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Sunday, June 11, 2006

POWERBLOG HUNGRY?

I have been thinking about this for the past couple of days, and really wanted to address this to you guys. Is it possible for a blogger to become "POWERBLOG HUNGRY?"
Just think about it.

Blogs have become a venue for the simplest of people to share there thoughts and stories to an unseen audience, and if popularity is attained, can reach millions of people. Even the most established of professionals use blogs to gain greater status in there own careers.

I mean think about it. Trent Jackson, author, has now become an infamous Blog-Radio Host! Dr. Lyons, brilliant graduate student, has established the well-known Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund! Even Stephen Earley Jordan II (aka Bougie Black Boy) released of his book "Beyond Bougie" of personal essays, creative nonfiction, and poetry which some, started on his very blog!

You have to admit, bloggers have power!

Yet sometimes you can get lost in it all. It's like you become this miniature or full-blown celebrity! It always feels good to know that your name is out there, your going to all these events, and people read you everyday... so is it possible to become "POWERBLOG HUNGRY?"

I had a situation with a blogger that seemed so off to me.
I was thinking to myself, was what the blogger doing more about there NAME and status, or was it really more about uplifting the blog-community?

Do we as bloggers have a responsibility in what we say, how we say it? Or is blogging just a page ALL ABOUT ME? Do we USE, not collaborate, but USE other bloggers to reach a certain status for our own blogs or in our careers? Do we really appreciate other bloggers for there own endeavors, or are we just so high and mighty that we think our shit is the ONLY SHIT?

It makes me think about my own POWER.

Do I have an effect on the blog-community? Do I Inspire? Entertain? Uplift?
Hey I'm just asking the questions, and just looking for the answers.

ARE YOU POWERBLOG HUNGRY?

15 Comments:

  • HA HA HA! What a great topic this is. I think you are a poweblogger Shawn, yes you!

    As bloggers we are responsible for what we say, but I come to your blog because it enlightens, and it is very non-dramtic, you don't have a whole bunch a bullshit going on over here. People like blogs without all of the fluff and whistles (me included) but then you have those who like "names only." You inspire, you entertain, and you are genuinely sincere thats why I appreciate you! -End of discussion. I beleive that everyone has something to say, I don't care if it's an average joe or Larry Ly, we can all learn from our experiences, power blog or not.

    By Blogger Trent Jackson, at 12:00 PM  

  • When I really started to get into blogging, I started to read your blog, and yeah it's been inspiring and entertaining for me since then, and that was a whiiile ago... I think you are a powerblogger, boy - but there ain't nuFFin wrong w/ that... personally, i don't really care if people read what i write or not, i just write just to write, but another part of me kinda craves it to be more, or different, but i def'ly feel whachu sayin yo - anyway i enjoy your blog very much and think that u r below ur potential in what u should set out to accomplish thru it, so keep doin the damn thang bwoy... :) lata

    By Blogger heartbreaker, at 1:58 PM  

  • Do I have an effect on the blog-community?
    Yes from what I can tell...

    Do I Inspire? at times

    Entertain? at times

    Uplift? at times

    I personally enjoy your blog because it seems real, do I consider you a powerblogger...I would say yes because you give off the impression that you are a powerful man in general and it comes across in your blog.

    By Blogger Ladynay, at 3:25 PM  

  • I forgot to change the "I" to "you" in your questions...

    By Blogger Ladynay, at 3:26 PM  

  • I appreciate you guys thinking I am a powerblogger. :)

    What my question is, do you think that some bloggers are POWERBLOG HUNGRY?

    By Blogger ShawnQt, at 4:23 PM  

  • To simply put it, yes.

    Some bloggers become powerblog hungry. It it understood that many folk blog for different reasons, but some people make it a mission to become the creme de la creme, so much that they lose focus on the intent of their blog and change the very foundation they found their readership. People change and mature and try new things, that's all fine and dandy, but don't change the core! Ya know....

    By Blogger Ladynay, at 6:30 PM  

  • Definitely man... i felt that from the moment i started my blog.
    I know people who get sick everytime they get less comments than a certain average number they determined themselves... or have a counter and keep on comparing their numbers with other bloggers : " Look at him, his blog is stupid and he gets 52.000 hits, that ain't fair, i blog about better things !"

    There are the people who are really curious to know what your blog is about and start to like you (or at least get used to you), sometimes you even get to talk to them personnally (email, phone, face to face,...) but then there are also others who are "advertising" their own thing when they comment on your blog.

