This post is going to be of a completely different nature than what I usually do. This is something that has been bothering me for some time now. Fortunately, I’m not someone who has had to deal with it here on my blog (nor will I tolerate it), but I’ve seen it other places, and I think it needs some attention.
I’m sick and tired of seeing people being rude to bloggers (vloggers, IGers, etc) in the comments section.
There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behavior. None. Zero. It is not acceptable. It’s not cute. It’s just plain juvenile behavior, and it needs to stop.
I’m going to point out a couple of facts. As a blogger for many years (not just here), I think I am safe in saying I know a bit about the blogging community.
- Most bloggers aren’t doing it for the money, but for the love of the subject. Yes, there are some who do make money from it, or they get freebies from whatever category it is they write in, but for the most part, the rest of us (and the majority) are doing it because we truly enjoy it.
- Saying something negative about a product/company/etc IS NOT BULLYING. If you are giving an honest review of something and you say you don’t like it and why, that does not constitute bullying. Somewhere along the lines, this idea of any kind of negativity being bullying came along, and this is one situation of where it’s not the case. And what kills me is these people who think it is, then badger the reviewer by making nasty comments. Now who is the bully????
- We don’t have to ask for your input. Nope. We don’t. Many of us do because it gives us ideas about things our readers/viewers would like to hear about it, but the truth of the matter is, when we sign up for these services, it’s our names on those accounts, and we can do whatever we want to, and if you don’t like it, tough!
- Blogging/vlogging is not our full time job. Most of us have other jobs, families and miscellaneous other obligations. So if we don’t get to a request immediately, behaving like an idiot isn’t helping matters.
I’ve seen some really disrespectful behavior on some of the blogs lately, and it just seems like it is getting worse. Some of these comments make me think of Veruca Salt and her “I want it now!” behavior. This is just wrong.
Also–parents. If you know your child is viewing these blogs/vlogs and leaving comments, perhaps it’s high time you pay attention to what they are posting! I’d be horribly embarrassed by some of these comments if it were my child. And I suspect a number of the types of comments I’m referring to are made by kids and not adults, simply because of the way they are worded or the nature of the request.
Not sure what I’m talking about? Here are some examples of the kind of comments I’m talking about. (Names removed to protect the not-so-innocent)
Please go back to crafts and not reviews! please make orthodontist stuff! (Not only has this blogger always done both, but this person requests orthodontist stuff over and over and over…)
Does this kind of thing bother you and have you seen much of it?