Kissing Blogger Ass Never Tasted So Good
Do Bloggers really promote free speech ?
This modern era advocates a world of digital interaction, remote friendships and tweet-a-second self-promotion. By default, it can be hard to find an online community where your voice is not only heard; but acknowledged and there is also room for intelligent; adult debate.
A recent happening whilst trying to join the conversation on a high profile blog, which shall remain nameless for fear of Oprah Winfrey-esque reprisals, proved just how rare this really is.
With great power comes great responsibility
For reference purposes, let’s refer to this blogger as *Blogstar*
So, blogstar publishes a parable style post about how chaotic and overwhelming the life of the A-list blogstar has become, and how they yearn for some freedom, obscurity and a little down time.
And Bam! Just like that; my hackles stood up.
There was something about this post which seamed disingenuous to me. I mean, this immense audience blogstar has created is no freaking accident. It has been a dedicated series of calculated decisions that has led them to be part of the blogging elite.
My issue was not that blogstar was a little tired and needed a vacation from his holiday, I get that.
It was the fact that this parable had managed to make it sound like the besiegement this blogstar was experiencing, was somehow the readers fault, and they were now having to find crafty ways to get away from the very people whose attention they’d worked so hard to capture.
It’s fair to say I was mildly irritated.
Enter the blogging sycophant stage left
I’m no Great brain of Great Britain, but don’t tell me I’m the only one that this post struck a distasteful chord with. So I read down the list of over 150 comments this post had elicited, and not one of them was in anyway questioning, debating or God forbid, critical. The comment stream was shining and bright, like a new born babies ass.
Now am I expected to believe that not one of the multitude of readers had the gumption to say ”Hey, this sounds a little offish to me – what’s the deal here?”
So I decided that in this conga line, if that honest voice didn’t exist amongst blogstar’s adoring fans, then I would be the first one to break formation.
Here was my comment:
It sounds like you have created a monster — I think they call it being “a victim of your own success”.
Whilst as usual your writing is succinct and enjoyable. There was something about this post that just didn’t sit comfortably with me. I won’t go into detail in this stream of wonderfully positive comments. But I can only imagine how you must have felt when you pressed publish on this post! My stomach/ego would have been in knots.
So many of us desire to create the impact, notoriety, income, and following that you have achieved with this blog.You’re an apostle to more people than you probably envisioned yourself ever being able to reach, but with great power also comes great responsibility and like with any “job” (which in some ways it sound like aspects of this nomadic blogging lifestyle, has become) you need a day off. A sabbatical.
Well done for being brave, insightful, and intuitive enough to the needs of yourself & your family, to take action. enjoy your vacation.
“Your comment is awaiting moderation”
Is this an exam?
In my opinion this was a totally respectful comment, with valid points; but it was clear some questions where being asked about blogstar’s motives.
Needless to say on several returns back to blogstar’s post to see how they’d responded, I found my comment still in “moderation” with numerous “you go there pal” comments piled on top, and not one single interaction from the blogstar.
I’m new to all this and don’t have many comments yet, but I plan to keep my comment stream honest and open for debate. And will learn my own lessons from the insights of others. There is no moderation. All comments will be left up, unless they are clearly spam or overly self-promoting without being actually relevant to the post.
This is not an exam, and there are no right or wrong answers.
- So how do you deal with challenging commentators who keep it respectful but make it clear they are also questioning what you’re saying?
- Are your comments heavily policed for dissenters; or are they a free for all?
- What would you have done if you’d received that comment?
There is no “thought police” on DIYBlogger or My lifestyle Max. You can feel free to leave your views and opinions here.
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