Are Your Favorite ProBloggers Becoming Too Big for their Britches?

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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.

Comments

  1. I don’t hobnob with many big time bloggers but I have to admit that I’ve been amazed at the increased availability of many through Twitter and other social networks.

    It used to be ‘email my assistant’ and now it’s DM me :) (Though maybe it’s an assistant getting that DM?) I’ve really enjoyed the ease of communication.

    Still, there are always a few who make themselves hard to get to. I think it’s very uncool to ignore people in any event.

  2. Some, yes, I’d agree. I still find a few who respond to emails. The worst offenders are those that get you on their mailing list, then email you relentless to buy their books. I do find that most bloggers in my neck of the woods remain friendly and helpful. I hope those who follow my gardening blog (link above) find me the same! And if I ever get too big for my britches…I give y’all permission to metaphorically whack me upside the head!

  3. Hi Kelly,

    There are plenty on the social networks for sure, but I’m seeing many of them not having as big a presence as they used to. Or maybe I’m just looking at all the wrong times?

    Hi Jeanne,

    The mailing lists, the newsletters…the spam. Can’t stand it and if it happens often I have to ask them to remove me from their lists.

  4. Deb, you’re already famous….I’m going to order you T-shirt that reads “I’m Kind of a Big Deal” in case you forget. ;)

  5. I agree with Jodee :)

  6. Hi, Deb. ^_^
    I e-mailed you not too long ago from my hotmail address, I hope you got it. I know hotmail usually is equivalent to spam, so it’s understandable if it was classified as such- and you are certainly a busy woman, so no hard feelings.

    Keep up the good work.

  7. Thannks Jodee and Meghna, but I’ve come to the conclusion I’m a very small fish in a very big pond.

  8. Interesting take!

    I’ve never made enough from the blogging portion of my business to justify spending money on a blogging event, so I can’t address whether there’s been a change or not.

    I do think that it’s not a good idea for bloggers to stray too far from the purpose of blogging – which is communication and interaction.

  9. Yes to some of them

  10. I applied to work for a public speaker once and was told to tell people he was very busy so that it would up his profile. I didn’t accept the job in the end as it was commission based.

    May be some of the ProBloggers think the same. Thinking it gives them status. Or, may be they hire people to run up for autographs ;)

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