You only need to take a quick look at my archives or even my follower count to know that I’ve not been at this blogging malarky for long. I’ve always been slow with trends. I was still listening to music on my Sony Discman when the world had moved on to mp3 players. I get there in the end.
Although, I’ve been writing for most of my life and communicating (professionally) for a lot of it, this blogging game, (sometimes I feel it might be a game for some) is an interesting and enjoyable passion that I’d really love to get to grips with fully.
So far, I have learnt some great things. I’ve learnt that I love writing even more than I ever thought I did. I always thought I was a reader not a writer, now I do both. I love my mindless drivel and my attempts to tell a story, no matter how trivial it is. I love that I am entertained by my own stories, even if no one else is.
I’ve also learnt much about the wider blogging community itself. The wonderful people who entertain me, make me think, make me laugh and inspire me. But with all my new knowledge, I’ve still got some huge rookie gaps that need filling in, please.
I would like to know…
…do people follow you because they want you to follow them or are they genuinely interested in what you’ve got to say?
I suppose the answer to this is both yes and no. There are some who follow you out of interest and others who I guess are trying to bump up their followers. Is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing? Is that what you’re supposed to do? I really don’t know. I personally don’t ‘like’ something, if I don’t like it (relate to it, agree with it and so on and so forth) and I don’t follow someone if their blog is not for me. I have no idea if that is what I’m supposed to do or not, but this seems logical to me. Or is the etiquette that if someone follows you, you follow them back? Another thought. Is it strange that only people who blog like your blog? Are blogs just for bloggers even though they are available to all? Enlighten me please.
…are all followers real people?
I’m sure you’ve all been here. You get your email notification, you see it’s from WordPress. You let your stew burn whilst you check out who it is that’s following you. Damn the stew, someone likes your blog. You see a photo of a smiling face. A nice face. You like this person already. You’re interested to know a little more about them. There’s a bit of generic blurb about how much they love life and how they have the secret to success blah, blah, blah. You click on their website and it takes you to either a ‘how to make money from your blog,’ blog or a ‘self-empowerment’ blog that somehow does not feel so bloggy but more dodgy. I currently have someone following me whose blog has a title and a tag line but they have absolutely no pages on their blog and their About page still has the example text that you get when you sign up. So what’s that all about? Enlighten me please.
…and finally, what are all those damn awards? And more importantly, why don’t I have one? Ha, ha
My last perplexing thought is of the blogging community’s system of appreciation. I’ve seen the Liebster award, The Versatile Blogger award, the Miracle blog award – what does that mean? Does it mean if you write something in your blog it comes true? I’ve seen lots more but I can’t remember all of their names. Where do these awards come from? Is there an awards body or are they awards given by the blogging community for the blogging community? It seems to me and correct me if I’m wrong; someone nominates you, you accept, you answer some questions about yourself and then your blog wins an award. Goodness, is it really that easy? If that is the case, every actor would be an Oscar winner, if the film academy ran its award system like this. Maybe I am missing something? Is there a criteria? Are there any rules or is it simply about loving your blogging neighbour or more cynically, a way to drive your hits up, or even a bit of both? I have also noticed that a few names seem to be doing a lot of the nominating? What does this mean? Am I thinking about this all too much!?
So, if you didn’t catch it already, my plea for today is for a little bit of enlightenment please. I know the topic is pretty trivial but very perplexing nonetheless. So over to you my blogging friends. Thank you.