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.
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. 😉