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to think that noone could care less about the self important 'Guest Blogs'?

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moondog Wed 04-Dec-13 15:39:25

They sit there for days on end at the top of the lsit with about five comments (probably made b the name changing author in any case.)
I don't get it. Why do we need 'blogs' when the place is jam packed full of people expressing interesting opinions in any case?

Pawprint Wed 04-Dec-13 15:43:23

I never read them, I have to say.

eurochick Wed 04-Dec-13 15:44:42


LadyBeagleEyes Wed 04-Dec-13 15:51:49

I never read them either, or the MN blogging website.
There's one or two funny or skilled writers but you really do have to go through an awful lot of dross to find them.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 04-Dec-13 15:55:03

I read the one by the young Roma man. Very good. I never read blogs so the odd one is interesting.

DameDeepRedBetty Wed 04-Dec-13 15:57:27

I'm another one who scans straight past everything with a little 'mn' logo until I get to the nice juicy AIBUs and Chats.

There may be good stuff there, but it's so clarted with Sponsored Discussions by advertisers that I don't even look. A bit like I never click on the promoted websites that come up first when I do a Google Search, but wait until I find the highest ranked supplier who hasn't paid extra to be at the top.

moondog Wed 04-Dec-13 15:58:08

I lose interest completely at anyone with anyone who describes themselves as a 'blogger'.

moondog Wed 04-Dec-13 15:59:19

And the exhortion to 'talk conception and lube!' makes me feel somewhat nauseous.

WorraLiberty Wed 04-Dec-13 16:02:50

I avoid all blogs like the plague

Imo most bloggers tend to come across as totally self important wannabe writers, who just couldn't make the cut.

ElbowPrincess Wed 04-Dec-13 16:04:12

Not my cup of tea at all. Self-obsessed "bloggers" annoy me.

BriarcliffBelle Wed 04-Dec-13 16:05:21

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volestair Wed 04-Dec-13 16:06:43

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LEMisafucker Wed 04-Dec-13 16:10:11

I totally don't get it at all - i mean, someone waffles on about the minutae of their lives? My life is pretty boring, WHY would i want to read about someone elses boring life? Other than to make me feel better about my boring life. They are invariably really hard to read because they are so badly written, sod that for a game of soldiers

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 04-Dec-13 16:17:27

I don't often read guest blogs except the ones that come up in feminism, to be fair. But I don't think people are necessarily being self-important or thinking anyone's interested in the minutae of their lives. I started blogging because I need practice writing short bits of work, and I need to find out whether my work project is going to be something that anyone outside my narrow area is interested in. And when I say 'need', I mean, I'm actually dependent on that for funding. I could find out through other media than blogging, but blogging seemed the obvious one. And then MNHQ said I could put my blog on their network, which means they put it in their list without me having to do anything. I just figured it could sit there and if people wanted to have a look they could, and if not, they'd ignore.

I assume it is similar for lots of the people who get featured as guest blogs. I don't imagine they're sitting there thinking 'ooh, my life is soooo amazing, everyone will want to know!'

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 04-Dec-13 16:19:26

Btw I'm absolutely not saying that as an argument that anyone shouldn't skip past blogs (because I do myself), or that anyone shouldn't find them boring. I just thought maybe people didn't know why anyone would promote a blog on MN, and wanted to explain it's not necessarily arrogance exactly.

CambridgeBlue Wed 04-Dec-13 16:21:47

I find them irritating and like others I skip past them and anything similar to get to the good stuff! Sure some of them are interesting but I can use Google so if I have a spare half hour chance would be a fine thing and want something to read I'm sure I can find it for myself.

FunnyRunner Wed 04-Dec-13 16:23:27

I have enjoyed a few funny or informative blog posts but some of them aren't great. You have to take a punt on them and see for yourself. It helps that I mainly use MN on PC as agree the huge sticky list on mobile app is really annoying.

Caitlin17 Wed 04-Dec-13 16:26:15

I think I saw the Jennifer Saunders one puffing her book with the nauseating strap line of the default setting in her family being set to laughter. Never read any of them. The forum is far more interesting.

I don't read the guest blogs unless they really catch my eye

I do read the blog of the day quite often though

JakeBullet Wed 04-Dec-13 16:33:07

I don't always read them but some have been very good and I dont mind them being there.

HECTheHeraldAngelsSing Wed 04-Dec-13 16:57:12

I don't read them because they don't interest me, but I assume that enough people must read them, because otherwise mn would drop them, so they must be getting the hits, so I think yabu. There are those who are interested and enough of them. MN wouldn't waste their time otherwise.

MmeLindor Wed 04-Dec-13 17:01:57

I read them sometimes, it the topic catches my eye.

I don't understand the vitriol that is aimed at bloggers. I don't say, 'God, these fecking chicken keepers, with their chickens and egloos and all their chatter about eggs and feed. What a total bore!'.

So you don't want to read blogs. Fine. Don't read them. Just stop complaining about them.

You may not like the guest blogs, but someone has sat for HOURS writing that post and it is quite disheartening when people come along and snipe at them.

Am off to read this week's Guest Blog in protest, and in support.

MmeLindor Wed 04-Dec-13 17:03:56

Just opened this weeks to see it is by Prof Georgina RipponChair of Cognitive Neuroimaging, Aston University.

Self-obsessed blogger?

Many of the Guest Bloggers aren't actually MNetters. They are people who are commenting on a news topic of the week.

MistAllChuckingFrighty Wed 04-Dec-13 17:04:51

I wish I could blog. I find myself completely incapable of writing more than two concise sentences per post.

SoupDragon Wed 04-Dec-13 17:10:35

I think it is very narrow minded to dismiss anyone on the basis of them writing a blog.

I don't have "stickies' on my Mumsnet though so I don't have to scroll past them and see only the Guest Blogs that keep being bumped up Active conversations, by virtue of people going on there to discuss the subject.

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