So… Facebook Groups for Bloggers are quite the thing – there are lots of them around and there are some great ones that put PR folk in touch with Bloggers and it’s possible to get some fabulous opportunities that are well suited to your blog. There’s also the opportunity to chew the fat with a community minded crowd, and put the world to rights over a brew / wine.
Some though – aren’t.
They are just a breeding ground of over zealous Admins, dickheads who can’t Google, idiots who spam links, and my BIGGEST bugbear – Comment / Like / RT Threads.
So, if you’re not really sure what these kind of threads are, essentially you drop a link to your latest post, and then the next few people who drop a link to their post, comment on yours, and you comment on theirs. It’s essentially it’s a great way of getting views and comments on your posts, all of which look GREAT stats and interaction wise.
It’s all bullshit though – because it’s just like a sort of ‘commenting’ chain letter – lots of people get involved, even those ‘BIG’ bloggers do it – and it’s easy to get caught up in it. It’s fantastic to see something you write doing well, but sometimes, blogging is hit and miss, some of the best stuff I’ve spent hours working on gets very few views. The other stuff I’ve written in a 10 minute rage where I should have thought more about it will attract thousands. It’s just the luck of the draw, some you win, some you lose! But if you’re drawing people in to skim read, and leave some soulless comment because you’ll do the same to them for them, isn’t it just a bit – fake?
Those who partake in such threads take it SO seriously it’s untrue, the anger aimed at those who don’t do it correctly is insane, they are named and shamed by the Facebook Group Witchfinder Generals and all kinds of crazy ensues. I recently saw someone losing their shit at a poor woman who hadn’t commented correctly. It all got a bit embarrassing when the person ‘named and shamed’ came back to explain that her child was ill, and commenting on posts wasn’t in the forefront of her mind.
There’s similar threads for Likes, RT’s, Follows too – what’s the difference in ‘forcing’ a load of bloggers to do it instead of paying some chap in India a few quid to do the same? It’s surely just as artificial ?
I know it’s heartbreaking to see something you’ve poured hours of work into not light up the internet as soon as you hit ‘Publish’. Surely that handful of people who will eventually stumble across it and will find it chimes with them is better than a few feckless idiots skimming it and writing ‘Yeah I agree!’ in the comments ?
I have a little Facebook Group of bloggers, there’s one rule – No Link Dumping. So there’s no comment threads, or people shitting links into it each day, it’s just a slightly acerbic look into the blogging world, and you know what – it kinda works. I don’t get pissy about people screenshotting, or upset if anyone disagrees with me – we’re all grown ups (ish), and generally pretty much any blogger is welcome (aside from around 5 people I loathe). People have come and gone, and it’s shaping up to be a nice little collective of people (as well those who don’t really like me, but like to watch what’s happening).
Perhaps we need to start from the ground up – get to know the people first, their blogs second, and then comment and share because we want to, we like it, and not because they will do the same for us?
Or maybe, we should just join the ‘My latest post thread’, dump a link, and step in the commenting queue?
What will it be?