At South by Southwest some of my friends and I joked about certain high profile bloggers who traveled with an entourage or couldn’t take time out of their busy schedules for meetups or to shake hands with the people who followed them all these years. As I’m watching blogging evolve, I’m wondering if some of the well known professional bloggers aren’t getting too big for their britches.
It used to be:
- You could sit in a blogging lounge and chat with a room full of bloggers, some big, some small, and it was all good. The more famous bloggers were happy to share tips and ideas and genuinely wanted to know what you were working on yourself.
- You could email a blogger and he or she would take some time to respond. Now many bloggers can’t be bothered to respond to email.
- You could ask a blogger to do an interview and he or she would be happy to oblige, now they want to know how much is in it for them.
- You would find your favorite bloggers on the social networks chit chatting with the commoners. Now? Not so much.
I hope this doesn’t come off as bitter, because it’s not. I’ll even go as far to admit that sometimes it takes a while to get to my email – though I do answer everyone who writes. I am disappointed that as many bloggers make a name for themselves they forget the people who helped make them what they are – their community.
I don’t think I’ll ever be as huge as some of the other bloggers out there, but I’m going to make a promise to you right now:
I will always have friends, but never an entourage. I will never be too busy to say hello. I will continue to respond to all my email, though it may take a while. (Except if you’re spammy.) And finally, if you were always supportive of my efforts in the past, and even helped me with some of my endeavors, I will not blow you off if I ever become “famous.”
That is all.