Here’s to the Rebel Bloggers

I love rebel bloggers. One minute I’m scrolling through my Google reader, and the next thing I know an audacious headline reaches out, grabs me by the neck and threatens to slap every speck of conventional blogging wisdom clean out of my head.

Of course then I simply have to keep reading even though it’s risky business to open up a post written by someone who obviously slammed seven shots of Crazy for breakfast and polished off a plateful of Bravado for lunch.

Risky business, indeed.

While everyone in Blogtopia insists the only way to get to Point B from Point A is by following the highlighted areas on the Mega Blogger RoadMap, the rebel blogger grabs the map, shakes it out, and holds it up to the light. And that’s when you see the gaping holes that have been there all along.

Left hook to the ego and down you go.


Then, when you’re sprawled out on the floor wondering how you’re ever going to patch up that map, the rebel blogger tells you what your blogging life could look like if you simply scrapped that sucker altogether.

Impossible!” you think. But then, as you pick yourself off the floor, dusting bits of broken pride off the seat of your pants, you wonder, “What if?”

Love them or hate them, agree or disagree, that’s what blogging rebels do. They stomp all over our precious blogging beliefs until all that remains is our imagination–that place inside us that dares to wonder, “What if I went this way instead of that way?”

And another rebel blogger is born.

Today I’m applauding three rebel bloggers:

Abubakar Jamil for having the courage to ask, ‘Are Guest Posts Really Worth the Effort?

Everett Bogue for turning off comments and writing, ‘7 Ways to Invest Your Time (Besides Commenting on Blogs).

Preeti Bhatt for staying true to herself and sharing her, ‘Top 10 Reasons Why I am Not on Twitter.

Thank you all for holding the map up to the light.

Your turn: Are you a rebel blogger? Feel free to salute your favorite rebels in the comments.

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58 Responses to Here’s to the Rebel Bloggers

  1. Ryan Biddulph September 21, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Jean,

    Not sure if I’m a rebel blogger, I’ll let my readers decide.

    I do write contrarian posts on occasion and like to spice things up with topics most wouldn’t understand.

    More than anything it’s important to blog from your heart. Take a stand and let your voice be heard. You’ll pi** off some and others will love you for it.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Ryan Biddulph recently posted..How to Draw Leads to Your Network Marketing Business Like Teenage Girls to a Justin Bieber Appearance

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      Hi Ryan. I think if we keep blogging for a long period of time we’ll all have moments of ‘rebeldom’ where we’ll reject conventional wisdom and follow our hearts. Now, whether or not we’ll have the courage to come out and express our thoughts in a post is another matter!

  2. rob white September 21, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    Great perspective, Jean. It is wise to remind ourselves that there really are no rules when it comes to blogging. Certainly we can model our efforts on what has been successful, but if we are to break out of the pack we simply cant follow the herd and chase every new trend or toy. With persistence, a sincere, authentic message will triumph.

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:38 am #

      It’s so easy to fall into the ‘I have to do it this way’ trap, especially for new bloggers. You’re absolutely right, Rob. There are no rules!

  3. Jake LaCaze September 21, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    Kudos for praising the bad boys. Most of the time, they’re saying or doing things that we all wish we could say or do.
    Jake LaCaze recently posted..Stop Making Excuses For Giving Crappy Service

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:40 am #

      The longer I do this blogging thing, the more I appreciate authentic voices, Jake. It’s a good thing when thinking gets challenged.

  4. Abubakar Jamil September 21, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Thank you Jean for having the Genes to appreciate a well intentioned rebellion. :)

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:42 am #

      I loved your rebellion! It is good for all of us when someone has the good sense and courage to show that just because something is always done a certain way, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the ‘right’ way.

  5. Karen September 21, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Funny how writing something that you believe in, regardlesss of it’s popularity, makes you a rebel :-)

    I think it’s important to offer your viewpoint, even if it’s against what everyone else is saying. There are more people who will come out and support you – they were just waiting for a rebel/leader to say it first. Plus, a little controversy never hurt anyone’s traffic :-)
    Karen recently posted..Why We Sabotage Ourselves and How to Stop

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Karen. I think a lot of us question conventional wisdom yet when we see how it seems to work out well for some successful blogger we convince ourselves it’s right for us too. That’s why I really appreciate those independent views that remind us there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy.

