Why You Should Not Be A Blogger

Friday, November 04, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 12 Comments

Blogging has become the cure-all for today’s society. Have something to say? Blog about it. Do you have a business you need to promote? Start a blog. Are you some sort of celebrity or want to be one? Start your own blog like you’re important enough to read about. Need extra cash? Blog – and get sponsors ASAP. Did your boyfriend cheat on you and you want the best revenge ever? Start a blog – and tell everyone about how bad he is in bed.

You see, blogging has become its own demon. It started as something pristine, something even kids and teens can do to pass time. It was supposed to be therapeutic; getting all that mental and emotional mumbo-jumbo out of your system – and onto your blog posts – can mean wonderful closure. Yes, those are the amazing effects of blogging. But the world of bloggers has evolved into a dog-eat-dog, I’m-right-and-you’re-not world.

So, here are a few reasons why you should NOT be a blogger:

  • When you start blogging, you just might start thinking you can charge advertisers a whole lot of money. Some bloggers think so highly of themselves that they scoff at others who charge less than standard rates (which were “standardized” by none other than the same righteous bloggers anyway). They believe in the mantra, “PageRank 1 equals $10 per link” – and if you disagree, they call you names behind your back. Boo! Blogging has become a business where the rates are pretty much dictated by people who always think they’re right; blogging can get to your head, really. If you don’t want to be shunned by all these rate-obsessed bloggers (or if you don’t want to join their clique), then don’t even think of becoming a blogger.
  • When you blog, you are tempted to bare your heart and soul. In other words, you are providing everyone with ammunition with which to kill you later. Everything that’s online can be screen-capped and saved for later reference. So, when you blog about having murdered someone and the police get wind of it, it’s tantamount to self-incrimination – and that’s a really good reason why you shouldn’t be a blogger.
  • Blogging involves networking; thus, it involves dirty politics. Do you hate politics? I sure do. I like everything clean: if you do a good job and believe in what you do, you don’t have to explain yourself. But blogging is not that simple. You meet weird new people, you respond to the nastiest comments, and you get blogged about by other people. Blogging involves being nice to people you’d rather feed to your dogs. So, if you can’t handle being unpopular and you’re not the type to kiss ass, then blogging is not for you.
  • Blogging gets you crazy-obsessed with statistics. I’m a math lover, but statistics is one of my most hated subjects. My profession thrives on biostatistics, which is why I had to learn it – but I never thought that even blogging would mean dealing with page views, average unique visitors per month, and all the website statistics. It’s like school all over again! If you hate having to deal with numbers, then that’s another reason why you shouldn’t be a blogger.

See? Blogging is not all it’s cracked up to be. If you start blogging, it should be because of a calling that, come hell or high water, you just have to do because you want to do it. If you’re doing it for the money, better stick to something more lucrative (and less life-invasive). And if you still want to start your own blog, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here’s a totally unrelated picture to cap this blog post off, which I’m attaching simply because I like my pose here:

why you shouldn't blog

Well, okay, maybe that’s one thing you might like about starting your own blog: you can do whatever you want with it. Rolling on the floor laughing

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.

12 comments:

  1. Agreed! Blogging is not as simple as it seems!

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  2. @Luke: True, that. :)
    @Mary: How so? Please do tell. :)

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  3. agree!
    Basta ako I blog because I want..
    kiber ko sa iba..hehehe..

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  4. Let's not give in to peer pressure. :) Cheers!

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  5. i remember that blogging is not like this before... i guess they just evolved into something 'political'. :(

    i agree not to give in to peer pressure. :)

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  6. Yes, blogging didn't used to be like this at all! Well, we can always be as laid back as we can, yes? :)

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  7. you have placed a picture for the Facebook thumbnail to be fed right?

    may problem ako sa ganyan. if I place the picture not within the first 4 paragraphs, FB does not recognize it.

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  8. Promking, sorry, but I don't quite get what you mean. I'm reading through my blog post - it's about why people shouldn't just be a blogger for the heck of it - and I don't see any statements on Facebook thumbnail photos.

    I don't get where the question is coming from. @_@

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  9. That's right girl. You made me click this post from your Facebook share - great and intriguing title. BTW, you have a nice theme with interesting pictures. I agree. Blog and their bloggers do have power, and when there is power, there is responsibility. One must be ready to take this responsibility, as well as the challenges you've listed, to start blogging.

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  10. It took me ages to realize blogging is not my thing, if only based on your opinions. I don't kiss ass, I make money out of my lashings on Blogger, and link building is what keeps my salary from sinking, which eventually had my PageRank paid for all of these. Yikes. I think I would never learn from this post because I have more blogs to be released in the near future. LOL.

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  11. Blogging - and any other hobby or job - is not just about results. It's about how you got there. We have way too many politicians/ doctors/ bloggers (?) whose lives revolve around results alone. (I see many politicians who have many more years in politics but don't really deserve to serve the people, if you get my drift.)

    Don't get me wrong, results are great! But how did we get there? Did we do right by the people whom we met along the way? Did we do things we would truly be proud of?

    Making results important is good. But digging deeper than results is way better. But then again, my measuring stick is different from yours, Itin. :) Thanks for dropping by.

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