Want a Better Blog in 2011? Then Shut Up and Listen! I’m Not Going to Repeat Myself.

by Alex on January 6, 2011

I could write a thousand points/posts on how to build a better blog but I think it’s easier if I just tell you what not to do. Even that is a bit forceful, so how about I introduce you to three blogging stereotypes, and ask – no plead that you do not follow in their footsteps, engage with them, borrow their Lawnmower, or ask to use their fridge to store your old Collection of Wham LP’s.
Just. Stay. Away.

Don’t do this and you are well on your way to building a better blog.

See, how easy is that!?

3 People I Want You To Meet, and That You Need to Avoid Like the Plague!

The Sensitive New Age Bloggerbitching gets you nowhere when blogging

Newbie Bloggers be warned: The time you spend in the blogosphere becomes almost like another life – with a whole new range of friends and colleagues that you interact with on a daily basis, and this life can get complicated very easily, especially when everyone is talking at once.

Conversation is an integral part of Blogging but you need to remember that it’s just that – conversation.

The Sensitive New Age Blogger is a little anxious, perhaps a little too needy of the social interaction – and he checks up on the comments he has left to see if they have been replied to. He is also well aware of who has and has not commented on his blog – and well, takes things a little too personally.

Just because I don’t talk to you, doesn’t mean I don’t like you!?!

If someone comments on my Blog then I always make an effort to go and visit their blog in return. If I feel that there is something of value that I can add, then I add it. If not then I may share the post instead, but again I may not. If I don’t comment – GET OVER IT!

On the flip side – if I comment on someone’s Blog and I never see or hear from them again then I really don’t care. There are probably a number of reasons why they did not get back to me, none of which I can imagine are a personal attack on me or my character!?! But Blogging makes you forget the logical side of conversation for some reason.

Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and get back to work! … And hey, don’t get upset with me, I’m just trying to help you in your Business. It’s nothing personal.

dont listen to those bloggers who whinge and bitch

How to Avoid The Sensitive New Age Blogger

Give yourself an uppercut and remind yourself that this is not HighSchool, and as much as you think otherwise, it’s not always all about you.

The ‘GroundHog Day’ Blogger

Dont turn the blogosphere into groundhog dayWe’ve all seen the movie with Bill Murray, and we have all loved it (love it or rue this day!) but I think it’s best kept to the Big Screen. If you are going to post the same information day in and day out then I am going to get tired very quickly. Granted you change the titles, and technically you talk about a different element to it – but invariably it’s the same information you are giving me, and unless Bill Murray makes an appearance I am NOT going to stick around for long.

I used to always forget what I was saying (I still do) and my Mum used to say ‘If you can’t remember what it is you were going to tell me then it could not have been that important’

Typical Mother talk if you ask me – designed to be both profound and highly irritating at the same time, but there is a lesson here.

If You Can’t think of what to write about on your Blog, and the only way you can come up with something is to read a post about how to come up with what to write about (?)–then clearly whatever you eventually have to say is not worth talking about in the first place.shut up unless you have something valid to say

If you want to come up with Killer Content then do.

No that is not a grammatical oversight, it’s the answer to the question. If you take action, then you are doing, and if you are doing then you will ALWAYS have something to write about.

You want to post more frequently?  Do more.

I can almost guarantee that you will build your list, grow your feed, and increase your earnings faster by posting genuinely helpful content that is borne from action. People see through the crap – c’mon. Don’t tell me you don’t – and when they see action being taken – they follow. Simple as that.

How to Avoid the GroundHog Day Blogger:

  • Do something every day that is both quantifiable and directly relates to the growth of your business.
  • Say something only when you have something to say

The Comparative Blogger

Bloggers comparing one another

Don't get too caught up in the Comparison Game

This is the most dangerous Blogger of all, and becoming one can be your downfall. It is OK to compare your Blog and the progress you have made with those around you, in fact it is healthy and I strongly recommend you do so, but there is a fine line that you must not cross.

When you Compare yourself with another Blog it is natural to pick out the short comings on your own blog and start to scrutinize over every little detail. This can get dangerous because you are no longer looking at things in context, but rather as a direct competition between you and them. Take this further and it can get to a point where you lose faith in your own efforts and give up completely!

