This entry has been in my Draft for a long time and I’ve finally posted it now. Finally had the courage.
Since I started blogging publicly a couple of months ago, I’ve been witness to so many things I’ve never imagined I would see in an industry so new.
The events, the parties, the conferences, the meetings, the projects, and so on. They’re all so overwhelming at times.
Most of the time I just take a corner and observe. It’s all so bizarre. The dynamics of bloggers and blogging is so peaceful on the surface yet there’s an undertow of hostility too.
I know bloggers are two-faced. You smile and laugh with one and then talk narky things about them in private. You place xxx on Twitter and then DM nasty things about them with someone else. You smile and take photos together, and then you criticise them for their latest posts, latest look or latest marketing move.
It’s all so fake.
But why so?
We all know there are bloggers we don’t like. We all know there are opinions we don’t share. We all know there are competitions among us. We all know there’s new and old ties, severed ties.
But we also all know we need each other – for contacts, for social media numbers, for blogging readership, for Google Friends Connect and Feedburner stats.
So we continue to xxx, to be nice, to play it safe. Because we have to, and we need to. And then we post entries about integrity and honesty. Just to make us feel better.
I know we will never be able to go beyond being two-faced bloggers. Why? Because since time immemorial, in every industry, there have always been two-faced colleagues. It’s the same in all companies, and these are in regulated industries. Imagine what happens in the blogging world where everything is self-regulated — a dangerous thing.
So, are YOU a two-faced blogger? I know I have the tendency to be sometimes. But I’m trying not to be anymore. Life is too short to fake any part of it.