Unless someone asks to be added to a newsletter or email chain don’t add people just because you have our emails off our blogs. That isn’t a good kind of self promotion, it is annoying as shit. Don’t be that person. I block those people for being idiots.
I get so amused when I read debates or social media “arguments” in which a person demands another person “post a public apology.” That shit tickles me to death. I have had three people try to demand I post a public apology on this blog since I created it last year. All three people got a large “fuck you and fuck off.”
Humans are so sensitive these days and they get butt hurt over the smallest things. Before you “demand” someone remove something from their blog ask yourself this one question. What right do you have to make such a demand? Is the post about you directly? Why does it bother you so much?
I get why people engage with trolls. I have and do, but I also get something from it. I get amusement and my readers get entertainment because nothing is ever missed on this website. I will never demand someone write an apology to me on their blog because that is just weak. A demanded apology? Really? When I was a child my mother would demand I apologize to my sister or brother. Guess how much I meant them? So why would I ever want to accept a halfhearted, half assed attempt at mollifying my feelings?
If you write it own it. Even if the world comes crashing down upon you, own your views and don’t allow others to intimidate you into changing your opinions. They will try, they have tried on me and they will try on others, but always remember that the person that demands that others share similar opinion to themselves is not looking for “friends.” They are looking for a congregation to preach too and we aren’t sheep are we?
One last thing. I feel the need to say that I don’t care how many “followers” you have on your social media platforms. I don’t care if you have 200,000 twitter followers or even 1 million blog subscribers. That isn’t going to make me bend over and kiss your ass. If anything attempting to intimidate me will only gain you my attention. You really don’t want my attention in a negative way.
I get a lot of amusement browsing blogs and seeing what everyone finds so important. Every day there is something new that bloggers are ranting about in their separate corners of WordPress. One of the main debates that always draws attention are conversations on the “follow button” and how it should be used. We all have different ethics on what exactly it means to “follow” another blogger or to become a subscriber. What kind of dedication that entails is dependent on the individual blogger and how they view blogging. To me the “follow button” merely means I saw something interesting on your site, post, or blog and you have made it to my reader. From there it is like any magazine or newspaper, you are tasked with having to catch my attention each time you want me to read your writing or posts.
I have read that some bloggers view the follow button as a strong commitment. They see it as a promise that you not only find that person’s site interesting, but that you will continue to be a reader of that blog regardless what that blogger publishes. That is not the case at all, but people love to romanticize relationships and ferment bonds because humans like to create commitments according to their own personal standards. Bloggers that view the subscribe button in that way generally aren’t considering how the “follower” views things, they are only portraying how much value they place in that form of connection. If only authors could do that as well right? “You bought one of my books! You are now a fan for life and there is no turning back! Thank you for your lifelong support!” It would be nice if that were how publishing worked as well.
Just blog people and worry about the portion you control when it comes to social media and interaction. You can control how far you extend your hand and how hard you try to grow your network. A person cannot ever control how much another person meets them back, that is simply not a rational way of viewing blogging or life in general. That is why I find it is not only pointless to have these long debates on what exactly the follow button means, but it is also wasted energy that could be better used at pushing your own blog. The sad part is most of these arguments I have come across are between bloggers that claim they “have no interest in followers or numbers.” Then what are you so upset about? Are you truly that mad that some “random people” followed you and don’t comment, or are you instead angry at yourself that you can’t crack the code on how to get those people to leave a comment?
I understand the frustration because we all want dialogue. We want feedback and reviews on our work, that is why we put so much time into our posts. I do “get” why people grow frustrated and angry at what they perceive as “fake follows,” but that anger is misplaced because it is counterproductive. These feelings also create misconceptions on what other bloggers are doing. I have read the comments and accusations that anyone with over 1,000 “followers” is not a real blogger and instead is a marketer. While many bloggers do push products and are here to market, I would caution people to really look at what a blogger is “doing” before mislabeling them. Often people jump to conclusions about what I myself am doing on HarsH ReaLiTy either from ignorance or jealousy. That comes with the territory and I accept that, but again I encourage bloggers to put their energy to better use. Just blog people.
OH that was just a fight in the kitchen! I appreciate the break down and mention, did you really instagram that? That is funny lol. -OM
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I had just read an epic flame war between Opinionated Man and some chick/or guy going by the name Medusajoe.
In the argument, very clearly, Medusajoe is questionable. And I mean is this Medusajoe crazy??? Mentally ill? Or is Medusajoe just okay, but is a fanatic and asshole?
Here is my Instagram of Medusajoe being crazy weird in making statements about an Eubola Vaccine being used. …This is wrong because actually: There Is No Eubola Vaccine that is not experimental right now. And Medusajoe argued that the MMR Vaccine causes Autism.
And, unfortunately, Medusajoe is wrong about Autism ever being caused by the Measles/Mumps/Rubella Vaccine. …But you or me can’t convince Medusajoe because he’s religious-like in being sure without pretty stable facts from sources that can be read by you and me for us to verify. …Or maybe Medusajoe does have sources. But I really am sure…
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I won’t respin much anymore other than a couple posts I have scheduled. Guys if the post shows up on your reader, but you get no email notification it is a respin/reschedule of an old post. I’ll press on with all new stuff, but my blogging is now restricted in some ways. I’ll work around it. Also WordPress has been causing bloggers to unfollow my blog without their knowledge. I’ve had several people ask what happened because they thought I had stopped blogging. This website will always be here. I encourage people to just save it as a favorite because there may come a day where WordPress creates rules that makes life hard for powerbloggers. If they do I will still have the domain. I do appreciate everyone’s support. There have been a number of you around since the first few months and I get as much encouragement off your success as any milestone. I’m not just saying that. We feed off one another WordPress. It is a foot race, but we don’t have to compete.
I want to leave you all with a poem that is dear to my heart. I wrote it just now and want to share it before I go to bed.
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Some people are poo poo.