No question about this – in your majestic little universe your blog rocks. So how do you tell your blogging buddy you find some disagreeable stuff in his blog? After all you are his blogging buddy, right?
So what’s in your laundry list of complaints? Let me tell you mine.
Choice personal pet peeves:
1. Obsession with high paying keywords. Think sex scandal. Sex video scandal. Or Naruto. Or that strange sounding medical condition.
2. Religious Zealot . Always dismissive of the other person’s beliefs or non-beliefs. Always bringing God into the picture to solve a knotty problem. Give God a break, for crying out loud. He has far more important things to do. Really.
3. Fat target for the grammar police. Keep your copy clean of errors in spelling and verb – subject agreement. You know, the basic stuff.
4. When you’re full of sh_t. Don’t look elsewhere. Try me. I’m full of myself sometimes that I’m beginning to wonder if it’s a symptom of a more sinister disease. But I’m lucky. One of you has the guts to tell me that. Thank you, buddy.
5. Crossing the line. Red flag: that buddy is getting too familiar with you? Should you tell him/her to buzz off and never to cramp your style again? It’s a puzzlement indeed.
6. Paid posts. This is a gray area. But one thing is clear: I will not comment on paid posts. It’s your thing? Well, I’d come back later when you’re done with posts-that-pay-for-your-utilities. Exceptions: Kindle2 and Thesis theme sales pitch. I’d be there wringing my hands, telling you how gorgeous your post is.
Is it presumptuous to be honest with your friends or online buddies? Granted that you’re tactful and you’re at that level when you can be truly honest with each other, it is not presumptuous. It’s even a hallmark of a deep friendship that you can take the wise words of your friends with humility.
Ah, you’re just starting out. You don’t know each other well. Proceed with caution then. Use tact. And be compassionate about it.
A note on keywords obsession
Anyway, I have stopped visiting bloggers who have unhealthy obsession with nothing but web search traffic. Nothing personal. I just need human conversation and not SEO gibberish. But hey, if I know you personally, then maybe I can still read you in the safety of my feed, vainly hoping you’d wise up. Otherwise, I’d rather discover new blogs, new friendships.
So what is it you’re dying to tell your blogging buddy? Have you found the right timing to come clean with it? Or do you just let sleeping dogs lie? Out with it, guys.
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