Are You a Blog Snob?

Peanuts snob cartoon First, let me say that I belong to some wonderful blogging communities around the web, and feel that I have found an awesome “tribe” of writers. However, a few times I have run across bloggers who feel that their brand of blogging is the only right one (sounds kind of like religion, but that’s for a completely different blog post!) I, for one, love the variety of blog posts and topics that are written by my blogging friends. I only wish that everyone felt the same way.

Yes, this post will be a bit of a rant!

I have been blogging since 2005…I started with a blog to help writers find their way online, Write and Get Paid. There are actually two iterations of that blog live right now– and my project for this weekend is to meld them into one, get rid of outdated posts and update those that will stay. I have several others that are in various stages and admittedly need some love. I started this one in late 2013, and my business website and blog, denisegabbard.com dates to January 4, 2006.  I dare say I have been blogging a lot longer than most people.

snob 3Still, apparently, I have not written enough “real blog posts” to suit some other bloggers. This is what I was told by one when I attempted to reach out and join a blog carnival last summer. I did ask what they constituted as a real blog post, and received no response whatsoever. It really stuck in my craw, but I was new to this particular tribe so I bit my tongue, slapped my fingers and went about my business.

Writing, social media, SEO, and website building is my full-time income and business. It is NOT simply a hobby for me! Now, I do write blog posts about other things that interest me, and this SIMPLE blog came about because I did not want to post about recipes and DIY projects on my business websites. However, the posts that I write on those sites can also help bloggers to gain more traffic and build their brand and influence–they are worthy of being read!

I love reading what my online friends write— even when the topics are those I would normally not be interested in. Elaine Ambrose and her fart story cracked me up to end. I love reading Cathy Chester’s posts about MS and the challenges she faces, even though it’s something that has not touched my life personally. I like reading my blogger friend’s stories about their parenting challenges, and first-time empty-nesting, even though that time of my life is  over. I love seeing photos about crafts and DIY projects that I will never make, and recipes that I probably will not ever cook! In general, I am thrilled that there is such a variety of blog posts to read, and that bloggers take the time to write them.

My point is that the blogosphere is huge, and there are people interested in millions of different topics. What makes you think that only what YOU want to write and read about is worthy of being written or read by others?

blog snobDon’t be a blog snob– embrace your blogger friends, farts and all! You never know where it might lead.

Oh, and if you don’t like my post– definitely do not read this post: http://www.kyliepurtell.com/2013/04/blog-snobs.html as she spells it much more bluntly than I do here.  Or this one by Raven, (her image, too) http://www.dontquotetheraven.com/2012/06/blog-snobs.html, equally eloquent…who knew blog snobbery was so rampant? I love this definition Raven used in her post—

a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field.

Fits perfectly.  *Sigh* End of rant!

11 Easy Last Minute Costumes

Yep, it IS the eleventh hour and you’re still at work. Does that mean you ditch tonight’s Halloween party since you did not put together an amazing costume.

Heck, no! That means you get creative and find some stuff handy around the house and put together an epic last-minute costume.

Check out these three from the Huffington Post:

How fun! And what could be easier than any of these three?

Here are some more I found on Pinterest:

Simple, simple Scarecrow, just makeup and a hat : simple scarecrow halloween costume

 

How about this one? Fun for any single guy!   God's gift Halloween costume

 

A flannel shirt and a headband, and Rosie the Riveter appears!

Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume

Who doesn’t love the Minions from Despicable Me?

minions

A sexy ghost…

sexy ghosts

 

A festive Christmas tree…
christmas tree

 

Or a bunch of grapes…

Put your thinking cap on (hmm…THAT could be a costume) and look around…you will find some props to put together something good, now go out and have some fun!!

Five Minute Friday and Ultra Blog Challenge

Ulta Blog Challenge This week I am trying to get back into the blogging writing habit regularly– turning over a NEW leaf, so to speak. I have been slacking on my blogging writing for the last few months, and for no good reason at all, so joining a few communities is helpful.  I have several books in various stages of completion, and I think this type of challenge could be just the NEW nudge I need to get things done! NEWbooks!

First, I am doing the Ultra Blog Challenge, a challenge to write a blog post every day of the month. Today is Day 2, and even though it is 11:30 east of the Mississippi River, here I am at the computer to be sure that I get my post in for the day.  They say it takes seven days to create a NEW habit, so that is definitely what I am going for.

I just learned about Five Minute Friday today while doing a Pinterest group follow in my afmfwesome Women of Midlife Facebook group— and thought it would be perfect to add as well. I understand there is also a great blogging community around FMF, too…so it will be great to meet lots of NEW friends, too.

That’s all I’ve got for now– but actually, it is pretty awesome that there are so many great groups online for support and friendship, and NEW ways to connect with just about anyone in the world.

New friends. New habits. New nudges. New connections. New commitments. New writing. New books! Not bad for a NEW month!