This afternoon, I got an email from a fellow blogger. Someone who I’d never talked to before, but who wanted to pick my brains on a couple of blog-related questions and so had sent me a message through my contact form. Her blog is a different niche to mine, a different writing style and different content. It wasn’t a big deal, in fact, it was interesting. I like discovering new blogs. I looked over hers and fired back an email answering her questions.
But something bothered me about her email, and that was that she said she’d contacted some other bloggers who had been unkind. It bothered me because a while ago I had done the same thing. I’d wanted some advice and had gone to someone, relatively well known in her blogging circles, and had received nothing back. Not even a quick, “thanks, but I am really busy” message. I did think for a while it may have gone to spam, until I remembered that when I contacted her about sponsorship, she’d been on it like a bonnet. I have to say, it’s really put me off her blog.
Is this where we are at now? Is it really too much trouble to send an email? Or dispense a little bit of advice or opinion when it’s asked? Or share a little bit of knowledge to help someone along? Why the need to be snooty about it?
Were we not all at one point new bloggers? I am certain people very rarely, if ever, hit the ground running with a beautiful layout and spectacular stats and posts that everyone comments on and shares around. In my experience it tends to be more of a slow burner.
Or am I wrong? Is this whole blogging lark just a massive competition to see who ranks highest and gets the most google hits/free stuff/invites to events? Is it not cool to share what we know to like minded folk who we share a common interest with? Are we all in it for ourselves? Am I doing it all wrong?
I really hope not, but do enlighten me.