Blogging Experts? Just Blog And Let Blog!

EVENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA | | August 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm

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This is one blog post I really did not want to write since there are a gazillion blog posts about blogging instead of what we normally blog about since BlogHer (Hangover), and frankly I am sick of it! I know this post won’t make me popular, oh wait I am not that popular anyway! People are sprouting all over to advise, mock and act holier than thou as to how they blog. Chastising others with an air of authority themselves and then start little clubs which claim to make them better.

People making fun of swag grabbers yet parading their pictures of their swag heaps themselves. If you believe so strongly in it why would anyone haul so much of stuff, wasting so much of fossil fuels just because it was free. Each to his own but don’t lecture if you are in no place. Personally I gave away most of my stuff to local friends and made a pile for the hotel staff but I really don’t care if people carried their bulk home, just don’t act as if you are much better.

Now there seems to be blooming all over with advice to blog with honesty and integrity and somehow made to feel that you need to do this. I think people should blog however they want. They should blog how they live. Yes I wish people to live honestly, not steal yadayadayada,.. but I won’t preach it. There are consequences if they break laws. There are consequences if they break social etiquette, just like that if people break blogging laws or etiquette they will see the reactions (sooner or later).

But I find many who are lecturing are just people commenting (and reading) only each other’s blog and by far are out of touch with what the regular blogger thinks because they DON’T read the posts of the average blogger! Stop acting like a poster child for blogging! There are all types and it is OK. People were surprised by the acts of the greedy blogger with the Crocs guy, I wasn’t! I was not happy with it, but surprised I certainly was not. Come on, with 1500 bloggers in attendance it would be ludicrous to believe that you won’t get strange apples.

This is precisely my point! There are so many bloggers and so many styles, can’t we just stop the lecturing and let everyone blog as they wish?  All the FTC and disclosure etc will take care of itself, rules will be passed and consequences will be had.  People or fellow bloggers should stop trying to play police and think they earned a right to be an expert.

Just blog and let blog!

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14 Comments

  1. 1

    Well said. We preach all the time about having respect for the way ppl choose to live their lives, the same goes for the way they blog. Again, well said.

    Oh, and it was SO nice meeting you :)

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    Neil says:

    I find most of this drama rather self-centered, because everyone is making broad statements that only fit a very small segment of the blogging world. Like you mentioned in the post, we are mostly talking about the “mommybloggers” who went a little far in the swag-grabbing, etc. These bloggers only represent a small portion of mommybloggers. And mommybloggers only make up one segment of female bloggers in general. And female bloggers are not alone in the blogging world. There are male bloggers. Who are we talking about? It is the equivalent of someone telling all writers from copywriters to novelists how to write. I don’t see how any of this builds bridges between communities.

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    Jessica says:

    I couldn’t agree more (and very well said). To each their own, who is to judge what we write about.

  4. 4

    I love that face that you so opinionated. Your popular in my book and with my friends…we average bloggers have to stick together =)

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    Elise says:

    If you don’t like how someone runs their blog don’t read it. I find it amazing the selfrighteousness of people. I say write what you feel and if you can get paid for it (money or swag)more power to you. They used to call that the publishing industry.

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    Aunt Becky says:

    *sighs*

    I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you.

    *sighs*

    Everyone is a freaking expert these days.

  7. 7

    Oh do I ever hear you and agree! In the art community that I am part of, I call them Glue Gun PhDs. They are the omnicient of the art community and now, as you have wonderfully pointed out I find we have the new era of Publish Post PhDs on the internet.

    I’m a big fan of personal freedoms, even in doing wrong-it is not my place to laud or condemn.

  8. 8

    Niri: I agree with you. I think this philosophy is applicable to all spheres of life.

    Live and let live. To each their own! It takes all kinds to make the world go round.

  9. 9

    So glad that I have had the opportunity to chat with you Niri. What a great post. I can’t wait to meet you in real life someday. I write what I feel and what I live. I am not a big blogger, but I am okay with that. I just want people to enjoy what I have to say, laugh with me, cry with me and know that I am a real mom with real struggles and great joys.

    Thanks Niri!

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    Beth says:

    Niri-

    What a terrific post. I couldn’t agree with you more. It is incredibly difficult to call yourself an expert in a world that sometimes feels like the wild west. We are all trying to figure it out as we go along and as you said, at the heart of it, you’ve got to blog about how you live. And today, I got to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with my daughter and attended Kol Nidre service at night. From the ridiculous to the truly meaningful. And that’s what blogging should be about – sometimes funny, sometimes informative, sometimes heartfelt, but most of all, honest and real. And Niri, I love that you are both! Keep up the great blogging :)

  11. 11

    Just blog?? Interesting concept! Ha. While I believe there definitely should be conversations about proper behavior when it comes to the business of blogging, at the end of the day we all should do what we do best- write. My personal blog is a collection of who I am – which can seem schizophrenic at times! I write on the things that I want to write about – my life, my passions, etc etc. That is why I blog and I think that’s what blogging should be about. Businesses, at the end of the day, want bloggers for their authentic voices – so we should all just use ours!

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    Mommie Daze says:

    Totally agree with you! Why can’t we all just get along?

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    Stimey says:

    This is so well said. I agree completely! Great post.

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    Al_Pal says:

    Great post. It was so lovely to meet you!!!
    Hope to see you again sometime. ;D

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