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How Some Bloggers Are Doing It Wrong: A Rant

Last night, I was on Twitter and a rant came forth from my spirit about how some bloggers are placing priority and significance on the wrong things, which is why really high quality blogs are hard to come by. Below is the rant that came from it. Please share it if you feel me. The Storify might take a few seconds to load but if it doesn’t, read it HERE.

But yeah, HAPPY BLOGGING!

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39 Comments

  1. March 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Luuvie, You just set my world on fire with this post! You also just put me on to storify. I took your blog basics webinar in December. Between these 2 things, I have ALOT of info (some of which has already helped) on doing the damn thing. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Blogging While Brown in June. I hope that last part didn’t sound too stalker-ish 🙂

    • March 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

      I love the support! Thanks, Mariama! 😀

  2. March 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I needed to read this today. Thanks Luvvie!

  3. cogeta
    March 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I saw the rant yesterday from you and Fresh. I was sitting at my desk taking notes too! I have a blog and a YT channel and I’m only making enough money to get a meal at McDonald’s. But I keep at it because I love it and it makes me happy. Thank you for being an inspiration.

  4. March 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Great post!! Not only have you doused buckets of water on existing bloggers with this message, you’ve educated up and coming bloggers as well. It’s natural to see your peers do X, Y and Z and say, “Hey! I want a piece of THAT pie”. But how and when you snap out of it will save you so much trouble. I love what you do!

  5. March 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Luvvie – I’ve been following you for about 2 years now and I absolutely love what you put in the blogosphere!!! Thanks for your ‘rant’ – which wasn’t really a rant – it was wisdom. I have a small personal beauty/music/motherhood blog and I look at stats very rarely because I DO try to write for me first. It has only been lately that things have picked up outside of my circle of friends/family and I didn’t do anything intentionally to drive that traffic. I’ll not post for 2 weeks if I don’t have anything substantial to say and I REFUSE to post anything just to say I put something out there.

    Thanks again for just being you Luvvie! I hope to meet you at an event some day soon!

  6. March 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Excellent vice, Luvvie! Have something worthwhile to say and write the things you would want to read. Done and Done!

  7. March 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Luvvie,

    Dear ma’am, you went to CHOICHE… I find this sort of attitude carries over into social media marketing as well. Brands are so focused on numbers, “How soon can you get me 1000 likes” when it’s more important to create more engaging, viral content. So few people want to spend the time and effort it takes to build a lasting relationship with their audience. 🙁

  8. March 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Well now I don’t feel bad when I chose not to advertise on my blog. There are a lot of things I’ve turned down. And you’re right about your authentic voice. I still see people reading posts when I first started. I know they weren’t that good but at least people are looking around my blog. This was a must share post. So much truth. People want the “perks” of blogging without doing the real work.

  9. March 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    This is awesome. Saw part of it on twitter last night. I just started a blog–I’m a writer/animator and recently dropped my first two animated web series and decided to put up a blog about my experiences (yes,it’s been quite the journey.) This post by you is GOLDEN–inspiration AND cogent tips! Thanks so much.

  10. March 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Love this post. My blog is very new still and the first thing I did was create an about me page. Bloggers dont understand how important it is. If you dont have one I wont even read it. Especially if you have a lifestyle blog, about different topics. I want to know who you are and why you decided to do this.

  11. Clarisse
    March 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for posting this, I too was considering blogging then I said to myself, just because I like all things fashion and beauty doesn’t make me a blogger. There are zillions other bloggers out there, how will my craft be different and stand out from the rest? Until then, I’ll keep enjoying yours, Afrobella, The Sassy Peach… Gotta show love and support to my Chicago ladies who are doing it the right way!

  12. Trina
    March 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Luvvie, how did this space change your life in 2010? What happened? Was there a defining Aha! moment? So you ARE doing this full-time?

    I had heard of people making money with blogs, and YT, but I do agree that sometimes all you see if a bunch of crap on their pages and not enough content. It is true that if you captivate your readers, they go diggin’ in your files. I know I search yours all the time and find the most hilarious shit EVERRRRRRR!

