I hate to open this post with “when I started my blog, I didn’t know…” because I feel like so many of them begin that way, but I can’t think of a more appropriate opening phrase, so it appears I’m stuck.
When I started my blog, I didn’t know how competitive the Blogging Industry actually was. Obviously I realized that all bloggers have long-term goals for their blogs and that some bloggers achieve them quicker than others. Other than that, I had no idea of the competitive nature of blogging world. Looking back, I’m honestly glad I didn’t know about it. I think that I would have found the entire thing intimidating and second guessed starting up my own blog.
While I developed a sense of the competitiveness of blogging a couple of months into the process, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I actually felt its effects. Recently I had a few bloggers ask me what apps I use to edit my photos. I’ve never been secretive about the way that I edit or blog. I’ve written posts about my favorite apps and tips, so I immediately shared the names. What stunned me were the responses I received afterwards.
These were very different bloggers of very different sizes, but they all had similar replies. All of them seemed genuinely surprised that I had shared the names of apps. Their collective surprise took me by surprise. It made me realize how competitive the Blogging Industry actually is. There are bloggers out there who are unwilling to share tips with other bloggers, which means that they don’t want others to succeed.
To me, this is a clear reflection of the biggest problem in blogging. People become so worried about their own work that they forget what blogging is really supposed to be: a community of people with similar interests, sharing ideas with one another.
I don’t think we should root against each other’s success. We should be happy when other bloggers succeed. Being supportive of other bloggers is what allows the community to thrive. When blogging is made into a competition, it loses its fun and authenticity.
Do you think bloggers should support other bloggers?