Blogging is a phenomena today. No doubt about that. User generated quality content, networking and folksonomy has become the essence of blogging. And this is what makes it a phenomena. There are no juniors and seniors in the game as many believe. According to me, everyone who manages to generate quality content is a star – irrespective of whether he started his blog one month back or 3 years.
It’s disappointing when there are categories and lists in blogging. There are bloggers who are categorized as A-List and “Pro – bloggers”, while others are “Z-List” and newbies. According to me this is rubbish, because somebody categorized them on the basis of
– who’s making more money
– who’s got the biggest network
– and who started the first.
None of them is a genuine scale to measure the quality of a blogger.
If it’s making money, then only the ones who managed to initiate an affiliate network, or only the one who managed to make 1000 MFA articles(by employing 5 copy writers), will manage to be the top bloggers. Or if it’s about “starting it first” then those who started blogging in the last 2-3 years are losers.Right?
These days every second blog you come across is a “How to make money online” blog or a technology blog. It’s anyone’s guess that if everybody blogger get’s a 5 digit check from Google, then there’s definitely something wrong in the system. Either there are fraudulent clicks or even if they were genuine, the advertisers should be suffering in their ROI figures(more clicks-no buys).
Okay, let’s ignore the money part – it’s a boring game. I saw this interesting comment on bloggingtips, in my article. It was from a gentleman called Dollar Bear who was frustrated that every other blog he came across was a “Tips to money making one” and clearly he was not interested. He says – I’m not in that group. I must appreciate his statement. It is the voice of a thousand plus bloggers who are sick of the money making blogging thing.
They want to blog because they need to tell the world a different story about something we all have turned a blind eye to, or they want to think differently about an axiom – or they simply have a new business idea. Shouldn’t such kind of talen be recognised and appreciated? What if he too jumped into the bandwagon and wasted his time trying to monetise his site, thinking about the ad-sizes, referrals, links and stuff? That would corrupt his mind – would it not?
The blogging community is a network – the “blogosphere” as it’s called. There are many think-tanks out there who want to make a point.
Any sort of classification and labelling, be it based on the money, or the popularity only corrupts the idea, and should not be entertained. I’d be happy to listen to your thoughts on this..