  13. Amanda
    March 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Luvvie I just recently (November 2012)started reading your blogs, It started with Dumbest Tweets. I really do appreciate your blogs and side eyes. You ma’am are truly talented and I enjoy all the topics and the comments they keep me coming back for more on the daily. It takes a lot to keep me entertained with words and you have done it. So please keep blogging until you get arthritis and even then I expect you to continue using your toes. Thanks again

  14. Sheri
    March 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I have been reading your blog and following you for about 3 years now. What you wrote was so very true. I am not ashamed to admit that I became this type of blogger. All I wanted was fame and was trying to do any and everything to get noticed. I started becoming obsessed with page views and getting traffic to my site. I didn’t care about the content. I did what I thought people wanted to read, instead of just writing what I feel. I only have two posts on my current blog now- my birth story and my post about influenster. I haven’t wrote anything in the blog because I had nothing I felt worthy of typing. I suppose I may start writing about some of the things my daughter does, or a manifesto on why I am such a loner. I really don’t know. I realized I don’t care about making money on my blog. I just want to write and share what is important to me. I have some if my old blogs saved an archived. I may reblog some of those special blogs one day… And I may even come over to the world of WordPress. But for now, I see where I went wrong and I can admit it. I wish more bloggers would do this, because I have stopped reading a lot of blogs because of the direction they began to take. I also have done the same with YouTube videos as well. I typically lurk on your site and Facebook posts, but I felt that I had to respond that I wholeheartedly agree. Build and improve your craft first. If you are any good the money will come.

  15. Ms. P
    March 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    This was an awesome rant! I’ve been following your blog for at least 3 years and I LOVE the content I read here (mini-stan moment over…LOL)

    I’m not a blogger, but the word on integrity and staying true to self is can easily be applied as life lessons in general! Keep being a light Luvvie!

  16. March 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I always love reading your posts! I started blogging in 2011 because I loved all the inspiration I was getting from the ones I already followed and I thought, well I can inspire people too! It’s a great way to express, experiment, and inspire! Thanks for all the tips!

  17. March 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    BEST ADVICE: Write for yourself, first, then others. exactly. my blog is a super, duper, tiny wordpress.com site, but it’s about a place for ME to express me for me.

  18. March 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    it’s like audre lorde, said, i’ve come to believe, over and over again, that what is important to me must be spoken n made verbal, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. that’s why i write. that’s why i blog!

  19. March 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    You.said.that. I must admit that when I started my blog I had no clue of what I was doing (and kinda still don’t) but once I started letting people see “me” and writing about my life then more people started reading it. Especially the dating stuff (which is sad but true.) I love your blog, it’s the perfect cure whenever I am having a not so awesome day and the icing on the cake when I am!

  20. kenya
    March 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I’m an e-stalker of your love, Luvvie. I read (mainly mobile). Never comment. Today I felt compelled to (get on my good work desktop)give you a virtual standing ovation purely for selfish reasons….

    And so begins my rant.

    I hate Natural Hair Bloggers/Vloggers who turn into makeup mavens somewhere along the way. If your lane was being a beauty maven (like Afrobella), then I get it. But if your blog/channel started out soley twisting and reviewing some shea moisture products THEN I AM TALKING TO YOU. I really just wanted to learn how to bantu knot my hair and not blend the smoky shadow in the corner of my eye.

    Rant over.

    If more people would take your advice to STAY IN YOUR E-LANE the world would be a much nicer place.

  21. Sunny
    March 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Once again enjoyed this. I have 3 blogs and all of them started for their own reasons. But I wasn’t writing for anyone but myself (ok one of them my sister follows and another one that is my way of opening up to a certain person & the third one is more about my faith.) I figured if someone were to wander into one of them they could stay if they wanted or go. I didn’t really care about views – which is why I don’t post very often – sometimes its just a picture that reflects something I want to write about. I was gob slaped when I saw that there were OTHERS following me and the only reason I noticed was because someone commented. For a minute I felt the urge to change my style and then decided not to. But you are a wonderful writer and I always enjoy even if I don’t agree, thank you for this post it has helped a lot. 🙂

  22. March 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I LOVE YOU and THANK YOU for this!

  23. March 27, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Hey Luuvie. I just recently discovered your site. I totally agree with you. People definitely should focus more on content. I too have a humor blog. 1funnychick.com it truly is hilarious. I found my OWN voice, and I just write what I know. One of the main problems I have is people stealing my content and not linking my site. I’m fairly new to this blog world. Although I would love TONS of viewers, I’m just not there yet. I’m in the infantry stages. My site has only been up for 4 months. I’m quite pleased with the reviews I have received about the writing. I try to make my site an experience. I would love it if you could check the site out. Not asking you to tweet it or even shout me out. I think the work speaks for itself. Anyways keep doing your thing. I definitely support your blog. Maybe I can do an article on you. #Blessings

  24. March 27, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I found you by way of the BE featured black bloggers last year and I took heed to your advice about blogging your passion when I got started amongst a few other things after bouncing around your other website. I think I’m moving in the right direction. I’ve learned more to focus on with this little educational rant of yours. Thank you.

