Time for another guest post. This time, it would be kinda different since my guest blogger refuses to share her blog link. I was like, "How come?" but she said "NO blog link. Okay?". Okay.
My guest blogger is Amy. She's a fifteen year old girl from my hometown. Very bright. Very opinionated. She's a student at the Philippine Science High School and is consistently at the top of her class. She has been blogging for 2 years now. Her posts are quite bitchy but they make a lot of sense. lol.
So what is this post all about? To be honest, I was kinda surprised when I received her email and found out that she discussed a totally different subject. Surprised but NOT disappointed. I'm really glad that she came up with the idea on her own, and decided to talk about it and share it on my blog.
Her guest post is very opinionated. She also used some very strong set of words. Consider yourself forewarned. So without further ado, here's the post from my guest blogger, Amy.
I have been having A LOT of issues these past few days. I got upset easily. I was hot-tempered. I was overly sensitive. I was having a lot of Mr. Hyde moments. Reasons. First, I was feeling tired and grumpy from lack of sleep. Second, the pressure's getting to me. From my peers and my family. And third, someone I know and love ignored me. And how I hate being ignored.
But I'm okay now.
Okay. I'm still a bit irritated. Life at home. Life in school. Life in the blog world. Things can get pretty complicated. Actually, I didn't want to write a guest post for Leah since I'm feeling very bitchy. I'm afraid I'm going to write useless rants. But I decided to do it, anyway. lol
I do bloghops. I love bloghops. And as I hop from blog to blog, the first thing I notice are the blog updates. Bloggers I encounter usually have 2 or more updates in a day. I'm like "Whaaat?" I know that it's hard to maintain a blog. I'm actually having a hard time maintaining mine. But some have two blogs. Some have three.. Others, four.
You say blogging is easy? Think again. Blogging is hard work. Blogging may not require much effort "physically", but it requires a lot of mental action. You have to keep thinking of new ideas to write, new issues to talk about.. something new, something fresh. You should think of topics that could be of interest to your readers.. Entertaining and informative, ergo making your blog interesting.
A blog (or a web log) is ONLINE. People can and will read your posts. Your life may be boring, but you've got to keep your blog interesting. Because you write for your readers.
There! Right there! I could totally see your raised eyebrows.
Okay. Let's say, you were bored. You've got nothing better to do. And so, you create a blog as your trash bin, your emotional waste can. Therefore, you blog. I get it. But that does not mean that you're posts should be full of shit. A load of rubbish.
You still have to write quality posts. You SHOULD write quality posts. As a writer (professional or otherwise), you have a responsibility to your readers. You have to do posts that are worth their time and effort. You're not paying them to visit your blog. It is our of love. So the least you can do is to give love back. You don't have to do "excellent-Pulitzer-worthy" type of articles.. What I mean is, you simply have to make sense.
I've encountered a post that said, and I quote "I don't want readers. I write for myself. If someone comments, fine. None? I don't care."
Guess what! You know, that line.. the I-write-for-myself-I-don't-want-readers line? It is getting old. Get a new one!
To say that you write for yourself, that's reason enough to blog. Yeah, it may be a fairly common reason but I do get it. Because that's what I do. I write personal posts. I want to write about my life and I want other people to read about me and my adventures, no matter how boring they are. I want to tell people that I got a new haircut or bought a new bag. It's not just for me but also for my readers. Maybe I could inspire them to buy the same bag because it looks great and is affordable. Maybe they'd like my new haircut so much, that they wanna get their hair done, just like mine. Simple stuff inspire people. And yes, I want people to read my posts, so I publish them.
Every blogger likes comments. Every blogger wants traffic. And to say that you don't need readers and don't want comments?
I mean, really. A blog is public domain. Everyone can see what you've written down. And a writer needs readers, like an artist needs his audience. If you don't want any, why blog in the first place? You could always own a diary or journal - something private. So if you really wanna be like.. selfish, write for yourself and NOT want readers, then why don't you just keep your blog to yourself. Don't publish it.
I decided to make a blog because I was bored. But that was then. Now, it's different. I write because I now enjoy it. Through blogging, I get to practice my writing skills. My english can be a bit rusty, sometimes.. but I'm learning. And I get to read different stories about life and love. Also, I've gained new acquaintances and a few friends. Lastly, I enjoy reading comments. It's a very nice feeling to know that people I haven't met.. strangers, people I know only by name.. read my articles, much more comments on them. It's actually euphoric.
Granted. It is pretty much easier to do articles and stories and poems on a computer. But if you really don't want others to read your posts, then don't publish it.
So it's your personal blog, and you just want to write down your day-to-day experiences. Fine. Mine is also like that. It's a journal of my thoughts and ideas that I want to share to the world. If you're writing a personal online journal, it is very likely that poeple would visit your site. And when someone does come along and is interested in your blog, you do a 180? That's bull, man!
Deep down, everyone of us wants attention. Some are mature enough to accept that fact. Unless you set it as a private blog, everybody in the world can visit your blog, read your posts and drop comments anytime. There's no stopping that. The least you could do is to appreciate your readers and stop pretending like you don't need them, while in fact, you really do.
You claim that you're just writing to express yourself. Yeah. That's sensible. You write to express. You write for yourself. But honestly, do you really believe that?
Who are trying convince, your readers? or yourself?
Okay, okay. You can go ahead and disagree with me all you want, but you know that deep down, I am 100% correct. Yeah.You can hate me now. Like I care.
My guest blogger, Amy.