Blogger Attitude Check

Monday, March 26, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 26 Comments

Bloggers, just like everyone else, are people with different opinions. But as a blog’s PageRank goes up and its page views get higher, the blogger gains bragging rights that he can use to foster his blog’s growth. But how far do we use these bragging rights as bloggers? And does our attitude as bloggers affect our work?

How Your Attitude As A Blogger Can Affect You

As bloggers or otherwise, we all choose different baseball teams, presidential candidates, and blogging platforms. It therefore follows that we have different personalities. Unfortunately, that also means some bloggers can be really nice, while others can get really nasty. Misunderstandings are common in the blogosphere. And if you find yourself in the line of fire, how should you react?

Blogger Attitude Humor

Bloggers are free to use their blogs to air their points of view. If you fall out of favor in the blogging world, other bloggers just might blog about your social faux-pas.

Blogger Attitude Check

But fellow bloggers, take heart; it’s not the end of the world. Even if you do make a mistake or a really bad judgment call, it’s not too late to correct the error of your ways. Below are a few tips to help us keep our attitudes in check.

  • DO NOT tell advertisers or marketing agencies that they made a mistake for not choosing you to blog for them. Yes, your blog may have a million page views every month, but some agencies are wise enough to look beyond the numbers. Sometimes, how a blogger gets along with others is a criterion for choosing which bloggers get to attend an event. Do not send haughty messages to companies about how they missed out by not getting you as their blogger. Believe me, they’ll thank the heavens they didn’t.
  • DO tell marketing agencies what your blog can offer. Yes, it’s actually alright to tell them you get a million monthly page views on your blog when applying to blog for an event. But do so with both feet planted on the ground. Never overdo it or you will end up sounding arrogant. Read on for more tips on how to keep your blogger attitude in check.
  • DO NOT air your opinions in scorn on your blog. Learn to control your emotions. Whether you are right or wrong, it should not matter; as a blogger, your voice can be heard all over the world. Therefore, learn to modulate your blogging voice so as to avoid sounding cheap or tactless.
  • DO express your point of view with diplomacy on your blog. A blogger who knows how to express his frustration or anger with a degree of self-restraint earns the respect of others. A blogger who uses his blog to exact vengeance is laughed at and seen as petty.
  • DO NOT pick a fight with bloggers who do not show the same maturity as you do. This is for the same reason that countries should never negotiate with terrorists.
  • DO speak your mind with an aim to make peace, teach valuable lessons, and bridge the gap through your blog.  Be a peacemaker. As a blog owner, you have in your hands a valuable tool – and you should use it to make this world better, not to make it more chaotic.

Blogging is supposed to be simple: publish a blog post, and you are done. But as history has proven over and over, words are powerful, which is why many believe that the pen is mightier than the sword – and this is why your blog is not “just a blog”. Your attitude as a blogger will bring you a great reputation, or it could be your downfall. In the end, it will not matter if you have the same PageRank as Google; how you use your relevant blog is more important.

We all make mistakes, which is why we should always be humble as bloggers. And if someone is humble enough to admit the error of his ways, be gracious enough to accept the apology. I hope you learned something new about being a blogger and how a blogger’s attitude does matter when you read this post. And if you like it, don’t hesitate to click on the Facebook like button and Google +1 button below. As a blogger, I will appreciate every single vote of confidence. Until next time!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and a cat welfare column in The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene. Add her to your circles.

26 comments:

  1. Well said. I like the way you pointed out on how us bloggers should keep our feet planted on the ground.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I couldn't agree with you more Stef! What we blog may reflect on who we are and vice versa.
    Nice post!

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  3. Thanks, Ruby and Robi! Oh, wow, that kind of rhymed. :)

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  4. Yep, be humble and keep it simple!=)

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  5. ME? Well I really don't care about advertisers :) My blog may be a bit harsh in using words, pero that's me. I don't have to be so saintly, dahil pag nagka ganun, di na ako yun :) Nice post mam, sana mabasa din to nung mga mapanglait na bloggers sa kapwa nila bloggers, lalo na nung mga ehem. Haha.

