This blog post is not like the rest of them, as you can probably tell from the title. I had a few things on my mind and wanted to share my thoughts with you.
I’ve been blogging for about a while now and have noticed a few things about the blogging world I’m not too proud of. I don’t know whether it’s complacency or me purposely exposing myself to the same topics and concepts…I just know that something isn’t right.
The Problems with Bloggers
We’re starting to become like every other (insert niche) blogger.
After all the blogs I’ve been reading, there really isn’t one that calls to me as an individual person with a life and personality. I can’t even tell you a name of a blog website because I can’t associate one with a personality and a face—except for maybe Melyssa Griffin since she is everywhere with Pinterest.
I feel that we are so close-knit in our blogger groups on Facebook that we forget to have our own distinctive voice. We kinda have read the writings of so many bloggers that we unconsciously fit our style into their own, leading to monotony.
The style, the tang, the “what makes you different from any other health/marketing/business consultant blogger”—it’s missing!
We’re losing our creativity
For real though.
I’m a half-time college blogger and it all seems like we’re regurgitating the same organization/productivity tips: buy an agenda, use the Pomodoro method, etc etc.
As a matter of fact, we’re regurgitating the SAME topics.
- How to be productive
- How to take notes
- How to get organized
And yes, these are for SURE great starter posts to incorporate as a beginning blogger. Heck, I believe I have some of these very same articles.
But I try to add something new to the table. Not just the same tips and suggestions that everyone else has.
And I know there’s more to college than the actual taking notes parts. There’s a mental aspect of it too! I have a post entitled “What to Do When Teachers Waste Your Time” and I have never seen ANY blog post like it.
Why, though? Too many college professors have too much fun with their jobs and inadvertently waste our time sometimes.
And it’s not just college bloggers.
I’ve signed up for a few free webinars to help me with my business. At the end, I noticed that the webinar hoster will pitch a certain product, and that’s when I leave the scene.
For one, I’m broke as a mofo, but for two, I DON’T KNOW WHO TO BUY FROM.
Yeah, Melyssa’s Pinfinite Growth seems cool, but that stuff is expensive.
And there are sooo many Pinterest webinars to choose from—who is to say that these webinars won’t cover the exact same information with the only difference being the prices?
But my main question is, how did these people discover these tips? After all, there’s not THAT much you can do with Pinterest. Isn’t it all just trial and error? With the SURFEIT of Pinterest tips and tricks out there online, what is it that I actually don’t already know/ won’t get from an online blog?
I’m intrigued in buying a webinar just to see if I learn something completely new. If I was given a total refund the day after the webinar, of course.
I’d just be distraught if I paid for a Pinterest course and the first 10 minutes talked about designing the pin: 735 x 11500 or whatever, bright colors, consistency, etc.
We’re very sell-y.
One of my favorite bloggers who really made a difference in my life was Jorden Roper.
She taught me how to snag my first client on Linkedin.
She taught me how to send a cold email.
She taught me the basics of freelance writing.
And she answered all my questions.
She didn’t offer any “Get 5000 in 5 days” type of un-free course. And she had a loot of personality. I mean she swore a lot, but even if she didn’t, I associated a face and a writing style to her blog name—Writingrevolt.com
In fact, I’d go back to her websites taking notes, signing up for things. And my email wouldn’t even be bombarded with other things she recommends I download or buy.
I understand that selling accounts for a great fraction of our incomes. But I liked Jorden because she helped me make money without spending money.
I don’t even KNOW if she has anything for sale. She gives away so much free and useful information.
And she has her own freelance writing comics! WHO does that?!
She’s the bomb.
She doesn’t feel beyond me. She feels like an older sister that I can talk to whenever I have a question or need help or just need a laugh. I can ask for money and she’ll never ask for it back.
Anyways, I didn’t mean any harm when composing this. I just recognized a few themes that should be addressed in the beauty that is the blogging world.
Do you agree? What are your thoughts?