Don’t Be An FAB (Fake Ass Blogger)

Vix xxx

  1. Emma

    April 13th, 2017 at 20:27

    This post is so on point Vix – I’ve noticed more and more FABs lately and it can be so heartbreaking to see those people you were on a level with a few weeks ago suddenly leave you for dead because they got a bonus at work or daddy invested in them. Please.

    Also there’s the others kind of FAB who go through other bloggers follower and follow every last one of them. Girl I see you liking my boyfriends car pictures & my friends baby.

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

  2. Maria

    April 13th, 2017 at 20:28

    LOVED this girl! I’ve been blogging for almost six years and pretty much just writing because I liked writing. I’ve only realised this year that I should have been harnessing my social media a bit better, but since then I’ve realised there are SO many people out there faking it. I think it makes people who are part of the blogosphere feel a bit sick (and for me almost like giving up!)

    Also on a side note, I’ve met a few bloggers who were COMPLETELY different in real life to what they were online- sometimes the blogging world is a strange one…
    Beautiful blogs as always Vix
    M x

  3. Adam Walker

    April 13th, 2017 at 20:51

    After all our chat today, I’m genuinely so glad you wrote this! Keep being awesome and keep being a damn inspiration!

  4. Rosy

    April 13th, 2017 at 21:07

    Yaaaaaassssssss to this, I am so fed up of being happy with a new (albeit, crappy) milestone and then in swans miss FAB who can’t even spell ‘blog’ when you read her posts and she’s acquired the same amount of followers I have in my entire life in one morning. I’m happy for the ones that are legit soaring and getting real followers but FAB bloggers boil my…. well let’s leave it there eh.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

  5. Kirsty

    April 13th, 2017 at 21:39

    I LOVE THIS. Calling it out and saying it like it is, this why I love you Vix!!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | the Monday project.co.uk

  6. Faye Howie

    April 13th, 2017 at 21:48

    How did I only recently discover your blog?! You’ve fast became one of my faves and these types of posts are exactly why – you’re like a breath of fresh air! You go gal!!

  7. Littlemissstyleguru.

    April 13th, 2017 at 21:56

    Honestly I’ve been posting about YouTube followers for a few weeks now. Apparently it’s so easy to buy or bot then I’ve also seen people say they have had it done to their account out of spite. Which I suppose could happen. THE YouTube ones I’ve noticed are ridiculous though. Another point I do get a lot of nonsense comments on Instagram and weightlifters liking my makeup posted lol.But that’s only cos house ff like4like likeforlike hashtags,then you just get anybody comments tbh. But yep hate liars and wish all social media would weed them out and they get booted off….great post as always Vix xxx

  8. Laura grant

    April 13th, 2017 at 21:59

    Yaaaas girl! Don’t you love it when girl chats get you so inspired to write that you just can’t not! Love this x

  9. Little Kaatie

    April 13th, 2017 at 22:29

    This needs to be spread like nits at a primary school. It is the dirty little secret that has been bubbling away through the blogging world which has now grown through so many other platforms, there are more opportunities to do this and GET AWAY WITH IT! Meanwhile fantastic bloggers and writers just go unnoticed.
    Vix, you influence so many people-me being one- and you are a true, pure authentic blogger and is respected by so many people. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    Katie x

    littlekaatie.com

  10. Lucy earnshaw

    April 14th, 2017 at 07:04

    THIS. Down with the fakery! It’s the fact that they probably don’t see anything wrong with it. personally I could never do this, my integrity means much more and shameful that what genuine followers they do have (which will have grown thanks to the wonderful brand opportunities they have gained from the fake followers) probably worship them and don’t know that their ethics and integrity are shot to pieces.

