blogging opinions on blogging (commenting back, post content +)

by - 7/21/2015 06:27:00 pm

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How do I feel about various aspects of blogging? I did a self Q and A. Sounds a little self-centered but I thought it might be easier to read than a long rant post. Heh.

COMMENTING BACK

Long version
: Some say it's rude if you don't and so you should do it, since it doesn't hurt you to follow/comment back. Many see it as crucial if you want to be 'successful' and a well-known blogger. I disagree with both.

I comment back all the time, and many of my commentors are actually bloggers whose posts I've commented on. I don't do it to avoid being seen as 'rude'; I just believe that every blogger has a voice that deserves to be heard, and I try to be genuine when I can.

However, I don't think it's rude if you don't comment back because you're just not interested in a blogger's latest posts. What are you suppose to do about it? Swallow your boredom and write a terribly insincere comment about how wonderful you thought the post was?

Insincerity is horrible on the internet, personally. There's no way of telling whether a commentor on my post means what they say.

Short version: It's okay if you think commenting back is a must, but I would rather have 6 genuine readers than 100 fake ones. I think it's very nice of you to comment back, but at the same time, not commenting back doesn't make you rude.

POSTING WHAT I LIKE VS. WHAT YOU LIKE

Long version: I wish I could do more of what I like, which is politics, creative writing, social issues, things that force people to think long and hard, but I can't.

I know what some of you will say, "Just do what you want and people who like the same stuff will follow you!" It's good advice, but I see posts/blog content as sort of the bridge between bloggers and readers. Bloggers write what they like, readers read what they like.

If I just did current affairs and poems all the time, hardly anyone would read them. I know this because of the content I see on other blogs, and the stats I see on mine. So I find a balance, because my blog is nothing without my audience.

In fact, there's a post titled "Is America a Terrorist?" in my drafts list right now, which will probably remain there until I run out of ideas.

Short version: I like doing bookish content, pop culture and poetic stuff, which you seem to love best, based on the stats. It's not my niche, but I'm happy to settle for a balance of what I like that you read and what I love that you don't read as much.

POSTS ABOUT HOW TO BLOG

Long version: Some of these annoy me. Not the "I personally look for these qualities in a blog" posts, or the "Here are some tips for a more successful blog", but the judgemental ones.

One time, I read a post from a blogger who listed a bunch of things that were not 'blog-worthy', such as diary entry posts, 'bad' design (aka, not minimalist) and posts about science/maths.

Now, I would've understood if she had said this was what she prefered, but she catergorised those un-blog-worthy qualities as reasons why you won't be successful and why your blog isn't a good blog. It was almost comical, the way she said it.

She's a great example of how bloggers try and restrict other bloggers from expressing themselves in the way they want.

Short version: If it's arbitrary but treated as fact...don't.

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  1. TRUTH!!! sista. I agree with basically everything you've said, especially the last point.

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    1. :') THANK YOU. You are a star! *walks away from my bad pun*

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  2. With commenting back, I definitely agree. I personally only comment back if I like the content they have, not out of politeness. Commenting does receive views and followers, but if you're doing it for a follow for a follow then you'll end up with so many followers who don't even bother reading your posts. As for writing what you like though, just try posting it. Try half politics, poems and whatever else, and half what you think your readers want to see. Sometimes you'll be surprised.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. I'm so glad it's not just me! Sure, it has perks, like you said, but if you're not interested it will probably come across in your comment, rightb Actually, what you said before is what I do right now. Half politics and all that. :') But thank you so much! I'm happy you think people might like content I love making.

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  3. I think the thing about blogging is that there isn't a set way to do it, nor a particular end product you're looking to make. If you want to make a sandwich, your end goal is lunch. If you want to blog? Well, that goal is something you have to figure out yourself. And that means that it can be really hard to figure out how to do what you want to do since what other people say may not be right for you. Of course I say that, and then I get nervous, because tomorrow I'm posting a "how to blog" post and now you've made me all nervous that I was judgmental and coarse. Ah.

