I am embracing a new concept. Well, it’s not totally new. In the beginning I started blogging because I believed the hype about the money that you could make and for the most part I still believe that it is possible provided that you are distinguishing yourself in a way that has audience appeal.
I do enjoy blogging. I haven’t always had the confidence in my abilities. See, I don’t have the problem that many people have with not knowing what to blog about. I always have an opinion about everything. There is always a suggestion or recommendation that I don’t mind sharing with others, not because I am such an expert; but because I pick up little tips and tricks and I want to share them with someone else who might be looking for a particular solution at that given time. Like a three-year old, I always have questions that there may or may not have an answer.
However, what I don’t enjoy about blogging is how narrow, and commercial it has become. There is so much emphasis placed on what to do to keep Google from being pissed at you or how to rank your page that frankly, it sucks the joy and humanity of the whole experience. There are so many “experts”out there giving so much conflicting advice that it would make the devil himself want to tell them that they were not even fit for the bowels of hell.
I JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT PAGE RANK:
I love going to out-of-the-way “Mom and Pop” restaurants. They are not Michelin star rated. Michelin probably doesn’t know that it exist and do you know why? Because their clique of chefs are not interested in them, yet these little out-of-the-way restaurants, bistros and hole in the wall diners are making a good living and have excellent credibility because Jo and Rosie Public know “Mom and Pop” ,love their food and, the service that they provide.
“Mom and Pop” may not be on the highway but what they have to offer is so unique that people will walk a country mile for it. They have created their own map for people to follow to get to where they are.
So in other words, if your blog is basically a cheap and uneducated hooker trying to pass itself off as a Professor of Modern History, it doesn’t matter if you are on page one of Google or not. You are still not offering anything of any value. People for the most part will look through the packaging and see what is real and there goes any credibility that you may have had. I see many branded companies that are quite well-known but yet they are full of pomp but nothing substantial. They have little to nothing to offer and the only reason that they are still standing is because people believe that they have something to offer until they see that it is all just smoke in mirrors.
My goal is not to just make a quick buck. I work hard on everything that I do for my blog from building traffic, to the blog post. I write from the heart because I do believe that there is someone out there thinking just what I am thinking but they haven’t written it. I am patterning myself after “Mom and Pop because my customer base will be Joe and Rose. As long and they see me and are interested in what I have to say, my blog will be read and my business will grow.
I want what I say to actually have some meaning and credibility and that means more to me than what Google or any other search engine says.
SEARCH ENGINE POLITICS:
I do long for the old days when there was more competition between search engines. What Google and other large search engines have done is a betrayal to what they once stood for. Now that the competition is limited becoming a success is far more difficult than it used to be regardless of what people say.
Oddly enough, I understand and agree with the message at large that Google is trying to deliver. It is just that… well, it’s bull shit. I don’t know any other way to put it. Some of the very things that people are being penalized for is what big businesses on the net get away with on a regular basis and won’t be penalized for.
Google is only trying to kill what it can’t control and needs to realize that there is no such thing as being too big to fail contrary to what we are lead to believe. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Google, I just don’t trust it. I have a G-mail account and I have a site hosted by Google but will more than likely move on to greener pastures after my time is done.
So many people are writing and following anything that anyone from Google says like it is some new religion and it is quite frightening when I think of how fanatical people can be. They are treating Google as though it is a new god that we all should bow down and worship, while it does an alien probe on us.
I don’t have much of a web presence. I would not say that I am new to this game, it’s just that it was a game that I have watched from the side line and elected not to participate in. You get a clearer perspective when you are watching from the bleachers. That being said, I have decided to create my web presence doing things my way and not the way that some “expert” or “guru” says that I should. If I blogged the way that many of these people suggested I would we very unhappy.
It is an unkind thing to overwhelm people who are new to websites and blogging with a thousand things that they shouldn’t and can’t do before they understand what they even can or how they wish to express themselves. Most good teachers don’t do that.