So bloggers, how big is your ego??
I recently went on a large local forum to advertise the Sheffield Bloggers Meet Up, just a small post saying that I was setting this group up and asking if anyone was interested…
The first reply made me raise my eyebrows, a poster said
“The only problem with bloggers is that they only care about their own opinion, thats why they think it’s important enough to blog. So I doubt there are going to be many who wanna sit around with a coffee listening to other people’s opinions, when they only care about their own.”
I ignored the post and a couple of weeks later posted a small update saying that the first meeting had gone well and the date of the next meet.
The moderator of the group then post a fairly offensive remark saying
“Yes; many bloggers do need advice, esp. from suitably-qualified mental health specialists.”
Followed by another post by a different user who said
“Bloggers are just the 21st century equivalent of the pub bore ranting on and on about their personal opinion, not realised that no-one cares what they think. If I ran the internet I’d shut down all bloggers sites as they serve no useful purpose other than to remind us how many self-important egotists there are in this world!”
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Blimey! I was genuinely shocked at the comments, I know blogging isn’t for everyone but I couldn’t understand the vitriol.
I pointed out that the poster who said bloggers were pub bores and egotists had over 1000 posts on the forum and questioned what the difference was between that and a pub bore. He retorted that a forum was a discussion and a blog was a lecture.
When I said that I didn’t force anyone to read my blog and that it was a choice to read my opinion the same way it is a choice to read a newspaper, the lovely poster took the time to apparently read my blog and said
“As you helpfully provided a link I’ve just had a brief look at your blog and it’s exactly the sort of egotistical self-importance I mean. I know it sounds harsh but all your blog says to me is “look at me, look at me, aren’t I interesting?” There’s nothing wrong with showing your holiday snaps or favourite recipes to friends but you have to be a bit of an egotist if you think complete strangers might be interested!”
Im not sure if he did look at my blog or not as there are no holiday snaps, I have a recipe on the blog but it is discussing German Friendship Cake. So perhaps before judging me, actually read my blog.
So are bloggers all self important egotists? I love writing and I blog about pretty peculiar things from around the world, things that interest me and things that make me laugh. I would blog if no one was reading it but as it happens, people seem to like to read my mutterings, I have a decent amount of readers and I appreciate every one. I suppose I do think I have something to say, something to share and maybe you could say you have to be a little egotistical to put yourself out there and think that others will find your blog interesting.
But you could say the same about every writer, author, journalist, mp, actor… Anyone in the public eye really.
I spoke to Violet Fenn from The Skull Illusion who said
“If you think blogs are tedious and egotistical, then you are probably reading the wrong blogs.”
The internet is a big place, and there is room for everyone. If you don’t like blogs, don’t read them. Its really simple!
I think blogging is a really social thing, to me it is like an interactive magazine. I write an article about something I find interesting and others can respond. I used to buy a lot of magazines and would never write in about an article that I enjoyed, hated or felt strongly about as it just seemed like such a faff. Now I buy a lot less magazines but I read a hell of a lot of blogs and at a click of a button I can comment, question or let the author know I loved or hated their work.
People blog for all manner of reasons, some for fun, some to keep up with family and friends around the world, some for business and marketing, some use it as a form of therapy and some to share their interest. The point is that each one is doing something, they are writing, creating and sharing. They are making connections both locally and internationally.
Isn’t that the amazing thing about the internet?? Today I have had people from 16 different countries around the world reading my blog, I have had tweets, emails and comments from them. I have made connections with people I would never have had any contact with were it not for my blog. I love that, I think its exciting.
So if that makes me an egotist, I suppose Ill take that label.
I’d love to hear your thoughts (as this is a discussion, not a lecture 😛 ) so please let me know what you think.