  6. Rosemary Hannan September 21, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I’m still fumbling around the blogosphere trying to find a map of my own and somewhere amidst all the confusion and differing opinions it’s always great to have the Jean Sauer’s and the Abubakar Jamil’s et al. Great and reassuring post Jean!
    Rosemary Hannan recently posted..Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:52 am #

      Hi Rosemary. It really is all about making your own map. It’s taken me some time to learn that!

  7. Srinivas Rao September 21, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I think that it’s really easy to get caught up in a formulaic approach to blogging. The do, this, that, and that to grow your blog. That being said I think there are tried and true strategies that work, but you can’t just take them literally. Jordan Cooper said it best when he told me “it’s like fundamentalists.”

    I think that almost all growth tactics have a diminishing return at some point. I mentioned before that commenting as a way to get traffic to your blog is an COMPLETE waste of time. I don’t do it for traffic, but to build a relationships with the owner of a blog and to participate in the discussion.

    Twitter could have a year long course dedicated to it. I think Twitter becomes useful once you understand what can be done with it. Maybe I’ll write a blog post about it. I was of the anti-twitter camp for a long time. But I’m a fan of it and I can say it’s been instrumental in my growth this quarter.

    As far as the content itself goes and rebelling, I have one saying on this. If you are afraid to push publish, then it’s likely you’ve just written a masterpiece.

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am #

      Jordan Cooper cracks me up :) He’s right on about not taking these strategies literally though.

      Your comment illustrates the importance of keeping an open mind and testing things out vs. simply accepting or rejecting anything automatically.

      I really like your saying on pushing ‘publish,’ by the way!

  8. Sufism World September 21, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    I like it, we all have it within us.
    Sufism World recently posted..Love – the missing piece

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Now, if only we let it come out now and again!

  9. Evelyn September 21, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Jean,
    Thanks for sharing these links. Sometimes it is not easy to go one’s own way, but I find that when I do, I feel right within my heart about it. Being content within and being true to self, is means a lot.

    Thanks for sharing these great posts with us! Definitely makes one think and try to make sense of it all. :)

    Take care,

    Evelyn recently posted..A Happy Countenance Does the Heart Good

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Evelyn. It’s the ‘making us think’ aspect that I love so much. We might still choose to go the way we were planning, but at least we’ll know it’s because it’s the right way for us and not just because everyone else seems to be doing it.

  10. Angela Artemis September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Jean, I loved all three of these posts. I love it when someone has the guts to speak their truth!
    Angela Artemis recently posted..Change Your Life – Teach What You Most Need to Learn

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

      I love it too, Angela. Life (and blogging) is so much more interesting when people march to their own drummer.

  11. Jered September 21, 2010 at 11:52 am #


    There is no doubt in my mind that Abubakar, Everett, and Preeti challenge convention. I think spotlighting these three in particular is an excellent idea, as all three of their posts challenge us to think differently about something.

    I think that’s one of the most endearing things about the blogosphere: the wide range of perspective creates a wide range of diversity that enhances the blogging conversation.

    Thank you for sharing this. And might I add, you have a knack for making me laugh… “Of course then I simply have to keep reading even though it’s risky business to open up a post written by someone who obviously slammed seven shots of Crazy for breakfast and polished off a plateful of Bravado for lunch.”

    I’d like to see a video representation of someone slamming seven shots of Crazy. lol
    Jered recently posted..Leading With Perspective

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Jered, I have a bottle of Crazy sitting in the pantry if you’d like to slam a couple (or seven shots) with me. I ate all the Bravado myself though :)

  12. Sandra Lee September 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Great post, Jean! All three of these posts spoke to me. I always thinks it’s smart to use your brain and not blindly follow convention. You never know what you might learn. It could change your life!
    Sandra Lee recently posted..Sunday reflection- the dreamlike qualities of life

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

      It’s hard to have ‘light bulb’ moments when we don’t think for ourselves. Thanks for stopping in Sandra. It’s always great to see you.

  13. Trish Scott September 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Conventional blogging wisdom??? Guess my dog ate the memo.
    Trish Scott recently posted..Naked in Eden – LIVE!

