Why do bloggers criticise other bloggers? Yet again, I have stumbled across a comment that criticised a group of bloggers for not writing in a particular way. I know I’ve discussed this before about the openness of the internet and the ease in which people make harsh comments but I still find the whole ‘slagging off’ thing unbelievably tiresome. Blogging is about personal expression and if people don’t like the way someone writes then they should stop moaning about it and move on. None of us are the same; we are all unique with very different lifestyles and very different interests too so it stands to reason that our writing style and our reading interests will vary as well.
When we are in the library or bookshop do we stand in front of a shelf and verbally condemn a particular book to all those around us. As far as I know, we don’t. We rummage through the shelves till we find our favourite authors and so it should be with the online world; we look for our favourite blogs and enjoy them. I am not saying people should agree with everything a blogger has to say or even enjoy every piece of their writing. Healthy debate is important if it is done constructively and respectively but all too often it isn’t done in this way.
It seems to me that some people have forgotten that blogging is not the same for everybody. We all have different motivations to blog which will impact on what we say and how we say it. There is no right way to blog and anybody who tries to suggest that there is forgets that the beauty in blogging is the opportunity it gives to multiple voices. If people carry on saying that people should be writing in a particular way then they are in danger of stifling creativity and individual expression. Just imagine what a boring blogging world it would be if we all produced the same blog content.