Every lifestyle should read this. Perfectly Samantha is new-ish, but I’ve actually been blogging for nearly ten years. During that time, I’ve seen, and even participated, in some lifestyle blogger don’ts. I thought that they would go away, but they’re sticking around. So, here’s my PSA for all lifestyle bloggers:
1. Don’t forget that you have a life outside blogging.
2. Don’t tweet about politics.
3. Don’t join exclusively self-promotional Facebook groups.
I admit I’ve totally done this. I don’t know why. I guess I figured any likes, comments, and shares were valuable, but they’re not. They’re meaningless because they’re not organic. People are only engaging with your content because they want likes, comments, and shares too. That’s not sincere.I’ve joined Facebook groups that offer advice on different aspects of social media. Those are great, and I recommend them, but follow for follow and like for like threads should be avoided like the plague. And speaking of things that should be avoided like the plague…Top
4. Don’t host giveaways to get followers.
5. Don’t play #hashtag games.
6. Don’t insult people.
This don’t is sort of directed at everyone, but it has to do with your personal brand, so I’m including this on the list. Don’t tweet insults at people, and don’t write negative open letters about people. It’s a waste of time, and you’re only making yourself look bad. People who know you in real life know that you’re usually nice, but if all you ever post online is negative, that’s how you’ll seem. I know it can be difficult to refrain when certain things get said, but just be the bigger person. Sometimes the higher road has the best view.
7. Don’t insult celebrities.
This is related to the last don’t, but it needs its own section. Certain celebrities I follow *cough*Jason Isaacs*cough* are very political on Twitter. Personally, I don’t think they need to be. At this point, they’re preaching to the choir, but whatever. It’s not my Twitter feed. Once in a while, though, someone will insult Jason Isaacs and he’ll retweet the insult with his reply, indirectly inciting his followers to attack this person. Jason Isaacs isn’t Lucius Malfoy, but one thing they do they have in common is how they respond to being insulted. It’s not fun to watch.
If you insult someone with a large following, you run the risk of that following directing their Twitter rage at you. I’m of the opinion that Twitter rage should be avoided at all costs, so just don’t insult anyone. You’re not going to change the person’s mind, and their followers are going to hate you. And isn’t it great to be a lifestyle blogger who realizes that discussing politics is always a mistake?
8. Don’t respond to trolls.
Did you know there’s a study that found online trolls have similar qualities to psychopaths? If you met someone in real life and realized they were a psychopath, you’d avoid them. Do the same thing online. Trolls want a response. Don’t give them one. Just block them and go about your day.
9. Don’t auto DM new followers.
I’m pretty sure you can’t do this anymore due to new Twitter rules, but I’ve noticed some people get around this by just immediately DMing every new follower. Please don’t do this. It’s as annoying as auto-comments on Instagram, which you also shouldn’t do, by the way. People will read your blog, or subscribe to your YouTube channel if they want to. Don’t clutter their messages with promotions, unless it’s specific to a one time thing, like a charitable event.
10. Don’t forget to acknowledge a fellow lifestyle blogger.