I have been a fan of blogs long before I ever thought of creating The Budget Mama. I love reading and following blogs and getting to know the bloggers behind those blogs. I have followed A Bowl Full of Lemons back when she was still a tiny blogger still on Blogger. I have watched Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles build up an amazing following and I have watched The Humbled Homemaker grow from a minnow to a giant fish in the pond.
I love blogs and I love bloggers but there are three things that have popped up recently in the blogging world that I feel need to go away, fast. I am a loyal follower of blogs and I want to love your blog but you have to want my love in order to get my love. So, if you are doing these three things, please stop.
There is nothing that drives me crazier as a blog reader than when I have just finished reading this life changing post and I immediately want to get to know the person that wrote it better, but I cannot find them. I look for an “about me” tab on their blog, nothing or if there is an “about me” section it is only a couple of sentences with no mention of your name or even a picture of you.
Y’all know what happens next? I do not follow you, not because I do not like you, but because I do not know you. You just rocked my world but I do not even know your name so now I feel as though I have been cheated out of a relationship.
Your readers want to know you. I totally understand if you do not want to share your last name or pictures of your family, but you need to at least share you with your readers. Give us your first name and just one photo so we can make a connection with you. We want to know that you are a real person, give us you, please.
I feel like this has taken over the blogging world and is causing blogging to lose a little bit of its credibility – writing for controversy. Let me be clear, I am not referring to writing about your stance on a controversial topic – that takes intellect to do. I am referring to articles that are written for the sole purpose of stirring the pot.
Articles like “Why Stay-at-Home Moms are Useless”, “If You Have Tattoos You Beat Your Kids” and “7 Reasons Why I’m Happy I’ll Never Have a Boy” (yes these are real articles that I have read) are articles that were written for no other purpose than to go viral and to make people mad. They offer no facts, no helpful advice, nothing. I truly believe this type of writing is cheap and needs to disappear.
An important question to ask yourself is, am I writing this because I want people to share/comment/give me my fifteen minutes of fame or do I want people to respect me and to want more of my writing? Respect yourself enough to not fall into this “get-viral-quick” scheme.
Oh this one, it is a tough one that I believe most bloggers struggle with at some point (and to be honest, I believe most business owners struggle with it as well). Keeping your integrity while earning an income on your blog can be tough. I know it has been for me. I have taken opportunities that I should not have in order to make money and I have seen other bloggers do the same.
There is another component of integrity that I have noticed after networking with several bloggers. The difference between the real life blogger and the blogger on their blogs. I have been met with huge disappointments getting to know some of these bloggers better only to realize that their sole purpose in blogging is to make money and that who they claim to be on their blogs is not who they are in real life.
If you are blogging for the shear sake of making a buck, you will eventually be found out by your readers. I know of two bloggers that were huge when I first started blogging almost three years ago. I loved following them until I realized that every post was so over monetized that they no longer offered anything valuable to me.
Your readers should always come first. Make sure you are holding yourself to a standard of integrity and still offering your readers a valuable and worthwhile experience.
I love reading blogs and I want to love reading yours, but please make sure that you are giving your readers you, avoiding controversy for the shear sake of going viral, and keeping your integrity in tack. The world needs your voice and only you can give us you.
Are you a fan of blogs? What would you like to see stop (or continue) in the blogging world?
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