Confessions About Blogging

July 9, 2014
This week's themed confession post is all about blogging.  Maybe you can relate to some of these, or maybe you'll just think I'm crazy.  :)



* I have major paranoia about using memes and animated gifs on my blog because of copyright laws, so I have never used them, but really want to.  I even try to avoid using pinned pictures, although I did a Sunday Social post where I shared all of my favorite pins.  I do use pictures of products and then link back to a store that carries the product I'm talking about.  Mostly, I try to use my own photographs, find free images to use, or make a graphics on Pic Monkey.

* I've never received any amount of cash from my blog because I don't do sponsorships and also have never written a sponsored post for a company in exchange for cash.  I have written a sponsored post in exchange for a free product, though.

* Getting comments on my blog posts made many of my days when I was working those 12 hour + shifts last year.

* Does anyone else find the Female Blogger Retweet thing annoying?  I think I'm going to unfollow because I never remember to tweet my posts at them and then all of the retweets clog my twitter feed.

* When I first started hosting the Weekly Wrap Up with Rachael, I realized how LAME my weekends were.  They have gotten a lot better since I moved, though. 

* On Monday the Weekly Wrap Up had its lowest number of link ups ever, and I'm not going to lie, I was a little bummed about that (but still totally grateful for the awesome ladies that did link up!!!)  Rachael and I are going to re-vamp our link up a little and try to give it wider appeal, so stay tuned. :)

* I still have a lot of real-life friends that don't read my blog at all because I haven't told them about it.  I'm okay with that.

* I have followed blogs on Bloglovin' just for a giveaway.  I don't unfollow after the giveaway is over, so that means I'm following A LOT of blogs right now and confess that there's no way I read them all!

* I don't comment on every post that I read, especially if I've read it on my cell phone using the Bloglovin app.

* I didn't know until recently that you could sort the blogs you follow into groups on Bloglovin!!  It has made me use Bloglovin wayyyy more and now I feel like I'm much more organized since I have groups of daily and weekly reads. 

* When I first started blogging, people left me follow for follow posts ALL time time, so I thought that's how it was done.  I always left a comment related to the topic that was posted about on people's blogs, but then asked them to check out my blog.  Now, I'm lucky if I remember to add my link at the end of a comment and think it's tacky to leave "check out my page!" comments.

* I don't do much with my blog's Facebook page at all, and still haven't posted anything blog related on my Instagram.

* There are lots of blogs I want to sponsor and there are plenty of giveaways and swaps I want to participate in, but I feel like it would be irresponsible for me to shell out that cash right now since I don't have a teaching job lined up for the fall yet.

* I'd like to do some outfit of the day posts, but I feel really self-conscious because my current weight is the pretty much the heaviest I've been in life.

* When a blog "dies," I get sad!  Like one of my best blogger BFF's, Courtney, doesn't blog anymore.  Of course I understand that it's her personal choice and I support that, but it doesn't mean I don't miss her in Blogland!

* Before I quit my two jobs and moved to Savannah, I didn't have a lot of free time.  I was a little jealous of everyone who had a lot of time to work on their blogs, but not in a resentful kind of way.


Vodka and Soda
44 comments on "Confessions About Blogging"
  1. oy vey, the whole using pics and gifs is scary. i guess i just hope it doesnt happen to me. really stupid, i know. i cant remember what its called, because i am zero legally savvy, but when a case is won somewhere and it is similar to your case, you can use that as like support for your case. does that make sense? i mean, i hope i am never sued as I do enjoy using pics and gifs on my blog. a friend of mine was threatened because of his blog name and he had to change it, thankfully they didnt need to get lawyers involved.

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    1. I worry about these things, but lots of bloggers don't seem to mind using all sorts of gifs. Oh gosh, I'm glad your friend escaped a lawsuit. That is a relief!

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  2. I think it's actually reasonable to be scared of copyright, because people do get sued occasionally over things like that! But with that said, there's also "fair use". Like using a still from a TV show or something to talk about the TV show probably falls under umbrella of fair use. Posting long video clips from a show... probably not. I would be more concerned about "borrowing" images from other bloggers and photographers, actually. Not in the context of a Pinterest roundup but to illustrate something in one of your posts. I don't think you do that though.

    I think it's sad when a blog "dies" too. I've seen a few bloggers I liked come and go since I started my current one. I think it's hard for some people to keep up with the time commitment, and others get frustrated for other reasons and stop.

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    1. I know a little about fair use because of my education major. Basically, teachers can use pretty much anything in the classroom since it helps kids learn, but I don't know the rules and how they would apply to me as a blogger. Maybe I'm so paranoid about copyright issues because of all the years I spent working in a movie theater and we were told to call the police if anyone recorded the film for even a few seconds.

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  3. I seriously can relate to almost all of these confessions! Blogging can be scary because you put yourself out there so much. I think it can also be hard to not compare yourself to others or want to see your blog grow like others are, but that's why some people stop blogging after a while.

    I'm definitely going to start participating in your weekly wrap up though :) I mean I do it anyways, so I might as well join ya!

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    1. Yes, I would agree that some people get discouraged and quit if they don't see their numbers go up.

      Thanks for wanting to join in the Weekly Wrap Up! The more the merrier!

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  4. The copyright thing - me too! In graphic design classes, they really hammered it into us, and I know that a lot of things, even if they're done by tons of people online, are not actually legal, so I'm scared to even go there. Example: adapting social media icons instead of using the standard ones. Yep. If you go to the Twitter or Facebook branding page, you're not allowed to do that. But everyone does, and they'd be stupid to sue you for something that drives traffic to their site. (this is one of the few I ignore)

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    1. WHAT??? I had no idea that we aren't technically allowed to use our own social media buttons!

