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Along Abbey Road | A Lifestyle And Family Blog : Organic Is For Food And Chemistry, Not People


Organic Is For Food And Chemistry, Not People

Do you ever tire of hearing the do's and dont's of social media/blogging? Understandably, the ultimate goal is to help improve your blog quality and visibility, but I thought the grand rule of blogging is "to be yourself." I'd say that is the most emphasized piece of advice when working to start a blog. Or anything for that matter. It's an age-old rule that applies to pretty much everything in life.

That being said, how can that be achieved when you have 100 million different people telling you how to do it? I am just getting tired of website articles and other major bloggers telling me what I should and shouldn't do in regard to blogging and managing my social media. That doesn't necessarily sound like "being yourself" when you follow a strict agenda of what is "acceptable" and what isn't. Obviously people like a well-designed blog, big, beautiful photos, and things they've never seen before. That's not rocket science to figure out. But telling everyone how to go about pinning on your Pinterest? No thanks. My Pinterest is for me. It is my curation of the things I find beautiful, inspiring, or whatever I want. And that's just the joy of it. If you like what I pin, fabulous. Follow along if you feel so inclined. Or don't.

As for blogging, if I hear one more mega blogger say their path to blogger fame was one of an "organic" nature... I don't know what I'll do, but it will involve some sort of face-clawing, burying-head-in-pillow-and-screaming action. Yes, there are people in the world that possess a certain magnetism that makes us want to know everything about them. Yes, there are people that have an innate cool factor about them that sets them apart from the typical mold. Yes, there are people that everything they touch turns into something beautiful. Bottom line though, I believe that majority of people that have successful blogs are successful because they work hard at getting their awesomeness out there and seen. Some people catch lucky breaks and happen to be featured or seen at the right place at the right time, but either way it's still getting exposure and advertisement. Anyone out there that says otherwise is full of crap and it's a ploy to maintain an effortless, "organic" appeal. I pity the fool that buys that nonsense (said in a voice akin to Mr. T).

Do you really think major brands just coincidentally got to where they are because they are awesome, and only that? No! Of course they have a great product which is the reason they gain popularity and maintain status. If not, you will crash and burn if you don't change it into something worthwhile, but it's more than that. It's called marketing, people. Look at any of your favorite brands whether it be food or toilet paper.  Their advertising is everywhere. Pepsi is a proud sponsor of major athletic events. P&G is sponsoring the Olympics. In exchange, they get exposure to the world, and in turn grow their product. The same principle is applied to growing your blog.

The "organic" blogger myth has now officially been busted.

The end.

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At June 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Britt { Magpie Collective } said...

Amen. It's the same thing with celebrities. I'm always surprised when people work so hard for something, and then turn around discredit all of their hard work to look impressive.

No, hard work is something to be very proud of and something that people should want to show off.

Marketing your blog is a long road, and a time consuming road at that. So if you've worked hard for something and you've succeeded, celebrate in your success. Don't hide the work you've done.

The Secondhand Magpie

At June 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Sierra @ Sierra's View said...

Amen Amen Amen!!!!
Oh, Just Living the Dream

At June 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Alyx said...

I may be retarded, but what the heck do you mean by "organic?" As in they got bigger just because they're naturally awesome? Because I don't believe that for a second.

At June 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

yeah - this whole organic junk - amen.
yes, sydney is awesome, but i bet she has also spent 100 times the amount of time i have blogging in the past 5 years.

At June 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

yeah - this whole organic junk - amen.
yes, sydney is awesome, but i bet she has also spent 100 times the amount of time i have blogging in the past 5 years.

At June 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM , Blogger the creation of beauty is art. said...

I completely get where you're coming from! I hate that a lot of people focus so much marketing and getting this many hits, etc instead of creating something of substance and showcasing your view on the world.

At June 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I have never heard Sydney say anything about her process being an organic one or anything, or saying that her blog got huge just because of her awesomeness. You are right though, Elizabeth. She has been around a lot longer which is another factor to consider for blogs being big, but countless other popular bloggers say their process just came naturally with no effort or exposure. When I was at Lucky FABB, every blog speaker and their mom talked about their organic experiences and I wanted to stun-gun myself.

At June 11, 2012 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Always Maylee said...

I totally agree with you! Yes some people might catch a lucky break here and there, but if they didn't work hard at making their blogs appealing, the lucky break wouldn't have made an impact.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

At June 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Well if it was down to organice growth I must be pretty uninteresting and rubbish as my organice growth is very stunted.

But to be honest I don't care, it is for me really so if someone else reads it is a bonus.


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