293 – On 3 Unorthodox Blogging Tips For The Plebs

As someone who blogs with a much more long-term goal in mind, I don’t usually keep track of how long I have been on the WordPress platform. Heck, if not for a reminder I received – I wouldn’t realize that I’ve been blogging for eight years already! (I started The Monching’s Guide in September of 2013.)

During that span of time, I’ve encountered a lot of bloggers around this joint – most especially the “weirdo” ones. The “weirdo” classification encompasses many categories. 

There are those bloggers who keep following you even though you don’t understand their blog’s language. 

There are those who resort to spamming generic messages to get your attention. 

There are those who follow your blog, yet don’t even bother interacting to begin with.

And there are those bloggers who, in a desperate bid to get your attention, like all of your comments from different sites around this joint.

While my encounter with these bloggers annoyed me slightly, I did learn some lessons in the course of dealing with them – and other WordPress users in general. Thus, allow me to share three unorthodox blogging tips to everyone here.

I know these pieces of advice go against what most blogging gurus would commonly recommend, but these have to be said nevertheless. Some of these I’ve learned the hard way, some of these I learned the easy way. But still, I wouldn’t discount these tips as they helped me navigate this platform for eight years.

I’ve been wanting to write these down for some time now, but hesitated. This time, however, things need to be laid down. Much as I want to be politically correct, it’s high time I stopped beating around the bush.

1. When another blogger doesn’t reciprocate interactions after some time, it’s best to shake the dust off your feet and leave.

This is one of the foremost lessons I’ve learned in my eight years. A lot of people around these parts don’t blog for the same reasons that I do. Some blog to earn money, some blog to become popular, while some blog for business. Whatever reason they have, I don’t have a say in that. As much as possible, I do try to interact within boundaries.

However, some bloggers just don’t really want to reciprocate and I can’t blame them. They’re looking for a +1 to their follower list – you’ll know ‘em when you see ‘em. At that point, what I do is I unlike all their posts I liked before, hit the unfollow button and put them on the block list. Brutal, but needs to be done.

2. Make sure that you’ll be able to interact with blogs you follow through a common language.

I’ve recently opened up my blog to a wider audience, from initially limiting it to Filipino audiences and later, Southeast Asian readers. However, I’ve had some follows from bloggers who speak a radically different language. From Arabic, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian up to the different Indian languages – you name it.

But here’s the thing. Look, I appreciate the Romance languages and whatever language you write in, but unfortunately I don’t understand what you want to convey. I mainly write in English, and most of my followers do. We interact using English – be it the American or British mode. Here’s a question: What would you feel if I wrote in one of the local Filipino dialects (e.g. Cebuano, Ilokano, or what-have-you) and followed without understanding a single word you say? You’d be perplexed too, right?

3. Quit spamming people just to gain their attention.

I’ve had some weirdo bloggers around here liking my posts and comments, even though I clearly removed and blocked them. As much as I admire their persistence, they’ve been doing it for years! I actually called out one of them some time ago, but apparently – that blogger doesn’t learn. What a pity. Let me share two instances of this rather annoying practice.

This blog called Foundation Operation X for languages, cultures and perspectives has been a repeat offender, liking every comment and post that I write in every corner of this platform. The blogger behind that writes about language, which clearly has nothing to do with mine as I focus on food and general lifestyle. Another instance involved this Egyptian blogger who writes in Arabic – and like-spams my posts written in English. Seriously, can’t these kinds of people get the message?

Just a note before I proceed.

I know that most of you fall under the decent category, and I’m mainly addressing this post towards the weirdos who don’t simply get the message.

If you yourself know and are aware that you avoid these deplorable practices, then I have no axe to grind with you. In fact, I encourage you to continue following your own best practices and share it to those willing to listen.

Now, moving on; how about you?

Are there any unorthodox blogging tips you can suggest? Have you encountered examples of deplorable, annoying behavior on your blog? Do you agree or disagree with the tips I shared? Let’s talk about it in the comment section!

Until the next post.

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: Edited the third item to add the name of the offending blogger.)


43 thoughts on “293 – On 3 Unorthodox Blogging Tips For The Plebs

  1. I encountered a lot of spammers long ago the reason why I moderate comments now. And I followed a lot of renowned bloggers who started basically the same year I started my first blog (year 2008) but unfortunately, it’s like their time is so gold that they don’t really bother to interact.

