Blogging in the AUS

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Use your blog to connect. Use it as you. Don't “network” or “promote.” Just talk. NEIL GAIMAN."

So, a few times I have made some half hearted ramble about how I blog for me, and I don't think I could do the "pro blogger" thing, but I've never really articulated what I was finding 'off' about the pro blogging world. Then I read this blog entry by one of my fave bloggers, Little Miss Moi. She nailed it. It's BORING!!! I don't want to read multiple product plugs. I don't want to read about competitions, networking and blogging conferences! I want to read about LIVES. I want to read about thoughts, ponderings, events in your real world!!!

I was so glad to read that it wasn't just me. I also think it's kinda boring to read solely about parenting (I know, GASP OF HORROR, I can't believe I said it 'out loud' either!) I mean, I adore being a Mum, I often blog about my kids or parenting. But there is more to Kelly than MAAAMAAA. I want to know all the facets that make you, you. What are your hopes, your dreams, your passions? Write about that, not the latest product you're peddling. PLEASE!!!!


Lib said...

Oh I so agree!! My weightloss blog is getting a bit old, so I am trying to turn it into just about me and my life, but at the moment its not very exciting, but at the end of the day a blog is for me to free my thoughts and feelings, not for me to entertain the masses.

But I must admit I do envy those people who are witty and so very articulate, the ones that make me LOL, and then there are others that I just roll my eyes and think same shit different day......

Kate said...

You're not alone there. I've been reading a lot of sometimes quite heated discussion on the topic lately.

I find it interesting as having had a personal blog for many years I started my current one with the intention of using it as a vehicle for exploring my marketing/PR skills and am firmly entrenched in that blog world you describe ;)

I'm really enjoying it because it is the part of my life that is not just Mummy right now. But I also appreciate that many find the brand/blog thing off-putting too. Like everything on the interwebs though I figure they can always click away, as I do when I'm not engaged with a writer.

Different strokes :) I'm still trying to find the right balance for me and who knows if I'm getting it right. I figure if it's fun for me then really that's all that matters at this stage.

FeistyKel said...

That's spot on, Kate. Whatever makes you happy, and you are right. There are audiences for all kinds of blogs, and we all have different interests - thank goodness! I'm glad you are being fulfilled by your writing.

Lib, I agree. Oh to be witty and clever. At the end of the day, its a record for ME and that's the point that matters!

Little Miss Moi said...

Lovely post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kel. I think that you do a great job at blogging for yourself. I might not always comment because I'm flicking through blogs on my phone at work (shhh!) but I enjoy reading. Mwah!

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