6 Things That Frustrate Personal Bloggers

Personal bloggers are known to become frustrated by some of the things that transpire in the blogosphere (I am not at all surprised by that fact, because they are human beings like the rest of us).

Have I ever been frustrated by some of the things that have taken place in the blogosphere?

Yes, I have (But in my case, the frustration was mild).

So, without further ado, I am going to pinpoint some of the things that frustrate personal bloggers.

1.) Being Told That We Must Publish Long-Form Content

In spite of the many definitions of long-form content circulating on the internet, I like to refer to it as an article that is 1,200 words and over (Ironically, I am a fan of long-form content and I am great at putting it together).

As a matter of fact, a lot of professional bloggers tend to aim for the word count of 2000 words and over.

Why do a lot of professional bloggers do that sort of thing?

They create long-form content because longer blog posts tend to rank higher on Google (Long-form content does wonders in the area of SEO).

While that sort of thing may work out well for the professional bloggers, it frustrates a large percentage of personal bloggers.

To be straightforward, most personal bloggers do not care about creating long-form content or ranking high on Google’s Search Engine Results Pages; they care about having fun (And, they have every right to have fun with those blogs of theirs).

By the way, I adhere to the belief that if you can put your point across clearly with 750 words, there is no need for you to go overboard by stretching your article to 2000 words.

Besides, personal bloggers are not obligated to create long-form content.

The person who said that all bloggers should publish long-form content deserves a good spanking!

2.) Being Told That We Must Only Publish Blog Posts That People Will Want To Read

One of the biggest insults to personal bloggers is being told that they should only publish blog posts that people will want to read.

Hey, there is a reason why it is referred to as “A personal blog,” in the first place.

Personal bloggers publish blog posts that pertain to:

  • Their personal beliefs.
  • Their own life experiences.
  • Their favourite places.
  • Their unique taste in food.
  • Their favourite genres of music.
  • Their favourite software.
  • Their own style of literature; whether it be long reads, medium-sized articles or poetry.

I would also like to point out, that all people are not interested in the same things; their interests in topics will, of course, vary.

So, realistically speaking, if you were to publish a blog post that was based on cats, there would be someone (or some people) who would be interested in reading all about cats.

There is no need for you or I to force ourselves to base our blog posts on the most popular niches on the world wide web.

As personal bloggers, we should be free to publish blog posts based on what we truly love and desire.

3.) Being Told That We Should Not Use WordPress.com For Blogging Purposes

Another thing that we personal bloggers find insulting is being told not to use WordPress.com for blogging purposes.

I will admit, that one is granted limitless freedom to customize their blog to their heart’s content on WordPress.org (The self-hosted version of WordPress).

Also, I would not doubt the fact, that WordPress.org is most ideal for business-related blogs.

By the way, personal bloggers are free to utilize WordPress.org for blogging purposes.

However, a person who is interested in venturing into the area of personal blogging should not be discouraged from setting up a blog on WordPress.com.

Some people wrongfully believe that WordPress.com becomes the sole owner of our content whenever we publish blog posts on their platform; I can assure you that this is not the case; according to Bev Feldman’s article, Who Owns What? Exploring Copyright Options for Blogs, we own our own material.

Also, anyone who blogs on WordPress.com should be aware of the fact, that their blog can be terminated if they violate WordPress.com’s Terms of Service (I strongly advise that all bloggers read through it on a regular basis since minor changes are made to it as time passes).

By the way, bloggers over on WordPress.org can also lose sight of their blog if:

  • They do not pay the fees that they agreed upon to their hosting provider.
  • They violate copyright laws.
  • They use their blog to conduct fraudulent activities.

Now, in spite of WordPress.org being the gold standard where blogging is concerned, it is quite okay for personal bloggers to house their blogs on WordPress.com.

4.) Struggling With Writer’s Block

Unfortunately, a lot of bloggers still complain about encountering writer’s block (Their inability to come up with fresh content for their blogs on a regular basis frustrates them).

Dear friend, if you lack faith in your ability to create a blog post from scratch, you run the risk of hindering your creativity.

