For too many bloggers these days, having to deal with blogging cliques is a common occurrence. A lot of the times, we tend to take it personally. We think we’re not good enough or we aren’t a proper blogger. Difficult experiences are a part of life, but it shouldn’t bring you down. Learn how to deal with the unfortunate parts of blogging.
What are blogging cliques?
We all have blogging friends. It’s an essential part of connecting and growing your blog. However, a clique is more than just a group of friends. A clique can become negative, exclude others, and portray a superior air. In bad cases, they can attack other bloggers (verbally) and go on a social smear campaign.
How should I react to blogging cliques?
The key is not to react. If someone is attacking or bullying you, don’t feed into it. These types want a reaction. Learn to rise above and not play into their drama. Most of these times, this is a form of entertainment for these groups. You deserve respect! Be the bigger person.
How do I make sure my blogging group doesn’t turn into a clique?
Do you have a blogging group in your area? Do you have a group of blogging friends you always meet up with at events? If so, you should be aware of how you can be perceived. If you’re at an event, you should always mingle, socialize, and network. Don’t just stay within your group. Although this can be hard, especially those shy types, it’s important to meet others. If you just stay within your group, others may think you are an exclusive or unfriendly group. This goes along with socializing, but be friendly! Give other bloggers your attention and respect.
Don’t play into drama or gossiping. In our culture, we know anything and everything about celebrities. We feel free to pass judgment and gossip for entertainment. We feel that these celebrities aren’t real people, so we use them as subjects of conversation. The same goes with bloggers. “Did you see what she was wearing?” “Did you hear what they did?” “Her hair/outfit/makeup looks horrible!” These are all comments I’ve overheard at blogging conferences and events. Use the golden rule. Would you want someone talking about you that way?
Let’s keep blogging friendly! It’s an amazing way to connect with others that have similar interests. You can make lifelong friends, gain amazing industry experience, and have opportunities you would have never imagined. Everyone deserves a chance. We all work extremely hard on our blogs and pride ourselves on our content. Although there are countless bloggers out there, the blogging community as a whole is pretty small. Word can get around fast about any type of bad behavior or negative experiences. Let’s just say you don’t want to be on that side of things. Just focus on the positive and your potential blog growth and you’ll be just fine!