    When I started micro-blogging in ig, I have almost the same experience. I remember one time, I attended an event and tagged this blogger, she followed back but after a week or two she unfollowed so what I did was block her (in ig) and unfollowed her blog as well. I don’t have time for people like her, orocan na orocan 😛

    • Good thing WordPress has an effective spam filter! I’ve had some instances where it effectively blocks spam from other countries. When I looked up the IPs – some of them unfortunately come from India and Nigeria, two countries notorious for the practice. The India spam was loaded with links to a travel booking website, while the Nigeria link was a carbon copy of the Bitcoin spam frequently seen in Facebook comment sections!

      For the influencer part, I definitely agree with you. That’s the reason why I kept my account private. And it’s actually not just Filipino bloggers! Fitness influencers, models and British party thots are guilty of the deplorable practice. It does get to your nerves at times when you follow them and they follow back — only to remove you after minutes. Now, I just block straight away and report for spam.

  2. Happy anniversary for 8 years on blogging! 8 years are such a long time and your continuous effort is an absolutely awesome thing. Open up a bottle of wine if you’re a wine lover. Cheers!🥂

    I don’t know how many times I nod while reading this post. And let me say this, WordPress isn’t only place those weirdo exists.

    For the tip, I set any comments containing link straightly goes to spam and I delete them all without bothering reading them. In many cases those people just want to promote their post or those links straightly takes someone who clicked the link to porn site😔

    • Thank you! 🙂 It’s not exactly a straightforward eight years, as I’ve had some periods where I didn’t churn out new posts. However, it aligns with my idea of blogging as a marathon and not a 100-meter dash. Most bloggers I’ve had contact here since I started already ran out of steam between 2017 and 2019.

      Sadly, the advent of WP and other platforms have inadvertently given these weirdos a voice. But while we can’t control what they do, we can adjust how we respond to them in case they look for trouble.

      The link promoting thing pisses me off, especially when it’s done slyly. I’ve seen this Indian blogger spam posts here on WP with the same comment — loaded with hyperlinks leading to a content farm site disguised as a “blog.” And porn sites? People have no sense of propriety!

      • Ah I can see that, I met several bloggers a while back but decided to “take a break” from the WordPress, and sadly a lot of people never come back…but it’s ok, as long as they are having good days offline🤞

        Enjoy your blogger life, your big milestone of being on WordPress for 10 years is in just a couple of years👍

  3. I can relate to what you’re describing. Quality over quantity.
    I follow and interact with the “personalities” and “voices” I like.
    Since I’m interested in photography, I follow some photo blogs in a foreign language because I like their work. Some of them write in their language with an English version, or answer comments in English too.
    Unfortunately there’s all sorts of personalities, as you say.

    • Same here! I see content I like and I can understand, I hit the like button. But in your case, photography transcends languages — oftentimes, one picture conveys a universal idea that resonates with people around the globe.

      Bloggers who actually interact and respond to others here in English, aside from their native language, are a rarity around this joint. Those writing bilingually (English + native language) are even rarer!

      I noticed that most who insist on following despite having a different language oftentimes come from France, Germany, Spain, and Brazil. Scandinavians and those from Central and Eastern Europe, on the other hand, try their best to write in English — which is commendable.

  4. Happy Anniversary, this is very timely post and you posted it right on time. I was spammed and my email for this blog was hacked and i had a hard time getting it back. My IT friend mentioned that of i get spams in wordpress – never ever click the links they sent….and me….minsan may pagka..you know the word…clicks stuff. When I got the account back, saka ko lang narealize wag masyadong magtitiwala sa mga messages at links na pinapadala sa comments section. I admire the things you do. Thank you for sharing the food blogs as well, once I am out of the hospital, I will make sure to keep tabs of the places and food you reviewed and I will try them all out. 😀

    • Thank you! 🙂

      Oh my, I’m sorry to hear of what happened to you. Hope you get well soon, by the way! We all screw up sometimes, and I’d say don’t look at what happened to your email as your fault. Rather, treat it as a learning experience.

      Your friend’s advice is correct. I also gave that advice to a friend who has a YouTube channel, after his videos were spammed by links from Russian bots.

