not. And I won’t be taking it anymore. 
Thanks for reading!
Again, I just wanted to say that I in no way whatsoever am applying this to all bloggers with a large following. I love and adore so many bloggers with larger followings, but, unfortunately, a few have really upset me recently and this is who this post is aimed at. I will not name and shame, because that would make me just as bad as them, but I wanted to speak up so that other smaller bloggers do not think they have to just accept the nastiness just because that person has a larger following. Being mean is never okay. Spread kindness around like confetti, always. 

8 thoughts on “Why I'm Proud To Be A Small Blogger

  1. Fantastic post, Hayley! You’re absolutely right, there are definitely a lot of unwritten rules about blogging that people new to the blogging world just won’t be aware of! It’s not as if a guidebook to the dos and don’ts of running a blog simply appears on your doorstep with a *poof* when you set up a WordPress account! It’s definitely wrong to ridicule and shame people who simply don’t know what they’re doing yet, and I’m so sorry that you’ve experienced this! A little courtesy goes a long way, and that goes for big bloggers and small bloggers alike!
    Abbey 😘

  2. Thhhhiiisssss!!!! Omg we totally get what you mean, from being a small blogger compared to others and all these rules – we just want to do what we’re doing and share our experiences but now there seems to be a certain way people have to do things and certain foods or things are so “blogger” like let things be! Thank you for sharing this!!
    Jessica & James |

  3. I’m proud of being a small blogger too, Hayley. I do think that some people overreact about things like auto DMs. I’ve never unfollowed any one for it. At one stage I thought buying followers was Instagram rules! Friends over fans, I agree.

  4. Wow! I’m sorry some people out in the blogging community have been mean to you. That sounds really horrible. Blogging for me is honestly a learning process, I blog and learn from it, I learn things and blog. Nobody should be ridiculed for making mistakes and learning from it. I hope those people never bother you again!

  5. Completely agree with this Hayley, there are so many strange unsaid rules in blogging and as a newbie it is hard to find your feet sometimes. Don’t let others put you off, we all have to start someone and people should be more understanding of that.
    Joelle X

  6. Small bloggers unite! I haven’t seen many (if any) ‘big’ bloggers being mean, but I think some of the bloggers who are mean forget that they had to start somewhere too. Almost everyone had to start with no readers and bravely putting their posts out into the world!

  7. I agree, I haven’t experienced hate or ridicule yet but I have seen it on Twitter towards some of my friends and it makes me so sad and angry. Keep doing you girl! Lots of love from a fellow small blogger!

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