Last week I was sad to read that one of my favourite bloggers Crystal Jigsaw has lost her blogging mojio. Today, I saw that another fab blogger not supermum has blogged similar and to be honest, I have been feeling the same. When I started blogging a few years ago, it was all about the writing (good or bad) the community and companionship Lately it feels as if you need a PHD in social media to just keep up. It seems that we are expected to know how to write code, edit HTML and be experts on various different media platforms.
Google +, twitter, facebook, Bo.lt, Stumbleupon, well you get my drift, the list AND time commitment goes on. There are rumblings everywhere about stats, and charts and petty jealousies over who has been invited to what, and who is NFI.
At the heart of it all is a feeling of discontent. A lot of bloggers are getting fed up with the commercialisation of blogging. A community that was once all about the content and companionship is rapidly becoming a commodity as blogging turns into a social media enterprise. It is all about the self promotion.
I miss the randomness of blogging, I used to love dipping in and out of my favourite blogs catching up with family news or reading something funny. Now, I have to scan through a plethora of sponsored content and reviews to find that hidden gem. Time is crucial, I quite simply don't have the time to do this and so, am missing out of some of brilliant posts.
Then I had my lightbulb moment.
What if others felt the same? What if we could show some of the love and pass on a post by another blogger that has touched us in some way. A post that has made us roar with laughter, nod in agreement or sob in compassion? What if we could have a central place where we could link up so that the wider community could find these amazing posts that would otherwise fly under the radar.
What if we left some "comment love" for the post that was pimped?
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the PAPS. Otherwise known as "Pimp a Post Sunday". I'm even going to give it a #PAPS so we can all find it easily.
I'd love you to do the following:
1) Write a quick intro to the post that you are pimping and why, it must be a post that has been written in the last week on another bloggers blog
2) It can be from around the World, any genre and any topic.
3) Link up your post so we can find all the good reads
Any other things we should add??
Peace and Love