I’m not a rule breaker. I never got a ticket until I turned fifty. I never was sent to the principal’s office for mischief. But today I’m probably going to commit social media suicide by what I’m going to write.
In the past few weeks, I have read several blog posts from well-known bloggers on topics like, “How to comment correctly,” and “Why I don’t follow your blog anymore.”
What I want to know is who gets to be the Blog Police? Who gets to create this whole set of rules? And why do we choose to follow them?
I started blogging four years ago because I wanted to meet other like-minded people, build relationships and learn about writing and life. Somewhere along the line with the advance of social media networks, rules have been created and I’m trying to figure out by who and why all of us take it upon ourselves to follow them.
My thought is we follow the rules for the followers.
Well if you look at my numbers, it says I have 300 some followers. If I check the stats (which I don’t do often) they show that on any given day for a new post, rarely do all 300 plus people read it. They’re only numbers, friends. We’re jumping through hoops for numbers.
So what if a person only wants to leave a “good post!” comment on my blog. I meet all kinds of real people in the real world who aren’t talkers but I love them anyways. So what if someone wants to write a sermon on their blog and not many people prefer that kind of post. They still shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for doing so.
Posting has become a chore for many and shouldn’t be. We need to love this open form of communication and stop taking to heart the rules that someone out there is creating.
All I want to do is write a good book. I’m a nice person. If I don’t get representation because I worry about the bigger picture in life like getting a job and keeping my home out of foreclosure and writing a good book, so be it.
We have enough Big Brothers in our lives. Do we really need another?