Let’s look closer…We had a wonderful talk by a “popular” blogger at the Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Toronto. I share much with this blogger.
We both have eclectic blogs; we both write what we feel and don’t take on sponsorship; we both write, illustrate and photograph for enjoyment; we garden in an environmentally conscious manner, we do blogging for fun; and we both don’t claim to be experts in our fields even though working professionally in them for decades.
She talked on authority and building credibility and why that might not be the way to approach blogging. Sharing information and experience helps others. It is how and why a blog gets searched. Some bloggers are experts, and it is wonderful when they share knowledge and one does not have to pay to obtain it. I like reading posts by credible experts, but I think she meant not gratuitously touting oneself as an expert.
In a nutshell, it is about what others want to read and what they want to know. Readers get that by search. Do well in search and you might have a popular blog. Write to share in an interesting and accurate way and your blog may soar.
She was asked to be on HGTV and after the pilot, the show never aired. She had concerns of promoting product and idea in which she does not believe. I fully agree.
The gal I traveled with thought I did not enjoy the talk since I was quiet, yet I did enjoy it very much. It gave bloggers a lot to think about and also gave them validation in blogging.
I was stumped by taking a path not to be popular though. More specifically, not blogging to be popular. I want my blog to be popular, I just don’t need it to be. Heck, it is just a blog and a hobby.
I can’t think of a time I did something and not care if others would like my work or I would be popular in my field though? Even in school no one wanted to be unpopular. Is it different in blogging? I think it is human nature to want approval by others. But the point she was making was not to have that drive the endeavor and I agree.
We make choices in our garden philosophies that can be unpopular. She mentioned that. I live in a neighborhood of grassed front yards and mine stands out like a sore thumb. Most neighbors think my garden is the reason they battle dandelions. I admit it likely is. I don’t raise them, I just don’t douse them with chemicals. Bees love them in spring and I love bees.
I did a series of posts on what we can learn from a dandelion, and wouldn’t you know some of that relates to blogging if you read it that way.
Successful and popular are not the same things, just ask a dandelion. There are some pretty successful folks that are very unpopular. You can look at being popular by how many comments you draw and how many friends you make blogging. But that does not always equate to views which might be considered successful.
Talking about gardening, conservation, caring for the environment, nature preserves, and insects and bees is not UNPOPULAR by any stretch. Monarch butterflies are popular.
What is it that makes a blog popular or unpopular? Does being popular in blogging even matter? Thought provoking subject, no? I know I thought about it. Sound off… and get those fingers typing.
Next on GWGT… more woodland gardens, a popular garden type.