How to Avoid the Comparative Blogger

  • Remember that every circumstance is different, and no two people are the same. (apples and oranges baby!)
  • Compare away, but always keep the big picture in mind.
  • Stop Focusing on the Negative –Just look at what you have accomplished already!!
  • For every Blog you find that is ‘better than yours’, there are 15,863.5* that are not
    *this figure may not be accurate at the time of printing, in fact seeing as it is actually the barcode from a packet of Salt and Vinegar Chips I highly doubt it is even accurate now.

Summary.

inject personality into your blogging

Why do you remember Austin Powers so well?

Blogging for bloggers is one of those niches where the content is always going to be similar, in fact it is fair to say that this is the case in every niche – but if you can post engaging content that is based on your own personal learned experience, and you can inject a little personality into it – then honesetly, the rest will figure itself out. Sure it helps to give your content a ‘push’ sometimes, but if it is engaging, honest, and teaches me something then I will subscribe. More importantly, I will tell my friends about you.  Build a Better Blog in 2011…

Be Unique, Be Engaging, Be You!*

*If You happens to be someone who: Has high blood pressure, repeats themselves, and thinks being unique means cranking up the Article Spinner to a huge 38% spin rate then ummm, …don’t be You.

Despite the Title, feel free to ‘not shut up’ in the space below – any other bloggers you know of that I should avoid? (no names please LOL)

{ 67 comments }

John Barlowe January 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Brian Solis… yeah, he’s okay. But my man Whalley is the shit. You rock, Alex. You’re aging like fine wine, as the posts are getting better and better. Thanks for all the hard and well thought out work.
love the line: “New Age Blogger is a little anxious, perhaps a little too needy of the social interaction”

John

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:29 AM

Dude!

That is the most awesome comment ever LOL!
Thanks John, glad you appreciate the humour. But remember that like a fine wine, I too can give you a headache if you have too much :)

Brandon@Make Money Blogging January 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Growin some balls with your posts now huh? lol. Good job on breaking this down. What exactly would you call ME?

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Well Brandon, it seems a few people are waiting on this response so it had better be good.
You are both highly technical and highly motivated, You are also all over the shop at the best of times but there is method in your madness.
Therefore you must be classed as

The Rubiks Cube Blogger.

You’re puzzling, that’s for sure

Murlu@PLR Articles January 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Aleeeeeex!

Right on baby, yeahhhh! It’s those annoying ass pitfalls that so many people run into (err, I mean people they run into). Sometimes we just need to shutup and get to work – stop reading so much (yeah, I said it) and just start doing – what it do.

Since yesterday, I have 2 new niche sites up (boom, here’s one now) and got 3 ballin business plans in the work. How? I’m not focusing on spending all my time trying to stay social – I leave that for periods where I can truly give someone my attention which goes way beyond just being passive online.

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Yeah stop making me look bad ya bastard!

Awesome Murray – you;re killing it mate

Jason@Make Beats January 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Alex – You started off very strong with the title of this post. It’s very strong and definitely grabbed my attention. I think I was a very “Comparative Blogger” when I first started blogging.

What helped me to overcome this stage is not focusing on the negative and focus more on the things I found great about my blog. This was a good read and it has inspired me to build a better blog in 2011.

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Awesome comment Jason!
Summed up the post and my sentiments towards it exactly.

Here’s to a successful 2011 mate

mark@personal brand January 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I totally disagree. That is, except for “Stop worrying
about what everyone else is doing and get back to work!” That is
what I need to do. Well, I pretty much agree with the rest too. I
like when you get all fired up. It fun for me, anyway. Another
favorite line here – “Stop Focusing on the Negative”. Very right
and placed in a post that is focusing on negative things makes it
interesting (for me). I was saying this somewhere earlier – So much
of what I see in Blog directories lately is pretty lame. Some
titles are interesting, so I click. But I only rarely find
something worth reading. It is disheartening to say the least. Too
many people copying. But why am I telling you this? I need to get
back to work! You know, I was trying to work on an eBook when I
TweetDeck made a funny noise about this post . Actually, it makes
that sound all of the time and I would turn it off, but I am
listening to some music right now. Anyway, I was shocked that
Patricia had not commented yet. I am sure she will have by the time
I hit ‘Submit’, of course. Also, I would like to know what you
would call Brandon as well. ;)

Patricia@lavenderuses January 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

And you can now relax Mark cos you arrived here more than an hour before me…..this time lol

Patricia Perth Australia

mark@personal brand January 8, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Ha. Well, it was clearly an accident and likely will never happen again. Your computer MUST be tired. ;)

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Your point about the negative. Touche and SHUT UP :)

as for the rest of the comment, it is like watching a fly in its last throws of life – that being both entertaining and all over the place.
I would call Brandon – what was the question again?