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  6. may kilala akong ganito eh, basta she always bragg about her stat her rank, akala ko mabait sya lahat inaway ng walang dahilan lol naglabas lang ng sama ng loob for sure kasi di yun basta nagcocomenet na walang kapalit, take lang sya ng take

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  7. Ito ang RX na rekomendado ni Dra. Stef. We should take it as prescribed! hehe. But seriously, I hope this post will in a way be a shot in the arm to bloggers and will not be taken as a "patama" especially to those who'll really be hit with this. :)

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  8. I agree! thanks for sharing. this serves as reminder so that bloggers will remain humble. clicked +1!

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  9. Ivan, that's what I've always liked about you - you are down to earth. :)

    Paliits, we have a tone to maintain in our blogs; it should sound like ourselves, so go ahead. :) But who are those people you are referring to?

    ChrisAir, oh no, I hope you don't get into an argument with that blogger, whoever he/ she is. >_<

    Richard, YOU GOT IT! You absolutely understood my intentions. :) This was meant as a general post, one that was intended for every blogger, although it was inspired by just one. That's why I made it a point never to reveal the blogger, even to those who sent me messages asking who it was. I feel relieved that someone understands. :)

    Wena, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I appreciate your comment as well. :)

    I apologize if I might not be able to reciprocate with everyone's comments right now - I'm about to step out. But I will try my best to visit everyone's blogs and get to know all of you. Thank you for dropping by. I appreciate your vote of confidence. <3

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  10. wow..thanks for sharing Stef! very clear and well said! agree to the max:) Good day!

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  11. I absolutely agree with what you say here. There are a lot of bloggers who take on airs and act unprofessionally. Kaya marami ang nawawalan ng respeto sa blogging and bloggers in general because a lot of people who blog do not know the meaning of the word, 'delicadeza'.

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  12. VERY WELL SAID! I super agree! Dapat lahat ng blogger ma read to. So they knot the do's and dont's. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. As a blogger, we may have the right to speak what we have in our mind but i believe that it is far more important to know your limitations as a person. For me, being a blogger is not how influential you are for having thousand of daily visitor but it is how you create a major impact and difference even for one person.

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  14. Relevant. While your referring generally to all bloggers, I'd love to know where all this is coming from :)) Nakakacurious kasi! Everyone's posting about it on PB and I don't even have the slightest clue. #chismosa, but still, would love to know what incident pushed you, as well as the rest of the other bloggers, to talk about this

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  15. Tama! Dama na kasing bloggers na malaking ulo ngayon. Hehe.

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  16. Thank you, everyone, for your comments. :) I appreciate all the (blog) love. :)

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  17. I love this tip the most:

    DO NOT pick a fight with bloggers who do not show the same maturity as you do. This is for the same reason that countries should never negotiate with terrorists.

    Thanks doc stef! \m/ you rock!

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  18. I really enjoy reading your posts Stef. This one will surely hit the spot! :)

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  19. love this post! very well said! :)

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  20. I love this:
    "DO NOT pick a fight with bloggers who do not show the same maturity as you do. This is for the same reason that countries should never negotiate with terrorists."

    I do not agree with some bloggers about how they perceive and write about things. I almost ran into insulting them on FB, twitter, etc. But then, I believe there are also some bloggers are also mature enough, who like me, notice the big difference. Ang prinsipyo ko, "Bahala ka sa buhay mo. Matanda ka na." hehehe.

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  21. I have been blogging since 2003, albeit very very irregularly. It was only last year that I started to take this more seriously and it is only last February that I started commenting on blogs. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have had one experience where my comment was misconstrued. At first I did not understand why my honest and simple comment produced such a reaction until I realized that to this blogger, my not being clear on what the she wrote was a source of stress for her because it might reflect on her ability as a blogger and affect her sponsors and advertisers. To me, who blogs for the simple reason that it is a venue for my writings, rants, advocacies, etc. and not for what I could earn from it was very surprised. I apologized of course. I guess I should be more sensitive to the objectives of a post before I make a comment. In fact, I don't join comment exchanges now. It is hard o reciprocate on posts that I really cannot relate to, don't understand, or find poorly written. I only make comments now on blogs I enjoy (like yours). Once again, great post Stef!

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  22. OMG I should call you Doc from now on :D Cool post! Helpful sakin to lalo na ngayon :D

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  23. You hit the nail right on the head, Doc Stef :)

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  24. Thank you, everyone. I do hope this blog post continues to keep our attitudes - including mine - in check. :) I appreciate your comments, thank you, thank you!

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