I've spent the last few days pondering my experience so far in the blogging community, and it's like this. I've met some really great friends. You know, the true ones. Who stop by regularly and ask what sort of shenanigans my daughter has managed to get into this week. I've also met some pretty decent big time bloggers. The ones who have 2000+ followers, and yet still take the time to swing by every once and a while and give me some advice. They're been great to me. No question about it.
But then...there are the others. The ones that have a huge following and somehow think that amounts to celebrity status. The one's who blatenly ignore your attempts to communicate with them. They are the ones that belong to this ultra elitist blogging clique. The one that no matter how hard you try, you will never be welcomed in. Unless you have over 3,000 subscribers. It's a bit sad really.
So I've decided to do things differently. I've cleaned up my sponsor wall and stopped promoting those members of the aforementioned blogging cliques who haven't given me the time of day. No, I will no longer be participating in your giveaways. And no, I'm not going to retweet your messages. I know, I know, they won't miss me, but there is something to be said for people who don't chase after the members of these blogging cliques, in hopes that they will pay attention to them.
I've also started my own blog hop. Le Corner Café . So far I have about 5 people who are interested in co-hosting. If you think you might be another one of those people, shoot me an email and we'll talk. And please don't be shy. I don't care if you only have 5 followers. The more the merrier :)
Finally, this revelation has given me the opportunity to hang with people who have relatively low follower counts. That was me not too long ago. I still remember how excited I was logging in and seeing that I had 15 followers. I would like to help new bloggers feel that way. As for those larger blogs, the one's who don't communicate with your subscribers who have low follower counts. By all means, keep it in your circle. We don't want to be associated with that anyway.
I said all that to say this. I started blogging back in January, and somewhere along the way I almost got caught up silliness of it all. Apparently that desire to fit in tried to catch up with me 10 years too late. The simple truth is, as long as people are willing to take one glance at me and think they have me figured out, I'll never fit in. I'm about 5 shades too dark and speak my mind way too much. Their loss. For now, I'm going to continue to blog much like I do everything else in my life. Like. A. Boss.
Until next time...