** Warning – Ranting and venting post ahead **
I am a blogger. I love blogging. I love to write. Being a blogger has not only afforded me some wonderful and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities but also some friends that I love dearly. I am happy and honored to not only call other bloggers my friend, but also PR reps and publicists. Even if I never meet these people in person, they are still very much friends to me.
Over the years the blogging world (or “blogoshere” as some people refer to it as) has exploded. It seems like there are hundreds of blogs popping up every day. Some people blog to keep family and friends up to date on their lives, other people blog about things they are passionate about like crafts or sports. Even one time I found a blog of a guy that posted all the times he did a bet on the kentucky derby, for the last 10 years. Whatever reason people have to start a blog is perfectly fine with me. I love reading other people’s blogs. I personally subscribe to dozens of blogs that I read as often as I can.
Most bloggers that I know are wonderful people. I know mom bloggers, female bloggers, dad bloggers and male bloggers. I love how there is an opportunity for anyone who loves to write to blog.
There are also people who clearly should NOT be blogging. Instead of writing a blog to entertain, enlighten or educate people they use their blogs to spread lies and hatred. Usually those people are bitter and jealous of the success of other bloggers. Either that or their lives are so miserable that they want to spread their misery to as many people as they can. These people need to get a life!
Some bloggers go so far as to make garbage up just to drum up traffic and to get people talking about their website or blog post, even if it comes at the expense of innocent people.
It recently came to my attention that some bloggers looking for attention decided to write posts to blast an innocent person – someone I know well – all for the sake of some notoriety.
I cannot believe that adults and so called professionals would make up stuff about people they don’t know, without getting their facts right, and post blasphemous things. Exactly what do they think they are accomplishing by doing that? Traffic? Having people talking about you and your post? Is that really worth spreading lies and rumors about someone? I think that makes you a horrible person if you drag someone through the mud just for the sake of a few points on your Klout score and an extra Twitter follower or two.
If you read a lot of blogs like I do and come across a post that blasts someone about something, what do you do? Do you take what the bloggers has to say as “facts”, or do you do your own investigating? Do you stop and think that there are two sides to every story? Do you believe everything the blogger has to say? What gives that blogger the authority to make such claims? Are they an expert or something?
Take everything you read with a grain of salt and always keep it in your mind that not everything you read online is the truth and that there ARE bloggers out there that are bitter and jealous of other bloggers and will do anything they can to boost themselves into the stratosphere, even at the expense of others.
It makes me sad to think that there are so-called adults who act like the big bullies on the playground and try and push and shove people out of their way, and put people down, just for their own personal gain or amusement.
If you read a lot of blogs and happen to come across a blog post one day that goes off and blasts someone you don’t know, about a situation you know nothing about, don’t always believe what you read. Chances are it’s just their lame attempt to bring traffic to their site and nothing more.