Content Rules!

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Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about. ~ Cory Doctorow

Dr. Tanya continues her Blogging Insights series with the above quote and asks for our thoughts. I thoroughly disagree with it. First, conversation is not possible without content because there’d be nothing to say! I suppose people could discuss the whiteness of a blank page, but other than that…

Second, this reminds me of my annoyance with bloggers and other social media types who are only in it for the hit count. Sure, it’s nice when readers discover my blog and interact with my posts, and I like to believe this is because my efforts to provide good content are appreciated. But some posts get little notice, and that’s OK, since I always write to please myself above all. Comments are welcomed by me, but I still write during weeks when there aren’t as many.

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Why? Because content rules! Conversation is the icing frosting on the cupcake. If there’s no cupcake, where is the frosting supposed to go? Note how I changed icing to frosting because I prefer it, particularly buttercream. If you would rather have a glaze, that’s fine, but you’re wrong.

Third, I am aware of the content that other bloggers post, and sometimes it results in my unfollowing them. I try to avoid interacting with racists and other haters; thus, their content precludes conversation (with me). It’s clear to me that content rules every time.

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41 responses to “Content Rules!

  1. You made some really good points here, Paula. Your content has made me crave buttercream frosting, but that is not on my diet.

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  2. I didn’t know that there was a difference between icing and frosting, so this is good, educational content!

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  3. I always enjoy your content, Paula! I wholeheartedly agree with you. Conversation and content go hand-in-hand!

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  4. what about antisemites? cuz I’m totally antisemitic against myself! 😉

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  5. I agree: if the content isn’t good I won’t want to read the blog and engage in conversation with the author. I also prefer properly written pieces, as opposed to brief notes which, to me, would be more at home as Facebook updates. But they seem to attract the numbers, so maybe I’m doing it wrong!

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  6. You’re absolutely right, Paula. Content is king

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  7. With me icing or frosting is another word for covering up a major culinary crime

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  8. I want to agree with the quote, or at least defend it. Given that the same old stuff happens to everybody, your take on it, or mine, or theirs, and how well we say it, is the point of writing.
    But if that’s what you mean by content, then you’re right. But at least it’s both?

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  9. Agreed. Believe it or not, sometimes I don’t have anything to say about the content.😲 Typing “I like this” seems redundant with hitting the “Like” button.🤷🏼‍♀️

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  10. You make a good point Paula. I think both are important

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  11. I agree about the quote not lining up with my take on content and conversation –
    And again I have to thank you for mentioning the unfollowing of blogs because that truly can be freeing – even if there content is good – we might just not click with them – or they wear us down

    As for the buttercream frosting – unused to also agree with you on that but walked away from cane sugar and desserts like that because they pull from health and to rebuild the terrain fkr better quality if life – only stevia stuff for me – if any – and would just rather have good quality meats

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    • Thanks! It is freeing to unfollow (same as on FB and Twitter) rather than get enraged by someone. We all have our opinions, but that doesn’t mean I want to read them all…

      I limit my cupcake indulgence to once or twice a month. Otherwise, I try to eat nutritiously…🧁

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      • I really cannot believe how much I like my blog feed with a few bloggers removed
        And hope I wasn’t cupcake Shaming – I think it is because it took me so long to “fully” get how much that kind of stuff pulls from healthy and healing
        The industrial seed oils are the worse as they inspire the liver – and most frostings and cake batters have the bad oils (canola, sunflower, vegetable, etc) which scar the liver and are toxic to the body – and flour that is is glue and hurts health – and so while I mentioned the sugar – that might have been the least of it – lol
        I have a great recipe for pancakes that is coconut flour and almond flour – pasture raised eggs – stevia drops – salt and baking soda and avocado oil –
        And Paula – this cakes can be the best dessert ever – hot or cold – and without harming my body.
        It sounds like you have a good balance with what to eat
        But I know a lady who has CFS and fibromyalgia and takes so much stuff but then east sugar cookies — we are not told the truth about the common desserts and the way they are destructive – they sure look so darn pretty and taste amazing

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  12. So far, Fandango and you are the only ones in disagreement with the quote.
    I like the way you have set out your reasons methodically.
    Everyone must agree that without content there could be no conversation.

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  13. I agree with everything in this post, especially your critiques of people who only aim for hits and people who prefer icing (why?).
    I have to say that though that buttercream can be a bit hit or miss for me. But cream cheese frosting or a whipped ganache? *chef’s kiss*

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  14. Yep content definitely does rule.

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  15. Well said Paula, l believe content will always be king, and yet this quote of Cory’s has been around for a long time and still causes debate and discussion. Conversation is King they yell! I only have to look at Facebook and Twitter which is all about so called conversation which is at best anal and at worse is mostly all content anyway …. so? What gives with that?

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    • Good point, Rory. Those sites are almost all noise, signifying nothing, while here we actually get substance. Yet bloggers are willing to say that the substance is less important than the comments? I’m surprised!

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  16. Me too, Paula – yet l think it comes down to the difference between ‘community and sociality. I prefer the former over the pickiness of the latter. I would rather be community motivated than specifically social.

    Here in WP, we are mostly community orientated; in Fbook, for example, they are primarily social.

    But what people forget and become confused with is that without actual content being presented to them to read and absorb in the first place, how are they supposed to comment and thus create conversation – more so in the world of content creational blogging?

    This brings me back to something else l have struggled with: what comes first, the chicken or the egg?

    So are ‘creators’ first and foremost content writers or social bloggers? There is a considerable difference; l suspect at times that many may not think there is a significant difference, yet there is. Is one here to write content or to socialise only?

    Are those who say conversation is king writers or merely social bloggers?

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    • Excellent question! Since my refresh, I’ve been focusing on writing posts that are more meaningful to me, comments be damned. Though it is nice to get some, of course 🙂

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      • Ditto – comments are nice, l agree, but l would prefer fewer comments over many as long as they were meaningful and heartfelt as in responding to content written or visualised to absorb.

        I now only work on a 20% ‘social content’ recipe, that is mostly what is being seen – it’s still important to the blogging process as it garners traffic and readers or bums on seats in old advertising words.

        The rest of the blog the other 80% is made up of 30% business and 50% niche. Of the remaining 80% it is all to be content and or community oriented but not overly social.

        The Guy blog was becoming too social and l needed to change it and scale it back to more community, but it couldn’t do that and fit what l needed to introduce, so l had to referesh.

        I write content that is meaningful to me and if people wish to read and comment and otherwise interact great and of not, that’s the very essence of crumbling cookies 🙂

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