Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A Personal Opinion & Experiences with Blogger Pods, Follow Trains & the Blogging Community

 I've decided that i'm going to be more vocal about things which bother me, not that the list is huge but sometimes bottling it up and hiding those thoughts away isn't very healthy. Having a blog is such a great relief for me, it's a place where I can come and be creative, and the blogging community is filled with like-minded individuals who share the same motivations and passions as I do. So, today I thought i'd share my thoughts, opinions and experiences with some of the things which i've been feeling, passionate, about recently...


Overall, my experience with blogging pods has been, well, average to say the least. If you don't know what a pod is, it's basically a support group. There's a pod for everything, the most common ones are Instagram pods, where you share your photos and the other members of the group will like and comment on it. Pods are genuinely a great idea, not only do you get to interact with other people in your niche, but you can also meet some amazing people. But pods only work if everyone in the group is supportive. I've left most of my pods because I will go all out to leave a really in depth comment on people's Instagram accounts, and all I will get in return is 'nice pic' or something really short and basic, often they haven't even bothered to read the caption. There's others who will share their own posts but don't even bother to engage with yours. There are those however, who do write really meaningful things though, and they are lovely people. I have met some really amazing content creators through pods, however I just don't think they are always the best way to have organic engagement.


Jeeeeez, this is a topic which has infuriated me recently, and in all honesty I don't participate in them anymore for a few different reasons. Like pods, follow trains are a great way to find new accounts, meet some amazing people and are a great way to boost engagement and support one another. However, the reality is that half the people won't follow you back, or if they do, they'll un-follow you a short time later. Sneaky! I recently started a YouTube channel, i'll leave a link here if you fancy a nosey, but the monetisation criteria changed shortly after, which sparked a lot of people doing YouTube follow trains. I was thrilled when I went from 25 followers to around 50, I followed a heap of different channels and I was just happy to support everyone. However, when I checked my channel the next day, every single one of those subscribers had un-followed me, I was really disappointed. I think the follow train concept is great, like the pods, but in all reality they just don't work, well, for me at least. 


Overall my experience as a blogger, within the blogging community has been an overwhelming positive one. I've met some really amazing, kind, inspiring people and i'm really proud to be a part of a community where the majority of people are so welcoming and lovely. Of course, I have seen some catty drama, but luckily I don't see too much of it and I never involve myself because in truth, I just don't have time for it. I love having my supportive network of blogging friends and I'm so grateful for each and every one of them. 

I hope you enjoyed me sharing my thoughts and experiences on these issues, let me know if you enjoy seeing more lifestyle posts like this, or whether I should stick to more beauty-related posts. I'm trying to branch out a little more this year though so I really hope posts like this provide a little bit more insight into a small part of the blogging world. Of course, everyone has different experiences so if you've ever been involved in a blogging pod, or ever taken part in a follow train i'd love to hear what you think about them! I hope you have an amazing day!


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