I ain't gonna visit your blog . . .
or profile, or site if you are disingenuous . That's right. If I sense you are fake, forget it. Look, I am attracted to user generated content because of it's authenticity and I don't think I am the only one. We get manipulated every day by traditional media, with an agenda. There is nothing wrong with that, because we know the game. But, when I want something real, I want to be able to trust what I read. I don't want to have to interpret motivations. The beauty is it's your content. It is an extension of you. So don't sell out. Keep it real, let your heart and your mind build momentum.
Authenticity is going to be even more important as 2007 rolls on. Pay per Post is growing. I have no problem with people getting paid to post, but if it is not clearly and loudly disclosed, I am pissed. Blogging, profiles, and the such imply a direct connect with the author and that is the appeal of user-generated content. Let's not lose the appeal. So as Pay per Post grows, authenticity is going to be a differentiator. Make sure you use it to your advantage.
Now check it, there is another reason authenticity or being genuine needs to reign. It should be considered etiquette, and that is how you promote yourself on blogs, social sites and other places. Look, here is the deal, Mybloglog, folks take notice. Don't leave a gratuitous hello, or comment on my profile or blog or site etc. just to get me to come visit your site. Nothing is more irritating than a fake comment, like "nice post" or "I agree, keep it up". Keep it real. I see right through you and so does everyone else. Show me some love, read my stuff and tell me what you really think or don't say anything. Don't do it because you want me or others to visit your site. The Antman has said this more than once, "you gotta give to get", but you gotta give authentically.
OK, I will visit your site, I will visit your blog, I will check out your profile IF . . . your keepin it real baby!!! Oh yeah!