  5. Hi Monch, this is a really good post and reminder in terms of blogging best practices. It’s so true that bloggers can actually spam you. I’ve also noticed that some bloggers blog way too frequently. My inbox has been full of the same person with a half dozen of posts, sometimes in just one day and tons more throughout the week. I get that some bloggers think that more is better, but I don’t think that’s the case at all. I blog once per week. Otherwise, it’s hard to keep up. I also feel like quality vs. quantity is something to keep in mind in terms of best practices.

    • Hello, SZ!

      I do agree with you on some bloggers publishing too much. Just like you, I’ve observed this trend in both the younger and older bloggers. Younger ones (teens to early 20s) and the older ones (50s and up) tend to churn out excessive entries, more so with the challenges and nominations around this joint.

      Methinks it comes from a warped concept of engagement = stats. Those kinds of bloggers equate engagement with higher view counts, so they churn out as many posts as they can — to the point of spamming the news feeds. Apparently, they’re afraid of not getting the view counts they want, unaware that what they’re doing (excessively posting content) inadvertently turns off overwhelmed audiences.

      Definitely quality over quantity! And yes, scheduling blog posts does help. There was a time when I would publish new posts every Wednesday. If I get lucky enough to work on two, I schedule posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

    • Yes, meron. But unfortunately, it doesn’t work na parang yung alam natin sa Facebook and Instagram.

      Essentially, hindi mo makikita yung posts ng blog na na-block mo. Hindi mo rin makikita yung blog feed noong naka-block. But the blocked person can still like, comment, and follow — unfortunately.

  6. I just got my WordPress Anniversary congrats message a few days ago 🙂 6 years here. I however, must warn you that after reading your post, I may be an annoying blogger LOL. I tend to go long stretches without checking the reader, and then I go and like 10 posts at once all in a row. I thought I was being nice, spreading the love with the likes.
    I also sometimes go through the blog list looking for a certain topic and inadvertently follow blogs in a different language just based on the name. I usually remedy that and unfollow once they pop up on my reader feed.
    I don’t comment a whole lot, but I do try and reciprocate when somebody pops up in my comments.
    But one thing I definitely don’t do is spam post. I only post a few times a week usually.
    It’s interesting to read what some people find annoying behavior. Now I’m going to be all self-conscious next time I go on a liking spree.

    • Nah, no worries – I don’t find you annoying at all! ✌️Based on the comments of yours I’ve seen, you’re one of the more sensible bloggers around this joint — and that’s a plus. 🙂

      I usually do the liking spree, but mostly with differently-dated posts so you might be surprised when something that’s buried might emerge!

      And yeah, a hard rule I follow is that I don’t usually like a post that talks about deaths of family members; people might misconstrue it.

      (On a side note, I followed you mainly because I noticed that you cosplay! I myself used to cosplay, but dropped the hobby seven years ago.)

      • Oh I hate it when I accidentally like something that is actually sad, and then I unlike it and have to leave a comment explaining why I accidentally liked it, lol. And I am actually getting back into cosplay after a 5 year break. I missed the creative outlet and am enjoying working it back into the blog 🙂

  7. Happy Blog Anniversary! I need to use WordPress more on my phone – so I can access the reader and catch up on entries. It’s refreshing to read blogs when the crowds prefer to focus on ‘instant’ or what fits within a character limit. You mentioned great tips. I don’t have any unorthodox ones to share. What I struggle with is that ‘perfectionist’ trap… ending up not blogging because I have to find the right angle. What I’ve learned this past year is to just write, write, write. (And to also start using WordPress on my phone, so I can read more posts).

    • Thank you! 🙂 It does get difficult at times if you tend to tackle diverse topics. Writing about food isn’t that difficult, what’s harder is researching for new content.

      With all the COVID-19 restrictions implemented by authorities worldwide, eating out and looking for new spots has become a chore. Having tapau food is a radically different experience, but you’re still stuck in the same monotony as before.

  8. I enjoyed this post which actually made me smile at times! I blog to cater my creative side and to make connections with genuine bloggers. I have been very lucky – so far! WP, in my experience, is pretty good at filtering out spam. Happy Blog Anniversary bthw!

    • Thank you, June! 🙂 Indeed, WP’s spam filter is effective. I distinctly remember it flagging 100+ spam comments — all from Russia. It also blocks spam from Nigeria and India, which I like.

