With the start of the New Year social media is inevitably awash with posts detailing their blogging aims and the changes many are planning to introduce to their blogs. Rather than come up with a list of “blogging resolutions” which I most likely wouldn’t follow, I thought I’d go for a different approach, and instead share what I’d like to see change within the blogging community as a whole.
The blogging community is vastly different to what it was when I first started blogging 7 years ago, despite more channels than ever to communicate with each other it often feels like you’re shouting in to a void. There’s this idea that you need to have a presence everywhere, which leads to link dropping and not much in the way of conversation.
So, I’d like to see a return to conversations, be it on blog posts in the comment section, or on social media discussing the merits of a controversial or inspiring blog post, more conversations and less link dropping.
There are so many bloggers out there who are disgusting link droppers.
Dropping links multiple times an hour, every hour, of the day is too much.
The same blog post link dropped 7 times a day for over a week is too much.
The same blog post being posted on to every single social media outlet at the same time, numerous times a day, is too much.
Look at your own twitter feed and see just how many links to your own blog you’ve dropped in the past 24 hours, if it’s more than there are hours in the day, it’s too much.
There was absolutely no need for you to be sharing your 2014 Easter Shopping Haul in December 2016, nothing you purchased then would still be available! That competition you ran 8 months ago is also no longer relevant, by all means write a blog post about the item which you featured in the original blog post, but don’t give folk the impression they are in with a chance to win something when they aren’t. Sharing these sort of posts, when the relevancy of them is now obsolete is plain ol’ scummy, you get the clicks whilst the blog reader is left wondering why you just wasted their time.
I do realise and appreciate that some folk relying on their blogs for an income, so I recognise that there will be a certain degree of fawning over services and products. But, really, that “blah” was so life changing that you can’t stop harping on about it. A genuine opinion and appreciation of something is easy to detect and carries more weight than some of the obviously fake praise for something you and the rest of the the blogosphere are trying to sell to your audience.
On that note, we need more bad reviews, I do not believe for one second that all those positive reviews are genuine.
Blogging over the years has become sanitised, less emotive and raw.
It seems the vast majority of bloggers follow these supposed rules and rarely do they step outside of the acceptable structures, going so far as to apologising when they don’t post for a few days, touch on a topic not usually among their repertoire or even for being a tad ‘controversial’.
The idea of pigeonholing oneself to a certain topic or “brand” is so restrictive, broaden your horizons!
It would be wonderful and so inspiring to see more raw blogging, a more honest less sanitised approach, which is after all how blogging started.
I love blogging, both the writing of one and reading others, but there is much about this community that leaves a great deal to be desired, I’m hoping that 2017 is the year when blogging returns somewhat to its origin, not the competitive, isolating, number chasing chore it seems to be for many.