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

      A blog-memo eating dog . . . we should all have one of those :)

  14. Aileen September 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Interesting post, Jean – you threw me for a loop and then I took a little tour and read these three posts.

    I do love an authentic voice and hearing someones unique view point – and opposing arguments are always interesting.

    After reading each of them, I’m still a fan of guest posts, twitter and commenting. It is important to follow our blogging instinct and do what feels right to us. Your post reminds me that when our blogging instinct feels rebellious – or off of the map – follow it anyway. (off-roading for bloggers)
    Aileen recently posted..Dance is Like a Box of Chocolates

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

      It’s funny, Aileen, because I’m a fan of all of those things too. I often don’t agree with rebel blogger stances, but I love to hear them out and then ask myself, “what if I changed this or that thing about the way I do XYZ?”

  15. Dia September 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    Very nice post. I don’t think I’m a rebel blogger. I like to be diplomatic 😀 However, sometimes being a rebel blogger really does have its benefits. Thanks for sharing
    Dia recently posted..Top reasons for lack of communication in a relationship

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

      Ah, but you are a bit of a rebel at heart, Dia. You are okay with going at your own pace and doing things authentically. That’s rebel blogger behavior :)

  16. Josh September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    If, by rebel blogger, you mean a personal development blogger who cusses a lot, then I believe I count.

    I get lots of hate mail on my fitness blog because I call it the way it is, and since the fitness industry is full of absolute nonsense, that usually gets people feeling some kind of way.

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

      Getting hate mail is a sure sign of being a rebel blogger. Good for you, Josh! Keep cussing and doing things your way.

  17. James King September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    I admire rebels and people that challenge boundaries. Many bloggers sound the same. It’s a great to challenge conventions.

    Somebody that marches to a beat of a different drumer is exciting. Plus a rebel blogger is move likely to stand out.

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

      I hear you on so many bloggers sounding the same, James. Zzzzzzz. Rebel bloggers definitely are stand out bloggers. Now, some people can be fake about being rebels too–true rebels walk their talk.

  18. Lauren September 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Dear Jean,

    I smile anytime I see the word rebel. 😉

    A lovely thing to witness people who think and be outside the box! Isn’t that where creativity thrives?
    Innovative thinking is FUN and ENLIVENING.

    Very cool post – go rebels!

    Warm regards,
    Lauren recently posted..Join The Circle of Fun Acts of Kindness

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

      Hi Lauren. I love that word too–so much I had to write a post around it :) Thanks for stopping in.

  19. Tess The Bold Life September 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    I read all three of these posts before landing here. I only want to say what works for one doesn’t work for another. I listen to my inner voice and if I need to change something I will and I do.
    Tess The Bold Life recently posted..On the Path of Enlightenment- Expand Your Beliefs

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

      Exactly–one person’s subscriber magnet is another person’s reader-repellent. Hey, that sounds like a great post idea :) Here’s to keeping it real!

  20. Henway September 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Good ideas, but I think the term rebel blogger is a misnomer. It’s about being honest, open, and revealing, without being afraid of what other people think. They aren’t rebelling per se against norm consciously.. they’re just writing what they feel like, even though they know they may get flamed/
    Henway recently posted..Finding Support when Dieting

    • Jean Sarauer September 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

      Good points, Henway. I just love the word ‘rebel’ though. Can’t help myself.

  21. Leah McClellan September 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Love it Jean! Love the visual of shaking out the map. I think it’s sort of like “Question Authority.”

    Don’t know if I’m a rebel blogger, exactly, but I’m definitely a slacker on Twitter, definitely a slacker with commenting (not as bad as Twitter, though), and most definitely a royal slacker when it comes to guest posting!

    Oh well, that’s OK. I prefer…hmmm. Maybe it’s called “organic growth blogging” lol Or “the slow growth method.” :) That sounds better than “Damn I just don’t have the time for all that :)
    Leah McClellan recently posted..How Many Ways Can We Harm Someone

    • Jean Sarauer September 22, 2010 at 9:13 am #

      Hi Leah–anytime you steadfastly do your own thing, without scrambling towards whatever is the ‘in’ thing to do in blogging, you’re a rebel blogger. Guess what that makes you? And no, lazy isn’t the word I’m thinking of :)

  22. marie September 22, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    Hi, I wonder why people always want more,why not be happy with the people that you are reaching, I am reaching a few people. I believe these are the people who are meant to find my blog. Big is not always best. cheers from New Zealand, Marie

    • Jean Sarauer September 22, 2010 at 9:17 am #

      Hi Marie. It does seem to be human nature to always want more vs. enjoying what we have. I’m so glad you’re focusing on appreciating the people who have connected with you!