  11. Milly

    April 14th, 2017 at 07:16

    I came out of a development meeting with some app designers I’ve been working with and saw this post. Luckily (per our Facebook discussions this week) I’d spent quite a lot of the meeting warning them about these FAB bloggers. The team have worked hard for years to get funding for their app and it makes me sick to think that deceptive bloggers could have taken them for a complete ride when it comes to their influencer marketing strategies. It’s sad that there’s so much dishonesty in the industry but I do definitely see a turning tide where people are getting wise to it. Great post! Can’t wait to see who “objects” to it – aka the shady AF bloggers with a guilty concience! Xx

  12. Kylie

    April 14th, 2017 at 07:21

    I love this post! As a PR and blogger at the same time I do really care about fake followings and engagement. I’ve been educating the clients I work with about micro-influencers and how it’s not all about numbers!

  13. Abi

    April 14th, 2017 at 07:54

    Great post! It’s so annoying as a small blogger one passed over for people who probably have a similar following or amount of engagement as me before you add fake ass shit. I’ve been sat here nodding my head in agreement all the way through this post! X

  14. Emma

    April 14th, 2017 at 08:02

    The blogging world is hard enough to keep up in let alone the added complication of people being fake – I know it’s all around us but there’s no need for shady activity. Blogging should be fun and inspiring and not a world of back stabbing and fakeness. Such a shame as there are so many excellent bloggers out there who don’t get a look in.
    Em x
    http://happywiseowl.com

  15. Vicki

    April 14th, 2017 at 08:20

    As a relative newbie with a small blog and trying to grow it this is all news to me and something I wouldn’t dream of. I’m not in the popularity game. I’m in it to try and inspire and help people with my posts. If that’s 5,50,500 or 50k people it doesn’t matter as long as it’s genuine. I’m too old to play these games 🙂 very interesting post. Thanks

  16. Holly Shannon

    April 14th, 2017 at 08:59

    Couldn’t have put it better myself! I’m a small-time blogger and probably always will be. I’m okay with that but sometimes it’s so disheartening seeing on blogger collab websites that they’re looking for people with 50k followers, because I’m never going to get there and others that genuinely do probably won’t need to look for collabs because they’ll get contacted by the brands and so it falls to the unscrupulous bloggers to fake it and get the jobs. Maddening!! xx

  17. Aoife

    April 14th, 2017 at 09:01

    That’s how I realised a pretty prominent Irish blogger uses bots- I got a comment from them on my Instagram, and that would never happen in reality.

  18. Lucy

    April 14th, 2017 at 09:17

    I can so relate to this post! Everything I post on Instagram these days seems to get spammed by stupid comments that are clearly bots! Obviously I have engagement with genuine people I know too, but like you say it’s easy to tell the difference.
    Although some are glaring beacons of obvious fakeness, I often get comments/follows from people who appear to be bloggers so I’ll click on their profile to have a look and see they have less than 5 photos and 89k followers! It’s SO annoying!
    As another comment said above, I’m also a small time blogger and I’m cool with that. But it’s so unfair that genuine bloggers who may be passionate about a brand/product get overlooked by those who have a large following but don’t necessarily actually use/love the product they’re promoting. But that’s a separate rant!
    Refreshing to see some honesty!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

  19. Em

    April 14th, 2017 at 10:42

    I’ve noticed this recently on a couple of accounts. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt because I’ve spoken to them, so I think surely they wouldn’t do something like this? WHO KNOWS.

    I’d be quite scared to name and shame, purely because I can imagine the backlash it would receive. I do think it’s quite cheeky, and just puts other bloggers who do work hard to shame. It’s even more annoying because they clearly know how much work goes into blogging, yet they go and just buy their following? WTF.

    Good on you for posting this. I imagine a few people behind their screens will be seething 🙂

    Em x

  20. Sinead Crowe

    April 14th, 2017 at 11:04

    I totally agree BUT I get so many people following me who are weird men and I try to block them but honestly its way too time consuming and I just did the followers check thing and it said I have 15,000 genuine and 9,000 fake. To start with I have 40,100 followers so this doesn’t make sense! And secondly I can say hand on heart I have NEVER brought followers and my engagement etc is all pretty well rounded and as you say no sudden spikes. I think you can tell though as well so if people get say 800 likes immediately you KNOW they’re fake. I think it’s so rife now and people aren’t even ashamed of it. I’ve spoken to a couple of bloggers who have openly admitted to buying followers . . it’s shameful!

