When I first started blogging I had no idea that the majority of my readers (I think) would also be bloggers themselves. Ok, to be honest, I never imagined I’d have readers but once that reality set in I began to notice that the folks that comment tend to also be bloggers that I interact with on Twitter.
I’ve never seen another community* where the base audience seems to also be the competition. What do I mean by competition? For the most part, it seems that we (bloggers) are all going for the same blog tour spots, giveaways, publisher contacts, page views, discussion topics and review copies. Even with giveaways we’re typically entering against our friends and visitors to our blog. These shared goals can lead to some less than stellar feelings and a strange dynamic in our community.
I personally believe that healthy competition is a wonderful thing and helps motivate and push someone to take chances, or keep inspired to keep cranking out content and original ideas. This can lead to a very diverse and creative environment but it can also lead to some not as pretty stuff. I’m not really going to go into much detail about the dark side because anyone that’s been here for a bit knows what can happen. I’ve suffered from it myself and I think that most have. It can turn us all a bit green at times.
Since I’ve been blogging I’ve met some of my favorite people…I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t speak to them almost daily. I’m so happy to not feel a sense of competition** with them and to allow their achievements to give me happiness. I think the biggest thing to remember when you might feel green is that someone else’s success doesn’t detract from your own. Have you ever taken an art class? In high school I had the greatest art teacher and just being surrounded by so many creative types at once helped to inspire me and lead to one of the more creative periods in my life. I think that book blogging is like that too. Here’s a diverse, creative and inspired community all providing unique voices (and amazing book recommendations).
Have you addressed this topic before because I’m pretty confident it’s been discussed a thousand times. If so leave a link in the comments! I’d love to read your thoughts.
I want to know…
First- are you a blogger?
Second- If not I thank you for reading and I’d love to hear your input on this topic.
If you answered yes then…
Do you agree that our community is set up to compete? Does this bother you and do you ever feel yourself feeling green or even down about the constant struggle to keep your blog new, shiny and keep folks visiting?
Another beautifully positive event is Alexa Loves Books Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon
* I’ve not participated in many communities so I am not an authority on community competition.
** I’d be lying if I said that I NEVER, EVER feel a tiny bit competitive. It happens but I have to stomp it out forcefully. You know that feeling when they all get on the tour you’d like to be on? Or get that coveted book before you? But NONE of this is even a tiny bit as important as the friendship and support we provide each other.