(I don’t usually rant and I prefer to keep things to myself, but this one really needs to get off my chest.)
They say being a blogger is hard work, but I disagree. In fact, some have it as easy as pie – and without even lifting a finger! Simply re-posting press releases, collecting event loot bags, and not giving two shits about grammar – but still gaining a lot of followers online. A lot of them even hit the big-time…now that’s the life!
Meanwhile, I do steps to ensure that the posts I publish are readable, sensible, and understandable. In short, I make sure that I don’t serve crap to the intended audience. After all, would you expect people to react positively when you give them stones but they ask for eggs all the while? Yes, my grammar may not be that impeccable – but at least I try to hit a high rate of accuracy.
I’ve been blogging for three years now, but I’ve barely hit the big time. Maybe because I still prefer using elbow grease than taking the easier way to the top? However, some serve up crap – and get money and blog hits in the process, plus a free pass! I’m amazed at how these people can turn shit into gold! Step aside, Nicolas Flamel; now there are better alchemists than you!
Let me use this hashtag to summarize what I feel: #howtobeyoupo – how can I create money out of plain crap. It’s something I want to seriously learn. I’m working hard and exerting effort, only to get a measly number of views. I’m jealous of their capabilities, you know; I don’t have the looks and I don’t have the followers. All I have is…well, what do I have anyway? How to be you guys, really? They’re hot, I’m not…what a shame.
I did some research about packages that public relations (PR) companies offer to bloggers, but to no avail. I once considered getting in touch with some PR people; however, even they wouldn’t believe that I’m a blogger.
(Speaking of which, I once considered applying in a PR / ad agency as a press release writer. I had this image of being abruptly thrown into the world of Mad Men – yes, the one with Don Draper – when I get hired in one of those Taguig-based agencies. Sadly, this never happened – mainly because of my introverted nature and lack of credentials.)
Oh well, I guess raw effort is no longer popular in this day and age of fads and trends. The millennials have it better; hell, most of the new ones (up and running for less than a year) have more views than mine! I feel a shred of pity for the next generation, though; not knowing the value of hard work and being used to entitlement and instant gratification?
Seriously, has humanity gone this low?