Well, it seems I have created quite a stir with my Why I No Longer Link To The Likes Of ProBlogger And John Chow post. I know this to be true because in a matter of a few days it’s become the most popular post on this blog. The poll on whether or not commenting can harm your blogging success so far seems to be favoring the no it won’t side, but I will leave the follow up post for when I have accrued more votes.

I sort of wonder from some of the comments left on David’s post, how many people actually took the time to actually read my post? I got the impression that people thought I was attacking the Probloggers of this world for not replying to any of my comments. How stupid and arrogant  would that make me, to presume that just because I left a comment they were obligated to return the favor.

Nope, what I was saying was that as far as I was concerned my time would be better spent to associate with people who thought the same way as I do, who thought so highly of their commentators that they interacted with them. Seeing as how some of the Probloggers pointed out that time was money and all they would appreciate that line of thought.

Also I don’t believe that I ever said that they had to reply to every single comment. Heck even I don’t do that, although I do answer most of them. :innocent1_tb: Yet a lot of the comments insinuated that was exactly what I said. :nono_tb:

One guy even implied that I did the post as a form of link bait to get the attention of the Probloggers, when in actual fact there were no links to any of them. Man, the purpose of the whole post was why I wasn’t linking to them, and linking to them in the post would be defeating the purpose.

Still, it was an interesting exercise, and I still believe in the stance that I took. I understand the time argument, as I know all about the lack of time, seeing as how I run a successful offline business, have to allow time for my family as well as maintaining seven blogs. When things are tough I simply have to be careful how I allocate my time and the less important blogs are the first one to be put aside.

One thing I have learned is that the unwillingness, or inability for the Probloggers of this world to give commentators their proper due, leaves emerging bloggers with an advantage. When there is more than one business in the same niche trying to compete for a particular market, what they do differently is what can make them successful.

As bloggers we are up against a sea full of competitors. Perhaps taking the time to interact with our readers, as well as providing good content and service will help us to stand out from the rest. And, if we were to link to others who also believed as we do, perhaps we would be starting a new era of Probloggers?
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