I don't think any blogger out there thought that by starting a blog it then gave people the right to publicly humiliate them. Just because our blogs are 'out there' doesn't mean that's permission to have someone target you and attack you?... Does it? I write about beauty, not politics, not religion, or other sensitive matters, about beauty. About what mascara I like and the best face cream I've found, I'm not hurting anyone and neither are the thousand other bloggers out there. To me I find it hard to see the justification that warrants the abuse that some bloggers get!
Is No One Safe?Does blogging about a subject automatically mean that I'm opening up the floodgates to attack? If I tweet something that others don't agree with does that also mean I can be attacked? We all know that if you're in the public eye the media will have a field day when you slip up, so does that also apply to social interaction on the Internet to non celebrities? I think the line between reading gossip about your favourite celebrities has crossed over into the 'normal' world. People aren't satisfied by just seeing stars falling off the waggon and reading about traumas in their personal life, people now want to attack everyone and anyone. We've all seen articles about cyber bulling and the effects it has on innocent people. How is what happens in a forum where people attack others ( some of whom they've never met) any different from the cyber attacks we read about? Where does it end? Is no one safe anymore? Is freedom of speech being used in totally the wrong way?
Will it ever change?I don't think for one second that the world is going to change, people WILL attack others, but do we all do it on a daily basis and not know it? Most women (and men) like a gossip every now and then, but when that turns vindictive and nasty that's the time to stop (and most people do). Just think, in your own life would you attack someone as harsh as you do when you're on the Internet? Surly if someone irritated you so much you would confront them face to face? If you don't then you're a coward, and the same should be applied to the Internet world. If you have nothing nice to say don't say it at all!...and certainly don't use anonymity as a way of voicing your opinions! . Be real, if you dislike something at least has the decency to let the person know who is questioning them. Don't hide behind a user name. Own your opinions just like all the bloggers do on a daily basis on their blogs.
Focus on the positiveThe blogging community on a whole is super friendly and there is always someone out there to chat with and ask for help if you need it. We can be the most supportive bunch of people around and I think many would agree with me on this. Lets not forget about the people that are kind and only want to support you. Like most things in life there is good and bad in everything and the most important thing is to not focus on the bad (a lot easier said then done I know!). Focus on the good parts and forget about the rest. Only care about the opinions of the people that matter, the people that know you. After all how can someone really cast their view on you unless they really know you?