Hesham January 6, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Haha.. this is much fun Alex :)

Awesome advice my friend for the new year!

I wish you great success and big money this year :)

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Thanks Hesham, appreciate you stopping by my friend :)

Patricia@lavenderuses January 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Hi Alex

Well Mark is happy;-) I only just realised you had published! Checked last night but wasn’t up. Will have to get the heads up as to what time you publish…..probably when you feel like it eh lol

Loved the post and lots of sensible advice here Alex. And this was written while multi-tasking too!

Patricia Perth Ausralia

Will be watching with interest to see what witty reply you will come up with for Brandon’s question??!! Remember…..he does set up the biz sites lol

Patricia Perth Australia

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Not Good Enough Patricia.

Sorry, but you are banned. OMG is that even possible :)
As for the multitasking – can’t figure what happened with Skype, it just well STOPPED?!

Chat soon

Johanna @ GIJoh.com January 6, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Hi Alex,
I am a new blogger, but I can surely say that I don’t dwell on the idea of sulking when people don’t leave comments on my blog. I sure learned a lot on this post of yours, Alex. Even if I sometimes can’t help but compare my blog with the others, I still believe in what I can do. I like comparing my site to others, but I don’t feel any envy – of course, every success a site is having is because of the time, effort and passion put into it by the owner.

Oh, and thank you very much for helping me out on a rather silly question before about the threading comment plugin on my site. It turns out I don’t need one! :D

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:16 AM

every success a site is having is because of the time, effort and passion put into it by the owner.

Well put Johanna!
Glad you have the sense to see the bigger picture and not get caught up as it were.
Thanks for your comment, and glad I could help out ;)

Amr Boghdady @ Learn German Online for Free January 7, 2011 at 2:28 AM

That post made me laugh really hard!
Specially since I used to be of the ‘sensitive’ type, checking my e-mail day in, day out, wondering why nobody is commenting on my content :D
Now I know better though, who cares about commenting & stuff, if you’re getting traffic, then you’re good :D

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Now I know better though, who cares about commenting & stuff, if you’re getting traffic, then you’re good :D

Could not have put it better myself Amr :)

Susan@Home Workouts January 7, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Hey Alex, your tone in this post kills me! I love it! You rarely speak as blatantly as this. I know, cause I’m here a lot.

I have been doing this long enough now that I don’t think I am any of these bloggers anymore. I think all new people go through some combination of these three. And if someone told me in the beginning not to do it, then maybe I would have learned sooner.

I do, however, have an interesting issue related to the first blogger you describe. You guys in the internet marketing niche, whom I visit often to learn from, all know you need to comment on other blogs and try to get people back to your blog to comment. And you all do great with it. Hell, Tristan has posts with 100+ comments now! WTH!

I struggle to get 20 comments on my blog, despite having commentluv and being a do follow blog. I think it is because I am in the fitness niche and tha majority of fitness people don’t realize that part of being a blogger is creating community. That it is necessary to comment on other blogs and respond to comments left on your own blog. That you should tweet and share posts. So, all my efforts to connect with fitness folks have been far less fruitful than it has to connect with you guys.

I comment over and over again on some blogs so they notice me, but in the end, they never come to my blog and comment. Stupid fitness people. I have teamed up with one fitness person who is in the know like I am and we are starting a tribe.

Besides that, do you have any advice?

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Hey Susan,

Yeah I thought I would have a little rant whilst trying to be educational LOL, glad it came through.
Tristan is a machine, I must admit LOL and him aside, you are right – we comment to get traffic back. I think that niche aside, if you are engaging enough and comment enough, you will get traffic and comments back. Just look at Patricia from Lavenderuses.com. Her niche is lavender plants and she gets 100 plus comments on posts about soy lavender candles?!?! Just shows the power of engagement if you ask me.

I think Patricia answers your question. :)

The other thing to note is that ONLY bloggers in the IM niche are going to comment because they are in it for the same reasons. Fitness bloggers probably blog because they are passionate about fitness and therefore dont care about SEO or the rules of blogging and social engagement.

Good question though, thanks for stopping by Susan.

