All About Blogging: Dealing With Blogging Annoyances

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Irked Mon­ster, Ottawa, August 2011

Over­all, I find blog­ging very reward­ing: it’s a chance to develop or pol­ish writ­ing skills, to build a com­mu­nity around a theme and to con­nect with peo­ple all over the world. Praise is nice too—who doesn’t like a pat in the back?—and you will gen­er­ally receive unex­pected pos­i­tive feedback.

Yet, some lit­tle things can irk you. These blog­ging annoy­ances are every­where and you’d bet­ter start to learn how to deal with them to keep your sanity.

Here are four annoy­ances you will prob­a­bly come across.

Spam — 88,155 spam com­ments and count­ing. That’s how much spam I got since I move to Word­Press in 2007. I’m at war against spam: I value com­ments and I hate to see junk mail get­ting through valu­able input. Luck­ily, Akismet blocks 99% of spam com­ments I receive, I just have to go through the spam queue once in a while to make sure no legit com­ment was flagged by mis­take. Pro­tect­ing your blog from spam is impor­tant: when­ever I see spam lost among com­ments, I can’t help think­ing that the blog is aban­doned or that the author doesn’t give a damn about it anymore.

Copy­right issues — Some blog­gers put vaguely threat­en­ing notes indi­cat­ing they own copy­right over their mate­ri­als. Oth­ers put water­marks all over their pic­tures and resize it such a way that you can barely see them—but hey, at least they won’t be stolen, right? Unfor­tu­nately, it doesn’t quite work like that. A lot of peo­ple tend to think that online con­tent (designs, arti­cles, pic­tures) is free and avail­able for use. Most of the time, con­tact­ing the offend­ing web­site to explain that your work is being used with­out per­mis­sion and that you want to have it remove ASAP is enough. If this doesn’t work, you can con­tact the plat­form on which your work appears (Blog­ger, Word­Press, Flickr etc.). Tip: to find if some of your pic­tures have been stolen, you can use Tin­Eye, a reverse image search.

Silly and out­ra­geous requests — I encour­age peo­ple to con­tact me if they have any ques­tion and I reg­u­larly receive emails regard­ing to life in Canada, immi­gra­tion, travel or pho­tog­ra­phy. But I also get what I call the “WTF Ques­tions”. Like this guy who wanted me to email him my old filled in immi­gra­tion forms so that he could just copy them. I mean, of course Mr. I-have-no-idea-who-you-are, you’re wel­come to have a look at all my per­sonal infor­ma­tion, includ­ing my bank­ing infor­ma­tion, social insur­ance num­ber and the copies of all my IDs! And then there are always enter­tain­ing requests. For instance, this is the story of a food blog­ger who was invited to a culi­nary trade show in Italy. The catch? She had to develop a recipe, pro­mote the event and pay for her own air­fare from the U.S to Italy! A lot of com­pa­nies or mar­ket­ing firms con­tact blog­gers with pretty out­ra­geous requests and use the “good pub­lic­ity” angle. The best way to deal with these requests is to pause before click­ing on the reply but­ton. Turn insult into oppor­tu­nity and explain why work­ing for free isn’t going to hap­pen. Hope­fully the com­pany will get the message.

Hate mail and trolls — Well, let’s face it, some­times peo­ple do not get the mes­sage (see above). No mat­ter how right or polite you are, you may receive unpleas­ant emails. The best way to deal with these is to hit delete, oth­er­wise you’ll be feed­ing the trolls. Don’t get upset over such emails or com­ments: there is a bunch of anony­mous out there who just love lash­ing out in a very passive-aggressive kind of way. Over the years, I’ve got­ten com­ments pick­ing on my Eng­lish, accus­ing me of being a fake Canadian/French because I have dual cit­i­zen­ship, I’ve been called a trai­tor by some French-speakers unhappy to see me blog in Eng­lish etc. Don’t get upset over it and cheer up by check­ing out Pas­sive Aggres­sive Notes or My Favorite Hate Mail—you’ll see, you’re not the only one deal­ing with weird strangers!

Have you expe­ri­enced any blog­ging annoy­ances? How did you deal with it?

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

19 Comments

  1. wow, I’m very lucky because I’ve not received any of these kinds of emails. Yes, I have Akismet active in my blog but that’s all.

    I think I’ve only received 2 com­ments but they were from peo­ple annoyed about my post so it was fair enough.

  2. I have had friends tell me that they looked at my blog and wanted to com­ment but were put off by the require­ment that they reg­is­ter on blog­ger or what­ever. I tried allow­ing anony­mous posters to com­ment but was quickly splat­tered with spam. Even now I get too many com­ments which are just plugs for their com­mer­cial site. I don’t know how to pre­vent that but take com­fort in how quickly I am able to trash them.

    • I’m not sure whether Blog­ger has some kind of plu­gin or add-on against spam. It must have… you should look into it. It really makes your life easier!

  3. so far my expe­ri­ences have been pleas­ant. cant seem to recall any hate mails/comments or some­thing like that. but those spams… annoying.

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