Don’t get me wrong—I love reading and I love blogs. But I hate spoiled potential. I hate to see the blogs that could be something, but aren’t, simply because either the bloggers don’t realize it, or they’re content with mediocre. Are you one of these bloggers?
Recently, I unsubscribed from the majority of blogs I was following. I determined they were a waste of my time, they were filling up my inbox, and I honestly didn’t care about what they said they had to offer—I just knew it certainly couldn’t be important. They all had one thing in common—they were blogs that had the potential to amaze me, but somehow, always disappointed. The only blogs remaining in my feed reader now are a couple Japanese blogs that I don’t understand, my blog (so weird, I know), and a few others, most of which are in danger of being removed as well. It’s dreadfully sad, but I’m finding that I’m reading blogs less and less. I hate reading blogs. Here’s why.
Bloggers almost never keep promises
Yes, blogger, stop lying to your readers. Stop lying to me! Time and time again, I read it—one blog after another claims to offer something superior and unconventional, but it always turns out to be the usual stuff. Try to amaze me—I’m yet to see someone who does share those “secrets” to blogging or gives revolutionary advice.
So, why do bloggers make false claims? It’s because of the growing number of competing blogs. People are now trying to sound different and look unique. The only problem with that is this: they’re not. They try to look impressive and gloat about how, if only you would subscribe to their annoying email list, you could have instant access to their pioneered blogging scheme. But sounding different is not the same as being different.
The copycats are taking over
Why be you when you can be somebody else? After all, they’ve laid the path for you, so it’s easy—you know exactly what to do. But it’s also terribly dull.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m tired of hearing the same things all the time. Most of us already know the basics of topics such as SEO and traffic generation, but they, along with too many others, have been done to death. If you can’t surprise your readers with a unique approach or idea, write about something else. Nobody will miss the boring stuff when the rest of the world has got it handled.
Why can’t anybody write?
Come on, people. Is it so hard to look in the dictionary? Is it too much effort to put commas and periods in their proper places? Honestly, I wish misspelled words and incorrect punctuation were the only problems in this world. But, oh no—there’s more. What about creativity? A string of words is only as good as you make it. Without some life, words are obviously dead and boring, rotten and putrid.
But the biggest question is this: “where is the YOU in your writing?” You hide behind your bland, stilted words and I never catch even a glimpse. Are you too afraid to voice your opinions and say who you really are?
“Blogging is my passion!”
Wow, really? Big deal. All bloggers say that. Why don’t you prove it?
If you can’t manage to give me anything more than an inbox full of nonsense in return for my dear email address—and by the way, you’re lucky my Gmail account has 7 gigabytes of space—and if you can’t give me what you promised, even after I desperately search for it on your blog, I’m skeptical.
If you’re going to say you love blogging, I hope you really do. Put your heart into blogging, say what you mean, and mean what you say.
So, go ahead—try to impress me. You probably won’t. If you want to be like everyone else, just say nice things, give common advice, and be dull. But if you want to be different, stop following the crowd and be yourself. Be honest to your readers and give them what you promise. There’s nothing new under the sun, but you can give a twist to your boring subject.
Now I want to know—is it just me, or do you hate reading blogs too?