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I joined a Blog Chicks group on Facebook a week ago. It’s a place for bloggers to have their questions answered, chat blogs, and hang out. It was early days in the group, so many introductions were happening. So many great blogs and woman roll calls. As it does. But I wanted more; the hot tip. The inside track to the best content the interwebs offers, and I wanted a new favourite blog! So, I asked.

 

What’s the best blog post you read this week? And not one of yours, don’t be weird.

 

And do you know, over 100 people saw that post, and I received TWO responses? TWO. So it turns out we, as bloggers, are more interested in flogging our stuff than reading, or we just aren’t reading. I know for myself I’ve slowed down my usual blog visiting. I used to manage a blog roll with over 800 blogs on it. I’d stay as often as possible but could confidently say that I would see them all at least once every month. I wore myself out!

But why is that? Why did I quit visiting other blogs when push came to shove? When I’m a little stuck at the moment for inspiration and ideas, why did I stop seeing the people who do it best? Am I the only one? It’s a phase; I know I’ll be back. My question above is proof of that, I think. A desire to read more blogs. A desire to find that new hidden gem. A new favourite. But I wonder where it went in the first place.

I’m calling this phase the bloggers have their heads up their butt phase. I think the response to my question is a testament to that. To some degree. Comments, in general, are down; I’m constantly hearing people complain about it. Content writers everywhere are lamenting the downturn in conversation. Maybe what’s happening is people aren’t reading? Perhaps the content isn’t WORTH the effort? Hmmm.

Or could it just be that we are too busy doing our thing and too busy to share our precious time with anyone else? After all, it’s already spread between all the other important things to us. Family, friends, work, hobbies, Pinterest… It’s just a theory, but when push came to shove, visiting, communicating and reading other people’s blogs was at the bottom of a very long list, there must be a reason. What do you think?

Now I’m asking you…

 

What’s the best blog post you read this week? And not one of yours, don’t be weird.
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