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  5. I took a Comm Law class. Fair Use is the name of the game when it comes to using other peoples' work. Here's what it consists of:
    1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
    2. The nature of the copyrighted work
    3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
    4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

    Basically it depends on how much you use & why you're doing it. If you post an entire movie & gain money off it, you'll likely have a lawsuit on your hands. If you post a few .gifs with no financial gain, you're in the clear.
    :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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  6. Siting your source properly is definitely key and if you're making money off of it like Carmen said. And I've never done the whole sponsor thing either...sounds like a lot of work haha. And I definitely prefer that my real-life friends don't really know about my blog lol.

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    1. Some of my good friends know about this here blog, but I don't want my acquaintances to know! I feel like they would judge me, lol.

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  7. I also feel like I'm ready to start sponsoring other blogs but I just graduated college so I'm like, hmmm, maybe I should wait until I find a job. It totally makes you feel like youre not doing everything you could though....

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    1. I'm about ready to bite the bullet and just sponsor one. SO TEMPTED!!

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  8. Thank you so much for mentioning that you can use groups on Bloglovin'! I had no idea and was getting overwhelmed every time I went on. So much I want to read, so little time lol! Great post!

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    1. No problem! It has really helped me stay up-to-date on the blogs I enjoy reading the most.

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  9. You can put them into groups?! OMG! As soon as I read that I headed over to my Bloglovin! Thank you for sharing Lisa :) It is nice to see you posting everyday. Enjoying it now before you go off into the real world again :p

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    1. It has been so nice having this extra time to blog. Can't we all just have full time jobs as bloggers? :)

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  10. I never talk about my blog on FB, basically because I smack talk to many of my FB "Friends" on my blog all the time ;)

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    1. Hahaha...yeah, I can see why you might not want them to find you!

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  11. I always feel funny using images if I can't find a direct source for them too, so I know how you feel! Putting blogs into groups on bloglovin is the only way possible I can keep up with all of the blogs I follow!

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    1. It also stinks when the only images I can find are from other bloggers and they're watermarked. PASS!

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  12. Most of my friends don't read my blog actually and those that do don't really care about it! You should definitely try some OOTD posts - even just laying the clothes out or doing close ups etc.

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    1. I tried doing one once, and I was not happy with how I looked in the pictures and ended up deleting them all!! Haha...maybe I was just having a fat day. I could always try again!

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  13. Oh girl, I'm the same way when it comes to using photos and gifs! It's scary business and I would hate to be sued for something silly like using a photo!

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  14. i hate the follow me and i'll follow you jazz - i delete those comments immediately because they're nothing but trolls. most of them don't even leave a legit comment; just some lame "great post! now follow me!". that shows me that they're a troll who are in it for the numbers.

    thanks for linking up!
    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. Half the time they just copy and paste that crap and don't even read your post! I also can't stand, "Oh, I like your blog. Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Let me know and I'll add you."

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  15. I would love to sponsor some blogs but can't afford to right now. I too don't always comment when I read posts on my phone. It is too hard to do it from there!

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    1. Yes, it's too time consuming and I fear I'll make too many typos and come across looking like an idiot.

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  16. I prefer that most of my real life friends don't read the blog! And def not a fan of follow me on Twitters!

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    1. I stopped following @FemaleBloggerRetweet and Twitter has become much more pleasant!

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  17. This was a great post. I find that some of my friends read my blog and some don't, sometimes if I want to share my travel photos for example and know they would like to see them I just send the link, its easy to share that way. I love blogging and although I have worked with great brands I have never taken money for a post either. I don't think its a bad thing though, blogging can become costly for some and its nice to be able to try new things. I use to get a lot of the follow for follow questions as well, I still get them. At first I didn't mind so much but now its annoying. I try to follow the majority my blogging followers to show support as I know it can be difficult to gain readers but I want people to actually be interested in my content. I try to visit as many blogs I can. I will randomly scan through Bloglovin or blogger to see who has new posts and comment. I try to make my way around to the majority alternating between the ones I read each month.

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    1. I don't really respond to follow for follow comments anymore--wastes my time! It's not a bad thing at all to work with brands. You've worked with so many great ones!! I wish that I would get more offers. :)

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  18. My friends know I blog but they don't read it which actually works for me :)

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    1. Some of my real life friends know that I blog and read it, but I still haven't told a lot of my friends. I feel like I would get writer's block if I knew they were reading because I'd be thinking of their reaction!

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  19. I have never even thought about the copyright thing with graphics and gifs and stuff. Oops!

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    1. I guess 7 years as a student and working in a movie theater (anti-piracy campaign) has drilled it into me!

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  20. My instagram is just my life, and sometimes I put something up about a blog post, but mainly it's just whatever I'm doing at the time.

    Most people I know read my blog.

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    1. I might eventually put up a blog post. I just haven't yet because I'm new to Instagram and am still learning about the app. Then again, I might not because I have acquaintances who follow me on Instagram and don't know if I want them to read my blog.

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  21. yeah i have some friends who don't read my blog either. and i was so confused when i first started blogging and got all the "follow me back?" comments. oh and i follow a ton of blogs on bloglovin for giveaways and don't read all of them for sure!

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    1. I feel bad to delete them after the giveaway is over, so they just stay on there. Of course, some of them I now read because their post caught my eye in Bloglovin, but some of them...ehhh...

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  22. 99% of my real life people don't know about my blog & I am 100% okay with that.

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    1. Sounds like your situation works well for ya! :)

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