    In the last post before my 6 months hiatus, i posted an article about the death of a friend (he was murdered at school- the motive ? the killer thought he was gay) which is one of the reasons why i had to stop everything (work, school, etc..) and go spend some time back home.
    Somebody used the comments section in that post to let me (and my readers i guess) know that he had a "new and improved" blog(that still talked about sex though). I deleted it right away and i didn't visit another blog for weeks.

    Appearing crazy and powerblog hungry on your own blog might be a problem, but it's nothing compared to advertising "your shit" at any cost.

    That's reality, i guess everything must have good/bad/surprising/weirds aspects.

    P.S : I absolutely love your blog, it's REAL, just like you :D

    By Blogger Soldier, at 7:00 PM  

  • Hmmmmmm....is it really that serious, but I do know what you're talking about.

    By Blogger lj, at 2:58 AM  

  • That is an interesting question. I really have not been blogging like this for long. My first blogs were for class projects and seeking input from only a few people. This is my first experience with receiving input from the public.

    I can easily see how someone can constantly look at how many people are visiting their site and commenting. Going to other people's blog and posting, hoping that they will visit yours. In essence, we are writers much like authors of books. And there is a sense of pride when your write something that you are proud of, however, you also REALLY want other people to read it too.

    You also have the bloggers that rely on feedback from people about a problem or situation or even some of their work. Like a focus group or just in society with people learning mores, you have to receive feedback from a large enough group of people.

    I can even see how someone can start off focusing their blog on one thing and maybe morph to something else. We all grow in time just as long as you are keeping it real with yourself like Ladynay stated.

    However, to go to the extent of promote your blog on another blog..... I don't know about that.

    Sorry ShawnQT, I didn't mean to be so long winded.

    By Blogger Ty, at 10:07 AM  

  • The answer to your question is a RESOUNDING HELL YEA! In fact im working on a post about that very issue b/c it annoys the hell out of me especially when these "power bloggers" attempt to engage me in their self absorbed confusion. Ive never been driven or concerned about being a member of the National Association of Popular Bloggers b/c doing that would diminish the authenticity and sincerity of my thoughts and more importantly my intention for blogging wouldnt be met (hopefully that makes sense) anyway NO I dont think you're a 'power blogger' mainly b/c you keep it real :) but more on that in my post about this issue coming soon.

    By Blogger Bobby Brown Jr., at 12:42 PM  

  • Good post! Yes, I do believe that some folks out there have taken blogging to a place where it does not need to go. But, on the other hand, whatever a person puts on their blog is their perogative.

    As far as your blog is concerned, you are indeed a "powerblogger", but what you share comes from a genuine and humble place. You are really serving a slice of yourself to all of us, and that is where the "power" comes from. Keep it up, guy!

    As much as I disapprove of folks using a blog to gain "celebrity" status, blogging is form of self-expression. If folks choose to use blogging for selfish gains or to serve their egos, it's on them. It's a damn shame, but folks are entitled to post whatever they wish given their expression of free speech doesn't grossly offend another person.

    By Blogger dancehard, at 1:55 PM  

  • AMEN LADYNAY! I second what she said!

    It's just a blog relax!

    By Blogger Cash S., at 2:28 PM  

  • I didn't know that blogging could make one into a celebrity. WOW, where have I been??? Being a powerblogger isn't a bad thing. Just look at yourself, you're a powerblogger, and everyone seems to love your blog. I'm kinda glad that I'm not one though, cause then I don't have to worry about to many people reading my blog and I can be as blount and honest as I want. It's like high school, some are popular, some keep it real, and then there are those rare few that can be real and popular all at one time. You are one of the few and you don't have to be sorry about that. I think that like high school, so many bloggers want to be popular at any cost.

    Just my thoughts.

    By Blogger E. Lewis, at 4:16 PM  

  • There are several who appear to be powerblogger hungry. It doesn't make sense to me but I'm not one to judge. If it seems as if he/she are crying out too loud for attention I just don't make it a habit on visiting that person's blog. I visit yours because you come across real and discuss real things that are going on in your life which at the same time can be as entertaining as it is uplifting.

    By Blogger Soulful Real, at 1:52 PM  

  • Everyone has their right and opportunity to whatever they wish in the blog community. If you wish to "inspire" then you do what you feel is necessary to accomplish that wish.

    Some people use it to be slanderous. It may not be what someone may expect or even warrant, but is has to be tolerable.

    For my personal blog, I try to publish ideas, thoughts and comments that reveal truth. I only seek to make people more aware of truth, not to entertain, fictionalize or "agree" along with others just to be accepted.

    Everyone has a right to express whatever is on their heart, regardless if it is right or wrong.

    By Blogger The Captain, at 3:59 PM  

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