Why I Don’t Let The Haters Get To Me

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who started a blog.

She didn’t really know what a blog was, or that there were literally millions (or so it seems) of other bloggers out there, doing the same thing she was.

She wanted to write. She wanted to make people laugh, and smile, and cry.

She wanted to connect.

As time passed, she met other bloggers and joined forums and online groups to make friends, learn how to be a better blogger, and network with companies. She learned that she could actually make money by writing about products and services that she was using anyway.

Her friends and family said, You go, girl!

She turned her very personal Twitter account into a PR-friendly, social networking tool. Instead of using Twitter to simply talk to other people with similar interests, she had to market herself as a blogger too.

Goodbye, F word. 

She began reading a ton of blogs, commenting and sharing.

Good bye, free time. 

She learned that she had to build a Facebook Fan Page, Google+ Page, lower her Alexa ranking and increase her Klout score.

Goodbye, even more free time. 

She had to learn the basics of HTML and CSS to make her blog pretty, professional and attract readers.

Ugh.

She worried about traffic. How to get new readers, how to keep them reading, how to get them to share her posts with their friends.

She stayed up late at night, reading about SEO. 

She hosted a few giveaways for cool products that companies asked her to promote.

She increased her Facebook followers and received very nice thank you emails from her winners.

She started to learn a thing or two about blogging. A few new bloggers reached out to her, asking for tips on being successful.

She beamed with pride. 

She was chosen by a blogger as her writer for a trip to Jamaica, where she went on her first press trip.

She was ecstatic. 

She watched her traffic grow, and finally decided to put up ads on her site.

She made $16 a month. LOL

She saw other bloggers writing about how they disliked certain things that other bloggers did: running giveaways, writing posts specifically that will do well on sharing sites, using certain themes and blogging platforms that they didn’t care for, “cheating” on their stats by requiring a Twitter or Facebook follow as a contest entry option…

And she thought to herself, who cares? It’s just their opinion.

 

This is my blog. I paid for the domain name. I pay the monthly hosting. I have spent countless hours learning HTML so that I can design my site how I would like it to look without having to spend $$ hiring a designer.

I have spent hours upon hours, days upon days, learning the basics of SEO. Crafting each post to be visually pleasing and to be somewhat interesting, at least. I network like a champ. I take a zillion photos of everything, all the time, in case I want to use the photo later in a blog post. I sit at my laptop for hours each day, visiting other blogs and showing support and sharing the love.

This blog? I made it. It’s mine.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Instead of worrying about the criticisms of others, I choose to ignore them.

There will always be people who disagree with you, with the things you do or say, and how you conduct yourself. Sometimes they have a valid point or helpful advice, and sometimes they don’t.

When I read those posts from other bloggers that are helpful, I pay attention. When I come across posts that are mean spirited and full of envy and hate, I ignore.

There are thousands of blogs out there, just waiting to be read. When you come across a mean-spirited rant against bloggers, just ignore them.

I am far too busy trying to make my own blog successful to spare any time visiting bloggers who are mean and hateful.

 

What about you?

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Comments

  1. says

    I just do not understand her problem. People really do think they know everything and apparently have connections to other people that in turn tell them everything – and it’s all correct (in their eyes). I do my own thing and I seriously do not give a crap what other people do.

    If I see another blogger going on a trip WTH am I going to bitch about it?! That obviously just means I’m doing something wrong and I need to figure out what that is, fix it, improve my blog and then in turn I’ll get invited in future trips and opps. Simple.

    But no, some people decide that acting like they are in middle school is a better choice and makes their boring life just that much more filling.

    Grrr. this crap pisses me off.
    Jennifer recently posted..Our Simple Service Project #AbbottCFK #CBias

  2. says

    Oh I totally understand and I’m so sorry that you have to go through this. I get hate ALL the time from people. Gosh, you should see and read some of the e-mails that I get. It’s pretty much full blown cyber-bullying. It’s smart to ignore them and I try to do just that.

    Seriously though, if I’m not getting hate for having “immodest” clothing, I’m getting hate because I have ads on my sidebar. People are crazy and they kill me. They really, really do. :)
    RJ recently posted..YOLO

    • says

      Luckily, this wasn’t an email or anything directed at me, more it was something that was brought to my attention…but the woman who went on a tirade against bloggers doing giveaways and requiring facebook and twitter followings just got me riled up. It is NOT cheating when it’s an optional entry, and it’s not inflating traffic. Grrr….

  3. says

    I’m still new to blogging, just under a year now. At the start it was a fun hobby. I got a bit carrieda way towards the end of 2011 trying to post daily and then I thought hold on, this is becoming hard work! I want to keep it fun but can totally see how others want to pursue blogging more seriously. Each blogger has different motivations and we should respect that. Really found myself nodding along and agreeing to everything in this post. Well said!

