Reality Bites

The Blog Killer

I’ve come to a conclusion. It may or may not be correct, but I’m going to share my theory and see whereabouts it lands on the close-to-home barometer.

A lot of blogs are pretty shit. There’s no getting away from that fact, sorry. Mine is probably shit too, but I’m OK with that. Yes, before you start, I know this very much depends on what your definition of shit actually is. It may be writing style, it may be subject matter, it may be its level of popularity (or lack of). It might even be visual layout. Some of the most well-subscribed and followed blogs out there are, in my opinion, absolute dribbling bullwank to read.

To read.

Let’s think about that. This is not an withering examination of the efforts made by blog writers to create content. Far from it. I’m the first to admit that those of us who commit our thoughts to the everlasting typewriter of the web are brave indeed. For no internet offering can ever truly be deleted – your writing will live on in the caches of Google for as long as it takes for the internet to evolve into those fuckers from Skynet.

Which is precisely why the writing we share is important, even if we don’t think about it on a day-to-day basis. Good writing is written for readers. When we think about who will read our work in the days, months, years and Skynet generations to come, it becomes more important to try and create something of quality. Something you actually want to share. Something you genuinely think others will read and get something from. I’d rather write nowt than write shite.

The true blog killer? Forced content.

The posts that are written purely for the sake of getting something out there. The ones that are written because of the schedule we give to ourselves in the quest to feel more productive. The ones that are written out of habit, and with nothing of any real value to add.

That’s what I believe can turn a blog from legit to total shit.

Dunno who she thinks she’s kidding with those nails, I’d give up after five lines of those fuckers.

So with that said, I’m going to make a promise to myself that the things I write here will only be the posts I genuinely want to write. Things that I want to represent me in times to come when e-school kids are doing a history project on post-noughties blogging culture and are searching for something that won’t bore the tits off the rest of their virtual classmates.

They probably wouldn’t share my posts because of the multiple uses of the term ‘shitgibbon’, but hey ho, you’ve gotta have some personality, haven’t you.

So there you have it, a vow to you, dear reader, that I’ll try not to succumb to the blog killer. And if that means I only post once in a blue moon, then so be it. But at least we’ll both know that what I do put out will be something I believe is worth reading.

Do you get what I mean?

5 Comments

  • caitylis

    I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes I hate some of my posts because they feel so forced and I wasn’t really ‘in’ to them. But the ones I feel have passion grown through my finger tips are always my favourite and actually always become more popular than previous posts!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

  • Ar Mu

    I know what you mean. Also, its so not dry and tatty! Mind you I think you're onto something about the anx barrier. I feel the same – but I don't actually think many people actually will read my stuff so that's what kind of allows me to post….for now anyway! You should just post your stuff, fuck it. I bet it's infinitely more interesting than 'what's in my make-up bag x30212792' etc.

  • Em Linthorpe

    Oh I get you. I get you so hard right now. I subscribe to the "only write when inspired" rule and I haven't posted owt for nearly two months though. I'm an inspiration-free zone and my webpage is dry and tatty.

    I reckon there's a strong anx barrier between stuff in my head and stuff I publish though. Not much gets through because I worry about context/content/copyright/it's a shite idea/it's been overdone/no-one will get that etc. Bah!

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