What You Don't Know

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Earlier, the blogging space was very sacred with genuine writers wanting to share their work. Now every Tom, Dick and Harry has a blog of their own. Most of them create blogs to get free samples of products or free vouchers or anything else that comes for free. Honestly, it hurts to see a scared place like this get tainted. But then again, maybe this place was not so scared after all. Most of us write for passion, some of us write to share something with the world while some of us make a living by writing alone. However, there are a bunch of pseudo bloggers who don't know the head or tail of blogging but make their presence felt in the loudest way possible. Like my friend says, "Everyone can write, but everyone shouldn't". Couldn't be more true.

This post of mine is dedicated to a set of bloggers who think that they are the crème de la crème of the blogging world. Trust me, they are. But not for the reasons they think.

~ Dear pseudo fashion blogger: You think fashion was made for you and that your future lies in it. What you don't know is that even that little finger of yours is not aware of what fashion is. Wearing everything you get for free (no way anyone would pay money for them) and clicking poor quality pictures (where one can see the shadow of the photographer) is not fashion blogging. Reviewing each and every product on your makeup stand in a separate post just goes on to show how jobless you are and doesn't connect to fashion in anyway. While we are on it, what you also don't know is that your breasts point west and south and looks like a defunct compass in your photographs. Fashion is not your calling, my dear. The only thing calling you is a good lingerie store. Or are you expecting that for free too?

~ Dear pseudo food blogger: You visit every place in the city and rate every place a 4 or a 4.5 or a 5 out of 5. You are either really kind or really unaware of what a food blogger is expected to do. What you don't know is that people only call you to visit their restaurants because they know you would give them a good rating in exchange for a free meal. Not because you are famous or know your food really well. Also, if you claim to be a fan of Masterchef Australia the least you could know would be who is Gary and who is George. And no, Matt Preston is not their father.

~ Dear pseudo creative blogger: What you don't know is that, when your blog is filled with book and product reviews, it is not called a creative writing blog. No matter how creatively you write (in the future, I mean), it still would be a review blog.

~ Dear pseudo poetry blogger: Congrats on your nth poetry book release. What you don't know is that I know the blogs you have stolen your poems from. Including two of mine.

~ Dear pseudo beauty blogger: Where do you store all the free samples of makeup products you receive? Put on all the foundation and concealer you want. What you don't know is that the foundation and powder needs to be extended to the neck area too. Else you end up looking like a floating head in a dark room. Also, there is no need for you to review every shade of a particular nailpolish brand. What you might also not know is that the base remains the same, just the shade differs. If that is what your are reviewing, then great job!

~ Dear pseudo travel blogger: It is nice to see you cover a lot of places and have more than a 1000 posts on your blog. What you don't know is that a visit to your neighborhood park is not necessarily called "travel". Do correct me if I'm wrong.

~ Dear master of all trades blogger: Have you heard of the word "niche"? What you don't know is that there is a wonderful creation called Google where you can look up this word and try to find yours.

~ Dear blogger turned author: I heard your debut book is doing really well. Good for you. What you don't know is that I know the set of people you forced, to give your book a five star rating. *Slow salute*

~ Dear blogger turned best selling author: Congrats on being one of the best selling authors of the country. I have read one of your books and found it to be pretty decent. While you do know a thing or two about writing, what you don't know is modesty. Or smart marketing for that matter. Backlinking almost every word in your blog post to the buying page of your book is so not cool. Yeah, you might be a best selling author. But do you have to sign every blog post of yours saying that?

~ Dear ass kisser blogger: Why do you so desperately try to be in the good books of all the bloggers around? Leaving a comment with a million hearts will not take you anywhere. I know you think that this would make them come back to your blog and leave comments. What you don't know is that is not how the blogging world works. There are quite a few sensible bloggers out there who know a good blog from a make-believe one.

~ Dear genuine bloggers: Please continue writing for your passion. What you don't know is that I have immense respect for you and I will always hold you in high regard. Or maybe you do.

Okay, I'm done.

This post is written for the #BarAThon Day 2. Prompt: What you don't know.

30 comments:

  1. Yowza! Someone's in a 'rapid-fire' mood !
    The sad part is that I can see a lot of examples in each category that you've mentioned. Sigh! What has blogging become :)

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  2. Lol! This post is so you! I could actually imagine you saying all this!
    Super take on the prompt, Soumya style!

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  3. Bang on!
    As I started reading this post, I held back my breath at the honest parts. I started to laugh so hard at most of the points stated here and enjoyed this post. To whoever stole your poem - I am sure you have killed them *for one last time* in your head!
    Kudos for this post. I enjoyed reading this.

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  4. So true. They re so many beauty bloggers, even nail polish bloggers too. And at times I feel like, how can they blog/vlog like everyday when i find it so difficult to write once in a week or two.

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    1. Nail polish bloggers and sanitary pad bloggers too sadly.

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  5. Woah! Now that's some real anger pouring out. Money spoils everything l guess. Blogging has made writing accessible to all irrespective of what talents you may possess if any.

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    1. Blogging no longer is what it used to be.

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  6. Brutal! I am sure I am in atleast one of those categories. :)
    I'd hope it's only the "master of all trades" one :D

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  7. This needed to be said, and said loud. Problem is the pseudo bloggers wont hear, because the free products and meals make then deaf and blind to anything that has root in logic. To whoever stole your poem, sleep every night knowing that while you are a thief, you are also someone who could never write those two poems. Lost of love and hugs.

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    1. I totally agree Jai. The minute some people hear free, they lose their other sense I guess.

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  8. Ah! Okay...:)

    Brutally honest post, and I liked reading it! I think I know who this 'dear bestselling author' is :)

    Just I think there's nothing wrong about being a master of all trades blogger. It's okay to express your thoughts and opinions on your blog as long as they are nicely and 'creatively' written :)

    Fashion and beauty bloggers - I don't understand and not a bit interested.

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    1. People writing about things not related to their blog in anyway just for a contest or something pisses me off. Want to write a post, just write it. Not as a contest entry though.

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  9. Such an honest post Soumya! Well I agree with you. A lot of blogs have come up these, some not even understanding what blogging is all about. I especially hate the ones that come just during the time of contests for the sake of few freebies.

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  10. Loved every description
    . Also, there are the once who want to start a blog to "monetize" it and ask people who are already blogging if their blog is free or monetized. Easy money

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  11. I am the last one!! hahaha!!
    Tell me, who stole your poems?? Please, please, please!

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  12. Wow....sarcastic but honestly honest. The fashion bloggers irritate me the most.
    Points To Ponder

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  13. I agree. Especially with the fashion and food blogger parts. There's the overdose of reviews that proclaim every restaurant they go is 5*. I tried a restaurant based on a review once, and felt it totally not up to expectations created by that review.

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  14. Direct, honest and on point post. I was trying to see which category I fit into :P. There has been a rise of beauty bloggers off late. Number of beauty blogs out there is ridiculous.

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    1. Oh yeah! I totally agree. 80% of the blogosphere is them.

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  15. Really someone stole your poems? Wow how do these people publish them and sleep peacefully at night? Dont they have conscience ? I dont know which category you think I belong to, but I am happy I am definitely not the beauty blogger you are joking about throughout the post :D hahahhaha about the boobs :D True...some people think wearing a Zara makes them Shilpa Shetty when their boobs are effectively resting on their stomachs ...

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    1. I know right? Branded clothes need somethings to be tightly packed. Sadly, not all get that.

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