TheInfoPreneur January 7, 2011 at 5:34 AM

Hey Alex, Good stuff…I have one for you.
I try to avoid the “F’en” bloggers.
I get turned off by them frankly. yeah, in some cases, maybe it accentuates some point they are trying to make, but for the most part….sometimes they go overboard.
It drives me nuts hearing or seeing every other word be a four letter word. usually it does more to interrupt the flow than convey the message to the readers and viewers.
I mean, really. I understand the “polarization” of an audience can be a good thing, however, profanity is usually not the way to do it. Polarize them on the price of your products or services (high or low). Polarize them on the colors of your blog (ugly or nice). But, why drive away potential customers just over your language?
Just a polarized perspective (huh!),
Brandon

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Hey Brandon!

Thanks for adding your 2 cents mate, and I totally agree.
I think adding profanity into the conversation is unnecessary and also shows a lack of intelligence if you ask me.
Fuck yeah, I said it real good yeah?

Jimi Jones@PersonalDevelopment January 7, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Alex, you’re absolutely off your rocker. Love it!

This is one of those post that is so funny but so true. LOL
There really are a lot of sensitive types about, you hear them all the time. “I left 3 comment last year and they never responded”, what a hoot.

Now Johanna has the right attitude, keep working and the results will arrive.

Enjoyed the post, a nice change up.

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Hey Jimi!

Thanks mate – glad you enjoyed the rant, I mean post ;)

Keywords Blogger January 7, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Ha! You write the best headlines, Alex. They’re like a conversation with an angry old man…

Keep it up!

Moe

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Shut up! Who invited you anyway sonny? And take your hat off inside!!

Peter J January 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I agree and disagree with your post.
Statistically you came up with that number through eating those salt and vinegar chips…. Ah Forget it.

Anyway, i think that there is a line that each of us have that will make us jump into one of those categories. Being at the point of mental collapse because you can’t come up with a blog post might have you in a groundhog situation.

Meeting up with that new blogger you’ve found and wanting to look at those statistics.

Or receiving such a bad comment that you over react to it a bit to much.

Everyone does it in some way or another, it just depends on how much you focus on it that will see whether you survive or not. And avoiding these people is not always the best thing, if you help them you might also get another reader ;)

Alex January 10, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Statistically…LOL Love it :)

You do make a good point because I think that I and nearly all bloggers have been one or all of these bloggers at some point in time. It’s just the nature of the beast I guess. Oooh, should have finished with that LOL

Thanks for stopping by Peter

Michael January 7, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Hey Alex,

Austin T. Murray here :-) … Nah, not really, but your comparison blogger story reminded me of a collection of good analogy anecdotes taken from a creative writing competition. An analogy is like a comparison so there is some link even if it is tenuous.

“He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.”

and there was…

“Her eyes were like limpid pools, only they had forgotten to put in any pH cleanser.”

and my favourite…

“The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant. ”

So in a similar vein …

Alex Whalley’s blog is like fresh mountain water flowing from a spring and is so full of rich nuggets that when you drink from it you get the same experience as having a glass or orange juice and somebody left in the pips. It really gets your attention.

Cheers, Michael.

Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Hahaha, I have read those before somewhere – and they are AWESOME!!!

Thanks so much for sharing them here Michael!

Respect!

TJ McDowell@St Louis Photographer January 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I like your groundhog day blogger word picture. I think the repeated topics is largely because they don’t have anything else to say. A blog is like a long-term relationship with a friend. If you kept talking about the same thing with your friend every time you got together, you can’t really expect to have a strong relationship or to be excited about the next conversation. You already know what the next conversation is going to be about. Boring!

Also, that’s awesome about the Salt And Vinegar Chips – I love those things!

Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Great way of putting it mate – definitley don’t want to hang around anyone constantly talking about the same thing, that’s for sure!

Rick LaPoint January 8, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Hi Alex,

I love the new look, although I thought I hit the wrong button at first :-)

If someone wants a lot of comments, blogging about blogging is the blog to blog for.

I was going to comment about Susan’s fitness niche, but that would make me late for my workout.

The real-world business people I know laugh at the idea of leaving comments. It’s not that they don’t visit and read, but they are simply too busy to interact. They interact all day, face to face. It’s only us computer geeks with no social skills that spend all our time… well, let’s no go there :-( (My wife laughs that I have a zillion friends I have never met, and always assumes I will freeze up at the business/social functions we have to go to.)

