I had a post all ready to post today, but after reading Reena’s late night post on Monday, I can’t stop thinking about what my version is, so apologies for the bit of word splooge.
I, like Reena, have been blogging since – well, I like to say forever, because it sounds less ridiculous than my actual blogging age – and have watched from the sidelines as the community has changed. Perhaps it is an old lady sort of thing to say, but not everything has not changed for the better.
Blogging has always been a very solitary thing, but it feels like as time goes by, it has become a lot more selfish. What’s in it for me has become the unofficial mantra. Twitter is basically a shouting match about LOOK AT MY LINK LOOK AT IT DAMN IT rather than people passing on blog links they like.
Reena’s post made me sad. Her tales of bloggers “cosying” up to PR people so they would get invited to the next event/press trip/whatever is a little sickening, if I am honest. Would you do this in the “real world”? (Or perhaps, working in finance, I am happily sheltered from this bribery)
There is nothing wrong in reviewing products or writing about items you like. But if this isn’t your passion – if you are reviewing a product you hated positively so you don’t get on the wrong side of the PR, if you are posting press releases to please the sender, if you are publishing posts you don’t care about – it does show, and as a reader, it is dull, dull, dull to read.
The other part of blogging that saddens me is the lack of knowledge sharing. If you know how to write a kick ass letter on how to request payment for something – why hide this away? If you are amazing at writing up a recipe, why don’t you share your tips on that? If you create the best image collages – share that information! It frustrates me when I ask for advice on Twitter and everyone keeps very quiet because – what? Do you think that I will be taking away from you? (I’m putting my money where my mouth is with this one – I promise to tell all soon though!)
Perhaps this is just my age talking. I have noticed that the majority of blogs that made it through my New Years cull were bloggers who were about my age, who weren’t so bothered about the comments, the events or the freebies, but who just seem to enjoy what they do.
TL;DR? This word vomit is me saying that I want to return to the old ways of blogging but with the benefits of the new ways. Sharing knowledge is a good thing – why don’t more of us do it? Oh, and blog for yourself. Obviously ;)