Ever come across a blog snob? Sure you have, they abound in the ‘sphere, and they’re as annoying in the blog world as any kind of snob is offline. From the wikipedia definition for snobbery: “A snob, guilty of snobbery or snobbism, is a person who imitates the manners, adopts the world-view and affects the lifestyle of a social class of people to which he either belongs or aspires to.”
I keep coming across the blog snobs, I just can’t seem to avoid them. They’re the ones patting eachother on the back about “what blogs are”, and what they should be. Judging what others are doing with their blogs and pronouncing them unfit or suspect if they don’t fill the blog snobs particular view of how the web should work.
They’re arseholes basically. Arseholes in the blogosphere, and most likely aresholes in offline life also.
Dont Tell Me How to Blog
One of the truly great things about the blogosphere is its diversity. There are so many different kinds of blogger, from the personal blogger, to the professional blogger, to the business blogger and all manner of things in between. As far as im concerned, there simply isn’t any “right” way to do this, there are just lots of ways to do it differently.
For a personal blogger, blogging for friends and family to read, its easy to start a blog. It’s as simple as getting a WordPress account, choosing a template and starting to write. For a business blogger, it can be a lot harder, as there are all sorts of considerations to take into account:
- Where should it be hosted?
- Should the design match our company site?
- How “edgy” can we be on this thing?
- Dare we let the CEO near it?
For a professional blogger, one who makes a sole or partial living from their writing there are additional concerns over business models, advertising programs and many other financially related items.
Guess what though? They’re ALL bloggers.
There’s room for anyone who wants in, and no amount of echo chamber commentary from idiots who’re just trying to suck up to more popular snobs than they will change that. Blogs are for people, and people will be as diverse in their blogging, their motivation and their content writing as they are in all other aspects of their daily lives.
The particular inspiration for today’s little rant doesn’t even warrant a negative mention from this site, though i do thank him kindly for giving me something to be grumpy about today! heh…