That blog is too sarcastic.
That blog cusses too much.
And that one is all sunshine all the time and seems fake.
That blog talks about subjects I don’t think should see the light of day.
And that blog isn’t original enough.
I think that blog should change this.
I don’t agree with that blog. Ever.
Ohmygosh, can you believe what that blog is talking about?
We’re in a very crowded blogosphere. And we can be critical of one another. I’ve heard all of the statements above and more as complaints about different blogs.
There are blogs on all subjects and different take on these subjects: it would be very boring if we all agreed on everything and said it in the same way, like one big giant stepford blog that was written by one person who controlled the group brain.
The fact is that not every blog is for every person.
You can still respect the blogger but totally disagree with them on different subjects. I actually enjoy reading blogs from people who have different viewpoints than me- and having them read here. Sometimes I click away before commenting because I’m not sure how to comment respectfully. And other times, I’ve had great discussions about our differing views. I think we can learn from each other.
And if I don’t like what someone is writing about or how they are choosing to talk about a topic, there’s that big X in the corner and I can go away. I don’t feel the need to tell the blogger I don’t like them or blast across social media slamming that blog simply for doing things differently than how I do them.
We all have our own blogging voices.
We have to decide what stories we’ll tell and how we’ll tell them.
Which areas of our lives we want to share with our readers and which we save for face-to-face conversation with a close a friend.
As bloggers, we should be honest. If something is a work of fiction, that’s totally fine- as long as you aren’t trying to pass it off as fact to your readers.
We shouldn’t steal material from others. Sure, you might blog about the same topic as another blogger- it would be really hard to come up with only totally unique topics. But how you write about it should be in your own words, not someone else’s.
And while some might disagree with me on this one, I don’t think we should have fights in blog posts. If you have a problem with someone, go talk to them. Or email if you they only live in your computer and not your real life. Sure, writing a post where you slam another blogger will get you lots of traffic, but then that’s what you are: the blogger who tears down other bloggers.
But other than honesty, writing your own material, and not fighting, I think your blogging voice is up to you.
Know that you can’t please everyone and that all you can do is be who you are.
And the same applies to reading blogs: not everyone is going to please you, so choose your reading material based on what feels right to you.
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