This morning a friend of mine came to mind. He’s someone who often says something like, “At xyz company, we did it THIS way.” The implication is that xyz company is doing it right, and other companies are doing whatever “it” is wrong.
To my knowledge, this friend of mine doesn’t blog, but as I reflected on this tendency of his, I realized that this same type of attitude is present among bloggers.
CommentLuv vs. Disqus – there are some passionate feelings out there regarding those, and some people get downright riled up over which one you should use.
WordPress vs. Blogger—I’m admittedly a WordPress fan, but I know there are plenty of fine bloggers out there using Blogger. But some people treat those who use Blogger as if they aren’t professional, and have absolutely no sense.
Self-hosted vs. hosted – I’m a fan of hosted, for sure, and have strong reasons for believing that and will no doubt write about my reasons at some point, but why should I get upset with people who choose something different than I do?
Blogging frequency – there are a lot of possible options here, and again, some people have some very strong feelings about this, and I’ve even read some top bloggers who at least imply that you can’t be successful if you blog less than “x” times per week, with “x” often being daily.
Blog post length – Another big area of debate is how long should your blog posts be? Some say no more than 500 words, some say no less than 500 words.
I’m sure I could go on and on and come up with many more things that a lot of bloggers are passionate about, but the real point of this post is not to come up with a comprehensive list of areas of debate among bloggers, but instead to deal with the issue of thinking that there is one right way to do this or that when it comes to blogging.
Why Do We Care?
Though I don’t have statistical or scientific or psychological evidence as to the why, I can’t help but think that part of the reason bloggers get bent out of shape when things are done differently than how they do them is a simple case of insecurity.
For whatever reason, it’s human nature to sometimes feel threatened when people make different choices regarding just about anything in life than we do.
To be fair, I’ll admit that sometimes people share their opinions passionately because they truly want to help other people, and though there is nothing wrong with writing about pros and cons of various options, or writing about why you chose Blogger over WordPress or whatever the case may be, getting riled up over people who make different choices than you seems to be an incredible waste of energy that you could use in a more positive way.
Should you express opinions about various things related to blogging? Absolutely. Just don’t treat people who choose differently than you like they made an inferior choice and that your way is far superior to their way.
Have you ever wasted your time and energy getting riled up over the way that someone else does something – related to blogging or anything else? How have you responded when people attack your way of blogging?