You should not be surprised to learn that bloggers do get themselves into trouble; whether it be intentionally or unintentionally.
Sometimes, you can feel as though you are walking on eggshells and that you have to be very careful of what you do and say online.
And, if you are the type of person who is a natural-born troublemaker, you may not give a damn about getting yourself into trouble (Your main intention might be to spread mayhem in the blogosphere).
One thing that is quite evident is that both well-intentioned bloggers and bad-minded bloggers do get themselves into trouble.
So, without further ado, it is time to highlight some of the things that can land a blogger into trouble.
1.) Publishing Controversial Topics On Their Blog
As far as I know, we have the freedom to publish whatever it is that we want on our blog (That is provided that it does not violate WordPress.com’s Terms of Service).
Controversial blog posts are usually those that deal with:
If you publish blog posts about those things, there is a high probability that someone will want to eat your head off via your blog’s commenting section.
Most people who publish controversial topics on their blogs are known to moderate their comments in a strict manner (And, they are within their rights to do so).
After all, no one should disrespect you via your blog’s commenting section.
By the way, the WordPress.com Team, took the liberty of putting together an article called, How to Manage Comment Moderation on WordPress Blogs With 5 Easy Tips (It is worth reading).
For the record, I am in no way discouraging you from publishing controversial topics on your blog; I merely bringing to your attention that some people will take them in a negative light and would want to be disrespectful to you via your blog’s commenting section.
2.) Publishing Other People’s Blog Posts On Their Blog Without The Consent Of The Original Author
Unfortunately, there are some bloggers who publish other people’s blog posts on their blogs without the consent of the original author.
Dear friend, you should never make the mistake of cutting a blog post from someone else’s blog and pasting it into your blog’s editor and publishing it (Especially if you did not get permission from the author to republish their blog post).
Because that is content theft.
People who steal other people’s content usually end up being entangled in a lawsuit.
3.) Going On A Hiatus Without Informing Their Viewing Audience
Going on a hiatus without informing your viewing audience is not going to land you in any legal trouble. However, the consequences of doing that can lead to people unsubscribing from your blog.
A lot of WordPress bloggers are known to unfollow blogs that they believe to be abandoned; for example, if they noticed that the blogger has not posted anything within the timeframe of six months, they will unfollow them.
The last thing that I want for any blogger is for people to wrongfully think that they abandoned their blog.
So, it would not hurt to let your readers know that you will be taking some time off from blogging and that you will resume blogging on a certain day.
4.) Not Responding To The Comments That Were Made In Their Blog’s Commenting Section
While there are no legal ramifications involved in not wanting to respond to comments on your blog, you run the risk of getting fewer or no comments when you blatantly ignore the comments in your blog’s commenting section.
If you have no intention of responding to comments, you might be better off disabling the comments on your blog.
The commenting section of one’s blog is the perfect medium for interacting with your readers and vice versa; for example:
- Readers can discuss what they have read.
- You can reply to the reader’s comment.
- You can clear up any misunderstanding that the reader may have.
- Commenters can interact with other commenters.
A lot of wonderful things do take place in the commenting section of blogs (And when you fail to respond to comments, you miss out on all of those wonderful things).
5.) Not Taking Good Care Of Themselves
It should not come as a surprise that you are going to land yourself in a lot of trouble if you do not take good care of yourself.
Always remember, that your blog cannot exist without you (You are the one who is constantly adding content to it).
Therefore, taking good care of yourself would involve:
- Eating a balanced meal.
- Doing physical and mental exercises on a regular basis.
- Engaging yourself in prayer and meditation.
Are you taking good care of yourself?
For your sake (and for the sake of your blog’s existence), I truly hope that “Yes,” was your answer.
If you are not taking good care of yourself, I suggest that you start taking good care of yourself at this very moment.
6.) Using Their Blog As A Means To Scam People
Unfortunately, there are people who scam others by pretending to be legitimate business owners; one example of this is a person who sets up a fake SEO business online.
A few years ago, a blogger fooled some people into believing that she could improve their blog’s SEO.
The person took their money without providing any sort of SEO services and fled the scene.
If you are a scammer, I would like to say to you, “Shame on you!”
If you are not a scammer, I would like to say to you, “Beware of scammers on the internet. They are always looking for innovative ways to scam people out of their money.”
Scammers will eventually get what they deserve; which is jail time.
7.) Slacking Off
Unfortunately, there are some bloggers who are slacking off (They keep putting off the content creation process).
It should not come as a shock to you, that some bloggers are good at procrastination. Instead of writing a blog post now, they put it off for later and when that time arrives, they procrastinate even further.
When those bloggers do those sorts of things, it becomes an engraved habit ― a bad habit that is difficult for them to break.
For those of you who procrastinate a lot, I suggest that you read Blaz Kos’s article, 11 Proven Tips To Stop Procrastinating Once And For All (Hopefully, it should help you to start blogging right away).
If bloggers keep procrastinating, they will never get any blogging done.
So, stop slacking off!
As you have learned, bloggers can get themselves into trouble by:
- Publishing controversial topics on their blog.
- Publishing other people’s blog posts on their blog without the consent of the original author.
- Going on a hiatus without informing their viewing audience.
- Not responding to the comments that were made in their blog’s commenting section.
- Not taking good care of themselves.
- Using their blog as a means to scam people.
- Slacking off.
Hopefully, these pointers will help to keep bloggers out of trouble.
Thank you for reading!