Decorative Flower
Her Realm, Personal website and blog of Cole
Mar 13

In Which Cole Is a Snob

My last post elicited strong feelings from other people and not just myself. In fact, Jenn posted it on her Facebook Timeline and people came from all over to reply. I was really hoping for something that gave me pause to change my mind. And it did. Sort of. I did. Kind of.

One thing that I didn’t mean to imply was that you should never ask for help. This is how you learn to do anything. Asking for help has even become easier with Google because you won’t even need to ask people when there are so many resources available to you. Of course, some people learn better from other people, and I would never discourage you from asking for help from another person if you’re that person.

Another thing that was highlighted in this discussion is that I am just more of a technophile or a geek or what-have-you than many people are. But I don’t frequently realize this. I don’t even think of myself like that much of the time. So when I wind up answering questions that people have about WordPress or HTML or PHP, I sometimes feel like I am not qualified. I’m not a professional or an expert. My friend Ben suggests that perhaps that there are different levels of expertise, and perhaps this is true.

But the fact that I don’t feel qualified means that I am not charging people for my knowledge or skills, and maybe I should. I’m not saying that I would, but a mutual friend talked about how she works with companies who want to expand their Web presense. They don’t have the time or skills necessary to DIY, and so they hie people like this friend who makes a living by providing her skills. One thing that I even thought about as I wrote my original post is how I don’t think people like her shouldn’t have a job. She provides a skill that is valuable to some people and they have the money for it.

We did agree that she mostly works with small businesses, but I was talking about people who define themselves as professional bloggers. This segues into another thought. To me, being a blogger is wearing many masks:

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Photographer (sort of)
  • Publisher
  • Delivery Boy
  • Maintenance man

It makes little sense to me that someone whose livelihood depends upon the uptime and function of their blog wouldn’t take the time to learn about these things that seem to come so easily to me (see above).

But in 2014, many people equate blogging with only writer and perhaps one or two of those other ideas. This is partly because blogging has become so accessible. Google and WordPress have made it possible. This is how things work. Once upon a time, cars and TVs weren’t accessible. Now, most people see them as staples. Blogging will go in the same way, and I don’t truly wish for it to remain stagnant.

This also means that the blogosphere is in excess. There are so many words, you guys. So.Many.Words. I cannot read them all, I do not want to read them all, and I am so sick of “professional” bloggers who can’t write worth a damn. No, I don’t want to stop people from speaking if they feel like they absolutely have to get the words out, but I also feel as though much of the words out there aren’t out there because people really want to connect.

Unfortunately, the blogosphere is saturated with people who are there solely for the quick buck that they can make in it right now. Because I like to review and have a review blog, I wind up lumped in with them, but this is not an entirely comfortable fit. Seeing people I dislike doing things that make no sense to me obviously gets a rise out of me.

So if you really want to blog, whether or not you make money from it, the Internet is the place to be. You can do it and you can even make money if you don’t know how to use punctuation. And you can ignore anything that I have to say about it because everyone knows that I am a snob.

And I can continue to do it myself and get an immense sense of satisfaction for us. The Internet is big enough that we don’t have to ever cross paths, even though we probably will.

2 comments on “In Which Cole Is a Snob”

  1. I had no idea this was your blog too! TBH, your other post came across pretty negatively for me. I agree wholeheartedly that people should take the time to learn to code if they do not want to pay someone to do it. I personally am working to get past my measly basic HTML and CSS knowledge–the other post sounded like I have no business blogging without knowing about it all.

    This post I feel I can relate to better–there are so many people that are posting incoherent babble and just horribly coded blogs, even from my layman’s perspective. And then instead of trying to learn it I see people asking for help with things that can be learned from the first Google result. This bugs me, and I’m not even one of those helping for free! So no, not snobby at all, IMO :)

  2. Yep, welcome! Thanks for reading.

    You’d be surprised at how much more you know than some people, I’m willing to bet. I also bet you’ll find it much easier and more rewarding to troubleshoot your own problems once you do understand things more. And, yes!, to the Google thing. But if you know absolutely nothing about your platform, you won’t even know how to describe the problem to Google or ask someone, which is so frustrating for you and anyone trying to help you. And it’s frustrating to see the Internet full of hopeless questions when all I want to do is yell is “just fucking google it.” Heh.

    My first post was more negative because I feel very strongly about this. The blogosphere is in this super-saturated bubble, and I can’t wait for it to burst.

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