Cheaters Not Welcome

The most common subject on Twitter seems to be how the other candidate is a liar. The word gets thrown around a lot and most of the time it is simply inaccurate, not true, a bit of a fib, or one might even say a lie. Has lying become the norm?

It has made me weary. All the untruths have got me thinking about sharing social media. People who blog tend to be blog readers, too. There are certainly a lot of people who don’t read blogs at all, so the subset of the population that does, are important. We are all trying to convince them to come on over and see what all the fuss is about.

Actually, were just hoping there will be a little bit of fuss on our site. Getting readers and comments is all the payment many bloggers ever get. For most, it is enough. It isn’t easy, though.

To be noticed one needs to be out there and one way to do that is to hang out on other blogs. Mila Araugo (@Milaspage) was interviewed for a blog post on Geoff Livingston’s site that talked about comments. Ms. Araugo takes each comment she writes seriously. Not all who comment, do

You see, the comment gets your name out there, and for the people who only pretend to care about others, they just want to get it done and move on. Their comments are lies, not in their message, which is usually “great post, you made me think” …(about how much I’d like you to visit my blog and tell all your friends, and tweet about it, and put links on your site to mine, and make me a star…oh, I think Jennifer Garner should play me in the movie…I’m awesome), but lies in that they really didn’t read or care about the message the blogger put together. In short, they want a trophy just for showing up.

These same people, we’ll call them the Mugalugs, because they just want their faces seen and because I wanted to make up a word. (Note: Mugalug is a registered (or not) trademark of ExtremelyAverage.com…shirts are available in the lobby)  I digress…where was I?

Oh yes, these Mugalugs have another annoying habit, disguised as being helpful. They are mass promoters. They tweet without reading, they share without caring what they are sharing. It doesn’t sound like such a bad thing, and I have to admit that someone promoting another person’s blog is generally nice, but they take it to a level of near spamming. It seems like lying, to recommend a blog post without reading it. Someone who does this regularly is likely ignored by their followers, so it isn’t even helpful.

I have just joined Triberr and I read every post my tribe puts up. Most of them are pretty interesting. If I like it, then I leave a comment, one that will advance the conversation or add to the theme of the post, and then I share it. My tribemates are good writers, so there aren’t many I don’t enjoy, but if I did find one, I would simply move on.

Since my renewed interest in building my blog, I’ve made a daily goal of reading ten blogs.

Dan Cristo explained why Triberr has decided to limit the number of posts to be shared (the queue) to 100. They’ve done it because of the volume being greater than their capacity to handle it. A smart business move, to be sure. Apparently, there are some heavy users who approve hundreds of posts to be shared via Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. Reading 10 in a day is difficult, two hundred, to me, seems like a person who is trying to game the system. At the very least, they are not being social, they are being automatons (read Mugalugs).

If you blog, read a blog, and if you like it, share. There aren’t any shortcuts, well there are, and if you choose to try them, I’ll shake my head in disgust and put on my “very disappointed look”…I might even spread a rumor that  you like the  Twilight Series. I’m very serious about this issue!

Just be yourself. Do your best and try to be social.

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