Monday, 30 July 2012

Big Blog/Little blog




So I asked the question just a short while ago


What do YOU see as a Big Blogger?


So much lately has been said about the Big blog/Little blog divide.


Now call me naive but I didn't even know there was such a thing as a Big Blog/Little blog divide!!! (I know, I know. Head in the clouds and all that)


When I asked the question on Twitter it seemed that you all had an opinion.

@KLGHair said, "I think Big Bloggers (hate that term) for me are the ones who've really built a great rep and a large readership

@aimeeElizzybeth said, "Lots of comments, ads down the side, many followers on a variety of social networks.


@Pamperedprince said "anyone over 5ft 9"  (I adore this guy)


@Beautycfw said " someone who thinks they deserve respect or authority because they have a large number of followers"


@DirtyLittleW said "lots of readers, blogging often well known. I'm a little one"

(There were lots more comments but my eyes hurt now. Thank you to everyone who replied to my question)


 So is a "Big Blogger" just a state of mind?

A lot of people I asked, including me, feels like a small blogger. Should we be THINKING BIG?

Or is there a backlash against what people see as Big bloggers?

Being a blogger isn't easy. God knows we all know that.

and aren't we categorized enough without putting categories on ourselves?



I would love your opinions on this.



What makes a Big blogger?


Do you see yourself as a Big Blogger or a Little Blogger? Or like me, just a blogger?

Let me know




Big Fashionista x x x

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  1. I'm a medium blogger - I hate seeing all the "chippy" comments about "big" bloggers on Twitter all the time. So much envy around - and the "big" bloggers can't win, doesn't matter what they do, there's always someone going to slag them off for not doing things the way other people think they should.

    It's like you said in another post, Kellie, we build them up to knock them down.

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    1. I agree that some bloggers can't win. I see that happening so much.

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  2. I see big bloggers as being experienced and established. Thise who know their audience well, and write with that audience in mind.

    There are some shocking new bloggers who have a large following, seemingly because they're gobby and to be completely honest, bitchy bullies. Its certainly not because of content.

    I wouldnt class them as big. Deluded is a better word.

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    1. An interesting point. You raise a good point about content. I think big/ small it doesn't matter. Content matters

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  3. I'm not sure where this 'divide' has come from, I love talking to 'big' bloggers to find out how to improve my blog or any advice, and have never found any to be a problem. Some seem to put them on a super blogger platform which I find a little strange. I would never dream of hassling a blogger or anyone if they didn't reply to a tweet or comment. And I find the bitchiness and mean comments really odd.
    And manners cost nothing, even if you have 2 followers or a lot, you'll get nowhere without please and thank you.

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    1. Thank you for your comment ;-D

      I agree. When I first started there were some great bloggers who helped me. I try to pay that forward now

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  4. I see big bloggers as those who NEVER respond to questions on twitter/blog etc as they have ennough followers so it does not matter about pleasing them all.

    They also have an ego so big their head dont fit through normal sized doors... thats why they live in big blogger world together and without normal people (you must know what I mean) x

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    1. I know that from my POV sometimes It is hard to respond to everyone. I do try though.

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    2. I do understand this but you can tell who makes effort to write back and who doesn't x

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  5. What about us tiny blogges with one follower? *whistles*

    As I'm brand spanking new to blogging it's not something I've noticed or really care about. Big, little, tiny or massive - we're all doing a similar thing and if you enjoy it, carry on and if you want to label folk, than do so - it doesn't mean I'll give a poop!

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    1. A great mentality to have. If I can help you in any way drop me an email x x x

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    2. You already have, just by having this blog!

      Aw, how mushy am I!? ;)

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    3. Awwwww man, I'm tearing up here :-)

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  6. I would class a 'big' blogger as one who has been blogging for a while and established a large following. A lot of followers means a lot of people trying to contact you, therefore no way you can reply to everyone. Makes sense doesn't it? As a brand new blogger like Amanda (just over 2 weeks!) I don't expect any favours from these people, they must be extremely busy to keep up their blog, in many cases I believe it's a full time job.
    It would be great to think that these bigger bloggers would be willing to help out us lowly beginners but it's by no means a given.