My blog post, 10 Ways To Come Up With Topics For Your Blog, will teach you how easy it is to create content for your blog.

Writer’s block has caused lots of personal bloggers to neglect their blogs (Do not become one of its victims).

You have the power within you to make writer’s block a thing of the past!

5.) Encountering Unwanted Upgrades

Both WordPress.org and WordPress.com are upgraded on a regular basis.

One of the upgrades that countless people complained about was the Block Editor (My blog post, The Block Editor Is Getting Lots Of Hate, went into full details about that particular unwanted upgrade).

On a positive note, I learned how to use the Block Editor before it was officially rolled out to all of the WordPress.com users (I was one of the many beta testers).

Those bloggers who love simplicity upgraded their WordPress.com accounts to either the Business plan or eCommerce plan; it allowed them to enable the Classic Editor plugin.

Whereas, those bloggers on WordPress.org had the option of easily switching to the Classic Editor if they did not like the Block Editor.

The folks over at WordPress.org said that the Classic Editor plugin will be fully supported and maintained until 2022, or for as long as necessary (For your sake, I hope that they stick to their agreement).

Meanwhile, those bloggers on WordPress.com (the ones who are on the free plan) can reluctantly utilize the Classic Block functionality if they want something that is similar to the Classic Editor.

There were also a handful of bloggers that made their way back to Blogger (the free blogging platform that is provided by Google); those bloggers believed that WordPress.com did not have their best interests at heart.

6.) Dealing With Glitches

Almost everyone on WordPress.com encountered glitches of some kind (This usually transpires when the Happiness Engineers are doing upgrades).

Some bloggers have experienced the following glitches on WordPress.com:

  • Being unable to press the Like button on the blogs of their fellow bloggers.
  • Being unable to leave comments of their own in the comments section of their fellow bloggers.
  • Being unable to see the Reblog button on their own blog and on the blogs of their fellow bloggers.
  • Not receiving notifications whenever someone presses the Like button under their blog posts.
  • Not receiving notifications when someone leaves a comment in their blog’s comments section.
  • Losing the draft-copies of their blog posts while they are being composed in the WordPress Editor.
  • Not being able to log in to their WordPress account when upgrades are being conducted.

The good news is that glitches do not last forever on WordPress.com; they are rectified in a timely manner by the Happiness Engineers.

Wrapping Up

If you are someone who has intentions of starting a personal blog of their own on WordPress.com, you will need to know some of the frustrations that we face here.

Why?

Because it would give you an idea as to what you can expect; it will prevent you from saying, “Nobody ever told me that I would face these types of frustrations as a personal blogger.”

So, to recap:

  • Personal bloggers dislike it a lot when they are told that they must publish long-form-content on their blogs.
  • Personal bloggers are not fond of being told that they must only publish blog posts that people will want to read.
  • Personal bloggers hate being told that they should not use WordPress.com for blogging purposes.
  • Personal bloggers dislike it when they are plagued by writer’s block.
  • Personal bloggers are not fond of encountering unwanted upgrades.
  • Personal bloggers hate it when they have to deal with glitches.

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Thanks a million for reading!

103 thoughts on “6 Things That Frustrate Personal Bloggers

  1. Interesting post! I am one of those personal bloggers that gets insulted when people say to write what the reader wants. If you see my first few posts (the Accepting Grief Series) I basically just wrote to different elements based on my feelings~ that is definitely not something that ranks on Google! Lol
    As for the upgrades and such, I’ve never actually noticed them 🙈 but I’m as blind as a bat when it comes to these things!

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  2. Shared via Twitter. 👍🙂

    Of all things that have done me as you know, is the block editor. I wouldn’t have left if it wasn’t for that.
    But I am not completely gone. I follow blogs here still and so come back for that, to comment. My blog isn’t going anywhere either and maybe, on very rare occasions, it may still be needed.
    It’s still being read anyway, looking at the stats and I am seeing some older posts showing up.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Liz.

      Yes, I remembered your encounter with the Block Editor (It caused you to blog over on Blogger).

      Also, it is wonderful of you to visit blogs on WordPress and comment on them.

