My previous post about my intentions for serialized blogging in 2015 received a comment I wish to discuss: do you see your fellow bloggers as your competition?
Do you scan who is doing what to gain insights what to blog about or to be the first to try something new?
If you see us as competition, do you still support other bloggers by liking, sharing, and/or commenting on their posts?
I am curious how others see their fellow bloggers.
There are many tastes, genres, and interests. I do not think of my fellow bloggers as competitors. I think we complement each other so the reader has a varied blog reading menu.
Of course, some bloggers dominate in certain areas and they attract a lot of readers. Yet, they cannot offer certain readers what only I can: me.
What I think and write is mine alone. It makes my blog unique. I do not copy what others do no matter how popular they are. I may not attract as many readers as a celebrity but I have a core of returning readers. And that is what matters.
When I open the WordPress Reader of check what my fellow bloggers in various groups on LinkedIn are doing, I never think of them as the competition. I see variety, I see different styles that I appreciate.
A book reader almost never reads just one genre. I believe that holds true in the blogosphere as well.
What do you think:
- is your fellow blogger your competition or do we complement each other?
- if you think of fellow bloggers as competition does that stop you from trying something new out of fear that you may lose or not gain readers?
- does your competition inspire you or hinder you to blog about what you really want to say?