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    1. Oh I think a lot of bloggers are willing to help out newer ones. I know I am

      Bigfashionista@sky.com or @bigfashionista on twitter. Always here to help x x x

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  7. Ahh I am reminded of a Little Red Tractor poster that my Son had. 'You Don't Have To Be The Biggest To Be The Best'. Some of the big enormous blogs are so lacking in personality it's not funny. I follow a couple of blogs that have less than 50 followers and they're well-written, unique, individual, with great photos, brilliant reviews, great captions, hilarious writers - and sadly they are not well known. I don't know much about big UK blogs, I don't follow many to be honest, I'm more of a nail girl. The biggest Irish one I can think of is the beaut.ie blog, and the reason it's so successful is because the girls are witty, hilarious, friendly, and always give 'smaller' bloggers a shot. Big, Schmig. Doesn't matter to me, if the content's shit and the writing's shit, I'll not be reading it no matter how many thousands of followers it has.

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  8. hmmmmmm I think I am just a blogger...plodding along!

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    1. I like to just be a blogger. But I want to be a helpful supportive one too.

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  9. This is a great post because blogging has become an industry in its own right. Of course there are those with thousands of Twitter followers and millions of monthly views, but everyone is growing. Just a year ago I started, and now I'm in the double digit thousands in terms of pageviews. This doesn't make me a big blogger, but it doesn't make me small either; everyone is just up here, trying to express themselves! And that's why it's so amazing; everyone can have their own space on the internet to do what they enjoy :)

    SIDEWALKCATWALKS.com

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  10. In all honesty people who say there isn't a divide is quite frankly blind.
    I've been blogging longer than most people and I'm not saying I deserve anything but I have good photos, good conten, I update reguarly, my blog posts aren't just countless freebies. But I have few followers because I'm not deemed pretty enough, and I've been told by quite a few of these 'big bloggers' that was why.
    Then you get typically pretty girls who come along and rarely update, just hold giveaways to buy followers and they get more attention because they have more followers yet they have hardly any content on their blog.
    They're extremely clicky and unless you're in their group of people, good luck getting a reply out of them unless you compliment them.

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    1. Oh I'm really sad that's been your experience of blogging. Poke me on twitter and I'll do some blog pimping for you.

      For me content matters not how pretty anyone is.

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    2. I have noticed the plethora of 22 yr old pixie like beauty bloggers - ooo look at my nails and my pouty lips as I demonstrate this lip gloss.

      Personally - I aint gonna take advice from someone with perfect skin and already "pretty" - what's the product doing for them? - nothing as they were born pretty.

      I'd rather hear from someone who has to work at it - or particularly people who have to work, hold down a life and try to be stylish and groomed or like me racing around after a 4 month old puppy and barely time for a shower - let alone a nice long bath :-)

      I can't believe you were actually told that by them though - suppose it is a bit cliquey if that's all the followers want is pretty girls to follow then you probably don't want them as followers!

      Don't be anonymous though - let us check out your work - I'm sure we would want to follow you.

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  11. im just a blogger!I dont do it to get a label I just do it for the craic!Just saying what I wana say!

    www.fashionfloozy.co.uk
    x

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    1. And I adore you and your blog babe. More to come on my
      Blog from you

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  12. You are being a bit of a hypocrite aren't you by saying you just consider yourself a normal blogger and then in your next breathe saying you will help people improve. False modesty or delusions of grandeur?

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    1. Kiss my arse.

      I'm sure I could and should come back with something wittier, quicker and more cutting.

      But I can't be arsed to waste my time or energy on you Anon

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    2. Seriously, why do people like you ever bother crawling out from your rocks? It's pathetic. You get a sick thrill out of attempting to belittle others. Surely offering to help other is a great thing. I for one am eternally greatful for the help Big Fashionista has given me on my blog. No doubt you'll slither over to mine now and find something to moan about. Get a life you lonely guttersnipe.

      Ella Shaw

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    3. Oh dear Anon...has no-one told you? You don't have to be big and famous to be willing to help others, you just have to be nice! Give it a go! ;)

      She never said 'improve' she said she'd help pimping - i.e help that person share their work. What could possibly be wrong with that?

