I Get No Respect – How to Avoid the Rodney Dangerfield Approach to Blogging

by Nicole Branigan on October 13, 2009 · 3 comments

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield

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Rodney Dangerfield was (and remains) one of the most legendary comedies of the 20th century. He dazzled and offended with the best, and his one liners live on to this day. His “I get no respect” bit was a hit with my parents, and remains one of the funniest today. But as a blogging concept, Dangerfield’s mantra simply doesn’t compute.

If you want respect, earn it. There are millions of blogs on the internet, all competing for recognition. In order to be successful, build a solid foundation of loyal readers. If your blog offers helpful information and an interesting read, visitors will share your information with others, helping you earn respect on the web.

Your voice is unique and has something to offer – make sure your readers know that! Establish yourself as an authority on your specific topic. Avoid using phrases like “I feel” or “I think”. These will make you appear unsure of the topic you are writing about. And remember, no typos! Proofread, then proofread again! Even the rarest of misprints will distract your loyal readers from your message, and you may lose your credibility because of this.

Remember, gaining loyal readers and earning respect will not happen overnight. Defining your brand and marketing your expertise will take time, work and patience. Stay positive, because the “I get no respect” attitude may do wonders for stand up, but will do nothing to make your blog successful.

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Gina October 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

All roads lead to Rodney Dangerfield

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jarid October 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

If there is one thing I hate more than pop singers, its internet retard spellers. I cant stand misspelled words online. There is no feasible explanation for anything on the old interweb to ever be spelled wrong. Most times the computer can pick up on a misspelled word no matter where you type it. And if you don’t know how to spell a word, you always have your trusty Google search bar handy in the top right hand corner. I used it twice already. Feasible. Although “interweb” still has a red line under it. LOL.

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Nicole October 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Thank you for your colorful comment, Jarid, and yes, spelling errors are quite annoying. If your blog is laden with spelling errors, how do you expect to gain respect? But I can’t deny a good pop song. Thanks for your input!

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