Stop Calling, Start Proving
Eventhough you can categorize bloggers in to different types, I'd like to pick two types of bloggers right now.
● Bloggers who enjoy blogging
● Bloggers who blogging for direct or indirect benefits
If I ask bloggers whether you enjoy blogging or not, I can expect "YES" from almost all bloggers. We can't really say what's behind the blogging always, but we can identify when we read blogs that whether they are generously create value for their audience or trying to show off value in there.
If you ask me, I love bloggers who enjoy blogging. The thing is they are always creating value and generous enough when it comes to value creation. It's not about competition for them though most of them lead the competition. The value they create will return the favor.
Blogging for Benefits
Bloggers who expecting direct or indirect benefits might be creating the value for their audience, but starts to discourage by the fact that they are not getting what they expected. They expect more and more, and count on traffic, SEO measures, revenue and all sorts of tangible benefits they can gain instead of giving away. More of a complicated scenario in the long run :)
The numbers doesn't necessarily imply you are creating more value for your audience as nowadays there are many marketing strategies involved in blogging to make it possible. Still, the original and quality content is a primary factor which defines how much value you have created for your audience. Let your audience define what type of blogger you are. STOP calling and START proving it :)
The thought starts to bug me to do a post which reflects some characteristics of people who call themselves a blogger. I don't know how true I am, but you can decide now whether I can call them bloggers or not. Let's talk about few characteristics and hopefully I believe it might add knowledge for bloggers and prevent misusing for some extent.
You Don't Express Yourself
What's the point of having someone else's content on a professionally designed blog while having so called passionate and expert bloggers behind it? :) Experts can't write their own content? They might getting traffic for someone else's content which has been published without an explicit permission of original author, but it's not blogging. Now would you think they can call themselves, bloggers? It's killing the meaning of blogging and reflects that they are not dedicated bloggers but content scrappers.
I just wanna ask you, can you call them bloggers? Purge the content you have got from other resources and start doing it by yourself if you wanna eligible to be a blogger. Express yourself folks :)
It's Not What You Know
Now, this is not something that can identify at first sight but the bloggers who fake it will get into hot water. Would you rather prefer a blogger who express what they know or what they think they know? Who would be the one to reward as a blogger? :)
You are Not Passionate
It's true that blogging open up more opportunities and can make a living out of it too. Bloggers have things to aware such as SEO to deliver their content to right people. They need to aware of blog traffic to measure performance and improve experience in future. But once they obsess with those factors instead of the primary goal, which is blogging, things gonna change. The passion will broken into pieces.
If you are not focus on the primary goal on your blog, you gonna do something wrong. You need to aware of the blogging on your blog first and then other type of efforts. I have few questions for you,
○ Can you recall a moment that you stop by on a blog and distracted by advertisements?
○ Can you remember a post you read on a blog that has lot of keywords and makes no sense?
○ Can you recall a blog that always ask something from you instead of giving you anything?
○ Can you remember stopping by on a blog with 1000s of subscribers or higher PageRank and wondering how with such a low-quality content?
Can you... Let's STOP ;) Now I think you get what I mean. Such incidents reminds that still people out there who focus on showing off, instead of giving the value. Can you call such bloggers, the passionate bloggers?
I'm asking you - Would you think they preserve the true meaning of blogging? Still, can we call them bloggers?
If you have been doing such mistakes as a blogger, yet it's not too late :) You can take action, make a change and start afresh with a new begining for a wonderful blogging journey :)