Your Blog Bores Me

portrait of a sleeping cub Your Blog Bores Me

The mysterious powers that be tell me that if I want to included on the lists of best daddy bloggers or social media A-listers I need to step up my game and dole out copious amounts of wisdom.

I’d like to say that I cared enough to make that happen but I have an exceptionally thick head and I am unwilling to blog as they wish I would. Bully for them and boo for me.

I don’t know about you but I am tired of reading 1,298,398 posts on how to use Twitter, be a better blogger and or how to make millions of dollars by blogging for 2 hours each day.  Nor am I interested in reading more bullshit about the biggest names in social media.

Those posts bore me because they are among the weakest and worst forms of linkbait. Lazy people create those lists in the hopes that one of the really important people they linked to will notice their posts.

If your best effort consists of writing a list of 5-10 names and one sentence about those personalities you need to reconsider why you are out here. Because all you are doing is adding to the noise that already exists. If you are into meaningless chaos and confusion than by all means keep doing what you are doing.

It makes me wonder Why Do You Blog?

Why I Blog

I blog because I love to write. I blog because this is where I learn, clear my head and clarify my thoughts about life. This is where I chronicle the mundane and the magical. And because I blog I have been given some great opportunities and remembered that the dreams I hold dear don’t have to be limited to fantasy.

I am a Nintendo Brand Ambassador.  In my role as a brand ambassador I have received compensation in the form of various products (read games/clothing) and an incredible trip to Nintendo Headquarters. That trip was a hell of a lot of fun for a ton of reasons but what really solidified it for me was the opportunity to meet the other ambassadors.

It was the social part of social media and I loved it. I met people I never would otherwise have spoken with and had some fascinating conversations. I sat with other parents playing video games and laughing about you never know where life is going to take you.

Thirty some years ago I was just a kid who played Pong and Space Invaders. Just a kid who loved his Atari and never dreamed that one day I would be a part of this world.

I could write ten thousand more words about why I am here and what I am doing but that would be overkill. Suffice it to say that I know why I am here and what I hope to accomplish. So the ball is back in your court. Why do you blog?

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Ginger Franklin
Ginger Franklin

And this, dear Jack, leads to the final why. I believe when I blog it is for the right reasons, but I have a bad habit of getting a bit too wrapped up in each and every post, trying to make every photo perfect, every word profound. Reminds me that I need to get my own Borsalino….

Ginger Franklin
Ginger Franklin

And this, dear Jack, leads to the final why. I believe when I blog it is for the right reasons, but I have a bad habit of getting a bit too wrapped up in each and every post, trying to make every photo perfect, every word profound. Reminds me that I need to get my own Borsalino….

AstroGremlin
AstroGremlin

I blog to get ideas out of my mind. Obsessive fixation on an idea for an article goes away when you write the post.

AstroGremlin
AstroGremlin

I blog to get ideas out of my mind. Obsessive fixation on an idea for an article goes away when you write the post.

Justin Germino
Justin Germino

Many guest bloggers will give away very generic overview articles in exchange for their links, I do my best to avoid accepting anything I think is fluff or won't benefit readers. I really do strive for the standard rule for each article to inform, educate or entertain though some fluff still gets through.

You would be surprise though that even with thousands of blogs covering the same tech topics, some find the article or info for the first time on my blog so it shows you that even sites that have the same topic can find unique audiences.

Justin Germino
Justin Germino

Many guest bloggers will give away very generic overview articles in exchange for their links, I do my best to avoid accepting anything I think is fluff or won't benefit readers. I really do strive for the standard rule for each article to inform, educate or entertain though some fluff still gets through.

You would be surprise though that even with thousands of blogs covering the same tech topics, some find the article or info for the first time on my blog so it shows you that even sites that have the same topic can find unique audiences.

Justin Germino
Justin Germino

Many guest bloggers will give away very generic overview articles in exchange for their links, I do my best to avoid accepting anything I think is fluff or won't benefit readers. I really do strive for the standard rule for each article to inform, educate or entertain though some fluff still gets through. You would be surprise though that even with thousands of blogs covering the same tech topics, some find the article or info for the first time on my blog so it shows you that even sites that have the same topic can find unique audiences.

Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell

Not to pick on you Jack, but there are tons of posts asking people why they blog as well. lol

Having said that, I blog because I can; that's pretty much it. The fact that I have 5 blogs says that I feel I have enough to say to fill up 5 blogs. Truthfully, blogging brings about the conversations I can't have locally because it's hard finding people locally that care even the slightest about things I care about. Online, the folks are there, and if you work it they'll eventually find you.

That's all I've got.

Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell

Not to pick on you Jack, but there are tons of posts asking people why they blog as well. lol

Having said that, I blog because I can; that's pretty much it. The fact that I have 5 blogs says that I feel I have enough to say to fill up 5 blogs. Truthfully, blogging brings about the conversations I can't have locally because it's hard finding people locally that care even the slightest about things I care about. Online, the folks are there, and if you work it they'll eventually find you.

That's all I've got.

Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell

Not to pick on you Jack, but there are tons of posts asking people why they blog as well. lol Having said that, I blog because I can; that's pretty much it. The fact that I have 5 blogs says that I feel I have enough to say to fill up 5 blogs. Truthfully, blogging brings about the conversations I can't have locally because it's hard finding people locally that care even the slightest about things I care about. Online, the folks are there, and if you work it they'll eventually find you. That's all I've got.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

Wait. You can blog two hours a day and become a zillionaire? Count me in!

PerfectingParenthood
PerfectingParenthood

I blog because I can't find people like me, therefore I think I am a rare voice. Perhaps people want to hear, perhaps not. I think I am wise, but I also think it's arrogant to think that. Do wise people really make noise at the night or do they sit quietly satisfied? Is there really anything new under the sun? I know for some there is but am I the one to shine the light? And if someone listens, is that the best service I can offer? Others want to be loud and shine bright so much that they spend all their time building a higher tower to shout from and a brighter fire, but in the end it's mostly noise and blinding flashes, endless streams of in-consequence. I am troubled by the decision as to whether I should struggle to build the tower too, knowing that it isn't part of the message but also knowing that the message will not be heard without it.

I also blog because it's fun. I like arguments and contrary views and finding smart friends and learning.

PerfectingParenthood
PerfectingParenthood

I blog because I can't find people like me, therefore I think I am a rare voice. Perhaps people want to hear, perhaps not. I think I am wise, but I also think it's arrogant to think that. Do wise people really make noise at the night or do they sit quietly satisfied? Is there really anything new under the sun? I know for some there is but am I the one to shine the light? And if someone listens, is that the best service I can offer? Others want to be loud and shine bright so much that they spend all their time building a higher tower to shout from and a brighter fire, but in the end it's mostly noise and blinding flashes, endless streams of in-consequence. I am troubled by the decision as to whether I should struggle to build the tower too, knowing that it isn't part of the message but also knowing that the message will not be heard without it. I also blog because it's fun. I like arguments and contrary views and finding smart friends and learning.

PerfectingParenthood
PerfectingParenthood

I blog because I can't find people like me, therefore I think I am a rare voice. Perhaps people want to hear, perhaps not. I think I am wise, but I also think it's arrogant to think that. Do wise people really make noise at the night or do they sit quietly satisfied? Is there really anything new under the sun? I know for some there is but am I the one to shine the light? And if someone listens, is that the best service I can offer? Others want to be loud and shine bright so much that they spend all their time building a higher tower to shout from and a brighter fire, but in the end it's mostly noise and blinding flashes, endless streams of in-consequence. I am troubled by the decision as to whether I should struggle to build the tower too, knowing that it isn't part of the message but also knowing that the message will not be heard without it. I also blog because it's fun. I like arguments and contrary views and finding smart friends and learning.

