Recently I met a blogger friend and we were discussing about the Indian bloggers. She mentioned something that even I was feeling from a long time. It is all about networking and not quality of posts.
I have seen plenty of blogs who ramble about some or the other nonsense and get 100+ comments. Most of the comments will be “what a great post”, “you are so right”, “I liked your post”, “agree with you”, blah blah.
And then these blogs are featured as great blogs by blogging communities. Their interviews are taken and they are shown as the best bloggers there are. There are tons of likes and some 100+ comments on some horrible shaky blurred photo taken using a mobile camera. Some people use DSLR but do not even know how to focus on a bird or a tree. Everything will be out of focus and I see “wow”, “what a photo”, “you are a great photographer” and what not commented on the photo.
Most bloggers used to comment on my blog, only if I commented on theirs. So now I have stopped commenting completely, unless I really like the post. I recently discovered some obscure blogs which have 0 readers but have great content. These days I have been following such blogs and I feel whatever they write, they write after doing some research. I also like blogs by some foreigners which are so much better compared to what Indians blog about.
One thing that makes me not comment is when the person does not reply to my comment. I feel disconnected. Some people are so busy writing posts that they think commenting is boring or whatever.
There was this blogger who visited US for a short time and then blogged about how horrible India is. When I commented saying I do not agree, she gave a rude reply. When I stopped arguing, she wrote a post about how wrong I was. I came to US some 7-8 years back, so I do not think I need to learn what US is like from people like her. Some people think they are so popular and so used to “you are right” comments, that they cannot stand when someone does not like their post. So I politely unsubscribed from her feed. I could have commented again and picked a fight but I did not feel it was necessary to argue with her. Anyway I did not like most of her posts, yet I followed because so many people followed her.
I am now planning to edit my reader list to have more of good quality blogs, instead of these so called “famous” blogs. Because now I know why they are famous. They comment on others’ blogs and hence others comment on theirs. Most of them have made friends here and they keep commenting on each others’ blogs even if they write crap.
But I do like some famous bloggers whom I have been following from a very long time.
What do you think about these apparently famous bloggers? Do you think they are really famous because of the quality of posts?