Written by:2011/07/20 08:47 AM
It brings me great pleasure to see a well renowned and famous blog like Mashable is not as famous or as liked as we all would like to think.
This might sound kind of cynical, but it will all make sense later, and I believe you will agree with me.
You can take comfort in that not all famous bloggers are that famous.
While reading other blogs, and browsing social media sites like Facebook and the new Google+ I have noticed that not everyone agrees with or likes Mashable.
Here are a few quotes I found on Google+:
Dr. Rory Lewis - Mashable is history ... At best. It's model has potential 3 hrs ago. Now it just sucks unless you're a spammer.
Mark Zoeckler - Like I need more mashable overspammming
Bruno Patuleia – SPAM
Michael Pinto - Thank you Mashable for reminding me to unfollow your crapfest of second rate blogging.
Kezia Payne - Sorry, this isn't twitter. I won't fall for that 'follow and thereby create *influencers*' farce again.
Am I trying to bad mouth Mashable, am I trying to discredit them? No way. Admittedly Mashable is a great source of useful tech and gadget news. There are also many more people who are the complete opposite of the examples I share above.
But this reminds us that Mashable, and in that same vain, all other A-List and famous bloggers are not untouchable.
This gives me a sense of relief and a weird feeling of pleasure in knowing that these guys like, Pete Cashmore, Darren Rowse, Brian Clark, etc, do have weak points and they are not blogging gods.
It means that you and I can learn from their strengths as well as their weaknesses. It means that there is a gap, so to say, in the blogging market where you and I can move into and fulfil.
It means that If I strive to make my blog better than Mashable, then those who don’t like Mashable might be persuaded to read yours and mine.
Don’t get me wrong Mashable is a fantastic blog. But clearly it is not so fantastic to everyone. Each to their own, you know.
What does this teach me, and how can you and I improve our blogs?
Well it shows us that we need to aim our blog at a particular market space, create a niche. It shows us that too much can be too much. It show us that small can actually be better.
Aiming your blog towards a particular niche, no matter how small will make it a lot easier for your blog to be successful.
Our blogs are better because we have a lot more scope to improve.
Oh, and I know not of anyone who actually hates my blog. Not yet anyway.
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