oh, the internets.
Welcome to this week’s installment of “Unpopular Opinions”…
In the past six weeks or so, a bit of a revolution has been taking over the referral lists for a lot of healthy living bloggers—a little website called Get Off My Internets. The bulk of the site is made up of two different parts. The main site is a well-written, comedic blog spotlighting the best, worst and most hilarious of blogs out there. I’ve found myself laughing out loud more than once. Partially because they tend to like to bash on Bloomington because my hometown is apparently big enough for both me* and one of the most popular fashion bloggers on the internet.
*Who am I kidding, really? This town is home to Nobel Prize winners and John freaking Mellencamp, neither Jessica Quirk nor I are really a blip on the Bloomington, Indiana radar.
I digress, the second, and what I find most helpful, part of GOMI are the forums. They are 100%, at their core, snark forums. Lots of negativity being thrown around. Some decidedly mean-spirited words that hurt a hell of a lot more than a stick or stone would. It is not a happy-go-lucky place to go if you are a blogger.
But that being said, I think every blogger should go, read and learn. Even if you are bashed to smithereens. And end up in a ball rocking back and forth in the corner.
I’m not saying every word written in the GOMI Healthy Living Bloggers forum is golden advice. What I am saying is that as bloggers, we are here to interact with readers. If you didn’t want to be public and popular, then I’d venture a guess that’d you’d be writing in a pink Barbie diary hidden under your bed instead of on the internet for everyone to see. And guess what, the people writing in these snark forums are your readers, too. And I’d say they are some of the more intelligent ones.
I’ve alluded a few times on this little blog of mine about frustrations with the most popular of blogs. I don’t agree with everything said about everyone on GOMI, but I think a lot of the commentary, while harsh, is spot on. Sure, I’d prefer a kindly-worded e-mail, but I find myself agreeing more often than I’d like admit.
And those are the kind of readers I want. The kind that can see through the veil of celebrity and B.S. to actually recognize the difference between good and bad content. Being Positivity Polly (wow, that’s annoying, I’m never saying that again) means that I wish they could go about it in a less scathing way, but hey, at least they are saying something instead of pandering to the celebrity of popular bloggers. I don’t have the balls to call out people on BTHR.
Honestly, I haven’t made it into the GOMI forums in a snarky way. In fact, I managed to make it into the SOMI (Stay On My Internets) section. But I figure it is only a matter of time, before I make it on there for a terrible picture or a big ass typo (both of which I have a ton). And I may change my tune when someone starts bashing my gray hair.
But for now, I read and absorb. Do I plan on dressing differently just because some snarker says I look like an idiot? No. That’s absurd. But will a pay closer attention to my writing if there is a post with hundreds of responses chiming in about how they hate slang in blog posts? You bet your ass.
Through the harshness, there is a lot to learn. And I think an opportunity to become better at what I do. And for that, I am thankful. Even if it stings
a little a lot.