Chloe Jeffreys
Chloe Jeffreys

I agree 93%. Blogging about blogging is boring for most people. Most of my readers, who are mainly non-bloggers or minimal bloggers (I mean, let's face it, who isn't a blogger today?), don't want to read about how hard my life is as a blogger. I love/hate/must/need to write, and what I usually write about is what is on my mind and if blogging is on my mind then that's what I write about, except even I'm bored about blogging. I just want to write (oh, and be read, there is that nasty little detail otherwise I'd just keep a diary under my pillow, wouldn't I?). I'm cleaning out my twitter following right now. I'd lost my way and got distracted by the numbers and the big names. Now I only want to follow humans who either be interesting or (gasp!) even deign to talk with little ole me. It looks like you are one or the other. In my follow file you'll stay.

Chloe Jeffreys
Chloe Jeffreys

I agree 93%. Blogging about blogging is boring for most people. Most of my readers, who are mainly non-bloggers or minimal bloggers (I mean, let's face it, who isn't a blogger today?), don't want to read about how hard my life is as a blogger.

I love/hate/must/need to write, and what I usually write about is what is on my mind and if blogging is on my mind then that's what I write about, except even I'm bored about blogging. I just want to write (oh, and be read, there is that nasty little detail otherwise I'd just keep a diary under my pillow, wouldn't I?).

I'm cleaning out my twitter following right now. I'd lost my way and got distracted by the numbers and the big names. Now I only want to follow humans who either be interesting or (gasp!) even deign to talk with little ole me. It looks like you are one or the other. In my follow file you'll stay.

wonderoftech
wonderoftech

Hello Jack, I'm a little different because I have a niche blog. My blog might bore you because its topic is technology, but I do try to make it fun! I blog because I kept telling my friends about and helping them with personal technology. I loved helping them and wanted to spread the word about tech to make it more understandable for others. I read plenty of tech blogs for techies, but there weren't a lot for everyday people.

I haven't found too many blogs that bore me. The ones that do I simply don't return to.

wonderoftech
wonderoftech

Hello Jack, I'm a little different because I have a niche blog. My blog might bore you because its topic is technology, but I do try to make it fun! I blog because I kept telling my friends about and helping them with personal technology. I loved helping them and wanted to spread the word about tech to make it more understandable for others. I read plenty of tech blogs for techies, but there weren't a lot for everyday people. I haven't found too many blogs that bore me. The ones that do I simply don't return to.

Jonathan Gaurano
Jonathan Gaurano

I blog to make people laugh or cry.

I blog to make people understand my therapy.

I blog because I'm supposed to write.

I blog for myself in hopes people hear me.

I blog to cleanse my soul.

I blog to inspire.

I blog to combat unoriginality

I blog for followers.

I blog to make people scratch their heads and go 'Eh? What?!?"

Jonathan Gaurano
Jonathan Gaurano

I blog to make people laugh or cry. I blog to make people understand my therapy. I blog because I'm supposed to write. I blog for myself in hopes people hear me. I blog to cleanse my soul. I blog to inspire. I blog to combat unoriginality I blog for followers. I blog to make people scratch their heads and go 'Eh? What?!?"

Jonathan Gaurano
Jonathan Gaurano

I blog to make people laugh or cry. I blog to make people understand my therapy. I blog because I'm supposed to write. I blog for myself in hopes people hear me. I blog to cleanse my soul. I blog to inspire. I blog to combat unoriginality I blog for followers. I blog to make change.

Adam | Customer Experience
Adam | Customer Experience

Everyone here has such personal reasons for blogging. I am blogging because I have something to say, certainly, but for the most part am only talking about very focused business topics. I really do love my topic (customer service) and enjoy helping others excel at it. The laser focus keeps me out of the echo chamber, and I like that as well.

adamtoporek
adamtoporek

Everyone here has such personal reasons for blogging. I am blogging because I have something to say, certainly, but for the most part am only talking about very focused business topics. I really do love my topic (customer service) and enjoy helping others excel at it. The laser focus keeps me out of the echo chamber, and I like that as well.

TwentyFour
TwentyFour

I've had so much stuff going on lately I can't blog about. I hate that! : )

I blog because ... I can't stop?

Pretty much the same reason why I always seem to be taking photos too!

TwentyFour
TwentyFour

I've had so much stuff going on lately I can't blog about. I hate that! : ) I blog because ... I can't stop? Pretty much the same reason why I always seem to be taking photos too!

