How is your January going so far? 2018 was a great year for blogging: new bloggers joining the community, brand collaborations, Joe Sugg participating on Strictly, plus many more things. Nevertheless, there are a few things that I would like to say goodbye to in 2019, as I’m sure plenty of other bloggers do. For me, I don’t have any issues with blogs themselves, but more social media and how that is affecting the blogging world. Here are my 4 must-see blogging changes in 2019.
Following and Unfollowing on Social Media
Probably the most annoying trait on social media that definitely gets on bloggers’ nerves. This whole follow/unfollow thing.
For those of you unfamiliar with this, people (or even automated bots) will follow you and if you don’t follow them back straight away, they then unfollow you. The idea being to get lots of followers, but not be following many people. This occurs mainly on Instagram, but it’s starting to spread to Twitter and other sites.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. It’s not a competition! I know many of us monitor our statistics. For me, that is simply to ensure my blog is making progress. However, I’m not concerned with how quickly this happens or how many people I’m following back. Anyway, if you’re wanting to work with brands, engagement is key. Even if you have thousands of followers, if none of them engage with your work, then brands won’t be interested.
Let’s say once and for all that the follow/unfollow trend needs to stop in 2019.
Obligatory Follow Threads
I love blogger threads on Twitter and Facebook. They are so useful for helping your blog to grow and a great way to find new blogs to inspire you. I’m very grateful for all the accounts that run these threads as it’s hard work. However, I have an issue with threads where you have to follow everyone.
For example, if there’s a blog follow thread, I’m unlikely to follow a blog about sport. It’s nothing personal and I’m sure it’s a great blog, but just not a topic I’m interested in. It will be the perfect blog for someone else though.
In 2019, I think threads should specify that you should only follow those accounts which inspire you and suit your interests. Maybe this way we can help avoid follow and unfollow situations.
Will this be the year that Instagram finally make their timeline chronological? Who knows. If Instagram’s trial update for sideways scrolling that accidentally got sent to millions of people is a way to go, then I’m not too hopeful.
Whenever I go on Instagram, I always see posts from 2 or 3 days ago and from the same account. This is ideal if you need to catch up on an account’s content, but I feel so bad as it looks like I’m not engaging with people I’m following. At the same time though, I don’t think any of us has time to trawl through our following list everyday and go to each account to engage with posts.
Instagram, please let 2019 be the year of chronological posts.
Complaining about Social Media on Social Media
Ok, I’m guilty of this too, but it’s something I want to see less of. I’m increasingly seeing social media posts about how people are not liking a particular social media platform. Why tweet that you hate Twitter? Instead, just stop going on social media. I’ve noticed some bloggers stop blogging because it’s not right for them. I’m so happy they’ve made the decision to take a step back and take a break.
Those are my 4 must-see blogging changes in 2019. What are yours?
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