Bullying has been around forever. I remember when a friend was contemplating having children. Her fear was what if her child was picked on? I had to remind her that every child, even the most popular one has been made fun of at some point in time.
Kids can be cruel. I can clearly remember being told I looked like a boy but while I still remember that the only scar that can be seen from it is the fact that I refuse to cut my hair really short. And really, who cares right?
The internet has brought bullying to a new level. I have read several articles on kids attacking classmates via the web. I don’t have an answer to it because how do you manage it? The parents need to be on alert when it comes to their children going online. The schools need to have a better way of dealing with it. And the kids need to understand that cruel words hurt just as much as throwing a punch. A trifecta of a mess is what you have and I am very thankful that I did not grow up in the age of the internet.
But there are blogs out there slamming other blogs. Message boards that do the same. Some are out to just get the truth. Others are out for blood. The reasoning cannot be simplified to someone being jealous. There is more to it than that.
I could blog about a great romance but how would you know if I was telling the truth? More than likely, you wouldn’t care. But if I blogged about great trips, a great house and a perfect family only to have someone do enough research to prove that the house isn’t all that great or it is a rental or that perfect husband and kids really are a pain, then we might just have a problem.
I blog about my life, not afraid to say I make mistakes and let it all hang out for each of you to read. If I blog about a friend’s horrible situation, I make sure to reread in order not to make it sound worse for more hits. If I need prayer, I do the same.
It is like the guy who goes out fishing and tells the tale of the big one that got away. You have to take his word for it unless he has pictures and videos. Then the reader can make up his or her mind as to what to take as the truth and what to just shrug off.
I think some blogs take it a bit far with uncovering the truth. But then again, the blogs that are being targeted are pulling in money hand over fist. I guess that is one thing about this one. I don’t make a cent off it.
I do edit myself and I do pull back from time to time when really I should just share but those times are the ones where others are involved. While I don’t name names, still, it is a matter of respect for the others around me. Some know about the blog and others do not. Some read it and will comment from time to time to me personally.
There are blogs that I love and I list them on the side. They have taken their talent to the next level, something that I aspire. But sharing everything with you might make me a target. And quite frankly the bullying from when I was a kid was enough to last a lifetime.
I try to take everything I read with a grain of salt and I hope that you do to. Unless you personally know the blogger, you don’t know about their life. You are seeing a snapshot and it usually comes to you in edited form.
And the reality is, blogging is difficult. It is sometimes hard to come up with a thought, bang out those words and make it sound interesting enough to get people to click over to read it. For me and this is just my personal opinion, I put my heart in soul into this blog. I want others to read it and think, well, maybe my life isn’t all that bad. Or I want to give them a laugh.
What are your thoughts on sites that are out to only point out the negative? Just click on comment and let me know.