This is a guest contribution from Rebekah Lambert, copywriter and owner of Unashamedly Creative.
Blogging is super fun, right? You get to write your own stories, express opinions, share what you learn, explore ideas, encourage debate and create a wonderful world of content that attracts like minded people.
However with all this joy inside the happy little garden of the blogosphere, there are some really poisonous, destructive people waiting to chop you down and smear their negativity all over that joy.
I call them the 7 Blogging Angels of DOOM!
And while they still manage to get their toxic tendrils in my head on occasion, most of the time, their negativity doesn’t take root- or doesn’t have hold for long.
This is my guide to knowing thy enemy and counter why they do the things they do in the first place!
Wrong-athor: “That’s not how you do it!”
Wrongathor is a lemon lipped little critter, motivated by feeling intellectually superior. They really enjoy telling you you’ve got it wrong. From how you blog to the opinions you express, you can count on Wrongathor to come up with 47 different reasons why your opinion isn’t valid, your research is cock eyed and you’re just wrong, wrong, wrong!
True to their character, the Wrongathor will be unable to admit they are wrong, even when they are.
If you want to get a Wrongathor off your case invite them to express their opinion as a guest blog, with research and links to back up their idea.
They’ll either back off muttering about how unworthy of your precious time they are, or jump at the opportunity. Either way, it’ll usually dampen their catcalls and screeches- and may even turn them into a loyalist because you’ve given them an opportunity to speak (something Wrongathors simply LOVE to do).
SEO-ola: “Without SEO, you are NOTHING!”
To an SEO-ola, being on top of a search is everything!
SEO-ola sees Google as some kind of scoreboard and will usually come complete with all kinds of nightmare stories about the internet being a place where no-one can hear you scream without a proper ranking. They are technically savvy, and have a benchmark of ranking well to shove down your neck- and won’t hesitate to use every opportunity to make you feel like you are languishing in obscurity ‘coz the big Google scoreboard says so!
SEO-ola has hung their hat