It seems to be a week for noticing trends. Well here’s another one: some bloggers seem to think they are the cream of the crop. It isn’t only that they think they are part of some divine blogging chorus, but also that this misguided thought leads them to either ignore other bloggers completely, or treat them with disdain and contempt.
How utterly abhorrent.
This doesn’t seem to be restricted to any one type of blogging category either. Beauty bloggers, fashion bloggers, sex toy reviewers, erotica writers, sex bloggers and kink bloggers; there are those who have their heads up their own asses far too much in every one of those.
Are you an elite blogger? Do you blog professionally? Do you have a large audience? Do you vainly ignore mentions from, or comments from, who you regard as the ‘little bloggers’?
Well I have a few words to say to you.
Everyone starts somewhere.
Remember how your blog or web space started? In all likelihood you started writing a journal, or a blog, because you’d found a subject you were interested in. It becomes a hobby.
Over time, you might happen upon a forum of likeminded people who also blog about similar things. Or, you may discover there is a whole blogosphere for people like you. Hurray!
The excitement of blogging ramps up to another level and you excitedly make friends within this group. You may ask many questions about your blog, search for tips and blogging techniques, see how the successful bloggers work and even approach them for help.
Sound familiar yet?
If you are fortunate enough, or have worked hard enough, to reach a level of blogging where you have a large audience, great traffic and a web presence, please don’t go and ruin it by being a dick.
Something I particularly despise is when beginner bloggers are turned away by more seasoned bloggers, who make out they aren’t worth the time of day. Not only this, but I have heard of bloggers even discouraging people from writing on their blogs, criticising their work over the choice of a word, or because they felt their writing wasn’t up to scratch.
That’s not your blog, you have your own blog. Guide, kindly and compassionately. If you feel so threatened and insecure about other bloggers then perhaps you should look at the quality and standard of your own blog and writing, then adapt your work to fit with your own standards.
I’ve been very lucky in that my two partners have helped me move over the past 3 years from amateur blogger to a professional blogging platform. Yes, I write the words, but knowledge of how the web works and also site design is important too. I am not so stupid as to not recognise the great advantage this has given me and I will always appreciate that.
However, I try to reply to every mention through whichever medium on the internet with courtesy, no matter who the comment, question or chat is from. If you ask me for advice, I will do my best to sincerely help you.
This trend for an ‘elite’ class of bloggers is quite frankly, ridiculous, rude, upsetting and unnecessary.
Stop with the arrogance!