Blogging Politics Fact Or Fiction? Are You Feeling The Pressure?

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Blogging Politics Fact Or Fiction?
Are You Feeling The Pressure?

 
 

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!

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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?

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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!

 

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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)

 

Comments

  1. Roni,
    What makes your brand strong is Who you are. And Expressing it Your way. With your words and style.
    I love seeing it on your blogging platform.
    You have touched upon a very important, thought sensitive subject. And THAT I love most of all that you have guts and moxy to do it!
    Love you, GRRL!

    • Grandma Juice says

      Exactly! Work what your mama gave you!
      I happen to have guts, moxy and a few colorful words 🙂
      <3

  2. I love how you convey yourself in your blog posts. It’s hard NOT to take something of value from each one that I have read thus far. I agree that there are definitely blogging politics out there, and I work hard to keep myself out of them as much as possible. I have met some great people through blogging, in real life at my first conference in June as well as virtually via Twitter and Facebook groups.

    Blogging is definitely a wild ride, but a fun and rewarding one too!

    • Grandma Juice says

      Thanks!
      As much as I get tingly making people smile, I hope they can learn alittle sumpin’ sumpin’ too!!

  3. Have I told you lately how much I love you? <3 You totally rock my world and are the best blogging buddy a girl could have.

    • Grandma Juice says

      You my homie!!
      And we have a date with jay… so, what are ya wearing? Where will we stay?? And OMG where are those damn bathrooms????

  4. Mujer, I NEVER have cafe come out of my nose when I read your posts. Don’t believe in wasting the good stuff, so I wait ’till AFTER I’ve finished drinking to go on your blog. ; )

    BB2U

  5. I try really hard to not pay much attention to what other people are doing and just focus on my own blog. I steer clear of drama whenever possible. No prom for me yet. LOL

    • Grandma Juice says

      I haven’t gone to the prom since 1987 and THAT is for sure a story for a different day 🙂

  6. Interesting post, thanks for sharing. I have not been to a conference yet, hoping for next year. I steer clear of drama too and just stick with the bloggers I’ve met that I get along with. There are ones I don’t get along with and I just stay away from them as much as I can although I of course am civil.

  7. As a “Newbie” Blogger I can certainly appreciate all the advice but as a human I appreciate your candor and humour even more on this topic.

  8. Always love what you have to say.

  9. I love the way you write Ronni! Love that you’re straight up and love that you’re funny too!

  10. Blogging is a ton of work, and I think there are some politics involved. But I think if you stay true to who you are, and your brand you will Rock that Blog!

  11. Ronni…great post. Thanks.

    I think you’re pretty amazing, does that count?

  12. BTW… I have a blogspot design 🙂 LOL

    I LOVED your post. Speak the truth sister!

  13. Best advice anyone could possibly take is to be yourself. There are tons of copies out there. Be unique and be happy doing it. Eventually someone will notice and even if they don’t, at least you’ll enjoy yourself.

  14. I’ve only been around the block for a short period of time but definitely am aware of the drama present in the blogosphere – and yep, just like you, I try and steer clear of it all. Your words of wisdom are certainly appreciated.

  15. I’m still pretty small myself, but I’m in quite a few groups that all help each other, who have a lot of bigger players. So that’s nice.

  16. I love your blog because even though you may think you have lost a bit of your voice…you haven’t! You’re not a cookie cutter blogger, and that should be appreciated by the masses. So many bloggers sound extremely robotic with their posts. I know the majority of mine do, unfortunately.

    I agree. There is blogging politics going on. I didn’t get into blogger groups or connect with other bloggers til my blog was over a year old. I had no clue that the blogging world could be so catty! I think the bigger blogs should be somewhat mentors to the newer ones. I’m gracious that the bigger blogs have been nothing but kind to me. However, I know that is not always the case. We’ve ALL been there! I’m not saying let’s have a koombyeah (sp) circle or kiss ass. Rather just treat other bloggers (no matter their size) with respect and kindness.

    • Grandma Juice says

      I should be appreciated by the masses huh??
      LOVE THE HELL OUT OF ME!!

      And, you are NOT ‘robotic’… I saw you talking about getting high to watch that show!
      Ok, so you really didn’t do it, but your WROTE it!! Most wouldn’t have gone there!
      GO YOU!!!

  17. I hope to be big enough to go to the prom next year. I’m so out of the loop I usually don’t hear about any of the blogga drama until it’s over, LOL.

  18. I want some chocolate peanut butter cookies too! 😉 Your unicorn comment made me think of that Charlie video… “Come to Candy Mountain Charlie.” Haha!

    Dawn
    http://www.cheapisthenewclassy.com

  19. It is really funny, I was just thinking the other day how I felt like a wallflower in a couple of my blog FB groups. I’m not going to Blogher – I didn’t get asked to the dance, and couldn’t afford the dress if I did!

    I’m new to reading your blog, and love how straight-forward you are…I can’t believe you got kicked out of a group (you rebel).

    BTW, as a former math teacher, I love having to do some math to submit a comment 🙂

    • Grandma Juice says

      Totally got the boot from that group! Their loss, ‘cuz I rock 🙂
      And hey, I can’t afford a dress either. And who wants all the fluffy chiffon anyways?
      Let’s wear those apple Bottom Jeans shoved in the back of our closets!

  20. Agreed, blogging does feel like high school sometimes. I’m not big, I am more of the middle kid. I have started to realize that I sort of keep to myself in fear of getting rejected or booed by other bloggers (not so much the PR companies, I’ve got one too many no’s and twice as many yes). Just recently did I find about blogging groups on Facebook and that many bloggers have 26K+ followers on Twitter! I only have 3K and I feel tiny!

