Yeah, I’m the one posted the 16.7 challenge for English Friday today. The topic has been nagging at the back of my mind for quite some time. About honesty when it comes to your blog.
With vibrant blogging atmosphere nowadays in Indonesia, there are so many bloggers updating their blogs daily. Every each one of them has so many different motivations. Some only want to share their story, some to get some amount of money, win prizes from those blogging competition or even to build their online persona so that they can have a circle of people admiring them. Nothing is wrong with that.
We can write whatever we want and what people want to read and however we want on our blog. Even we can write things that only exist in our head. Nobody cares about it and we can get what we want by those writing. It is our blog anyway.
But is it really that way how it works? I don’t think so.
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To me, I need to stay true to myself. I won’t write anything that is not true. I won’t lie. That was why when I published a post a few days ago titled Pelabuhan Tercanggih Ada di Surabaya! (The Most Advanced Port is in Surabaya!) and then there were some comments questioning the title which mislead to my reader I revised the title in no time. It was the character limitation for the title (in the Yoast SEO plugin) so that I could get green indicator and I edited it that way. From the very first time I publish the post, I have a dilemma whether to edit it or not. But then thanks to Mbak Eva and Deny who commented about it. 😛
It is not me to use a theme or a topic which went viral and write about it with so many additional spices (I don’t entirely experienced myself) to make it hotter so it could boost my blog and get traffic. I can not do that.
Or when I engaged myself with a brand, I always inform the brand how I would write about them. I will tell them that I wouldn’t try to soft sell their brand. I need to inform the reader of my blog that I got paid for the post so that my reader can decide to use the product or at least read my post fully aware of the benefit from my review/recommendation I get. I did it for quite some time already even when other bloggers still trying to soft sell the products / brands they wrote on their blog. For this, many brands left me not even bother to reply my email 😛
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Another thing that I think I need to highlight is about blog competitions. I’m not the kind of blogger who can dedicate myself to stay awake for three nights in a row to finish infographics or research so deep for a blog post to win a competition. Though I rarely join a competition, but it hurt me when I found out that a blogger (or two? or there are many of them?) still edit their blog post even after the deadline.
I knew it myself. There was this a big cellphone brand launched their latest gadget and held a blogging competition. On the deadline day, I opened some of the blogs which usually the winners of that kind of competitions. Surprisingly, there were the posts but mostly unfinished.
I looked at this one blog. The post was raw with some infographic in it without any information typed yet. I knew instantly that it was open and out in public so that the blog owner can register it for the competition and the owner will definitely edit it even after the deadline. It is another example of dishonesty. It is unfair for the people who finished their post early and submit it but then lost the competition because someone use more time as he/she pleased ignoring the rule.
What do you think?