Saturday, August 2, 2008

It's Quite Personal

The following post is NOT a jab at anything/anyone in particular, just general observation from my own Blog stalking. It is NOT meant to be offensive or confrontational. I will apologize ahead of time for any reader misunderstandings...
Read at your own Risk
So I've noticed people can get pretty catty about their Blogs: Whether it be from comments on their page (moderate or disable your comments if you want to "weed out" unwanted opinions); blog designs (mine is fancier than yours); territorial material (how dare they write about what I just covered); or even those who comment on others pages (especially those anonymous commenters who love to write nasty things just to stir up trouble).
  • Some blog as an Online journal to share their random ramblings with strangers.
  • Some blog for their family and friends to keep up with them.
  • Some blog to enlarge their social circle.
  • Some blog to gain some sort of praise or affirmation from strangers/fans/stalkers.
  • Some blog just to be heard, to have a voice.
  • Some blog to show off, keep up with the Joneses.
The list goes on and on... We all have our reasons and should respect others when we feel offended by a comment, whether it be a praise or a criticism; likewise when we leave a comment.

Blogging is quite personal and before you take offense OR even write an offensive comment think:
  • Anyone who networks through these blogs can see that much of the same material is covered on a daily basis. I'll see the same picture / topic / question / witty saying or inventive phrase on multiple sites within days and sometimes hours of each other. There is nothing new under the sun.
  • Design-wise, some of the highest rated blogs have the most simple design layouts and are valued for their content and not how pretty or how often their site changes. But one shouldn't be nasty to others for deciding they want a showy or gaudy blog. It's a personal preference and likely reflects the writer's style and taste.
  • And yes, I understand that if you need an Online ego-booster that Blogging is a great outlet for it. Please just don't put down your peers or aggravate others with one-upmanship. That's just ugly.

And as I step down from the Soapbox, please be respectful and kind to one another.

Because it's all quite personal.


cupcakes and cashmere said...

i couldn't agree more! i've been so fortunate to have really sweet people commenting on my blog, but i've read some really nasty things other places. it's simply not necessary and doesn't help anything. great post, hope it affects those that are doing negative damage out there!

Tiffany Norris said...

Great post! Thanks for discussing this!
Oh, and I vote for runners. :)

{Amanda} said...

thanks emily & tiffany!

being ugly isn't pretty =)