  21. PurelyAmy

    April 14th, 2017 at 13:46

    I had a post similiar in nature (but much poorer in quality) nestled away in my blog-vault for 8 months. I really want to rant and rave ‘It’s taken me 6 years to get to where I am'(litterally no where).
    What good will it get me? These fakes will come and go.. some might hang on for a year, some might ‘make it’ get a job in media or sell an e-book but the genuine gals & guys with a passion for writing and being a loon on social media (come on bloggers, thay’s what we LOVE) will remain.

    Happy to say I onky get a few thousand views PM let’s face it. My noodle recipes aint getting me no where fast and that’s ok by me.✊

  22. Georgina Castrell

    April 14th, 2017 at 20:30

    Loved this post as ever Vix 🙂 x

  23. Sarah

    April 16th, 2017 at 14:28

    So true and it is frustrating when you’re getting started and work hard to do things the right way. Love that so many genuinely talented bloggers are starting to speak out about this sort of thing, the more people who do the better!

  24. Michelle

    April 17th, 2017 at 09:25

    I feel like the most naive munchkin in Oz but I really didn’t think this was a thing. I mean of course it’s a fucking thing, wherever there is opportunity there’s an unscrupulous bastard ready to take advantage but it doesn’t make it any less sad. Especially for those who do have some moral standards and are bloody brilliant (yes you!) and aren’t getting those same opportunities. Thanks for calling it out. We should never stop doing that.
    M x

  25. Charlene McElhinney

    April 17th, 2017 at 09:33

    Spot on, Vix!

  26. Gemma

    April 17th, 2017 at 11:31

    > Do their followers look like real people who’d be interested in their content? Soz but Timmy Vansuelaz from Mexico who has pictures of him hunting deer probably ISN’T interested in your NYX flatlays.

    I’m in stitches. This was a fantastic read. <3

    Gemma xx

  27. Emma Murray

    April 19th, 2017 at 07:22

    Ooooooh YASSS!! Loved this!! I was surprised to see certain names come up when people were outed and then to see how people were reacting. Many going “it’s not a big deal, that’s business” eg and I’m sitting here going, whaaaaaat? Or the “we all make mistakes” line was brought up but those people are the first to jump on the bandwagon when someone else has been caught out doing something shady. Just so annoying.

    I’m too cheap to buy followers hahahahaha I’d much rather keep going along as I am now as a small tiny blogger and be genuine about everything! Also I burst out laughing with – Do their followers look like real people who’d be interested in their content? Soz but Timmy Vansuelaz from Mexico who has pictures of him hunting deer probably ISN’T interested in your NYX flatlays. – Made my day hahhahha Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

  28. Lea

    May 30th, 2017 at 09:43

    This post is just everything. Can’t add anything as you said it all. With the growing popularity of blogging there are more FAB’s and it’s just a shame. However with all the tools we can now spot them more easily . But like you said: stay true to yourself, grow your audience organically and don’r be a FAB!
    Lea, xx
    http://www.asnippetoflife.com

  29. Reisa

    June 15th, 2017 at 02:25

    This post is everything and I respect you so much for pointing this out and calling people on their shit. I am a new blogger (although been reading blogs for years) and I am happy with my 300 followers. I am slowly growing my followers genuinely and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I refuse to cheat myself and buy followers because I would only rob myself in the end.
    XO
    Reisa

  30. Shannon Kara

    July 25th, 2017 at 19:45

    This post is spot on! Heres me with my little 500+ followers which is ok because I know it’s real. I am not in a rush to hit any milestones and want the growth of my following to be organic! x

    Shannon // Shannonkara.com