I hate that I'm writing this post, but I feel like I have to get it off my chest. It's a little ridiculous that this has to be said, especially because it's something I'm constantly saying to the 5 year old children in my class...
Over the last few weeks I've sat and watched from my own little blogging corner and I've noticed something that's made me kind of sad about the blogging world. It's something I didn't realise was happening, until it started to happen more and more often. Tell me, ladies and gents, when did we all stop being nice to each other??
I've witnessed people being bullied, verbally attacked, discredited, reported and had their name dragged through the mud - to name just a few of the things that have been going on - and all are completely unnecessary and unavoidable. When I started blogging a few years ago I was overwhelmed by the kindness and support that I felt was literally pouring out from the blogosphere in buckets. When did that stop happening? When did blogging get so bitchy? When did people start thinking they own things that they don't, and when did people start thinking it was okay to steal content that wasn't theirs?
It makes me sad that some of the things that have been going on have driven people to tears, caused people to quit blogging altogether and made people feel the need to take some time away. Blogging is a hobby for most - it's supposed to be fun, a bit of light relief. It's a shame that there's a select crowd that are creating drama and pulling antics worthy of any primary school playground. We're talking about grown adults here, who should absolutely know better.
Of course, there's always going to be the odd anonymous hateful comment on a blog, as there always has been, but that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about people targeting and attacking others on social media.
It has got to stop!
I can't count the number of friends I've had to console over the last few weeks because of various incidents. Quite frankly, if this is how it's going to be in the blogging world, then I want out!
Fellow bloggers, please. I implore you, let's just be kind to one another?
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