I am still relatively knew to the blogging world. A couple months in and I hesitate to even call myself a Blogger.
If someone asks about it I am more likely to say "Yes, I blog a little bit" and leave it at that.
Unless I am talking to my mom or Matt, in which case I won't shut up about it.
However, I can say that throughout learning about blogging and the never ending research, tweeting, instagramming, hashtags, webinars, facebook groups and pinning (I barely pin) a lot more goes into a blog than I ever imagined. I spent 40 hours a week at my real life job and at least another 40 cultivating an image on social media that goes along with my brand.
Being someone who blogs means opening up in a way that I never thought I would before. I write what I wish people had been writing when I was going through my hard times. I have taken my twitter and Instagram off private so anyone can follow me, or retweet me, or screenshot my tweets and use them on their own.
While this has increased my interaction with fellow bloggers and I have met some wonderful people, it also opens me up to the world of "online trolls" and people who think they need to get their negative two cents in.
And it hurts.
As much as I wish I was a tough girl, who could ignore the negative comments and the online trolls, I can't.
Recently, I tweeted about something that was going on in the news, and it got picked up by a radio station.
When my co-worker told me I was SO EXCITED because
A) That's pretty cool
B) Maybe it would bring some new traffic here, yano, a girl can dream.
So when I finally looked, I was kinda bummed to see people commenting things like:
"Obviously... Who gives a flying Hoot. The fact hits made such a big deal out of this is gross"
"Anyone with 2 working eyes 👀 should of been able to see that."
While I totally agree these comments could have been waaaay meaner, they also could have been nicer too.
I firmly believe we get back what we put into the world, so I never can quite understand why you would waste your time shaming someone else's opinion.
If no one gives a flying hoot, why waste your time commenting then? Clearly you do give a hoot.
Maybe I asked for this by publicizing all my social medias, but let's just try to put a little bit more positive in the world today, okay? For everyone's sake.