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    1. Lunch analogy is deep. :') In all seriousness, thank you very much for your advice. I'll need to rethink my goals for this blog, because I'm really appealing to two audiences: you all and me. I'm so sorry I made you nervous! I bet your post is totally free of judgement. My example in the post was an extreme case who tried to dictate other bloggers and limit their self-expression, but having read your blog for some time I'm confident this isn't going to be the case. :)

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  4. Am I a bad person for only reading the short versions of everything xD

    O | Life as a Young Lady

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    1. No. :') That's why they're there!

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  5. On the topic of commenting back, I agree with you. I feel like some people just comment to get a comment back on their blog which is annoying because they barely read the post and leave a really generic comment "great post! <3"
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    I want to read "is America a terrorist" post! :o

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    1. Yeah, it really shows, doesn't it? You can always tell when that happens. Or the classic "I love your blog! Check out mine!"

      Reaaalllyy? You're very kind. Maybe I shall. >:)

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  6. THIS IS SO GREAT JO YOU ARE A GEM
    i agree 100% with everything. the pretentious side of the blogger universe can be very wearying.
    and concerning commenting back: i'm so glad you wrote this. i am quite busy, so i am not on blogger very often. i don't catch every post that i would like to and i comment rarely. i know that i would be more successful if i was more regularly involved in the community, but the pursuit of success is far from any of the reasons that i write on this website. it's also not a very good thing to get into, you know? obsessing over your follower and pageview count can drastically distract you from anything truly genuine or meaningful.

    as for the content issue, i'm in the middle. but think i would probably lean more to the "write what you want/write for yourself" side of this issue. but it's always lovely to reach an equilibrium between what you enjoy writing and what people enjoy reading, and i think you have reached it quite well.

    i love your blog so much, and thank you for this post!! <3

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    1. THANK YOU <3
      Absolutely. Success can be an ugly thing in that to achieve it, you have to use some controversial tricks. I don't catch every post, too, even for the blogs I love to read no matter what. I'm happy you found the time for my posts today. :) Yeah, I get you. Numbers excite me, but to make it your focus detracts from the beauty of blogging and producing genuine content for readers!

      To be honest, I agree with you. It doesn't sound like it in this post, but I really do write what I want but I try and reach that equilibrium you're talking about. I'm like the Avatar: bridge between two worlds. Kidding.

      Thank you so much, Abby! I love your blog as well, keep writing because I always love reading the posts!

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  7. I WOULD LOVE TO READ MORE CURRENT EVENTS/POEMS JUST THROWING THAT OUT THERE THAT'D BE AWESOME K BYE

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    1. AHH THANKS OLIVIA. THIS MAKES ME HAPPY, MAYBE I WILL POST IT EVENTUALLY???

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    2. YES DEFINITELY POST SOME SOON!!!!!!!!! :D ID LOVE IT

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  8. Those posts you want to do about politics, poems and current events.....I would love to read them. Don't know about everyone else, but I sure would. They sound great! :)

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    1. THIS IS SO GREAT PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED. Thanks so much for letting me know, and I will try to procure more. :)

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  9. I'd love to read those political posts! :)
    ~ Sanjana
    peridotcove.blogspot.com

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    1. Yaaaaay. Thanks for letting me know. Thankyouthankyou. :)

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  10. I've been trying to comment back on nearly every post every day, but it can be stressful when there's a post that I can't exactly relate to. But please, if you can. MORE POLTICAL POSTS!!! :DDD

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Yeah, I know what you mean! It's like...how do I reply to this? AWH YAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. :D

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  11. Mmm, I do agree! I comment back now because I don't have that many comments and commenters have wonderful blogs I love to discover. And come on, write that American terrorism post. I would love reading about it! Personally, I always try to find topics my audience is interested in, but typically I am also interested in those topics.

    Basically do what makes you happy because it is your blog and your rules. But be nice.

