Blogging Politics Fact Or Fiction?
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Blogging Politics: Fact Or Fiction?
(Warning, probably gonna be a long one go grab your drink of choice, I’ll wait…. )
With BlogHer ’12 kicking off, there has been a ginormous amount of tips, tricks, lessons, plans, parties, SWAG (I want swag damn it!) And well, a ton of crap floating around for bloggers of all niches, shapes, and sizes to devour. And devour we are! Who’s got the hottest party going on? (Do you party like it’s 1999 or party like a rock-star? I’m a Prince <3′r but I’d party like a rock star, just sayin’) Who’s staying at the fancy, schmancy hotels and who’s stuck out at Bates Motel trying to avoid Norman attacking you in the shower. Who’s your roommate? Who’s your sponsor? Where are you eating? Got some cool new clothes? Which sessions are you attending? And, the most important, where are the friggin’ bathrooms located???? On and on and on. I’ve sat back in my cute little kitchen hiding behind my little glowing screen and read just about all of it and came to what’s probably going to be a very unpopular observation about blogging politics, and had to get it off my chest here. (Shocking, I know, I’m such a rebel, you can say it) Some bloggers are really seeing this whole gig (the blog/glob/blob gig) like it’s high school. Big VS Little. My niche is better than your niche. My pretty, pink, sparkly Genesis theme is soooo more PR friendly and attractive than your generic, drab blogspot one. Put on your big kid underoos and shut up! (I mean that in the nicest way possible, of course) Sure, in any profession there’s politics. For most, blogging is a profession! And there’s for sure blogging politics. It’s life. Let me say that again, there IS blogging politics!
Blogging Politics: Is There A Hierarchy?
Yep. Get over it. Everyone starts at the bottom. You work hard, you may get to the top. Did you really (really??) think you could come up with a clever name, throw up a post on how to clean your house top to bottom using all organic cleaning supplies in under 30 minutes and be an over night sensation? Or, that 1 really yummy recipe grandma handed down would turn you all Pioneer Woman status? Come on. There are literally thousands upon thousands of bloggers out and about now. All throwing stuff on the wall and hoping something sticks. It’s going to take awhile for something to stick! (well, eating cereal without a spoon is sticky, but that’s a different story) You will find many newbie friendly groups and many not-so newbie friendly groups. Rejection = rejection no matter who does it and who receives it. It sucks. I too get my touchy feelers hurt ALL.THE.TIME. Just this week, I received 2 ‘No Thanks’ letters from PR companies AND 1 Facebook group… booted me. Apparently, I swear too much??!! Huh… Hadn’t noticed. Weird, right? Write because you want to write. Write what you know and love. Don’t try to fit some impossible mold of someone else’s standards. Write what fits you. That’s what matters. The others? Screw ‘em! (No, not literally, again a whole different kind of blogging politics). That is of course unless you get Dooced, you write a post that is full of the awesome, it goes totally viral and BAM… you shot right up the blogging ladder baby! (seriously, don’t hold your breath, you’ll turn blue and pass out and get the fam all worried and then they will take your ‘puter privileges away and… wait, I’m totally off topic) Don’t gamble on blogging politics that way!
Blogging Politics: Community, It Takes A Village
So what, you’ve been snubbed. Like I said everyone has. But!! (hehe I said but) seek out people who are just like you! Go, find yo’ peeps! Your homies in the same ‘hood… Here’s what I did/do… Ask yourself what blogs do you enjoy reading? (My personal favorite? The Bloggess, check her shit out!) Which ones do you find yourself hanging at? Why? What makes it enjoyable? Do you leave comments for the blogger? You totally should! We all like alittle lovin’ now and then right? Love on them. Make connections! If you love a blogger enough to hang around and read their tales, TELL THEM! So what if they are ‘big blogs’. They are still just humans. Their poop stinks too. They put their pants on 1 leg at a time just like you. And, ya know what? They weren’t always ‘big blogs’. They were once sitting in the corner at the blogger prom hoping someone would ask them to dance! Play the blogging politics game the right way and you can have just as good a shot at wearing that sparkly tiara one day. But, if you just sit and wait around, picking your underoos out of your butt (hehe, I said butt again) your dance card will remain empty. Go, walk through your village and meet the neighbors. Bring a fresh baked plate of cookies (*hint, I LOVE anything chocolate/peanut butter) Some of those neighbor’s are just sitting with a fresh batch of lemon-aid waiting for you!
But Grandma Juice… where do I find my peeps? Who’s in my village and … what the hell do I say?
Blogging Politics: How To Make Connections
Pimp yourself out yo! Hustle your brand around. Be an attention whore (no, not THAT kind of whore, whole different kind of blogging politics). Go get yourself to Twitter, and start following the people who’s blogs/people/brands you love. Throw out an @ every now and then! No, not every single @ you’re throwing will get a response, but you’ll be shocked at how many do! Hook-up on The Facebook and like the hell out of them. Leave them comments and let them know you were there and you want to be BFF’s. Blogging politics take some networking, right? Work it baby! Subscribe to those bloggers feeds, (MINE!!) follow them on Pinterest and see what they are cooking up in the kitchen! Totally NO stalking, cuz then you’re a creeper and baby, they block your ass for those shenanigans. (plus, it’s just really weird) But get your name/blog out there! Leave comments on blog posts that make coffee shoot out of your nose because you LOL’d. Tell that blogger who just wrote such a personal story how deeply it touched you and why you relate. Just connect. Some how, some way… take the rejection (it will come) and dump it in the crapper. Take the rest and hug it like that cute teddy bear you snuggle with every night.
Blogging Politics: Summing It Up
I really wish I could tell you it’s going to be all pink hearts on unicorn tails sliding down candy filled rainbows. It ain’t going to be. (ain’t?) But, if you’re doing what YOU love and writing what YOU want, the peeps who feel, love and think the same will come. And they will laugh with you! They will cry with you. They might even send you a plate of fresh baked cookies ‘cuz they think you’re the bomb! (chocolate peanut butter) Dance with them but don’t sell your soul for that tiara. Blogging politics is hard enough without going all Richard Nixon like to get there!
Now tell me… what’s been your greatest fear? What’s been your biggest accomplishment? Did ya get asked to the blogger prom yet or are you still out on the dance floor like me doing the moonwalk alone hoping someone will notice your mad skillz? (yo)