I may be opening up a can of worms here, but I felt compelled to write this post after reading a topic brought up on a book review blog. It left me scratching my head, wondering just how far a person will go to gain numbers or be the "big dog" or make a company happy.
On that particular blog, I read the post and the almost 150 comments left on it. There was a huge debate about cheating and how far a person and/or company will go to get clicks. All that happened in the end is that a bunch of bloggers became involved in a conversational cat fight.
Seriously people, how can anyone take bloggers seriously when we can't even be there to support each other?! I totally get it, it's a numbers game. The people with the most Twitter followers, Facebook likes, link clicks, etc. are usually the ones who get the most from PR brands. I won't lie, I wanna be famous. And not just for my weird ways.
I've participated in hops, published press releases for free, and even asked for votes here and there. I'm no better or no worse than any other blogger out there. That's what makes each blog individual. Mine's not yours and yours isn't mine.
I just wonder at what point do we all stop to realize that numbers aren't the end all, be all. That bloggers do have worth. It's up to us to support each other. It's up to us to realize when a company is taking advantage of us just for link purposes, and not fall prey to it. It's up to us to not be so hung up on making our blogs so much bigger that we don't leave a comment or lend a helping hand to another blogger. It's up to us to not feel like we have to "buy" our commenters or followers. It's up to us to decide whether we want to accept an offer, out of wanting to rather than feeling obligated to.
Life isn't all cotton candy and butterflies, but there's enough drama in the real world. Why extend it to the blog world?