Well, at least the bloggers I know personally are cool.
All the others fall into two categories. Blogs I read and, ones I don’t. Pretty simple huh?
The ones that I read have my complete loyalty, so I read pretty much everything they post. Some days, just the thought that there are so many blogs out there that I haven’t found yet and that I know I would love makes me a little jittery. I mean what if there are blogs I would adore with my whole heart that I just haven’t read yet? I am missing a post RIGHT AT THIS VERY SECOND!
The bloggers I hang with as friends are a support system and my comfort. They are generally helpful, like close friends and siblings. This means we may mock each other mercilessly for a typo or whatever, like families do. We can harangue each other, but outsiders had best beware, we look after our own.
As a newer blogger, I joined Blunt Moms and found this tribe. How great the Blunt Moms are has been much posted about already so I am not going to wax poetic about it now. Frankly they can be assholes too. But I know their hearts and minds, and can honestly say their words and stories are worth my time and yours. They write, love, cry, live and struggle like everybody else, yet are generous enough to share those experiences with the world.
We can learn from them, and care about how their story plays out.
Bloggers generally are what the world should want out there on the internet. Traditional media has been purchased by religion, politics and conservatism. I am more likely to read a story posted on the group “Anonymous”s twitter feed than Fox news. Bloggers are the future, citizen reporters, commentators and observers of the world. They have a role to play as curators of high quality information like www.menopausechicks.com or incredible social commentators like The Culture Monk. When you read “Becky Says Things” you immediately think – why is this woman not writing the next great Britcom???
I for one use Bloglovin as a main source of recreational reading. I haven’t bought a magazine in two years because high quality content and voices I am interested in are fed onto my devices all the time. I am not alone either.
The world is evolving, and I have a word of caution for myself, and other bloggers. The world is also watching. The corporate world is also watching to see what happens with blogs. We have a responsibility to write well, and to be genuine and ethical. Above all we can get much further, and far faster, if we understand that we can change the world.
That is of course if we aren’t busy throwing old cupcake wrappers at each other.