It was my birthday a few days ago. It was also the anniversary of my blog, Citizen of the Month, which I started on March 7, 2005. I can’t believe that I am entering my ninth year of blogging. Back in 2005, I was so naive. I was writing without pay, but I had a dream — that with hard work and focus, I could build this tiny space into a well-respected community of like-minded individuals, and that my unknown voice could be a bright beacon of inspiration to others. Wait, I’m sorry. I’m talking about Schmutzie‘s blog, not mine. I sometimes get so confused. But whatever my stats, I don’t care. I have YOUR love, and that’s all that matter. I love you all. Except maybe for the ones who didn’t say “Happy Birthday” to me on Facebook this year. Oh, yeah. I made a list. I know who’s who.
Anyway, every year, on my blogiversary, rather than do a giveaway of some cool product, like a laptop or fancy new smartphone, which is too crass for my taste, I choose to celebrate in my own unique way — by boring you with my own analysis of the current blogging scene.
Some say blogging is dead. I say hogwash! (BTW — why do we say hogwash as a polite way of saying bullshit?) This year, I present you with concrete evidence. My friend Susan forwarded this email to me, proving that the personal blogging community is still as strong as ever!
You and I have been long-time online friends, ever since we first met on that “Mothers of Children With Peanut Allergies” forum back in 2007. We have watched our children grow and our lives change. More recently, we have supported our common business goals — you were my first commenter on my advocacy blog, “Peanut Allergy Shame No More!” and I have mentioned your blog, “The Peanut Allergy Resource Spot,” many times on Twitter. That’s why I was disturbed to see you on the Today show on Tuesday morning, introduced by Matt Lauer as the owner of the “premier blog on the net for mothers of children with peanut allergies.”
I sat through the interview waiting patiently for you to correct him, acknowledging that MY PEANUT ALLERGY BLOG was started a full three weeks before yours, and currently receives 23% more monthly traffic. I’m not even going to bring up the followers and engagement of our respective Facebook pages.
Strong leadership is essential for our community. We must pay honor to those who were there first. But nowadays, when I try to pitch a book on the subject, I’m always hearing, “Oh, we are already discussing that topic idea with Susan!”
You cannot be the “go-to” mother for mothers of children with peanut allergies. I AM the “go-to” mother for mothers of children with peanut allergies.
“Influence” has infected you, like a bad allergic reaction. You’ve even deleted my comments on your blog. For your information, I was NOT trying to “steal your brand,” as you insinuated in that email. I was just suggesting to your readers that they read a more “authentic” version of the story at my blog.
Are we clear about this? If there are any other questions, just look at my blog header: it reads “THE blog for mothers with children who have peanut allergies.” Please notice that the THE is capitalized and bolded.
Thank you, Susan. Much love and continued success. Let’s get the message out in the “correct” way. Remember the truly important ones in our blogging community… are the children!