I have written this post a number of times in the last few days, debating the impact that a negative post may have. However, I wanted to be able to share my frustrations (that’s what the blog was created for in the first place) and hope that I will be able to get some thoughts from you guys…
In November of last year I had an idea. Well, it wasn’t my idea – I had been participating in several Twitter link-up type parties for a while and I decided to start my own. I came up with a name – #SundayBlogShare, checked that the hashtag was not being used, and invited my bloggy friends to participate on the day that seemed to make the most sense to me – Sundays.
Six months later, it trends on a weekly basis, with thousands of links shared during the day and more and more participants joining in each week. I’ve met some brilliant bloggers and read wonderful posts. It is a fast-paced, exciting way to spend the day and I’m proud of it.
Except, it isn’t exciting at times. In fact, and I shouldn’t be admitting this so readily, but I have been left feeling frustrated and upset recently, to the point where I have been put off from writing on the blog. In two years, it’s the first time I have had negative thoughts about blogging, and as this little blog has been one of the only things that has kept me going in that time, I am angry that I have been made to feel this way.
Okay, I’m generalising. There are lots of fabulous people who participate – nice, friendly individuals who get a lot out of it, and many of them have become regular bloggy friends. That makes me happy – it was the reason why I started it in the first place, and if you’re reading this as a regular follower and participant of #SundayBlogShare, please don’t think that I am complaining about you.
However, there are some that are making it a stressful experience. I’ve always had a set of guidelines for #SundayBlogShare and I post them regularly each week. However, there are very few that read them – many see it trending and jump in there. That’s understandable, and I’ve often done similar things when I have seen a topic that interests me without reading what it is first. However, I never set out to harass anyone in the process. I’m treated as some sort of retweet account, often being contacted by bloggers who complain that I haven’t retweeted them. I am tagged in #SundayBlogShare posts all week, despite it only operating on a Sunday. There are people who will post 20-30 links, one after another, without bothering to read or retweet anybody else. I get emails from people demanding I check out their blog and share it on #SundayBlogShare.
Just to clarify, there are a couple of things that many forget:
1. I built this from scratch, with the help of a few bloggy friends (I will always be grateful to @sourcererblog for his help in the initial stages)
2. I don’t get paid for it – I do it because I believe that it is something positive that is worth building on.
3. I start at about 6.00am and finish at about 10.00pm.
So, for my own sanity, I have decided to change the way that I operate my own account. The guidelines will stay pretty much the same. There is no porn, YouTube music promos or Amazon links. It is a happy place.
However, I can’t control what others do. #SundayBlogShare is for everyone, and I want everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves. Of course, I will continue to block and report innapropriate material. However, I will not be using my personal account for most retweets – if I do use my personal account it will be in the same way I do on a daily basis. Instead, I will use my @sundayblogshare account and I will retweet something when I have read it, and I reserve the right to do so. I will not respond to rude emails or demands.
I’m also looking for help. Want to be my co-host next Sunday? Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What about you guys? Do you think I’m being silly for allowing it to get to me?