In the past 2 weeks, this blog has been something I look forward to every single day. The moment I discovered the community, I took time to explore more and more blogs. This little icon became the highlight of my day:
It meant a like, that someone appreciates something I said. It meant a comment, that someone took the time to respond to my words. I felt a sense of belonging, a sense of acceptance. I enjoyed interacting with brilliant minds who are going through different things and are here for various reasons. I read poems, short stories, confessions, history, quotes, educational posts. It was interesting and exciting.
This community became my happy place.
Up until I got my first negative comment. It was like a slap in the face, a punch in the gut. All the positive thoughts were replaced with pain in those few seconds of reading it.
Suddenly, I was questioning if I should even blog in the first place. That maybe I shouldn’t even be putting my thoughts out here in the blogosphere. That maybe what I feel, what I think about… is not worthy to be conveyed.
I don’t deal with negativity that well, I guess. I know, I know. I’m a sensitive crybaby, but people should be more gentle. You don’t have to agree on everything, but be tactful and polite. I already have my battles to deal with, and I don’t need that kind of stress here. I’m not saying this just for me, but for everyone else out there who uses this blog as an outlet.
My blog posts have encouraging thoughts and my tone is usually upbeat, and that’s because this is where I want to turn to when I feel down… hoping others may also find this to be a soothing place. I want to read my own words, and take my own advice. I collect inspiration and motivation and put them on here. I also put on random things I like in music, poetry, etc.
After that though, I had to convince myself NOT to stop writing. I know I have to be more tough, especially with a growing audience. Not everyone will like the things I post about or the way I write. That’s just reality.
That being said…
You have no idea what someone is going through on the other side of the screen.
Their blog could be their only solace in this chaotic world and safe place from their own monsters within.
Please think about that the next time you have the urge to write a negative comment in someone’s blog.
As a reminder to myself when I feel like giving up on my blog, I made a happy corner where you, my wonderful fellow bloggers can share good things. Do drop by if you feel like it.