I’m sure that all of my fellow bloggers have had this happen. You check WordPress and see you have a new comment from someone you don’t know. You’re kind of excited. Oh, someone new! Then, you click on it and find a comment that reads something like “Hey, check out my new post. I think you’ll really like it.” Now you’re mad because not only did they hijack your blog to promote themselves but they didn’t even say anything about the post they put their self-promotion on. And, of course, you go and check out their blog and get even madder because their post has nothing to do with what your blog is about. Arrrrgggghhhhh
Well, my friend Monica and her father have cataloged this type of person and all the others out there who don’t play nice on the blogosphere in their new book Dirty Blogging: 40 ugly traps that wait for you at every step. For those of you who are veteran bloggers, you’ll read it thinking “God, I hate when that happens.” Some parts of it are a bit funny because they are so true. It’s a bit like the comedian who gets a laugh by saying how bad something is. It’s funny because we can all identify with it. And Monica and her father give nicknames to the various sorts of people. For example, there are the “Followers Hunters.” Here is an excerpt:
THE FOLLOWERS’ HUNTERS – There is a category of bloggers who start hunting followers in the blogosphere. How does it work? They come on your blog, check to see how many followers you have, and if you have around 200, they follow you. All good and beautiful until, by common sense, you follow back. From that moment you’ve been burned. Because, shortly, they will run away, unsubscribing from your blog. I found out this simply by mistake. These hunters are probably sure that when you have about 200 followers, you can no longer check who followed you and who you follow. I tried to do this, but it’s pretty tough and I did not go all the way.
I hate it when that happens and tend to now only follow people when we’ve established a real pattern of a relationship.
Their book is also good for new bloggers. It will help you to understand what to expect. A good example is the fact that all the likes and comments dry up on the holidays. It also explains some of the behavior that one will see in the blogosphere.
Monica and her father are not angry and have no ax to grind. They love blogging and are on a mission to civilize. Here is another excerpt:
“The blogosphere is a complex world. Like in real life, here you can find all kind of people. You can find friends but you can also find people who want to take advantage of your innocence. People who attract you in all kind of traps to make their businesses with you. To use you for their own good.”
Their point is that there are times that people forget about reciprocity, or else don’t care about it. Granted there is no rule that one has to reciprocate and play nice, but the world is a better place when we all do.
It is a good, quick read and sells for $3 USD. I swear you will recognize experiences you’ve had if you’ve been blogging for even a few months. You may get angry remembering some characters that you encountered; you may laugh because what they say is so true, and you may see a bit of yourself in what they wrote. And perhaps if we see ourselves (as I admittedly did), we will act a bit better on the blogosphere and their mission to civilize will be realized.
If you are interested in ordering their e-book, click here