      Older posts showing up in the stats of your old WordPress blog means that people have an interest in them.

      Do enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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      1. You’re welcome.

        WordPress is a lovely community as we know. So I will always come for that. But I have been surprised of some of these posts showing in my stats, as quite old. But yes, it certainly shows there is an interest in them.

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  3. I am a personal blogger of 2020 and l value the information/views that you have provided. I am more aware now that l have the freedom to be what suits and the flexibilty. it releases the pressure/expectation particularly if you are doing this because you enjoy what you do. Personally for me l do this to share my experience and, if the opportunity arrises, that l can make an income from this, great. If not, great as well thanks for the info.

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  4. I agree with the long-form public. Not every post needs to be a long post. All you have to do is read Seth Godin’s blogs and you’ll see how short but impactful they are! There are many things that can cause frustration but I hope it d doesn’t people from trying to get started with a blog today.

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    1. 🙂 Seth Godin has managed to do well with short blog posts over the years.

      Personal bloggers possess the freedom to do almost whatever they want in the area of content creation. So, many of them will ignore the idea of forcing themselves to create long-form content for their blog.

      I highly doubt that the avoidance of long-form content will prevent people from stating personal blogs of their own.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Lisa.

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  5. I appreciate the comment that we don’t have to worry about writing only things we think people will read. While I admit I would love to have a lot of followers, the main reason I blog is to express myself. The few faithful followers I have do enjoy my writing – but I really am writing for me.

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    1. 🙂 You are on the right track. Personal bloggers are known for expressing themselves via their blogs.

      And, if you happen to have a few followers that enjoy your writing, all is well with you and your blog.

      Thank you for your participation!

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  6. Well said Renard. I have done almost 300 blogs and have learned a thing or two along the way…though there’s still a bunch to take in….learning never stops…My personal beef is the length….oh it has to be 2k and must be written this way….get lost. I can’t read 2k I don’t have time and I’m sure others are the same. I write with the intended audience in mind but to my own style. Thanks for sharing. May have to reference back at some point. Keep writing.

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  7. I do all my publishing ‘n editing thru the wp-admin Dashboards (have two blogs), for both posts ‘n pages, and am offered a choice of Block or Classic for new stuff ‘n also a choice of Classic Editor for editing…only from wp-admin Dashboard tho.

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  8. — If I encounter a very long post, I’ll likely click away. I’ve no patience for long reads.
    — Numbers two through four I disregard, period.
    — Number five, no issues as I now have the Business plan. It’s ridiculous but it’s also better…
    — Number, those issues come and go by themselves.

    Good points, Renard!

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  9. I think everybody has a freedom to post whatever they want, in a form they want. It’s all expression of ones self, right? Most people blog because they love to write, so let it be. 🙂
    Great points, keep blogging the way you feel to!

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  10. Updates and glitches do make life difficult for a blogger. Now I am facing an issue on my blog that there is no reblog button visible to some bloggers.

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  11. Insightful as always. I relate to so much of it. Long-form content is for the most part, not for me. My reviews have certainly gotten longer over time, but I still prefer under 200 words at the least. It’s only the major franchises that I feel require greater attention. Which leads to your second point about personal content. I’ll consider making room for a movie that someone suggests, but I prefer sticking to my own predetermined schedule for the most part. Thanks again for the relatable post.

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  12. Thank you Renard for yet another helpful post.

    # 1. My average word count is 220 and for unknown reasons to me My posts are found in Google search.

    #2. I don’t understand that why one must publish only the blog posts that people want to read!
    Who decides what people want to read?
    Can any body come out with a single answer?
    As you rightly said it’s insulting !
    One posts article based on one’s taste.

    #3. I don’t know who said that we should not use Worldpress com! And crazy thoughts!

    #4. Writers block- whole heartedly agree that majority of the bloggers undergo this ….because at one stage we find nothing else to talk because most of the topics are discussed and disected.

    # 5. software upgrade is part of any company’s aim to grow audience at the same time easing the life.
    Bloggers must accept this truth. Of course they are free to leave if they wish.

    #6. Dealing with glitches- ooh! Is not our life full of glitches, Why complain!

