So you're thinking about blogging? You think it's all sweetness and light, you get things for FREE and review them and bish bash bosh done? WRONG. Nothing in blogging is free. You know that review I did last week it took me hours to do, from the photography to testing, to writing and editing and as they say; Time is Money.
However, that's not what this post is about. This post is when blogging goes bad. Those times when suddenly you wonder why you ever decided to start putting finger to key and penning your life on the net.
When Blogging Goes Bad.
Competitions Go Bad.
If you're a well-versed blogger your know about ASA and their rules around running competitions. However, one rule you may not know about, is if you are running the competition you are seen as the promoter. Which means if a prize isn't delivered ASA come knocking on your door saying oi cough up. Yes, of course, this has happened to me and not with the cheapest of prizes, in fact, it was £150 worth of prizes. Luckily I had an amazing brand come to my rescue, but it is always worth knowing if a prize doesn't turn up and you were running the giveaway, you are responsible for making sure the winner gets the prize, even if was the brand who were dispatching.
Blogging is a Hobby Right?
I'm naive in many ways and so when I first got offered payment for blog work I assumed it was just a hobby and I didn't need to declare that payment. Yes, I hear you all with the BUT SARAH. I know, I know, how silly could I be?! I paid for it with many hours crying and a whole lot of paperwork to do for HMRC. Which is why when anyone mentions starting to make money on their blog I am quick to shout remember to register with HMRC.
Google Penalties are a Myth.
Sorry to tell you all but they definitely aren't. Back when I was a new blogger I got slapped by one and very quickly lost all the collaborations I was in the middle of working on. However, they aren't the end, if you know what you have done wrong, you can change it and submit a request for them to recheck your website and hopefully reinstate you! Just remember those issues in the long run and stick to Googles guidelines IF you value their traffic.
Not Everyone Likes Me / My Content.
It is going to happen, in putting yourself out there you are going to get people who criticise. The best bet is to as much as possible ignore, don't go reading what they are saying. I know it is hard, but sometimes being ignorant is easier than knowing what others think. Get your head down, stick with your friends and keep on blogging because it is what you love doing.
Have you ever had a blogging gone bad moment? What happened?