Recently, I’ve been finding out that the blogging world, and online social networking can all get rather interesting at times.
I’ve discovered that, like anything, there’s the good…and the not so good.
While my blog’s been around for a few months, to begin with I didn’t blog much, and never thought to use Facebook to promote it. Let alone Twitter.
Up until a couple of months ago, I seriously thought Twitter was for people who wanted to read about what celebrities ate for lunch, for Gen Y’s, or for…well, geeks.
Oh yes, I’m happy to freely admit how wrong I was!
I’ve met some fantastic people via Twitter, some with amazing blogs, that are truly talented writers. I’ve even met a tweet in person – Shelley at My Shoebox Life. Seeing as she lives less than 1km from my place, it seemed a little weird not meeting up! (I was bound to run into her at Coles one day). But, what I think is a great friendship has since ensued.
However, there’s a side to online networking and blogging I’ve caught glimpses of that I don’t like.
Like copycat posts. I’d heard of people copying others’ posts, and last night I read two that were pretty much word-for-word, with the odd paragraph edited slightly. Yikes!
As there are a lot of us Mummy bloggers around, similarities in post topics are certainly to be expected. In fact, I actually enjoy coming across a post written on another blog similar to something I’ve blogged about. It makes me feel good (and sometimes reassured), knowing someone else went through the same thing/feels similar to me. If I can relate or identify with another blog, I usually re-visit or follow it.
But almost word-for-word copying? That’s another matter entirely (wasn’t one of my own posts copied, by the way).
Not impressive. At all.
Then there’s Twitter. Overwhelmingly, the people are really lovely, and funny, and clever (the ones I follow, anyway ;)). But occasionally, you might come across a Twitter ‘stalker’ type.
This type of tweeter reminds me of a venus fly trap, those strange plants that trap and eat flies..
After a while on Twitter, you may choose to unfollow a few people – either because their tweets are perhaps, a little annoying…or because you don’t find their tweets relevant.
I see my followers number will fluctuate, and totally understand someone may not want to read my tweets anymore.
But what about a tweeter who somehow instantly knows you’ve unfollowed them, and starts tweeting you and RT’ing you, to get you to re-follow? They keep tweeting and tweeting at you until they catch you again, like the fly in the venus fly trap…you succumb, and re-follow them. Gotcha.
But I love tweeting and blogging so much, I’m going to choose to remain ignorant of these sorts of issues from here on. For most of us know how to do the right thing. 🙂