Saturday, March 10, 2012

Here's a Thought: Newbie Bloggers

Something that has really gotten me thinking lately is how do you define a newbie, specifically a newbie book blogger? Are there qualifications? Do have to get to as certain level to pass said newbie status? Are you a newbie based on time, or dedication, or maybe accomplishments?

The Urban Dictionary defines Newbie as:

"A person new to a game, concept, or forum....Newbies are just new.
Dude, that guy just joined the forum yesterday and is a total newbie to HTML. You should tell him how to get an avatar since he doesn't know."
But does that definition truly work for bloggers? Blogging is all about expression and dedication. If someone were to start a blog today, and post one thing per month for a year, would they still be a newbie? How how about someone who posts two to four times a week for six months? Are they still a newbie?

For me I think for someone to be no longer new they have to get past several boundaries to have the newbie title repealed. The blogger has to have consistent posts, at least one per week average. If a blogger is not active in their blog they have no way of growth and now way to prove to their readers that they are serious about blogging. I would prefer much more to read a blog that was posting consistently, no matter if they were reviewing or just giving opinions, than a blog that posted once three weeks.

The blogger also should be creative and be able to think for them self instead of copying others ideas. You don't just have to stay in the main stream memes and reviews. Bloggers who want to grow should try to let their name be known and should be able to stand out of the crowd.

Bloggers should have some sort of notable growth from when they began blogging to the present. If you go back to any bloggers first posts they are NOT going to be as good as they are after a few months. If you find someone who isn't like that than there's a pretty good chance that the blogger either fixed their earlier posts or they deleted their very first ones. When we first start blogging, we don't know what we're doing. We don't have are own personal writing style yet and we probably post something that we look back on a year later and go Wow. Why did I write that. Being able to look back and think that shows that.

And here is where the finial very important question is asked. Am I still a newbie blogger? The answer? I have no idea. Who is and who isn't a newbie is really a very difficult thing to calculate. The best way for you to find out is ask yourself, ask your blogging friends. Or the easiest way? Don't even think about it. You will find your way somehow if you're really committed to blogging.

So. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below!


  1. I think if you prove yourself to be consistent and make a name for yourself you're no longer a newbie. I don't really consider myself a complete newbie anymore, but there's plenty I still have to learn:]
    I don't think you're a newbie either ;]

  2. This is a really great post! I'm definitely still a newbie blogger, so I have a lot to learn. :) I'm curious to see at what point I'll stop considering myself a newbie. Blogging is still pretty new to me, and I'm not completely used to it yet. But so far it's been really fun, and I'm glad I decided to start my blog. :)

  3. I like this post! (: I have to say, I'm just about to reach my six month mark and I still feel like a complete newbie. Even with about 250 followers, lovely blogger friends and posting almost daily, I still feel like I'm not really *there* yet. But then you have to ask yourself where *there* is, or rahter, what *there* is.

    At the end of the day, I don't mind feeling like a newbie because I know that there is still so much for me to learn but I know that I love my blog, I love bloggers and I love blogging. And that, for me, is brilliant. Everything else will just... sort itself out xD

    But I do really like this post (:


  4. Great post :) I definitely agree that you have to be yourself. And even after a long time blogging there is still so much to learn! Love this post! :)