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  13. This is great…my biggest frustration is in how to write a proper title that draws traffic. I dont want my titles to be that boring’7 ways to stay happy this dec’😅

    I want to make mine as poetic as possible.maybe its a personal frustration

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  14. Excellent post, Renard! As you know, I prefer to write poetry with the exception being articles I write for you. I used to write articles for others, but to be honest, I got burned out. Writing poetry is relaxing and fun for me and I don’t get tired of it. I read poetry as much as I write it and enjoy the camaraderie I have with other poets.

    Long-form posts without images, bullet points, listicles, quotes, or divisions are not of interest to me mainly because I don’t have the patience to read them. I don’t read books for the same reason.

    I enjoy your posts because they are well-written and well-structured, and filled with helpful information.

    I believe most platforms have glitches so we deal with them and move on. I had issues today with the – customize/edit/stats buttons not working so I cleared the history on my browser and viola! Cheers!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Eugenia.

      You might as well indulge yourself in poetry since it is fun and relaxing for you.

      And, I feel somewhat honoured to have you as a guest author.

      When it comes to writing long-form content, it needs to be formatted well.

      Also, clearing the cache on one’s web browser helps in the area of regaining control of things on one’s webpage.

      Do enjoy the rest of your day!

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  15. The thing that frustrates me as a personal blogger is the lack of views for my poetry…
    But like you say as long as I keep rolling out my content that my base enjoys then who cares. Thanks for the informative blog!

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  16. Excellent post. With people’s attention span getting shorter and I am on elf them, a 2000 worshippers blog is really not for everyone. Even for professional bloggers. For the writers block, thanks for the link! I am going through that. I do not know what to write and I only aim at one blog per week.

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  17. Thank you, Renard! I can identify with a lot of what you have said in this post. Especially, with the first two points.
    The important thing is of course, to write for the fun and joy of it and I feel everything else should come second, at least on a personal blog.

    Thanks again!

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  18. Thanks Renard for this post! Personal blogging is never easy, especially if you’re like me and always have high expectations for myself. But you’re right, about letting my personal blog be my own personal blog! I choose what I want to write and no matter the length, it is what makes my blog unique. Thanks for the perspectives you’ve presented so eloquently!!👍🏻

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  19. I appreciate your sharing and your insight. I especially like the points around writing what you want to write on your blog. There are a variety of interests in this world. Sometimes blogging what you feel is the most powerful and compelling. And, I have to say glitches and upgrades can be frustrating😊.

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  20. Hi, hoping you are well. I wanted to let you know that WordPress has blocked my liking function and I am forever blocked from liking any posts. It is very sad and they give me no reason except that I am a spam bot and not a human being. I will appreciate your work by commenting from time to time. Much love and best wishes. ❤🙏

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      1. Welcome, I love your posts.

        Yes I tried, it won’t ever work now. But I keep going and I won’t be defeated.. Take care. 🙏

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  21. All of these points are correct! As a personal blogger, perhaps it’s the writer’s block that hits me hardest. I was never bothered with the long-form writing thing. Like you said, as long as the point gets across, it’s fine. Thanks for sharing this!

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  22. The first piece of advice I was given when I started blogging was “do it for yourself, not for others”. For personal bloggers I think this is really useful advice. We are not selling a product so we control the creative process. I have very modest readership levels, but it’s more than I thought I’d get so I’m happy.

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    1. 🙂 As an administrator for your blog, you are entitled to create blog posts at any length that you desire.

      In regards to comments, there are some bloggers who prefer not to enable the commenting feature on their blogs.

      Thank you for your participation, Robert!

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      1. I tried to leave comments tonight but was unable to do so. I saw that other bloggers had left comments. Maybe the host blogger has closed their comments section before I tried to comment. I don’t even know if my comment section is even open. I had better check to see. I’d love to receive comments on my posts.

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  23. Number 1 and 2!! Starting out as a blogger and Reading other blogger tips to write long form content and make sure it’s what people wanna read is a bit overwhelming! The main reason blogs are a thing is so we all can have our little space on the internet. Love this article!

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