My site is about more than blogging, because, let’s face it: getting lot’s of people reading your free stuff and leaving comments that you must take time to answer doesn’t put much food on the table.

My philosophy is that you give enough away to demonstrate that you’re highly competent so they will buy your product or service.

Otherwise you fall into the trap many bloggers have succumbed to. Blogging becomes a social club, when the original intent was to make money.

But many have never been in business before, so they are not writing from experience, which is why they soon run out of things to write.

Altough they probably don’t realize it, they substitute busy work for results. When you see bloggers talking about the same tired subjects all the time, then maybe their “business” will never really come to much, because business if the hard part of the equation.

I think the blogging world will see people posting less this new year because we will be spending more time on building niche sites, and/or working a service/consulting business.

Brandon got me thinking that maybe I should put my web skills to profit, so have been kicking up the notch on my site too. Y’all need to swing by for a look-see.

Well, enough of the chit chat. I’ve got *real* work to do :lol:

Rick

Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Woo HOO! First comment sincethe new header goes up :)
I was actually going to go a full overhaul with new theme skin and all but I think that I will get back to focusing on niche sites and stop getting distracted.

Coming over now to see the changes mate! Bastard that you can do it yourself!

Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing January 8, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Comparative indeed.

One of my primary goals is to end the stalking between the beginner and the alleged “famous”, it does far more harm then good in many different ways.

Excellent work Alex.

Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:09 AM

That is one of my goals too!

I say I dont do it, but I still do – too much, and its not healthy

James M@Foursides January 8, 2011 at 9:01 PM

When I started to take blogging more seriously six months ago, I was trying not to be too hard on myself for not having any comments. I figured they would come in time if people enjoyed the content. I fear I may be guilty of providing the same information in my posts, but not entirely. Providing the same information can be a downer, but I don’t have a blog where people come to learn about specific techniques and tools (ie not a blog about niches and online businesses).

Is it wrong to be writing about some of the same themes in a given month? One example is that I’m not a fan of super-specific niche blogs. If I bring up that subject more than once a month, do you think that it’s over-done?

Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Hey James!

Good question mate, and no I don’t think its wrong at all, if what you have to say is timely, relevant, valid and/or useful in someway. If you are just writing for the sake of writing then yes it is wrong, but I can’t imagine you are doing that.

Thess January 8, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Hahaha! I won’t mention any names but thank you though for the reminders. It is a great help to any aspiring bloggers out there. :)

Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Haha, thanks for catching on to my little joke at the end Thess ;)
And thanks for the comment – always a pleasure :)

Ryan Biddulph January 9, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Hi Alex,

More top shelf content here.

The New Age blogger suffers from a lack of confidence. This crowd views blogging exchanges as a 1-for-1 deal: I share your stuff, that means you have to share my stuff, or we’re not friends any longer! This worked in kindergarten. When – or if – you ever become a grown up this quality becomes unattractive and pretty darn immature. Giving freely is the way to go, and never take things personally for it’s never about you. We’re all connected, anyway. Just do good things and other people will take care of you, and it may or may not be the person who you helped out by sharing their stuff or commenting on their blog.

The Groundhog Day blogger has the right intent yet they are caught up in writing for search engines, or posting because you are “supposed to post” once a day. They try too hard when they should post less frequently and simply write when inspired.

As for the competitive blogger, yikes. I was one of these cats for a little bit. When I learned to embrace my uniqueness and started posting RBs Keys instead of other blogger’s keys, I began to network and my readership grew. As you note everybody has a different story so it’s wise not to get caught up comparing yourself to others. Have a little friendly competition if you’d like but leave it at that.

Thanks for sharing your always entertaining insight Alex :)

RB

Alex January 10, 2011 at 12:02 AM

I think the reason that I was able to speak so clearly about each of these bloggers is because I have been all of them at one time or another, i think we all have. In fact, writing this post made me realise that I still do it to an extent… D’OH!

Thanks for stopping by Ryan, I actually got a lot from this comment, especially this bit:
“When I learned to embrace my uniqueness and started posting RBs Keys instead of other blogger’s keys, I began to network and my readership grew”

Well said my friend

Ingrid Abboud January 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Alex you da Man!

I don’t care how tired you are of hearing that “this is a great post” – cause I’m about to say it again my friend! This post frickin’ rocks and den sum!

