Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stranger than fiction

So there are some blogs out there that are really, really popular. That have millions of readers. They make the blogger lots of money because they can host ads, etc. on there that companies pay for. The more readers you have, the more money-making potential.

And it's hilarious because some of these blogs are (apparently) controversial. One in particular is so popular, and also so despised, that there are actually blogs dedicated to being AGAINST said blog! (Did that make sense? Someone has a blog, people think it's lame, and so they've started a blog for the sole purpose of being against the first blog.)

I have to admit, this both amuses and disturbs me. Most blogs I read belong to people I either know in real life or have a connection to somehow. The ones I don't, I'm pretty sure are the real deal. Blogging is strange though because people are sharing things and you're reading them and taking it on faith that...

the person is who they say they are
their motives are pure
their stories are real

Personally I cannot fathom creating an online persona that is different from my actual identity, or embellishing stories to boost readership and keep people coming back so I can make money and get exposure. I don't mean that in a self-righteous way, I just mean that in my opinion, that utterly defeats the purpose of blogging. People blog for different reasons and I get the whole "creative license" thing blah blah blah...but the idea of misrepresenting yourself and trying to be someone you're not to make a buck is really yucky.

Blogging is funny because everyone gets to be some sort of mini-celebrity and you definitely have the ability to recreate yourself, stretch the truth, be whoever you want to be. 99% of bloggers aren't doing this, but it IS something interesting to think about.

Oh, and I can assure you that a) I don't have millions of readers therefore I am NOT profitting off of this thing, and b) I'm definitely not making up stories. This really is my life. (Who has the energy to create a different life online?! My regular old life keeps me busy enough!)

Have you found anything weird out in the blogosphere? What is it?

5 comments:

Shonni said...

I'm laughing at that last line...isn't it the truth...I don't have time to pretend!
I have really enjoyed the kindred spirits I have found "out there".

Brianna Heldt said...

Me too Shonni! I have some wonderful friendships, both in real life and online, that exist because of blogging!!!

Rogers Camp said...

I'm with you on that...I can barely keep up with my REAL life and don't have the time or energy to create fiction online, and besides I totally STINK when it comes to writing...that's why my blog is mostly pictures:)

Jeannett said...

If it's the blog I'm thinking about, yeah...JUST came across it myself and super weird. Until very recently, I've only even been to blogs written by people I know in real life. I've been suddenly opend up to this whole other world of blogs that attract MILLIONS of page views. Crazy. It would never even occur to me to lie...seriously??? I would imagine someone would call you out. Apparently they have. Which is sad. Weird.

Penny Malley said...

I'm sorry, Brianna. You caught me. I don't really have four kids and have apparently been so busy that I haven't updated my blog since January. In reality, I am a spy and have been on an undercover mission as a mom and wife. I can't wait to be decommissioned and flown back home to my true life as a supermodel. Whew. It feels good to finally be able to tell the truth.
:-)

 

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