Hie friends ! thanks for stopping by! Hope you are doing very well today 🙂 I feel like having heart-to-heart chit chat , its Friday after all 🙂
So yeah guess what, I will finish my first month as a blogger by the end of January, I am very very new, so new that I am still figuring out how to categorize my blogging into a specific theme: is it style blogging, fashion blogging , lifestyle blogging? Huh ! but seems like this is not necessarily a struggle only new bloggers go through. Some seasoned bloggers have also been adding themes to their introduction lately. To my mind, lifestyle blogging is an all-encompassing theme, which pretty much covers any topic under the sun and no wonders it is a safe bet for many to promote themselves as lifestyle bloggers indeed, isn’t it?
Ever since I made my blog public, I have been trying to connect with other bloggers, well not as much as I probably should. But you know having a full-time job that involves finishing a PhD does pose some limitation on the time one could spend on and around blogging. Anyhow, so far I am fairly happy with my interactions. The blogs I have discovered and the comments that I have received on my posts, they are all very entertaining and encouraging.
Also, I have realized that even though the space to establish oneself as a new blogger has become sparse, learning curve has become relatively flat for us than the bloggers who started out around for 5-6 or more years ago, which is a good thing because we already start with a DSLR and a decent lens 🙂 YAY !!!
But over the past month I also observed some patterns, behaviors and practices that I am not very comfortable with. For example:
- The seasoned bloggers complaining about getting good enough traffic on their blog but very few interactions in terms of comments. This is understandably frustrating right and you sure feel their pain ? BUT when I see that they themselves hardly acknowledge whatever comments they receive on their posts, I doubt the integrity of their complaint, really.
- Many bloggers also complain about comments that (they tag as) purely promotional. Hey what do you expect? Why should a new blogger NOT introduce herself to the bigger audience. They have all the right in the world to be as proud as anybody else is! Just because someone puts their link after the comment doesn’t necessarily mean their comments are not genuine. In fact, I really appreciate it when someone leave their blog link with their comment on my blog post. This gives me access to more blogs that I can connect with. So, if I may humbly suggest – stop being so judgmental for God’s sake, you were doing the same thing when you had started out, remember and there is nothing wrong it it !!
- Registering to various blog directories to promote your blogs is what has been suggested everywhere. It can be a specific-blogging-theme directory, or a regional directory. It doesn’t matter, the point is that as new bloggers we want to join any relevant directory, which we think will introduce us to the new and relevant audience. But the wait to hear back from that diva who claims to be the person behind that contact email address is excruciatingly long and uncertain .
- I am not expecting for someone to be my Godmother here in the blogging world, but what I find in general is that the seasoned bloggers – the ones who have been around for a few years now and are doing good for themselves and you think they would be the grounded ones because they have earned success by hard work and diligence not so long ago, somehow hesitate to embrace the new bloggers. I can count for myself that only two of such bloggers have been warm enough to say welcome aboard ! (and one had been kind enough to offer help if needed as I am new into blogging). This simple but kind gesture has had my heart melt away and I felt so encouraged because they acknowledged the beginning of my blogging journey. There is no doubt there are many brilliant bloggers out there but unfortunately I have not met many such gracious, kind and well-deserving bloggers so far. If I ever find someone who looks up to me and asks me for advice, I will take it as the biggest compliment ever for my work and myself and hopefully will take the opportunity to give it back to the blogging community and the people who have encouraged me go this far.
I know, I am wearing my devil horns today, but sometimes I feel that everyone is fighting their own battle in this blogosphere. It doesn’t matter which step you are on the success ladder: the newbies are fighting to establish themselves, the seasoned-bees are trying to keep standing tall and the celebrity bloggers are …oh well I have no idea what they are fighting for: may be for most coveted collaborations with every luxury brand out there? who knows ! Good for them though,they are infact role models for many girls out there !
Would love to hear about your experiences as bloggers. Every narrative, every story fills the gap in someone else’s experience and as humans I believe we connect more when we share our experiences with each other. I hope this post reaches out to more and more people so that I can interact with more members of the blogging community.
Wishing you all goodtimes and great weekend,