      Big Fashionista - I'd be delighted to have your advice or pimping for my blogs, big little or whatever :)

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    4. Personally I would class big bloggers as people like Liberty London Girl who blog for a living and who you see featured in magazines because they're bloggers, not in spite of it.
      Thus I personally wouldn't class Kellie as a "big" blogger but I do class her as a bloody good blogger and an experienced one at that. She's also someone who I know if I have a problem I can tweet or e-mail and ask.
      So Anon, I would say that she neither has delusions of grandeur nor is she demonstrating false modesty but being honest and generous with her time.
      Kellie, ignore the twat, those of us who read your blog know you and love your blog. And thank you for your offer of help. I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates your help xx

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  13. I know I joked about the height thing...although I really am only 5ft 6in and a half. I see a bigger blogger as someone who has more experience than me and naturally more following.
    I don't get the divide thing though, In fact quite the opposite. I've had nothing but positivity from even some of the more experienced bloggers which huge following. No one hands out guide books to blogging, so when you start it's a bit of a mystery. Praise the more experienced bloggers that offer guidance!
    If people are jealous of their large following (which quite frankly, they have earned), thats their problem. Personally, I'll take any help / guidance / advise they are willing to offer!
    Maybe it's because I am a male beauty blogger and therefore haven't been exposed to this 'competition' which seems to be amongst some of the female bbloggers? I'm not sure.
    ps Thanks for the mention lovely. I adore you too!!

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    1. I actually disagree not everyone earns it they buy followers through giveaways

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    2. A lot of the giveaways I see are to say thank you to followers for reaching a number of followers.

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    3. But they make it so you have to follow you have to do this you have to do that which results in 100s of thousands more followers.

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    4. Never seen a blogger with "hundreds of thousands" of followers to be honest.

      But also competitions can attract followers but only great content can make them stay x

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  14. This subject baffles me so so much. I think everyone has different ideas on what they call a 'big blogger'.. Whether it be from them reaching a certain number of followers, to them getting in with a specific PR company, or even X amount of freebies they get. I'm not sure what it is, but there shouldn't really be a label on it. A blogger is a blogger however many followers they have.
    But what I think most bloggers forget, is that the comments they receive, and the readers they have clicking their blog, are the ones who get them where they are. I'm not saying that every blogger should respond to every single comment, but the readers are the ones who get the blogger the opportunities.. And it's a shame, but a lot of PR companies, will go to the bloggers based on their readers etc.
    It's such a weird circle. Labels are just labels, but then again, that's life.. and everyone seems to feel like putting a label on everything.
    It's like clothes, let's just cut the labels out, and all be the same. A blogger.

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    1. And actually, after reading that back, i'm not even sure where I was trying to get with my comment..

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    2. I get what you said completely x x made a lot of sense

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  15. Loving this blog post and reading peoples comments & opinions

    As a brand/fashion website we follow & read a wide variety of blogs; those that have lots of followers & those who have very few.

    We have a gifting budget that has shifted from majority celebs to majority bloggers & what we look for (before gifting a blogger) is personality, good photography, interesting and varied content, unique style and variety of posts that tell us about the blogger and a sneak peek into their lives (we are a nosy lot at Room31HQ!)
    What we don't 'like' are bloggers who are just blogging for freebies!

    Sorry to waffle a little there
    Ruth - Room31.co.uk x

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    1. Not waffling. A really interesting point. Always good to see a companies point of view about what makes a "big blogger" thank you guys

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  16. You know, there is probably is a divide, but its a state of mind. I go on the If you say it often enough, people will agree thing!
    You know, after doing this lark since 2006, I have a readership, yep, its great to have that. It may be bigger than some, it may be smaller than others. (Insert shrug of shoulders here). It doesn't stop me writing and doing what I love to do. I got bored of Klout and lists a LONG time ago, those things don't make you great or crap, they just measure numbers. Its about the words people. Write it if it feels good and take up something else if it doesn't. Simple.

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    1. Looks like the ones who don't feel good have taken up trolling ;-D

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  17. Wow you have opened a can of worms Miss Fashionista! Which seems to be sitting next to a bag of sour grapes.

    I missed all the drama because I was so busy writing my little blog post which runs along my website. At the end of the day if you are a good writer, writing about interesting things people will read and follow. If you are generous of spirit, kind and helpful you will also gain followers, if you are both well good on you! I don't believe you have to be pretty. If that's the case I will need a bag for my head.

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  18. Personally I think that there are 'big' bloggers and I salute and respect them. Blogging is not easy and they've managed to stick at it day in day out, from times when blogging was just an online diary rather than in the way we know it today. Whenever, I've interacted with these 'big' bloggers I've found them very helpful and willing to dish out advice, not only to me, but I've seen them do it to lots of people too, esp. via twitter. Sure there are times when they don't reply, but they are not chained to their computers and they have a normal life too. I don't really see why people need to put this division in. Its really quite sad and to me it reeks of jealousy and hateration (I made it up). My advice is just do you. We're not in kindergarten. Love Dija x

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  19. Well first of all I had a huge grin on my face when I saw that you had a quote from me (I'm the most easily pleased person. Ever!)

