Hi, everyone. I know I haven't been around much the past week. I've been really - well, sort of just blah! I haven't felt like blogging. I don't want to be all "I'm so sick of the blogsphere" but lately, I kinda am, and I just really, really need to get this off my chest, so please bare with me...
posted on this subject, and I feel like I've seen at least one other post on it, but I might just be thinking of all the tweets I've seen echoing the same feelings.
And I think Elizabeth put it perfectly when she said "Maybe this is just blogger burnout on my part, or maybe the climate online really is shifting, I'm not sure." It's something that keeps popping up in my mind. Is the climate online really changing? Is it just a coincidence that so many bloggers are feeling the same way all at once?
I'm inclined to think that it really is changing. When I look around at all the bullying, competition, and self worth issues going around the world today, I'm sort of surprised it's taken this long to migrate into the blogosphere. The question I'm really wrestling with is what to do about it. I'm not a quitter - I'm a fighter. I always have been and I always will be. I'm not going to let a bunch of nastiest scare me away from something I love, but sitting back and taking it isn't exactly the way to deal with it, either. And just not looking can only work for so long - unless I were to disable commenting, stop giving out my email address, and quit Twitter; which isn't going to happen any time soon. But something has to change.
I think the fault partly lies with the bloggers. I think we've forgotten to laugh and the ridiculousness of people who feel the need to tear us down to build themselves up. I remember several months ago when a friend of mine tweeting about a nasty comment she received from someone ripping on her for being "boring" and other such things. I remember laughing at the ridiculousness of it all with her. But lately, I see bloggers complaining about the trolls, and how the blogosphere isn't a positive place anymore. But isn't complaining about the trolls and loss of positivity only adding the negativity? Isn't it just giving into the haters? To be honest, the trolls don't bother me all that much. I occasionally read GOMI (occasionally meaning quite often) and usually walk away from it with a good laugh. What bothers me is seeing girls I know giving into the trolls by talking about it. Complaining about it. Adding to the negativity by going on Twitter and being like "oh I'm so tired of these haters."
Maybe I'm way off base here, but in my experience the best way to fight negativity and cynicism is with positivity. That's what I used to love about the blogsphere. I used to see girls lifting each other up and laughing with each other when random trolls came around complaining. But lately, I don't see that anymore.
It's not the trolls and haters that make me tired of the blogsphere - it's the bloggers who go around complaining about them.
What do you think? Do you agree with me or think I'm a crack pot? Comment and let me know.
I would absolutely love to hear your opinions/thoughts on this matter.