    I just found your blog a few weeks ago and so far me likey! Keep up the good work!

  21. this is a great post! Thanks 🙂

  22. Ronni,
    I love this post! You hit the nail right on the head. Just be you and you will find people like you and that want to read your blog. I can’t tell you how many rejections I have gotten since I have started blogging. You start to develop thicker skin, and then you also learn who to trust and who not to trust in the blogging community.

    You said it how it is, that’s why I love reading your posts!

  23. I have managed to avoid drama so far, mostly because I’m terrified of confrontation! I stick to blogging groups that are supportive for the most part (sure, with so many personalities mingling, there are bound to be little tiffs here and there) and try to stay out of the “politics.” Still, I am aware they exist, and your post is great for newbies and seasoned bloggers alike because it really puts the whole thing into perspective. Plus, your writing style rocks, so it was fun to read!

  24. I love it. And your right, total politics in anything anyone does. I couldn’t help laugh when you confessed your group boot. Conformity is so not my strong suit. {I swear some groups just feel like military boot camp.} But network we must, just like you said.
    I just loathe the drama! One day I really wish there is a BBB for Blogs so that it will help level the actual “professional” field so all the readers on hormones can’t be turned into blogger SWAT teams. Alas I can only keep my opinions zipped and let Karma be the bigger bitch.
    LOL ~ One day we should start a group called Roasted & Toasted. Then we can have blogging challenges on how to creatively use sarcasm & swearing for family blogs. 😛
    Thanks again for the chuckle…

  25. Thank you for this. Sometimes being new and getting the constant rejections (or complete snubs because they can’t even be bothered to respond with a you stink) can really get you down. But its important to remember to get yourself back up and keep at it. You are awesome and I love your blog! And I totally agree about reaching out to other bloggers. I did, and many either said no or ignored me when I asked them to be part of a series on my blog, but many said yes and I now have some great new blog friends because I stepped out of my comfort zone and asked them to dance.

  26. Grandma Juice says

    Alright you guys…
    We’ve got it all set up… Go here:
    http://www.grandmajuice.net/2012/08/hop-make-blog-connections/

    Start making those connections and DANCE DANCE DANCE!!!!
    What are you waiting for? There’s cookies and lemon-aid!!

  27. I stay out of politics, drama, and what have you. With that being said, there is plenty of space for each blogger….we all have unique perspectives, writing styles, etc. Great post by the way. I really enjoy your blog…

  28. Paula schuck says

    This is all very true. You can’t build a brand overnight.

  29. I’ll have to keep all of this in mind. Let’s be bff! 😉

  30. as you may or may not know–I’m still new–so I guess I’m like a freshman that transfered in only four short months ago–so no prom date yet–but I love that I’m able to write about things that make me happy, or get my goat!!! I’m starting to make more and more connections-via fb and twitter and enjoying the process! I do find it enriching and funny and touching to read other people’s blogs!

  31. I like to think that there is plenty to go around for all of us, so I try not to stress out too much about that hierarchy. But yep, it exists and so does plenty of that high school-ishness you mentioned!

  32. Love Love Love this post!!!

  33. I definitely believe in the importance of community. I think it’s important to find fellow bloggers that you click with and that you can support.

  34. Great post!!!!!

  35. This was a great post and I will be the first to say I am not a big blogger, a popular blogger, or anything like that. Guess what? I am okay with it because I LOVE what I am doing. I do my own thing and sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t. I don’t get the “I am better than you” mentality. You are not better than me and I am not better than you is my mentality. We are all unique individuals that bring our own attitude and spin on the blogging community.
    As for drama, I try to stay away. I only comment if I feel led to or I can be constructive/helpful. I am in a lot of groups, got kicked out of a couple too, but I am the quite one that doesn’t say much because I am pretty shy. Not the best quality for a blogger, but hey, I am just me. I am getting better though and trying to branch out more.
    I am going to Blogher next year. Not to be part of the cool club but because I really want to learn things and network a little. I am going to try to push that comfort zone and try not to worry about how I look or any other imperfections I have. I just want the experience because that is what life is about, experience.
    Also, I just wanted to say I love you. I always enjoy reading your posts and following your convos in the groups. You are never afraid to speak your mind and believe it or not I have learned a couple of things from you. So thank you for just simply being you.

  36. I freakin’ heart you! You give it straight, no chaser and keep it moving! Love it. This is some awesome information – bookmarking it and sharing it with those in my circle. Keep on being you and encouraging others to do the same!

  37. I totally want to send you cookies, I have a great one with chocolate and peanut butter, but I’m really going to need your address for that. Oh wait, that’s too stalkerish isn’t it. Okay, who’s down for a cookie exchange? Does that make it less stalker like? By the way, I’m still sitting in the corner waiting to be asked to dance, but you know that’s totally the really cool crowd ;).

  38. Great post! I honestly think blogging, just like everything else in social media these days is what you make it. I try and make my blog as personal as I’m willing to open by sharing my experiences with my readers so that they can get a good picture of what I’m talking about. I try to stay in the “middle class” because I love blogging. I love reviewing. It works for me. I don’t want to end up hating it and quitting. Do you, do what you love, to each their own is what I always say!

  39. I love your writing style.

    Now, my biggest problem has been getting noticed. I have been writing for almost a year and while PR people notice me, I don’t get the traffic I was hoping for by now. I have some peeps, you being one of them, but I wish I knew how to expand my reach.

    One of my biggest accomplishments is just sticking with this blogging gig even though it has its major frustrations and is not all fun and games. I have found so much self esteem in just sticking with it!

  40. Very entertaining! And great advice. Thanks for sharing. My biggest road block right now is time…finding time to comment on other blogs, write, connect. I don’t know how you guys do it!

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