Today, I decided to do some internet research...
The reason for this research was because a blogger that I had been communicating with, basically dropped of the face of the Earth, and I had no idea why. You see, I have about a handful of blogs that I will read daily, and then there are about twenty/twenty-five that I frequent every week. These are my go-to blogs. The ones that I absolutely love reading. For all the rest, I rely on my Bloglovin. But my blog reading habits are not the basis of this post, and I shouldn't even have to justify them.
What is the basis of this post, is what happened when I decided to Google said blogger, and was introduced into the world of blogger-bashing forums (my definition). Basically a lot of shit was said about this blogger, and she had had enough. She closed up shop, deleted her social media, and became a ghost again, due to all the mean and assine comments people were making about her and her blog.
Ok, I'm not here to side with or defend anyone, because I wasn't there, and I was never one of the people that was supposedly screwed over by her, but I truly thought that blogging was supposed to be about building community, not tearing people down and acting like we are in high school again. And yeah, I guess you can say that I drank the water, and my delusional state of riding around on unicorns that shit rainbows is growing out of control.
After reading a couple pages of the forums, I decided to Google this here blog. To my knowledge, nothing bad has ever been said about me or my blog- but then again, I really don't think that I give people anything to bitch about. And I am happy for that.
But back to what I was saying... I thought blogging was about individuality, kindness, sharing knowledge, making friends, being real, supporting, and so much more. I DIDN'T think it was about hurtful comments, being mean, tearing people down, talking behind someone's back, being an asshole, etc. etc. I mean, if you don't like someone's blog, keep it to yourself. Don't be an ass and broadcast your comments all over the internet. That's just rude. No one is making you read someone else's blog. Believe it or not, I actually read a comment referring to a blog friend of mine, in which the writer said that she and her friend had just read the blog to make fun of the writer. Ok, that is mean, and hurtful. Would you really want someone saying that about your blog?
Sure, if people are making comments about you and your blog, and you have some pretty thick skin, you can ignore them. BUT for some people, it's not that easy. In a really messed up way, blogger-bashing forums are just another way to bully someone, except in this case and point, the bullies don't use their real names. Cowards.
I could go on, but I'm going to choose not to.
Moral of the post: Don't be an asshole.