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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 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two iterations of that blog live right now– and my project for this weekend is to meld them into one, get rid of outdated posts and update those that will stay.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 date to January 4, 2006.  I dare say I have been blogging a lot longer than most people.

Still, 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 of 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?

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

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.