The tone is what made me want to meet at least another 5 people here! It’s wicked funny but very true. And that’s the style I like (as you well know).

Contrary to your title – I can see that quite a few people didn’t shut up and had quite a bit to say haha. And awesome things as well!

As for the “sensitive new age blogger” – seriously, and as you said, let’s not get personal. If someone has something to say, they will. And if they don’t, then you shouldn’t lose sleep over it. I can comment till my fingers fall off on Godin’s or another Super Duper A-lister blog – or whatever else they call them (which I don’t), and I still won’t expect a reply any time soon with most of them. Who cares! At least I said what I wanted to. Sure, I encourage replying to all comments (something I always do), but I’m not any of those folks. And if they don’t visit my blog and leave a comment, I’m not gonna cry about it.

I often read posts from bloggers I admire and read regularly where I have nothing to share but an RT – and that’s fine too!

If you only RT my post and don’t comment – I’m not gonna hate you! I’d love for you to comment, but I’m sure you will when you want to or have something of value to share.

As for the “comparative blogger” – I often look at what others are doing and I try to learn from them. No two bloggers are the same – whether in content (at least I hope not), design, techniques, personality and so forth. I always say that only You can be You. So do what works best for you and don’t try to copy what others do.

I can come here everyday and try to compare myself to you. But here’s the thing: I can’t. I know squat about your specialties – I can try to take in advice and apply it to work best for me, but I can’t get down on myself for not knowing what you know.

Everyone has their own style and fortes and that’s what will keep people coming back (or not).

I could literally write an entire book here about this post – cause that’s how good it is and well…I tend to write a lot as you well know haha – but I’ll spare you and simply end with:

Thank you for having the “cojones” to say it as it is Alex! Love it!

PS. Please, Please Alex – don’t forget to come back to my blog and leave a comment cause I just left one for you here! LOL ;) (Obviously – I’m joking!) But Hell yeah, if you’ve got something to say!

Alex January 9, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Wow!

Now that is value add at its finest!

You know that I have to come over and comment on your blog now, regardless of whether you were joking or not. A comment this incredible cannot be left at a lonely reply.

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom Ingrid.

Ingrid Abboud January 9, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Damn – I forgot!
Congrats on your new look! I like it MUCHO :) !
Cheers

Alex January 9, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Thanks Ingrid!

Brankica@Social media fan January 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Not shutting up for sure, this is one of the funniest posts I read on your blog. Not to mention the ear plug image :) Loved it.
It is hard for newbie bloggers (I am one of them) but there is always a way to do something different. I understand that not everyone is interesting but (almost) everyone has something to diferentiate him from the others, even that being his boring personality, lol.
I am very happy when bloggers like you and others that are blogging for a while come and read (and comment) on my post but I also understand how busy you all are and that you can’t sit there and wait for to say something.
Not to make the comment as long as the post, just wanna say I like reading your blog more and more!

Alex January 9, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Hahaha thanks Brankica, glad you enjoyed my rant, I mean post :)
I really enjoyed reading this comment and I must ad that I frequent your blog and you have more than enough interaction to poke a proverbial stick at.

Thanks again for your awesome comment, and I too really enjoy having you here Brankica

Michele Welch January 10, 2011 at 3:49 AM

Darling Alex,

A little kick in the ass every so often is always great to straighten people out . ;-) Reading this makes me realize how much I’ve evolved as a business owner and blogger. Never been much of a sensitive blogger, though was a bit of the comparative blogger at the beginning…yikes! Thank goodness I gave up that crap…LOL.

Super duper post DAD! ;-)

Alex January 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Hey Michele!

Thanks so much babe-a-licious :) (Super DAD :) I like that)
Reading your post makes me go D’OH! Because you are one of those bloggers who put their ASK out their, and I FORGOT TO INCLUDE YOU!!

No respect I tells ya!

Thanks for not being mad :)

Gladot January 12, 2011 at 2:45 PM

I really like your article its entertaining to read and most of all it gives a beautiful insight on what not to do on blogging world. Your such a genius. I would learn alot from your article.

Keep it up Alex…

Alex January 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Haha thanks Gladot!

Call me a Genius and you are always welcome here LOL

Gladot January 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

hahahaha..you got it man!

Thiru January 12, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Hi Alex,

Its been a long time to your blog, but the same cherish is here . Wonderful categorization of blogger, I crossed my newbie level. Of course now i am at my comparative stage alex which is more dangerous as you said.

