So apparently, even in the world of blogging, I’m not cool. (Please try not to gasp too loudly.)
I’ve learned that the blogosphere can function like any other social environment. Some blogs will inevitably become more popular than others, cliques will take shape, and a division will form between the “cool” bloggers and the rest. In recent weeks, there has been talk about being a member of the “it” group on WordPress, and how some bloggers, for one reason or another (although according to most people, it was one reason in particular), were not included in that group.
No matter what kind of social interaction it is, I think many of us have some desire to be a member of the popular crowd. Sure, we may stand off to the side, and outwardly embrace our status as outsiders, but I think that deep down, most people would like to be acknowledged as one of the alphas of the world. At the very least, I think we’d like to be accepted by the alphas as being part of the group.
There have been times when I have felt that I was definitely not a part of the cool group on WordPress. I decided that if I couldn’t be part of the in crowd, then I was going to form my own clique. I planned to team up with other bloggers whose sites I enjoy reading and together we would become greater than the sum of our parts or something like that. Honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure what this group would do, but I was fully confident that it would be awesome.
I contacted a couple of people, and if you were one of them, you might have wondered why I failed to follow up. (This assumes that you ever gave it a second thought.) I can assure you that laziness and disinterest were only a minor reason for my lack of follow through. As I considered who I wanted to join me in this alliance, I realized that I didn’t want to exclude anyone. If my group excluded people, then it would kind of defeat the whole purpose of forming it. I knew that if I asked ten people to join me, there would be an eleventh who would have made an equally good choice, and might feel somewhat offended that I didn’t ask them.
So instead of making a potentially hurtful decision, I’m going to leave it up to those of you who happen to read this post. Consider this to be your official invitation to join the Blogging Alliance of the Damned! (I’m really not married to that name. So perhaps our first act could be coming up with a new name.)
Do you feel like your blog has been overlooked at times? Do you feel that there is power in numbers? Do you want to engage in semi-meaningful exchanges with other bloggers?
Then join me and other bloggers yet to be determined as we team up and do the following:
- Hold bi-weekly group discussions about the “hot topics” of the day or anything else that may interest us. (Honestly, we’ll probably just end up discussing Justin Bieber half the time.)
- Troll the blogs of people we don’t like and leave hurtful comments.
- Slander other bloggers by spreading malicious rumors.
- Debate whether or not Slash is cool anymore.
- Share pictures of ourselves wearing animal costumes.
*Note: We will only actually do the first one. Although the last could be very amusing.
If you’re at least mildly interested in this concept, I’ve provided a fancy form for you to fill out. If you’re not interested, that’s fine too. But be warned: You’ll probably be the first to be slandered. (Just kidding, we’re gonna be nice. Probably.)