  23. Preeti @ Heart and Mind September 22, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    Jean Dear,

    Thanks for the mention! However, I am shocked to hear I am a Rebel! :-) In reality, I am just a busy (read lazy) blogger who is mom, teacher and home CFO (Read Bill payer)!

    I have read all these posts and they are very interesting. We all do what works for us! Thank you for sharing.
    Preeti @ Heart and Mind recently posted..Top 10 reasons why I am not on Twitter

    • Jean Sarauer September 22, 2010 at 9:20 am #

      Hi Preeti. The focus and attention you give to other priorities in your life makes you a very special rebel. You’re not led by ego or some crazy drive to ‘get’ somewhere with your blogging, so you can enjoy a rich and full life while your beautiful blog grows naturally. I love that!

  24. Farnoosh September 22, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Jean, you are a blogging rebel yourself, a kind, sweet, gentle one but a rebel no less! A rebel in your writing style, writing voice, your approach to story telling, analogies, captivating attention, being sincere with your readers and on and on and on… do it so well and so brilliantly that I dare call you a blogging rebel :)! And I want to be just like you ;)!
    Great great entertaining post…..
    Farnoosh recently posted..Self-discoveries from Watching Films and the Best of TIFF10

    • Jean Sarauer September 22, 2010 at 9:23 am #

      Hi Farnoosh. I think I may have a couple extra rebel hats here we can slip on :) Perhaps we can create a rebel blogging film and enter it at Toronto next year?

  25. {Grow With} Stacy September 22, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Blogging is definitely an individual choice. What works for one won’t work for another. Variety is the spice of life and the blogging world would be boring if all blogs were the same and followed the same ‘rules’! I can’t wait to check out those links!
    {Grow With} Stacy recently posted..More Blogs Not to Miss

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 8:27 am #

      Hi Stacy. Yes, thank goodness for variety and fresh courageous voices!

  26. Keith September 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Jean!

    WOW! This post is awesome and now you’ve gone and got me all fired up and excited about trying new approaches to blogging! See what you’ve started?! :-)

    I can’t wait to dig into those links you’ve shared.
    I thank you.
    Keith recently posted..Love!

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Keith. We all need to have our thinking challenged and shook up now and again Have fun!

  27. Alex@nichesitemarketing September 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Man I love your eloquence Jean.

    You take a patchy old blanket of words and you consistently weave the most intricate quilt of metaphors and analogies.
    You really are the seamstress of words and it is my pleasure to add to your threads

    I don’t consider myself a rebel blogger at all, but I did recently post a controversial post that sparked over 160 comments and became a mini ‘Jerry Springer’ episode. That was actually quite fun – and the traffic spike!

    Thanks for dealing with all my awesome puns, I don;t mean to be so sad – i just love them, besides – I’m only having a….

    Alex@nichesitemarketing recently posted..What the Blog are you talking about

    • Jean Sarauer September 23, 2010 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Alex. What a fun comment :) I loved your controversial post and the conversation (and thought) that grew out of that!

  28. Andrea DeBell - britetalk September 25, 2010 at 12:08 am #

    Hi Jean! Thanks for bringing this unconventional topic to light. I guess you just qualified for as rebel blogger.

    I’d like to say that I’m a rebel blogger because it sounds darn cool. In reality, I’m kind of new in this business so I believe that I’m mostly a conformist blogger at this point.

    I’d like though to salute fellow blogger Sam Thatte for the courage of blogging outside the box using 3×5 cards instead of regular text.

    Loving blessings!
    Andrea DeBell – britetalk recently posted..How to Shamelessly Love Your Bank Balance

  29. Wally September 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    I can see what you are saying. I like for everything to keep changing and I like tha new bloggers that try and can not make it. This shows that there is always change in the business.

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