Need to avoid this comparison with other bloggers and wanna be myself. It might be my resolution on this 2011.

(Belated new year wishes Alex to you and your family )

Alex January 13, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Hey Thiru,

Great to see you again mate, it is always a pleasure to have your warm sentiments grace these pages mate.

I do appreciate the comment and as for the belated wishes – same to you and your family Thiru – I hope 2011 is awesome for you :)

Anne Sales @ You Love Coupons January 13, 2011 at 6:04 AM

Ha ha! I love the tone of your post. It gives a picture of your personality and it’s cool. I like bloggers with a style. But come on, not all bloggers are smart enough like you. Let’s leave them alone. Don’t they have the right of expression as well?
Okay, enough defending them.
But I do love your blog. You’ve got catchy titles. I really like that. Good job. Keep it up!

Alex January 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Anne,

It is always a pleasure to welcome a new reader who appreciates my sad love of puns and titles :)
I also appreciate that you jumped into the corner for the dummy blogger for a little – on that note, I think you would appreciate the post ‘What the Blog are you talking about?’ as I have a big go at some bloggers there. 168 comments – and I tell you what, some got fired up LOL!

Thanks again for stopping by Anne, it is a pleasure to have you here and I look forward to seeing that smiling face again soon.
Did I tell you I love coupons? ;)

Alex January 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Thanks so much for such an honest and sweet comment Jennie!
It is comments like this and readers like yourself that make the process enjoyable, regardless of the ‘busy schedule’

Thanks again Jennie – sorry for the delayed response, my blog keeps spamming you?!

cyberdv8 January 13, 2011 at 9:11 PM

great now i have a craving for salt and vinegar chips , but there are some very valid points, especially with regards to writing when you are inspired to do so. Food for thought :) (……*Sighs* and realizes children have eaten all the Salt and Vinegar chips and contemplates drive to servo in PJs )

Alex January 17, 2011 at 12:04 AM

lol you crack me up Dani!

cyberdv8 January 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

my mission in life is to make people laugh…whether it’s with me or at me who cares lol

Sire@The Killer Aussie Blogger January 14, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Hey Alex, is that why you never ever leave a comment on my blog? Is it because I always write a lot of crap and you just don’t know enough crap to add to it? Just screwing with you mate. :D

I have to admit thought that the size of the blogosphere being what it is and the amount of information that’s out there you have to admit it’s pretty hard not to be a Ground Hog Day blogger and even harder to get Bill Murray to make an appearance.

I suppose the trick is not to just rehash something that you’ve read but to add to it. You could even change the language altogether, making it simpler so that it can appeal to a greater audience. Some of the stuff out there is so full of tech speak that it goes way over a newbies head.

Alex January 16, 2011 at 10:52 PM

LOL Loving the humour my good man :)
Your point is a good one, but I am referring to those bloggers who would quite literally have more chance of Bill Murray appearing than actually coming up with something unique and tangible.
I agree, there is not much new out there, and what is new Problogger gets first anyway, but you for example could tell me the same thing five times, and I bet no two stories would be the same! :)

Love your last point!
There is a whole niche for dumbing down tech talk I reckon….hmmm, new blog idea? Interested?

Ben Wan@WordpressSupport January 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Hi Alex, You’ve chosen a rather shocking title, does it
work with new readers? I agree with not taking things too
personally, it took more more than a month to leave a comment on
your blog after you’ve been on mine (that means nothing to do with
whether I like you or not) :) . Not repeating ourselves over and
over, only people who read lots of blogs would notice that. Avoid
being comparative with other bloggers. Now, as a blogger you need
to know who your target audience is, and write for them
specifically. What may read like crap to one group of readers may
read like something totally exceptional to another group. I think
one’s blog is great when it’s great for your target audience. A
different bunch of audience may think differently, but that’s just
fine. To our uniqueness, Ben Wan

Alex January 16, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Hey Ben,

Good question mate but not something I am worrying about. I just wanted a title that covered the three personalities I was discussing. I admit, a little forthcoming LOL
You took a month to leave a comment??!? I mean, Ben, why did you take so long to leave a comment? My therapist says its not me its you, but I don’t know? LOL Seriously, that is why you cannot take it personally and worry, if I had I would have been all hard done by like (good grammar Alex?)
I love your closing line, and I think you touch on a good point that well, each to their own.

I’ll drink to that!

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