15th August 2016
Why We Need to Spread More Positivity Online.
This post has been a long time coming and is mostly fuelled by some alarming behaviour that I've seen on social media, as well as a general feeling of hostility generating from posts I read on other blogs and even online magazine articles. First and foremost I feel that I should say that I am by no means discounting anyone else's opinions, I do believe we are entitled to think and speak about what we want and we are entitled to form our own views on subjects and events. However, what I do have a problem with is the way that we address those subjects and how a lot of people project their opinions onto others in the form of spiteful, nasty or rude interactions, that are often targeted at individuals for having a different view from them. I love that everyone sees things differently and that we all develop our own views and ideas about things and this can then be filtered into healthy debates and discussions, but when that discussion is replaced with outright bullying or negativity - then we have a serious problem.
Sadly it doesn't quite stop at the odd tweet or status update, I'm also seeing a surge in negative blog posts and articles and with all the other obstacles we have to tackle as women, it just needs to stop. Your blog is your safe space and it is your space to write about whatever you want and to speak out on issues that affect you, but when you are risking directly hurting others - is it really worth it? I've always believed that the best way to combat a problem is to look for a positive solution and surely we can speak on negative issues and turn them into positive experiences in the online world to? A lot of people have commented on the feeling of community in the blogging industry and many female bloggers have empowered them to be better and reach their full potential and it's one of the things that makes our industry great. We have strong women leading the way on such a creative and promising platform and it's something that we should be building and celebrating rather than tarnishing and infecting with nasty
comments and backhanded tweets. I can't believe how lucky we are to even have such a widely recognised hobby that can lead to incredible opportunities and I feel so happy when I see other women being given these opportunities and being rewarded for working hard and making it on their own. Who cares if so and so wore a dress that you thought looked awful on her or you didn't like how someone did their makeup or that they held opposing views to you. The important thing is that they are out there creating content and creating a future for themselves as well as truly expressing themselves and whilst we can discuss differences in opinion, who are we to really judge? And there is a difference between judging someone and simply expressing your opinion on a subject and how you present yourself in your comment really reflects it.
"When you can only write in 140 characters it's extremely easy to come across differently to how you envisioned you would in your own head."