If you are one of those people who peruse blog posts regularly, you would have observed a whole lot of things about the blogosphere; such as:
- Simple mistakes that bloggers are still making.
- The types of behaviour that bloggers carry out when they are online (Good as well as bad).
- How bloggers truly feel about new features being introduced.
- The emotional states of bloggers.
Honestly, a whole lot more do take place in the blogosphere; however, I am only going to highlight ten of them — ten observations of the blogosphere that stood out to me.
1.) A Lot Of Bloggers Do Not Proofread Their Blog Posts
Unfortunately, there are bloggers who do not take the proofreading process seriously. It is as though they press the publish button without reading whatever it was that they typed.
On many occasions, some bloggers have used:
- The word, “There” when the word, “Their” would have been the correct word to use in the sentence.
- The word, “To” when they should have used the word, “Too.”
- Mistakenly used, “Your” instead of, “You’re.”
I will admit that errors like these do pop up when we are typing away speedily on a keyboard; especially when we are trying our best to keep up with the flow of the words in our minds.
However, as responsible bloggers, we should proofread our blog posts before we publish them.
Because there are readers who hate to see grammatical and typographic errors within blog posts.
Another reason is that it makes our work look sloppy.
Dear friend, you do not have to be a professional blogger in order to take the proofreading process seriously. You can still take pride in your blog posts in spite of being a personal blogger.
2.) A Large Percentage Of WordPress Bloggers Are Using Tags Incorrectly
To put it simply, tags are used to describe specific details in your content; for example, the tags “Photography” and “Photos” could be added to those blog posts of yours that feature the pictures that you took with your DSLR camera.
It is a sad fact, that a large percentage of bloggers (particularly those on WordPress.com) have developed the practice of using tags incorrectly; an example of this is when a blogger uses the tags “WordPress” and “Blogging” when the nature of their content has nothing to do with WordPress or either blogging.
Dear friend, if you were exploring the topics under “Computers” via the WordPress Reader, you would expect to see blog posts that are related to computers and not umbrellas.
Too many people are labelling their blog posts haphazardly.
3.) People Are Still Complaining About The Rollout Of The Block Editor
The Block Editor has been out for quite some time (There are those who love it and there are those who hate it).
In my case, I am okay with it because I learned to use the Block Editor when it was in beta (Back then, the Block Editor was very buggy).
Did I like the Block Editor when I first used it?
Hell no! I thought that it was the most unintuitive piece of engineering contraption that was ever invented by mankind.
After I perused reading material and YouTube tutorials that were based on the Block Editor, I learned to use it proficiently.
Does that mean that you should force yourself into learning how to use the Block Editor?
Of course not!
You have every right to utilize the Classic Editor (Provided that it is still an available option).
We all know, that there will come a time when the WordPress engineers will dismantle the Classic Editor; making it a thing of the past.
Therefore, at a time convenient for you, it would be a wise move on your behalf, to learn how to use the Block Editor (An article from the WordPress Support Team — the one that is entitled, WordPress Editor: Working With Blocks, will provide you with the necessary information).
Hey, you can think of it as being prepared for when the inevitable happens; which is the proverbial death of the Classic Editor.
4.) Some People Have Complained About A Decrease In Their Incoming Views For This Time Period
A few people brought it to my attention that they had a decrease in their incoming views for this time period.
My theory is that a lot of bloggers had a lot of time on their hands during the quarantine period (as a result, many people created new blogs and both the new and the old bloggers devoted more of their time to blogging) and now that the quarantine period has been lifted in a lot of places, a large number of bloggers are taking the opportunity to spend valuable time outdoors.
On a positive note, their incoming views will increase in the near future.
The only way that their blogs are going to remain stagnant is if they stop blogging.
In the meantime, they could participate in blogging prompts; that will help the rate of their incoming views to increase and gain a new set of followers in the process.
