Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Snob-Bloggers"


Today I entertained myself by searching the terms "snobs" and "blogging." Lo and behold, I found the following article which, I hope, you will find humorous:

Snob-Bloggers: You Just Might Be a Snob if You Publish a Blog

BY JIM F. KUKRAL

According to Jupiter Research, about 2 percent of the online community has created a blog. That works out to millions and millions of blogs, and in turn, millions and millions of snobs who publish them. That’s an awful lot of Snob-Bloggers!

You see, in order to care enough to publish a blog, you really need to be somewhat of a snob. Before we get into the reasons why, let’s look at the definition of snob.

Snob – 1. One who tends to patronize, rebuff, or ignore people regarded as social inferiors and imitate, admire, or seek association with people regarded as social superiors. 2. One who affects an offensive air of self-satisfied superiority in matters of taste or intellect. (As defined on Dictionary.com)

Combine that definition with the definition of a blogger, and you get a Snob-Blogger, defined as ‘anyone who blogs, period’. Yes that’s right, bloggers by nature are snobs.

Not me you say! Yes, you too! ALL bloggers are Snob-Bloggers! Do you publish a blog? Don’t believe it? Take this handy dandy quiz to see if you fit the mold.

1. Have you ever commented about someone or something in a negative or superior manner on your blog? If so, you just might be a Snob-Blogger.

2. Do you and your blog readers commiserate about topics together on your blog comment system? If true, it’s possible you might be a Snob-Blogger.

3. Does your blog link to all of your other blog friends who link back to you? On that occasion, you are most likely a Snob-Blogger.

4. If you have ever ranted about something that is only interesting to you and your blogger friends, you, I’m afraid are a Snob-Blogger.

5. If you know what RSS means, I’m guessing you are a Snob-Blogger.

6. If you would stop publishing your blog because you knew nobody was reading it, you my friend are most likely a Snob-Blogger.

7. Do you recognize Wil Wheaton as someone other than the geeky kid from Star Trek: The Next Generation? If so, you are certainly a Snob-Blogger.

Other Snob-Blogger characteristics include:

• Writing rants and opinions about things you never bothered to learn about first

• Thinking that your blog is just as, or more powerful than, the mass mainstream media


Jim F. Kukral is the author of the book, BlogsToRiche$, a step-by-step guide to using your weblog to make money online.

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So, I have this to say to my readers:

"Hello. My name is Kalola and I'm a snob-blogger."

Are you one too?

7 comments:

Nicole said...

Hopefully I'm not too much of a snob-blogger...I just have considered myself an obsessive blogger...

BTW, your blog is my new favorite one to stalk. :)

Kalola said...

Nicole ~ Welcome! I am so happy you found my blog. Happy stalking! :-)

Rosie said...

I agree with most of this article...to a point. I think everyone that has their blog public or allow others to see their private blog, has self- esteem. Or as this article states "snob blogger".

Kalola said...

Rosie ~ I found the article humorous because it reminded me of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if ...."

One of the problems I have is taking my blog too seriously. I get especially frustrated when I see 0 comments. I'm self-centered that way. I start thinking I must be terribly boring. I know I'm not alone in craving comments. I've visited several blogs where the blogger "begs" for comments. A blogger can get pretty lonely without a friend or two.

Now what amuses me ... scratch that ... what puzzles me is when a blogger posts about, say, burning the toast, or stubbing her toe, or something routine, and receives a gazillion comments. But, of course, I tend to suffer from "blog envy." When I see someone has left a comment, I want to get up and do a happy dance. Comments are like receiving a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates. "Comments are like a box of chocolates. You never know what sort of response you'll get." I know, I'm weird. :^)

If anyone reading this has similar feelings, please share your story.

Eagle Heart (from BWS) said...

I started blogging after my brother died in March 2007. I was so full of grief, rage and sadness and had nowhere to put it all. Someone suggested I try blogging it out, so I did. And it was therapeutic and gave me an outlet to not only rage, but to wrestle my faith through to the other side of the rage.

But I was stunned when people began reading my blog. It hadn't occurred to me that anyone else would ever read it. The comments unnerved me, because they touched on wounds and wrestlings that I wasn't ready to be touched, much less "judged" in any way.

I had to quit. Once I became aware of people reading my grief, I began writing differently, and perhaps not quite as honestly as I had been writing before. Without honesty, it no longer healed me to write. But with an audience, I could no longer lay my heart bare like that.

But paradoxically, I tried writing in Word on my own computer, but it wasn't the same at all. Why? I don't know. If I truly wanted privacy, Word should have sufficed. Since it didn't, but writing in a blog environment did, I have to wonder now, after reading your blog, if perhaps I was a closet snob blogger.

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