    I think that some 'big' bloggers are that because they name themselves to be that. Some have many followers and page views, however that's because they are always holding giveaways, and they don't nessecarily have many comments or followers who have a general interest in what they post about.

    For me, I believe that bloggers should be cast as a role models if they are GREAT and what they actually do, not how many followers they have. I follow many blogs who have gradually expanded, so when does the divide start for them? I look up to bloggers who post well.

    Hell, last week I found a blog with 25 followers and I thought it was possibly the most best written, laid out blog I have ever came across.

    Just because you're a big blogger doesn't nesecarily mean you're a good one.

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  20. As someone with only three followers (teehee) I feel very entitled to call myself an itty bitty blogger. I sometimes notice there tend to be more followers on 'pretty' blogs, but it also comes down to how well you promote yourself. There IS a divide imo, but at the end of the day, only those who want to blog for a living should be worried about it

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    1. Four followers now :-) tweet me your link and I will tweet it out. X x x

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    2. Aw you sweetie- not sure I want lots of followers tbh, too much pressure haha! X

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  21. I appreciate what Ruth from Room31Fashion has added to the conversation; what she's doing is exactly how it should be. I also find brands like Aussie seem to select bloggers they simply like (whether deliberately or not), and don't seem just to focus on which bloggers have the most followers/will be more beneficial to them in terms of coverage. I like this; I think it's a fantastic approach and it does get quite tiresome when you hear about the same old 'bigger bloggers' getting invited to all the big events. Fair enough, many of them deserve their place there, but I get the impression many brands select bloggers on the basis of followers and followers only.

    It's such a shame that this is the case, and that us 'smaller bloggers' are somewhat ignored in general. But I suppose everyone deserves some credit for putting more time into their blog xx

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  22. I'm a big blogger!! Well, I'm a blogger who eats to much cake anyway ;-) People can be a big blogger to some and little to others. If you are a frequent poster you will naturally get more followers and readers quicker. I read 'big blogs' and 'small blogs' but that's only how I see them to me. Others will disagree. If a blog engages the reader it is doing its job. I've been told my blog doesn't belong in the 'blogging community' by some people. Water off a ducks back! When blogs become so big they are covered in advertising I think they lose their appeal personally. I'm happy to stay as a small, big cake eating blogger!

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  23. See, I'm going to throw a spanner into the can of worms or whatever. If there are people out there who blog, while moaning about not being in the 'clique' because 'they're not pretty enough', then it's your attitude that's the problem. That kind of begrudgery comes seeping through someone's writing, and someone who is constantly giving sly digs to 'big bloggers' or girls who get free samples because they work their asses off enough for a company to take notice...well frankly I don't want to read ANYTHING that person has to say. I also can't stand this 'I have little followers because I can't afford all the designer brands' - fuck right off, some of my most popular blog posts had 1.29 quid nail polish so don't pull that crap. I like to get along with people, I like to comment on all the blogs I follow, and I've been called a suck-up and 'trying to get into the gang' because of that. In general, the blogging world is lovely, but quite frankly there are some right begrudging bitches out there who want something for nothing and don't see the work the 'big bloggers' have put in, they just see the PR sample.
    /essay.

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  24. I think "bigger bloggers" are those who are more well known, have lots of followers and are more experienced. But I can't really say I've noticed that much of a divide xx

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    1. I hadn't either Sian but I'm hearing a lot about it lately on twitter.!!! But "big blogger" seems to be used as a derogatory term rather than a compliment

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  25. I used to be 'well known'. Once upon a time (see Kellie's guest post Losing your way in an online world), but in such a saturated world as online beauty, there are so many of us that there is a more level playing field then there was.

    I would love to be the first port of call for makeup queries as I was 7 or 8 years ago, but in all honesty, I can't see it ever happening again.

    Despite our hit rate and stats (available on request, haha!) I wouldn't put my site as being big or even mainstream popular. Not enough personal photos and in depth reviews probably...

    I do what I do, and having been there in the past, it can sway your head a little bit. A touch of celebrityitis perhaps?

    On the flipside, having spent more than a decade in online beauty, I've known many of the most popular bloggers and bloggers from before they were 'famous', and watched them rise with humility and a great degree of hard work and dedication.

    The wannabe superstars who want to get there quickly by stomping over other people and trashing them are those who I've seen fall by the wayside over and over again.

    To me, a Big blogger is someone who's heart is big and is prepared to help another.

    S x

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  26. I would say... People should be nice to the small blogs... They may well be the big influential blogs of the future!

