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Bloggers Are People Too

 

Bloggers are people, with flaws and feelings. They provide a diverse range of perspectives on limitless topics. Plus I’ve never met a blogger I didn’t like.

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I love reading blogs. It’s an awesome medium because it allows people who may not have otherwise been able to have their thoughts voiced on a wide scale.

Someone doesn’t even need to use perfect spelling and grammar to publish a blog, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have amazing things to say.

I’ve learned so much from reading blogs. Blogs provide detailed insight into the lives, thoughts and experiences of an enormous range of people. Bloggers share things that often a lot of people are thinking, but not saying. I’ve read blogs and been moved because I thought I was the only one who felt like that but there it is in black and white my thoughts in someone else’s words.

Or maybe it’s something I’ve never thought of; a perspective I would never have considered or have asked to have someone explain to me – and even if I don’t necessarily agree – at least I now understand where they’re coming from.

However, bloggers can also get it wrong. Bloggers are just people. Take what they say with about as much weight as you would if they were a stranger in the supermarket giving you advice. Especially if it’s medical advice. If a blogger is giving advice that contradicts leading health authorities be very wary.

If they raise some concerns for you – talk to a doctor. Get a second, third or fourth opinion until you’re satisfied, but don’t take a bloggers word for it. They could be misinterpreting their sources, or they could be profiting from spreading misinformation, or they could actually be right, but bottom line is – don’t trust a blogger with your life.

Also bloggers can change their mind as they develop their opinion or take on new information. So they might write one thing one day and 6 months later write something completely contradictory. People change. It’s what people do.

But even if you don’t agree with someone it’s important to remember that there is a person behind the keyboard.

Often bloggers pour their hearts into their writing so before you rip them apart ask yourself – Would I say this to a person’s face?

Recently a blogger shared a humorous piece about a misadventure involving child’s balloon flying across the carpark at Bunnings. She turned what sounded like a really stressful morning into an amusing blog post.

Yet someone who was not amused decided it was appropriate to insult the blogger, her writing style and her parenting. When she was called out on for this unwarranted attack she defended herself by saying to the effect of –  “Well, it was posted on the internet for people to comment on. I’m just giving my opinion.” ***

That’s really not how it works. You don’t get a free pass to say whatever you want to someone “just” because they’re a blogger. Bloggers are real people, with real feelings and if you’re not nice on the internet, you’re not nice.

And finally! Do you want to know how to make a bloggers day?

If you read a blog post and think – hey that was a great blog post. I really enjoyed reading that.

If you have 10 seconds to spare, leave them a comment. Even if it’s just “Hey that was a great blog post. I really enjoyed reading that.”

That’s it. That would make my day at least and I’m sure it would give most bloggers a bit of a boost!

So, to recap. Bloggers are people, so they’re fallible, have feelings and appreciate positive feedback.

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*** To clarify – the person leaving the nasty comment defended herself – then shortly after deleted her comments entirely. I think I had too many “her”s and “she”s in that sentence without differentiating between one and the other. See. Blogger. Getting it wrong. 😉 

About Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner.She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum.She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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25 comments

  1. great post! a timely reminder for others!

  2. great post! a timely reminder for others!

  3. Yes it’s sometimes easy for keyboard warriors to forget the human behind the blog!

  4. Yes it’s sometimes easy for keyboard warriors to forget the human behind the blog!

  5. Yep. We really aren’t just words on a screen.

  6. Lovely. Can’t believe someone would write something rude on that hilarious post.
    “If you’re not nice on the Internet, you’re not nice.” So, so true.

  7. Lovely. Can’t believe someone would write something rude on that hilarious post.
    “If you’re not nice on the Internet, you’re not nice.” So, so true.

  8. Liv @ eeniemeeniemineymum

    Hiya 🙂 Liv here from eenie meenie miney mum…. author of the post about my mummy fail at Bunnings. I actually don’t think I ever defended myself (as it were) by saying I’m just posting my opinion regarding that article. I never really defended myself at all… Because I didn’t think I needed to. I wasn’t posting an opinion about Bunnings or having a go at them at all… At the end of the article I thanked them in fact and stated pretty plainly that it was clearly my fail not theirs 😉 yes some people misinterpreted it and didn’t understand the self deprivations humour, and that was disappointing… But I wouldn’t say I ever suggested that it was ok for people to bash me cos it’s just an opinion

    • Hi! Whoops sorry! I’ve edited the post. I meant the person leaving the comments defended her comments (before she deleted them, so hopefully that means she had a re-think) as being her right to just say whatever she wanted because it was posted on the internet.

      Also, it’s a shame people don’t get self deprecating humour. I think it’s the best kind.

    • Hi! Whoops sorry! I’ve edited the post. I meant the person leaving the comments defended her comments (before she deleted them, so hopefully that means she had a re-think) as being her right to just say whatever she wanted because it was posted on the internet.

