I click on tweeted links from my trusted tweeps. I believe my Facebook friends when they share a post that MUST BE READ.
Especially when they are sharing posts which boast sure- fired ways to elevate blogs to the next level and are written by bloggy/social media guru specialists. I mean, why wouldn’t we want to read what these folks have to say, sheesh, they know EVERYTHING. They have like a bazillion friends and followers. And honestly, they probably know WAY MORE than I do.
I mean, what blogger doesn’t want to know the hidden secrets to becoming a six figure blogger. Or even a four figure blogger? Hey, I’m not picky, I’d just like to make a few bucks and get Dooce-like traffic. I mean, it’s a no-brainer, right? Read the posts + follow their advice = become famous bloggers. What an equation.
The first couple of links I clicked on, back in the day, the advice was sound. Perfect, I’ll try to follow the five, four, three, twenty steps to making my blog into a profitable home business. After all, I have the right ingredients, great content, pretty darn good writing, nothing but time to travel to blogs and comment and whatever the other steps were advised.
Well, a few years later and I’m still clicking on links, waiting for the screen to load a new road map of wisdom.
But all I’m getting? Variation on the same theme. Some better written than others. All or most posts that I read are written by the top dog advice blog elevator givers. Gurus. Specialists. Etc.
That’s fine. Some of them I LOVE reading because they can be very entertaining. But, I IMPLORE you. I BEG OF YOU…
Give us new advice. Not the same old. Because, I’ve already been there, done that when it was written differently on a different site a couple of years ago.
It’s like when you pick up a book that you THOUGHT you’ve never read, yet a few chapters in you’re like…”Hmm…yeah. Familiar. Read it already.” Except, we aren’t reading the exact same book written by the exact same author. Nope, we have copycats, sorta.
The thing I find kind of funny is, the constant retweeting of these posts. The fuss that is made over them. The pedestals they are placed upon.
I mean, honestly? Are you getting anything any different out of the newest posts than you did from a post written last year, month, week?
Because really? I’m not. At all.
Yet, for some reason, I keep clicking. And I keep kicking myself for losing those 5 minutes that I’ll never get back.
Although, I did read a really great post on Copyblogger the other day that took less than five minutes to read and I still am talking about its pretty decent advice. So that’s good. But damn, I had to kiss a lot of frogs to get to that prince of a post.
Please. I’m begging you…
SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Tell us something we don’t already know.