MoeDaniels
MoeDaniels

I like having friends in just about every location I ever visit. I also like telling stories, memorializing my youngsters' childhoods, and summarizing my travels.

jacksteiner
jacksteiner

That is very true. I find writing to be very relaxing.

jacksteiner
jacksteiner

That is very true. I find writing to be very relaxing.

Jack
Jack

Hi Justin,

I am "guilty" of sometimes writing these posts that cover the newbie stuff because it does generate a certain amount of traffic. But I can't help but get irritated because there seem to be very few bloggers who inject passion and or new ideas into these posts.

They are just dry, dull and boring.

Jack
Jack

Hi Justin,

I am "guilty" of sometimes writing these posts that cover the newbie stuff because it does generate a certain amount of traffic. But I can't help but get irritated because there seem to be very few bloggers who inject passion and or new ideas into these posts.

They are just dry, dull and boring.

Jack
Jack

Hi Justin, I am "guilty" of sometimes writing these posts that cover the newbie stuff because it does generate a certain amount of traffic. But I can't help but get irritated because there seem to be very few bloggers who inject passion and or new ideas into these posts. They are just dry, dull and boring.

Jack
Jack

Hi Mitch. I don't mind being picked on, I have a thick skin and I asked for it. :)

Five blogs? That is a lot of work. I have two that I work on fairly consistently but if you love this medium it doesn't feel like work.

You are right about the conversations. Online you can always find people to talk about anything- really the people make this interesting.

Jack
Jack

Hi Mitch. I don't mind being picked on, I have a thick skin and I asked for it. :) Five blogs? That is a lot of work. I have two that I work on fairly consistently but if you love this medium it doesn't feel like work. You are right about the conversations. Online you can always find people to talk about anything- really the people make this interesting.

TheJackB
TheJackB

@ginidietrich In Chicago you can blog for two hours a day and be elected mayor, even if you aren't on the ballot. ;)

TheJackB
TheJackB

@Chloe Jeffreys <i>I love/hate/must/need to write</i> That is as good a description as any- if there is feeling in the post it makes a significant difference. Agreed on the need for engagement- if you don't have any interaction in your Twitter stream I probably won't stick around.

TheJackB
TheJackB moderator

@Chloe Jeffreys <i>I love/hate/must/need to write</i> That is as good a description as any- if there is feeling in the post it makes a significant difference.

Agreed on the need for engagement- if you don't have any interaction in your Twitter stream I probably won't stick around.

TheJackB
TheJackB moderator

@wonderoftech Nah, I like tech and always enjoy learning about it. You don't mired in the echo chamber and that is refreshing. I try to give people a chance to catch my eye with more than one post, but life is busy so....

TheJackB
TheJackB

@wonderoftech Nah, I like tech and always enjoy learning about it. You don't mired in the echo chamber and that is refreshing. I try to give people a chance to catch my eye with more than one post, but life is busy so....

TheJackB
TheJackB

@Jonathan Gaurano Those are solid reasons and well worth following up on.

TheJackB
TheJackB moderator

@Adam | Customer Experience Adam, I appreciate the passion and effort you put into it. It makes a difference and is part of why you aren't part of the echo chamber.

TheJackB
TheJackB

@adamtoporek Adam, I appreciate the passion and effort you put into it. It makes a difference and is part of why you aren't part of the echo chamber.

TheJackB
TheJackB moderator

@TwentyFour Those are all solid reasons. I understand the frustration with boundaries. There have been more than a few times where I wish that I could just write as I wanted...

TheJackB
TheJackB

@TwentyFour Those are all solid reasons. I understand the frustration with boundaries. There have been more than a few times where I wish that I could just write as I wanted...

TheJackB
TheJackB

@MoeDaniels There is something cool about knowing people wherever you go. They don't have to be your best friend or someone particularly close either. The storytelling and chronicling of lives is among my favorites too.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@TheJackB Especially if you have your friends vote more than once.

TheJackB
TheJackB

@ginidietrich If I didn't know better about Chicago politics I'd have to laugh at that. Some voters never die there.

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