I've decided to post yet another topic. Hopefully it won't be too controversial. Everyone knows Follow Friday posts, and memes similar like it right? I originally loved the idea for this, but, in my experience, there have been too many untruthful people.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing the people who came up with the idea, I think those bloggers are awesome. It's actually the other bloggers who "participate" in these memes. I quote the word participate, because I've seen one too many times, where a blogger comes onto my blog, comments below, and says they are a new follower. I update/ stop by my blog regularly. I know how many followers I have. And there are ways to view this. If I don't see your picture or name pop up under my list of followers in the GFC button especially, it already sends up a warning sign. So, then I will click on your name. I'm not sure if many of you know, but when you leave a comment with your name, if you click on your name, most times it will direct you to a page where people can see a list of blogs you follow. If I don't see my name on that list, you won't get a follow back. I just don't understand. Why should only you reap the benefits? Do people not think that we won't check? Why should I waste my time following you, when you haven't done squat? Don't these people feel guilty about not being truthful? It's a great concept that I've enjoyed doing for awhile now, but one too many people have not followed through on their part. And if you don't follow through on your part, I'd rather you not comment at all.
I was also talking to another blogger about this awhile back, and she was also saying that some people get angry when you give a comment of "I've followed your blog, can you follow back?" The rules clearly state that you have to follow back if someone follows your blog. I'd rather see a "new follower" so it indicates that you have in fact followed my blog. That last issue didn't bother me as much, but I have also once gotten a comment once where, a blogger didn't even relate her comment back to what the post was about, and only had the words, "If I'm commenting on your blog, that means I've followed you, and would like a follow back." I did follow the person back, but the way it was presented seemed really rude. First it was on a Waiting on Wednesday post, which did not require bloggers to follow you, and second, it felt like this person was pushing me to do something I didn't have to do.
Follow Friday posts and similar memes aside, Another issue with Untruthful people is with giveaways. Everybody now a days does rafflecopter if you have a giveaway. It actually does make it easier to host giveaways. But now there are people being very untruthful with these as well. When you enter, there are specific rules that you have to follow. If it states that you must follow their blog, like their facebook page, etc, then you should do it. People who hosts these giveaways will always check to see if you are abiding by the rules.
Again, why should only you reap the benefits? Please do not fake enter. Bloggers who hosts these giveaways and see a fake entry will automatically delete that entry. It wastes your time and it wastes our time. It just seems rather greedy when there are a lot of truthful people out there who enter the correct way, and if an untruthful person wins, it just seems unfair and wrong. I was talking about this with a different blogger, and she felt really sad that she had to delete these entries. She also stated that if an entry is picked as a winner, but they didn't follow the rules correctly, than she picks another winner who actually did. So, by doing a fake entry, you've just been disqualified from an awesome prize which you could have won, if you'd been truthful. So, in conclusion, I'd just like to state once more is, please be truthful in what you do. It not only benefits other people, but yourself as well.