      Unfortunately, those spam / commercial bloggers abound here on WordPress. It pisses me off when they keep on following me when I clearly remove them from my follower list. That one blogger I mentioned is an example of that — even liking your comment!

  9. My blog being very small, with quite a small audience, I haven’t encountered any of these.. until recently, when a blogger commented on many of my posts saying “please please please follow me”, without interacting with my content in any way… I found it quite rude (even though they said “please”) and was very displeased about this, but now I am wondering if it is not a sign of my blog reaching a larger audience? 😁

    • Now that’s definitely rude, and a bad first impression! I personally find groveling to people just to promote blog posts as a sign of lack of self-respect. Any blogger who has at least a modicum of it would not stoop so low, letting their output — a product of hard work — speak for themselves.

      On a side note, I also had a similar experience over the weekend. This Indian blogger suddenly sent me an email with a link to his post, and the word “Follower” in the subject line. Upon further scrutiny, I don’t even follow him to begin with! So that email went straight to the spam folder and got deleted.

      Another blogger I’m in touch with, who’s based in Denmark, messaged me last night about someone like-spamming all of her entries with nary a word! 😮

      If you ask me, it does mean your blog is reaching more readers in a way — but not how you expected it, sadly. 😦

  10. A bit late but happy 8th blog anniversary!
    With your post, I’ve given a note to myself to write using my phone too. Medyo guilty sa No.1 because I only access my WordPress when on the laptop (which is why naiiwanan mga comments or followers) and I spend more online time using my phone. Salamat sa paalala. 🙂

    Well, I did encounter weirdos and definitely had to weed them out. It was awkward being followed by blogs who post soft porn stuff when my blogger page is all about food. haha

    • Salamats! 🙂 Pero truth be told, I write and edit drafts sa laptop dahil mas accurate. Sanay kasi ako sa classic WP editor haha! (I use it sa day job ko, and have used it in some other stints before that.) Pag phone naman, pwede siya for commenting.

      Sa unang tingin pa lang, alam mong nag-blog lang para maghanap ng followers. Biruin mo, soft porn ang content pero nagfa-follow ng wholesome blog. Garapal talaga!

  11. Hi Monch, I’m glad I stopped by to read this post as I am increasingly being “liked” by odd people, including “that” one you mention. Lots of interest to me in what you have to say here. I have a core group of people I follow, and they follow me, and we comment vice-versa. I would be sorry to stop following them, but it does limit me in how many newer blogs I can actively follow, as I am writing a full length manuscript. So what I try to do, as a compromise, is take a look at the site of someone who has liked a post of mine, have a quick scan for a recent post that might resonate, and like or comment on that, just so they know I am in there. Ergo, this example – a very worthwhile use of my scant time! 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the matter, Gwen! They are very much appreciated. 🙂

      I see that I’m not the only one who feels the same about random bloggers following my site. Aside from the one I mentioned, I also get follows from Indians looking to add to their follower count. That merits them a removal from the follower list and a block.

      What you shared is actually a good tip – especially for those who visit blogs during a window period of their busy schedule. I also adhere to that practice, but I take it a step further at times by sharing my comments on some relevant posts of theirs. That way, they discover that I’m not just some random blogger lurking in the shadows haha!

  12. The interesting thing is, I never really thought about it like that. I’ve been “casually blogging” for a while so I always thought if someone “liked” your blog, it meant they really enjoyed it. That they stumbled upon it and just enjoyed it. It honestly didn’t cross my mind that I should just go like and interact. Now I feel guilty! 😦 But I’ll do better now.

    • Sadly, likes nowadays no longer work the way people want them to. ☹️ I would understand if someone writing in English would like my entries, as they understand the language and I can engage in a conversation with them.

      Unfortunately, I’ve had likes from people who don’t understand a thing I write. I don’t know how to speak Turkish, Arabic, or any Indian language — but they still insist.

      One blogger I follow had enough of that, and she recently pushed back against this Romanian guy and another blogger from Pakistan for spamming her site. I guess people are just automating / outsourcing the process nowadays…

    • You’re most welcome! Yes, some bloggers oftentimes are caught up in the race to gain more followers — forgetting the fact that there are still people, actual humans, typing out things. Thus, you have this entry.

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