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.
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.
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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