    • says

      Thank you! It’s true, we all blog for different reasons and I really don’t think that there is a right or wrong way to go about it (unless you are copying and pasting other blogger’s posts, which is obviously bad. LOL)

    • says

      Thank you! It’s true, I spend a TON of time working on my blog, so to hear that someone is calling bloggers that require Twitter & Facebook following as part of their giveaway entries cheaters is just infuriating!

  4. says

    You know, it is more than just about “ignoring” the mean spirited ones. I actually used to really read a particular bloggers posts ALL THE TIME. Until she wrote about how most bloggers traffic was “fake” using a particular sharing tool….oddly enough, she uses the same tool. But instead of just “ignoring” that one post – it made me think about who this person really was…and I no longer wish to read this persons blog anymore.

    Good for you for writing this. It needed to be said. WHO CARES? Get over yourselves already.
    Katie recently posted..Monday’s Music Moves Me – Songs From Musicals

    • says

      I completely get what you mean. The blogger that inspired me to write this post was actually someone I’ve never heard of before. LOL So she did NOT get a new reader with her angry tirade!

  5. Maryann says

    I’ve learned that I can not please everyone so I should at least please myself. Many people don’t like what I do or say or think. But guess what, I do and so do a lot of other people. As my father always says “that’s why they make chocolate AND vanilla” if we all liked the same things life would be pretty boring, no? Let the haters hate.
    Maryann recently posted..Got Yeast?

  6. says

    I’ve learned the hard way not to put too much value on other people’s opinions. That’s their deal. We spend loads of time in the backend of our blogs, we connect and share by choice. I review and giveaway by choice.

    By choice I’ve made my blog something I dig.

    I dig yours as well!
    SoberJulie recently posted..Pickled by Alcohol ~ A Reader’s story

  7. says

    Hey, that sounds like my blogging journey too (along with those other million bloggers, lol!) I cannot understand why some people have to bring drama everywhere they go. Perhaps it’s all just a ploy to get people to their own blogs? I say why worry about what everyone else is doing? If you don’t like it, don’t read it!
    Henrietta recently posted..My favorite Egg Salad sandwich #recipe

  8. says

    AMEN!!!! I’m convinced that the people who go around dictating what other bloggers should and shouldn’t do are blog-insecure (and yes, I am using that term from now on!!). They have to make up all these rules so that they can feel better about their own decisions. If people stay true to their own beliefs (like you), there is no need to tear down others.
    Maureen recently posted..Trying Out Ruby Tuesday’s Seafood Fest #CBias

  9. says

    I used to do a ton of reviews & giveaways, interspersed with recipes and personal content. (Now I’m pretty much 100% food on TTAH.) A lot of bloggers got all uppity about the fact that I did the giveaways and even though I don’t anymore (well, not much at least), some of them STILL won’t give me the time of day. I’m not really sure why some people care so intensely about what other people do.
    ohkeeka [The Type A Housewife] recently posted..Recipe | Chewy Chocolate Strawberry Cookies

  10. says

    I feel the same way you do, and honestly, I don’t understand why people are like this. It all boils down to it being cyberbullying. Life has enough drama as is. Therefore, I try my best to avoid adding anymore to it.
    HilLesha recently posted..Daily Deals at Zulily

  11. says

    Miserable people want others to feel just like them! When I started blogging I was amazed at the outpouring of support from other bloggers and readers just like myself. And then sadly one day I realized that there are those few people that complain and gripe about things that have nothing to do with themselves. I for one can’t stand this type of people! If you don’t like someone’s blog or what they are doing..don’t read it!

    I’m so glad you wrote this post!
    Mellisa recently posted..Bosch Wiper Blades Giveaway #Bosch

  12. says

    Even though I’ve blogging in some form or another for over 10yrs, I feel like a newbie b/c the past few months I’ve started to really want to “monetize” my blog. With a child going to college this fall, I need to make as much extra $$ as possible.

    thankfully, I’ve yet to encounter any one being ugly or rude. I’m sure it will happen, but for the most part, everyone I’ve ran across has been super helpful and willing to give tips.

    I love that b/c in my profession, where I spend 40hrs of my week, it’s like wading around with sharks, you can’t trust anyone b/c everyone is only out for themselves. thankfully, my blogging community is not like that at all.
    Jodi recently posted..Hey, It’s Okay!

  13. says

    I’m with you sister! I DO NOT understand why others judge others. I think it’s childish and it puts a bad taste in others mouths about bloggers. You just keep rocking’ your shit and ignore the nonsense!

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