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    1. Yeah, I don't have many either, usually, so it's a whole lot easier. Same! Everytime I see someone who's not a 'regular' (for a lack of a better word), I get excited, The blogging world is sublime, isn't it? Ahh, thanks, Alyssa, I'm so happy to hear that! I think that's me, too. There's that balance but I like writing the stuff I do now.

      Great. Gracias. :)

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  12. The comment one is close to my heart- I used to feel guilty if I didn't comment back, but then I realised it's not my duty to be interested. Just because someone likes my blog doesn't mean I have to be interested theirs- we all have different taste.
    And I think finding a balance between what you and the readers like is super important :)

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    1. Me too, I went through the same thing. Which is why I had to let this out. Exactly! There should be no obligation or guilt to comment on a blog you can't relate to..

      I thought so too. Thanks for understanding! :)

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  13. WOOT. You got all the points down, jo. Very well written, and I couldn't agree more.

    (Also go ahead with more current events and deep think-y stuff!! I have not practiced writing my thoughts on current events for quite a while, so reading your thoughts will be awesome. And you have a very refreshing way of stating things very bluntly; I appreciate and enjoy it <3)

    Carry on with the cool stuff xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Elisabeth!

      Okay, maybe I will ease into it and do more. You should do current events, it'll be interesting to see it on your blog. Oh, bluntness. :') Thanks!

      Keep calm and carry on? Just kidding, thanks a lot. :)

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  14. It makes me so happy that you are genuine and not one of those fake commenters. I really enjoy reading all your posts, I really do, and as I am also interested in the other topics you mentioned, I would definitely read those posts as well.

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    1. I'm happy that you're happy! Thank you so much, nothing gives me greater joy than tk hear that my effort is worthwhile. I think I might post those. :)

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  15. ah yes..this post is what i've been needing for a while i think.
    i used to feel, honestly, like a terrible person for not commenting back. I mean, those poor people took two measly minutes out of their jam-packed schedule to write a few words for my post, and I don't even reply back? But...the more I've come to think about it, you're right. If I'm truly not interested, it's not right to not be genuine. It's better to just quietly slip away.
    Also, "America is a Terrorist?" would probably bring you a TON of views for that post, and personally, I think it sounds rather interesting myself ^_^

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    1. Yeah, I know what you mean. Which is why I comment back usually by trying to find a way to relate to a post I might not like. :) Comments should always be genuine, and if it fails you, then I agree with you: slip away.

      Yes, but it's so controversial! :') But I think I will, thanks, Autumn. :)

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  16. I agree with everything here! Especially about the commenting back. I like genuine people. And so I want to be a genuine person in return. I'm not going to follow some strict UNWRITTEN code of internet ethics if it makes me insincere.

    I will have to say though, I tend to write what I want (*cough* feeling the Loki vibes?). But it's in part because I am a very unfocused person, and it's impossible to limit my blog down. It's writing/bookish stuff. Or just random thoughts on occasion. I like to think there's some overall, central theme, but I might be kidding myself. :P

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    1. Yeah, I agree 100%. You can really tell when people are ungenuine in their comments, can't you? But I don't hold it against them because it's such a common guilt.

      Yeah, me too. I really do like writing the content I have right now, but it's not my niche, if you know what I'm saying. Loki vibes. :') I noticed that theme in your blog, I really love your bookish content and writing prompt posts, although my writing's no good. Random thoughts could also be a theme? :P

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  17. I have just stumbled across your blog! I love the way in which you approach controversial topics and I would really like to see more content from you (the kind you enjoy making)! Although you say it's not as popular, it is in fact the thing that made me subscribe :)
    LOVE IT.
    -Skye

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    1. Awesome. :D Thank you so much, Skye! Wow, seriously? Maybe I SHOULD do more controversial stuff...:')
      THANK YOU. <3

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  19. I 1001% agree with everything Jo (if that's possible!) :D And like Skye, I LOVE your controversial posts too! <3

    - www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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