    SN: How are bloggers faking it?

  25. Meika
    March 27, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I found out about your blog from CandidAnn from YouTube who also has a blog of her own. I def agree sharing is caring. I really do enjoy your blog….keep doing what you doing girl cuz it is working!!

  26. March 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

    This came right on time for me!! I just wrote a post yesterday about how I started my blog because of my passion, but let the image of what a “good blogger” suppose to be put fear into me thus causing me to neglect it.

    Thanks for confirming that in order to be a good blogger one should worry about the content of the material and not the glossiness (sp?) of the image.

  27. March 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    You better Preach girl! Preach!!!! I have turned down so many offers to advertise or do reviews for my little ol’ blog. I keep thinking that the PR people are just “reaching.”

    Example: I am 935 months pregnant, but I just got an email to review fitness gear. Sir…you clearly do not read my blog or you would see that fitness ain’t even almost on my list of “gives a damns.” BUT I know plenty of bloggers who would do it even it doesn’t fit their blog content.

    Or I will get an email to review a perm….umm my hair been nappy for years! What’s up with that!?!?

    People get so caught up in the tech stuff that their content suffers. I usually go by the mantra “If I got something to say, then I post. If not, then I won’t.” I have a small blog following and it grows daily but I’m not trying to pimp out my soul in the process.

    In the grand scheme of things…I see bloggers doing the most and it’s really not that serious.

    Amen to this post. I’m going to share it:)

    P.S. You really are a friend in my head.

  28. March 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I like what you said about doing it for the love of writing. That’s why I do it, I just started affiliate marketing and if I make money fine, it will eventually come. I also appreciated what you said about brands and just doing anything to get paid. I need to look into your blogging course the next time you offer it.

  29. March 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you for this string of tweets! I am currently working on writing from my heart and not from what people want. I have a blog that I want a lot of people to see, but sometimes, what’s on my heart will not be popular in my niche, but I need to get it off my chest. The analytics information was also useful. I’m very new to the site and I really love how you manage to stay true to yourself and still be a resource of knowledge. Also, being able to laugh is a very good thing.

  30. LB
    March 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    “I ain’t got time fer that!”

  31. April 1, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Thanks for this info! As a new blogger who is trying to do it right, I needed all of this. Continue to do great things.

  32. April 1, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Love it! My blog is a baby and doesn’t make a cent… but whose baby makes them money? 🙂 I blog because I love writing and your post made me laugh out loud. Well done.

  33. paintgurl40
    April 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    love you luvvie! i found your blog via afrobella, and have been reading and dying and laughing for about 4 years. loves it!!!!

  34. April 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Loved reading this. This was inspirational. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  35. April 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Its so important to be your authentic self. As my blog gets more people coming and commenting, thats when I know that I am reaching success-its all about engagement!!…PS…I Love Storify!!

  36. August 9, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I needed this post and then some. I’ve been blogging for several other sites since 2009 after starting my own blog five months prior to that. If God had only sent me your way instead of the worldwind of foolery I’ve been “trapped” in for the past five years, life would have been grand years ago.

    After Tweeting and Facebooking with bloggers from “brand” sites that will kee-kee and ha-ha with you all day, I could tell that only a handful of them even read anything I had written from the site I was writing for. Then that number dwindled when they realized I wasn’t being paid for my work. In short, I’ve always been told to never write for free no matter the situation and that has obviously gotten me into a writing rut that has sullied my voice. Ugh, I feel like such a dumbass after reading this, but I digress…

    Thank God Shonda Rhimes created Scandal, which lead me to your expertise and unique view on pop culture and life in general. I really appreciate this wake up call and swift kick in the ass. Keep serving the truth on a silver platter, Luvvie!

  37. October 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I believe everything published was very reasonable. But, consider this, suppose you added a little content? I ain’t saying your information is not good., however suppose you added a headline that grabbed a person’s attention? I mean BLOGTITLE is kinda vanilla. You ought to peek at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they create news headlines to grab viewers interested. You might try adding a video or a related pic or two to get readers interested about what you’ve written. In my opinion, it might bring your posts a little livelier.

  38. Taryana Gilbeau
    March 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I am so very happy I read this in the beginning of my blogging journey. This is quite the learning experience and us newbie bloggers are so lucky to have people who are willing to keep it 100 and help us out!! Keep it up <3