    Big or small, it's the content and style that matters!

    And kellie - love your blog!

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  27. Im not sure I see the divide! Personally I really dislike that the term 'big blogger' is used in a derogatory way, I think it's quite disrespectful to a blogger who has built their blog and gained every follower they have. I'm sure everyone would love PR samples and event invites etc and it's a reasonable response to feel a bit envious of someone because of that but I think that often is descends into jealousy that really isn't necessary.

    Ive been blogging for about a month and a half and I've loved every second purely because I love writing. Rather than categorising by big or small bloggers, I tend to look at blogs as either new or established. I'm definitely new and will often look to more established bloggers for inspiration etc, whether they have 100 followers or 10000. X

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  28. I would consider myself a small blogger, mainly because I don't have thousands of followers and I don't post with freebies. That doesn't mean that I'm going to stop blogging, it's something I really enjoy! I think people forget that blogging -for most people- begins as a hobby, so it should remain that way rather than becoming a jealous, nasty competition.

    Having my own jewellery brand, I am frequently contacted by new/small bloggers who seem to have entered the blogging world as a means of receiving freebies. I think this is wrong and actually quite cheeky. I have never and will never contact a brand for PR purposes, I think that it should be up to them to contact those they feel fit their style and image.

    Lauren x

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  29. I consider myself the crappest blogger in the entire world. I go months between blogs cos Frankly I have so much going on that it's ridiculous at times.

    Which is why I personally (note the personally) think that the "big" bloggers are the ones that blog regularly and are well written.
    I read some blogs and wonder why I read them, 2 pics and a line of words, that's it, an these are from the supposed "big" bloggers (loads of followers, always getting freebies etc). To me that is just an ad, an ad that I wasted my life looking at.

    This blog and Ella's are probably my favourite ones, because they aren't about getting the freebies, they aren't ad's, they are well written insights to what goes on in their lives. To me they are both super bloggers.

    I don't give a flying wotsit what people blog about, as long as it has decent content and is well written. This goes for big, small, uber huge or miniscule (mine is miniscule, I like that word)

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  30. I might sound twatty when I say this but I can't think of another way to word it (where's the writer in me when I need her?). I've been called a "big blogger" by a few people but it's something I ALWAYS brush off.

    My current blog is three years old this week and I entered the social media arena at the beginning - there were less blogs, less voices, less "competition". I believe that since blogging became more accessible/popular, you get people who look at the "blogging charts" that are out there or the reading recommendations, see that there's an extensive archive of posts and believe that because you've been around for a while then that makes a difference.

    It makes no difference at all. There are some bloggers who have exploded onto the scene in the last 9 months and are here to stay. There are some bloggers who've been at it for many years and are happy staying anonymous or ticking away at what they enjoy. Social media just makes it easier to stay connected or to find something within your niche.

    Most of that probably sounds like bollocks but it's how I see it.

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  31. I've been blogging for nine years now. Does that make me a big blogger? Perhaps it should but my blog's not as big as Nickie's and it's not as big as some blogs that are even younger than hers.

    While I would love to be known as a 'big' blogger and have everyone know my name (because hey, it has its bonuses) my current (relatively small) readership has a number of people who I wouldn't trade for thousands of additional followers. Community makes a huge difference to the blogging experience and I just don't see that with the huge bloggers.

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  32. If I had one follower I would still be a big blogger because that one person takes the time to read what I say and comes back to read everything else I post... Im not the greatest blogger but I have a great following and because of them they make me want to blog for them and they make me feel special by still reading and commenting when they want.

    I dont think there should be the whole big/little thing but there always will be I just ignore it if I am honest.

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  33. So-called 'Bigger Bloggers' never call themselves that so it feels a little bit unfair to be given a moniker by others that isn't representative of how we feel. I know I have high stats so would probably qualify as a 'bigger' blog, but that's because I've been doing it every day for four years, day in and day out. Five times a day, sometimes. So, naturally stats are going to be higher with so much behind time to build. I never call anyone a big or small blog.. we are all just bloggers. Just like anyone else, bloggers should be judged on their behaviour in the on-line world..there is no room for lording it up and crowing over status. It's silly and the more you do it the further you have to fall.

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  34. I think the divide is not big vs small but on influence. What people term as "big bloggers" are actually influential bloggers - brands want to be seen on them as the people they blog to actually listen and respond. If you make a call to action and people follow your guidance - a new bag or nail varnish or even change someone's mind on a point of view - that's your influence right there.

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