Have you ever noticed how much fake stuff there is?
In the real world we see fake Rolex’s and other knock-offs. There are also fake breasts, fingernails, hair, eye lashes, tattoos, fake foods engineered to (sort of) taste like the real thing, fake weather conditions including snow and the list goes on.
Online and in print media we see fake in the form of air brushing or Photoshopping.
On social networking sites, pedophiles take on a fake identity to scam young children.
On blogs we see fake, too. It may come in the form of plagiarized content or stolen photos.
We see evidence of fake in product reviews; reviews which make products and/or services sound magical. You know the ones; if we buy the product or service it can (possibly) make us rich, skinny, popular, etc…
For us bloggers, doubt may set in when we see an affiliate link.
Sadly, what some bloggers are truthfully sharing can be labeled as fake, too.
Although it’s normal to ask, “Is this person telling the truth?”, or, “Are they only interested scamming us out of our hard earned money?”, skepticism doesn’t stop there.
We also see it in comments.
On my How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains From Carafes, Pitchers and Thermos Bottles post, published on my Observation Mountain blog, several of the comments verify this.
Some who commented said, in part,
Was a skeptic like some of the rest…
Ok…I read all the comments and said to myself “yeah, right!”. I just came back from the kitchen…I tried it and OMG!!! One of the first tips I’ve found that REALLY works!!!!!
The first time I read the doubting words, I was somewhat surprised. I knew I told the truth and knew what I shared worked. That said, it pleased me to hear what I had shared was beneficial.
So it makes me wonder, how many people spend time online but doubt the validity of what they read?
How many bloggers bend the truth to earn a buck, or to appear to be an expert, or …?
How many blog posts are written for search engines instead of for the readers?
How do honest bloggers feel when others are skeptical about what they post?
When you read blogs, are you skeptical of what the blog author posted?
Has anyone ever questioned the validity of your words?
Care to share?