The blogging landscape has changed dramatically compared to when I first started blogging as an angsty teen in several now-defunct blogging platforms. Just having a blog makes you already cool during that time. Compare that to the present where everyone seems to have a blog from your great-grandma to your pet cockatoo. Now everyone’s vying for attention. A survival method that many bloggers have adapted today is to prioritize the building of relationships with fellow bloggers. This isn’t how it was when I started blogging.
I always emphasize the importance of actively interacting with other bloggers in many of my previous Blogging Tips posts. I’m not an expert—far from it—and Fujinsei is not popular, but people do come to me seeking for advice on how to get their new blogs noticed. The number one advice I give them is to read other bloggers’ posts and comment to start discussions. Perhaps it’s pride, but unfortunately a lot of them don’t like this advice. They tell me:
“I created a blog for people to read MY posts and make ME popular, not to read OTHER’s posts and make THEM popular.”
Whoa! Ooo-kaaaay? After that, I channeled my inner phantom and poofed myself out of their ways. Didn’t want to be associated with this kind of people, I’m not sorry to say. My point is that this kind of ME as the centre of the universe mentality won’t work in today’s blogging landscape. How about ride a time machine and go back 10 years before? Perhaps your way of thinking might still work. Who knows?
From ME to WE
I don’t think that Fujinsei would be as fun and as fulfilling as it is now, if it weren’t for the wonderful blog buddies I’ve made. You know who you are, Friends of Fujinsei! Most anibloggers here at WordPress know each other, and I’m super proud to be part of this awesome community. Most of us aren’t pro bloggers, but that doesn’t stop us from aspiring to become better bloggers compared to how we were when we first started. We successfully built this amazing community not because we focused on ME but because we fostered a WE mentality that unites us all.
We are stronger together than we are alone.
Saying all of these, I always make it a priority to read my blog buddies’ posts first before everyone else’s. After them, I go out of my way to look for oh-my-freaking-gosh-this-is-super-awesome kind of posts. Believe me, I really do enjoy reading other people’s posts, especially when their posts are oh-my-freaking-gosh-AWESOME. Unfortunately, however nice I aim to be, I can’t always read everyone’s posts. That’s just not possible. There are many reasons why I may not read your posts. Here are some of them:
10 Reasons Why I’m NOT Reading Your Blog Posts
1. You’re a rude, misogynistic, racist, narrow-minded a-hole.
Need I say more?
2. Your post is boring.
Boring post title, boring content. Whenever I see a generic post title that I’ve seen used in thousands of other posts, I don’t even bother reading the rest.
Examples of boring, generic titles:
•”<insert anime title> Review”
•”<insert anime title> Episode <#> Review”
Examples of Intriguing titles:
•”How I Lost Weight Watching Anime and How You Can Do It, Too”
•”10 Evidences that the Anime Industry Will Collapse in 10 Years”
. . .or something along these lines.
Pique my curiosity with an intriguing headline. Interest me. Fascinate me. Tempt me. Annoy me. Infuriate me. I love reading facts equally as I love reading rants, especially conspiracy theories. Make me laugh. Make me cry. And most importantly, make me THINK.
3. You’re just reposting exactly what I already read elsewhere.
Please, please, PLEASE don’t COPY-PASTE content. That’s stealing, which I personally had an infuriating experience before. Of course, you can always cite posts from other websites as long as you give proper credits. But frankly, I’d rather read an original reaction, impression, rant, or opinion than waste my time reading an exact reproduction of an article that I’ve already read from a more reputable source than your blog.
4. Your post is hard to read.
Big blocks of text. Fonts too distracting. Lots of spelling and grammar errors. Ah, my eyes! How about toning things down a bit? What I care about is the content of your post, not the blinking lights nor the neon colours of your fonts.
5. Your blog is not mobile-friendly.
A fact about me: For the majority of blog posts, I read using my smartphone or tablet. Very convenient. So if you receive a comment from me and it’s filled with typos, blame my phone and not my grammar skills, okay? There are so many responsive blog themes available right now. I still don’t know why some aren’t updating theirs to become mobile-friendly. Just try reading a blog post that isn’t mobile-friendly and I guarantee that you’ll exhaust your eyes and fingers zooming in and out, scrolling up and down and left and right, trying to read a single sentence. What a hassle.
6. Your post is either TOO SHORT or TOO LONG.
Too short: Why don’t you tweet it instead?
Another fact about me: I love reading LONG posts, but please don’t make yours novel-length. Don’t get me wrong. I won’t just read every long post I encounter. I want long posts that have substance. Long posts that make me think. Long posts that teach me new things.
7. Your post has no pictures.
Anime and manga are such visual media. If you’re an aniblogger like me, use images for goodness’ sake! Yet another fact about me: The first thing I notice is your post title and its featured image (if available). But don’t get me wrong. I also read picture-less posts, but only if you’ve already established yourself as a controversial blogger or a writer of substance. If not, well, too bad.
8. I don’t subscribe to your blog.
If I don’t follow your blog, how do I even read your posts? You can always introduce yourself to me, of course, but ultimately it all depends on whether I like the content of your blog or not. Focus on providing quality content that are either informative or entertaining or both.
9. Your post got lost in the traffic of my reader.
I think I’m not the only one experiencing this: not all posts by the blogs I follow appear on my WordPress Reader. I suggest that you post regularly; once a week, if you can. If I see your name regularly in my reader, trust me, I’ll remember you.
10. Your post isn’t relevant to ME!
If your blog is about sports fishing or the quantum dynamics of atomic optics (I absolutely have no idea what the heck this means), don’t expect me to read your posts. (shudders) It still shocks me to receive e-mails from random new bloggers asking me to go visit and comment on their blogs when they blog about topics that I wouldn’t even be interested in. They don’t even take the time to check what type of blogger I am. How rude, insensitive, and disrespectful. Ugh. Know your audience first and research the people who blog about the same topics as you, then contact those bloggers. Don’t bother other bloggers that have nothing to do with your field. You’re not only wasting their time but yours, as well.
Thank you very much for reading this LONG post until the end. I really appreciate it. I hope that you found this post helpful, or at the very least entertaining. How about you? What are the most common reasons you have for not reading others’ posts?
That’s all for today, folks. Have an awesome day. Cheers!
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