      Also, it’s a shame people don’t get self deprecating humour. I think it’s the best kind

  9. Liv @ eeniemeeniemineymum

    Hiya 🙂 Liv here from eenie meenie miney mum…. author of the post about my mummy fail at Bunnings. I actually don’t think I ever defended myself (as it were) by saying I’m just posting my opinion regarding that article. I never really defended myself at all… Because I didn’t think I needed to. I wasn’t posting an opinion about Bunnings or having a go at them at all… At the end of the article I thanked them in fact and stated pretty plainly that it was clearly my fail not theirs 😉 yes some people misinterpreted it and didn’t understand the self deprivations humour, and that was disappointing… But I wouldn’t say I ever suggested that it was ok for people to bash me cos it’s just an opinion

  10. Liv @ eeniemeeniemineymum

    Ps I think this is a great article and raises a very very very important point! If you’re not nice on the internet you’re not nice! I wish more people thought of it like that. Well done on a great post! X

  11. Liv @ eeniemeeniemineymum

    Ps I think this is a great article and raises a very very very important point! If you’re not nice on the internet you’re not nice! I wish more people thought of it like that. Well done on a great post! X

  12. Hi! Whoops sorry! I’ve edited the post. I meant the person leaving the comments defended her comments (before she deleted them, so hopefully that means she had a re-think) as being her right to just say whatever she wanted because it was posted on the internet.

    Also, it’s a shame people don’t get self deprecating humour. I think it’s the best kind.

  13. Eenie meenie miney mum

    As the author of the Bunnings post you mentioned in this article, I really appreciate this point of view! Bloggers ARE people, with thoughts and feelings. Tbh when I wrte that Bunnings article it was just a funny filler for my blog and I never expected 25 thousand people to read it! Lol such is the internet I suppose. What I learnt from it though was firstly… Clearly not everyone gets my sense of humour lol… I was actually astonished there were people that thought I seriously blamed Bunnings for wha happened. To me it was clear that it was a joke, to a small subset of people on the internet I was absolutely definitely seriously blaming my parenting mishap on Bunnings. And secondly, I learnt that I can’t let mean people get to me. This one was a tough one because I’m a super sensitive human and when people are unnecessarily mean it hurts! i kept thinking, if I was sitting down for a coffee with this person, relating my Bunnings misadventure to them in person.. Would they say these awful things to my face? i like to think not. what you’ve said is a million percent true.. If you’re nt nice on the Internet… You’re not nice!! X

  14. Eenie meenie miney mum

    As the author of the Bunnings post you mentioned in this article, I really appreciate this point of view! Bloggers ARE people, with thoughts and feelings. Tbh when I wrte that Bunnings article it was just a funny filler for my blog and I never expected 25 thousand people to read it! Lol such is the internet I suppose. What I learnt from it though was firstly… Clearly not everyone gets my sense of humour lol… I was actually astonished there were people that thought I seriously blamed Bunnings for wha happened. To me it was clear that it was a joke, to a small subset of people on the internet I was absolutely definitely seriously blaming my parenting mishap on Bunnings. And secondly, I learnt that I can’t let mean people get to me. This one was a tough one because I’m a super sensitive human and when people are unnecessarily mean it hurts! i kept thinking, if I was sitting down for a coffee with this person, relating my Bunnings misadventure to them in person.. Would they say these awful things to my face? i like to think not. what you’ve said is a million percent true.. If you’re nt nice on the Internet… You’re not nice!! X

  15. Hi! Whoops sorry! I’ve edited the post. I meant the person leaving the comments defended her comments (before she deleted them, so hopefully that means she had a re-think) as being her right to just say whatever she wanted because it was posted on the internet.

    Also, it’s a shame people don’t get self deprecating humour. I think it’s the best kind

  16. I totally agree. I used to be a fashion blogger and would get so many rude comments from strangers who thought it was appropriate and acceptable to tear me to pieces for not looking like a supermodel, having a certain opinion or not being who they thought I should be and a lot of the time that arrogant and ignorant excuse of “If it is on the internet then it is fair game” was used. So ridiculous!

  17. I totally agree. I used to be a fashion blogger and would get so many rude comments from strangers who thought it was appropriate and acceptable to tear me to pieces for not looking like a supermodel, having a certain opinion or not being who they thought I should be and a lot of the time that arrogant and ignorant excuse of “If it is on the internet then it is fair game” was used. So ridiculous!

  18. I totally agree. I used to be a fashion blogger and would get so many rude comments from strangers who thought it was appropriate and acceptable to tear me to pieces for not looking like a supermodel, having a certain opinion or not being who they thought I should be and a lot of the time that arrogant and ignorant excuse of “If it is on the internet then it is fair game” was used. So ridiculous!