Wow, what a heated discussion indeed some applauded the call out and some called it cyber bullying. What does one gain from exposing and insinuating that a certain blogger is fake and has bought followers. I personally found the fake bloggers and followers exposè entertaining, I was giggling and saying om my gosh all the word.
I do get what could be infuriating about overnight superstars compared to those who have been growing organically.Growing a blog or social media is one hell of a job and it is even more insulting when Brands look at the numbers rather than engagement.
At one time, a brand approached me and asked for my rates and I sent them through and they said my numbers do not justify my rates.Honestly, I was hurt, angry and got me thinking then why approach me if you are going to insult me like that. Did you even check out my social media networks and blog?
If my numbers are small for you darling, then please do not approach me only to insult me at the end of the day. Going back to the fake bloggers and followers Exposè heated debate that took place on Twitter and Facebook.
These things happen all over the blogsphere locally and internationally, but I honestly think it is not right to point out a person and use them as a cyber punching bag.
I have been blogging since September 2014 and I have never been paid for it except for receiving some media drops there and there. We all human and we will be envious of the big bloggers when they get invites to every event but we need to also remember.
We want Blog Industry to grow in South Africa and maybe one day do it full-time too, if we are going to act like a pack of hyenas fighting over a piece of meat. How will the PR companies and Brands take us seriously?
The bottom line is they won’t, they will keep flooding ours emails with press releases and expect us to work for free. Social media is a powerful and once it is out there, there is no going back.
They won’t say, oh that blogger, they will say South African bloggers are not professional.
The end of my rant on this fake bloggers and followers exposè.