I’m having a tough time feeling good about the blogger mentality lately.
I’ve stopped reading my feeds. Nothing grabs my attention. All the topics are the same (that’s nothing new). It’s all about how to do this or that in seven or ten steps. There are ways to improve your productivity, your business or yourself.
I’m tired of reading about crap that people don’t put into practice. I know too much about what goes on behind the blogging scene.
Bloggers don’t often practice what they preach.
They’re fast to jump on the bandwagon with the latest and greatest product, service or topic. They beat into the ground until it’s dead. The Internet is so saturated that it’s nearly worthless.
Bloggers are fast on the get-go, slow on the follow-through. They rarely answer emails in a timely manner, they often have poor customer service skills and they commonly blow deadlines.
But they call themselves professionals and clamor for more work.
These bloggers also seem to be under the illusion that blogging will make them money. They start to cry when work doesn’t come in quickly or when they land a job and it actually involves – gasp! – work.
Blogging doesn’t make money. Only hard work brings in the cash and puts food on tables.
So pay attention. Make sure not to spew advice when you don’t intent to follow your own advice. If you’re faking that you’re a professional, sooner or later someone is going to call you out on it.
Not too long ago, James brought me up short. I had been going through a slump, feeling sorry for myself (if you must know), and wallowing in my misery. I tend to do that.
James mentioned that I’m good at writing about time management and staying productive. Yet there I was, doing the exact opposite of what I preached.
That pissed me off. How dare he?
Know what, though? He was right. I felt like a fraud. He’d call my bluff. If I was going to talk the talk, I had to walk the walk.
So why doesn’t everyone else?