5.) WordPress Is Still A Great Place To Blog
Yes, my friend, WordPress is still a great place to blog; I came to that conclusion because:
- The people on WordPress are friendly.
- The people on WordPress are supportive of each other.
- The people on WordPress enjoy being part of the WordPress community.
The truth is that WordPress is one of a kind and that it usually leaves a positive impression on the minds of those people who have joined the WordPress community.
Do you still think that WordPress is a great place to blog?
6.) Guest Blogging Is More Dominant On Some Of The Larger WordPress Blogs
I have observed a few blogs (mostly on the self-hosted WordPress blogs) that are mostly packed with guest posts. It is as though some of the administrators for those blogs allowed the guest bloggers to run the proverbial show and the administrators for those blogs would publish a blog post of their own once in a Blue Moon.
For the record, there is no rule that states that the majority of the blog posts on a blog should be from the blog’s administrator.
In my case, I prefer the majority of the blog posts on my blog to be from me.
I think that blog administrators run the risk of becoming lazy if they allow their blogs to be comprised of over ninety-five percent of guest posts.
Hey, do not get me wrong. I have a deep appreciation for guest posts (After all, I have a talented team of guest bloggers — people who are free to add their reading material anytime they want on Renard’s World).
Besides, it is up to the blog’s administrator to decide whether or not the majority of the blog posts published are going to be from his or her team of contributors.
7.) Most People On WordPress Enjoy Celebrating Their Blogging Anniversaries
Most bloggers on WordPress love to celebrate their blogging anniversaries (One can easily find the evidence for this claim by perusing the WordPress Reader).
It is nice to come across a blog from a blogger who is celebrating their WordPress anniversary. Those bloggers usually thank all of their followers for supporting their blog (It is a refreshing sight to see because a lot of bloggers tend to lose interest in their blogs in the early stages of blogging; which is the reason why one feels genuinely happy for those bloggers who have managed to keep their blogs active for one year and over).
I truly hope that more bloggers on WordPress stick around long enough to see many of their own blogging anniversaries.
Could you remember how elated you felt when you were notified about your first blogging anniversary?
8.) Some Bloggers Are Still Using The Generic Style Of Commenting
The majority of us bloggers are not fond of receiving generic comments in our comments threads.
The generic style of commenting that I am referring to is a comment like, “Nice Post!”
It is a known fact that spammers are masters of generic comments.
So, to prevent your comment from being misconstrued as spam, tell the author of the blog post the reason why you thought that their blog post was a nice one (It proves to the author that you took the time to read their blog post).
9.) Some People Are Still Spamming The WordPress Reader
Like most of you, I use the WordPress Reader to keep myself abreast of the most recent blog posts from those bloggers that I am following; I also use it to search for topics that I am interested in.
I have noticed that there are a group of people who update their blogs numerous times a day.
I would like to state for the record, that I am not against anyone for publishing content on their blog multiple times a day. What I am absolutely against is seeing several posts from a blogger within the timeframe of fifteen minutes or less.
If a person wants to publish numerous blog posts daily, they should spread them out by publishing them a few hours apart (Thus preventing their fellow bloggers from blocking their posts on their WordPress Reader or from unfollowing their blog).
10.) Some Bloggers Have Not Regained Their Blogging Mojo
Many bloggers were unable to concentrate on their blogging when COVID-19 first came on the scene (They were terrified of the outcome of this new novel virus).
Some of them have managed to publish one or two blog posts.
And, the absence of some of those bloggers tend to make one wonder, “Are those people still alive?”
One of my fellow bloggers mentioned to me that she knew of two bloggers who passed away from COVID-19.
Those bloggers who were unaffected by COVID-19 (or managed to make a recovery from it), might start blogging again later on in the year.
So, those are my ten observations pertaining to the blogosphere.
Have you observed anything interesting about the blogosphere lately?
Also, I hereby invite you to share your thoughts on what you have read via the comments section of my blog.
And, thank you for reading!