It’s common knowledge. People are even more rude over the internet than in real life.
I can guarantee that in real life, if I was having a face to face conversation with someone, nine times out of ten, they would not say the rude and awful things that are said online.
Why?? Because when we are on the internet, people feel less of a connection to the other person. There is also a barrier in between them, so it is as if they are not really communicating to another human being. Well, honey, I can assure you that a dog, or even a bear, is not on the other side of the screen.
All bloggers are human.
When I first started blogging, I was constantly researching how to be a great blogger and blah blah blah. You know what the one recurring topic of discussion was?
Stay true to yourself.
Blog and write about what makes you happy.
There will always be rude people who think they know more than you and will leave nasty comments.
Not everyone online is nice.
You will not always get to work with every company you apply for.
You need thick skin as a blogger.
When Dealing With Other Bloggers
Throughout my blogging journey, I have made some great friends.
The internet is a great thing.
It can easily make the world seem so much smaller and allows you to make friends from around the country. Through a Facebook group that I am one of the admins for, I have had the privilege to develop some really strong relationships, and I cannot be more thankful for those people in my life.
However, the world seeming smaller can also have a terrible effect on us. During my blogging time, I have also seen some nasty things occur in the blogging world.
This made me realize that you absolutely cannot please everyone. If someone doesn’t like you or what you are doing, sometimes you just need to brush it off and not take it personally. Having thick skin will really get you through mean people online.
Plus, no matter where you go, there will always be mean girls.
Even on the internet.
Just forget about them and just be you, boo.
When Dealing With Companies
Before I started blogging, I had no clue about the amount of opportunities that were available to bloggers. Almost any company is willing to work with bloggers in order to increase their reach.
However, there is a catch. Just because you reach out to a brand, does not guarantee that they will accept you to work with them.
It’s this rejection that bloggers need to be aware of and have thick(ish) skin prior to contacting brands. Like I said in this previous post about rejection, use everything as a learning experience to grow as a person and blogger.
When Dealing With Non-bloggers
I also know first-hand how hard it is to get family and friends (who are non-bloggers) to understand my love for blogging. Every blogger knows how long it takes to be successful and is far too familiar with those long nights just to get a couple more page views to boost your brand.
It is also such a new career path, that many people do not seem to agree with it. There were many times this past summer when I would still be sitting at the kitchen table late at night and my dad would say,”You’re still ‘playing’ on the computer? Aren’t you wasting your time?”
No, I am not “playing” and I am not wasting my time. As of right now, I do not consider blogging my job, but someday (way down the line) it could be my real job. It is more than a hobby for me, it has actually become my lifestyle.
Even ask Cory, my boyfriend, who got peeved because he was hungry but I made him wait so I could take this picture just to post on social media.
My advice is that if this is something you love, keep working. Keep working hard. I promise that if you keep up with what you dream about, then you will be successful and eventually be able to prove that blogging is a real thing. On the internet, you will encounter so many more situations than just these, which is why you need thick skin as a blogger. I am still working on this, but have seen some improvements in how I personally handle comments online. I hope that if you are a blogger, you have or will develop thick skin and do not take too many things online to heart.
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