Friday, 17 July 2015

Blogging | The D*cks and the Cliques


 
Disclaimer: This post might be a little long, a little swear-y, it's full of my opinions and I have a tendency to sound like a thesaurus at times.  If any of those things are likely to offend you then it might not be a good idea to read on...

Blogging is very much a hobby for me; I'm not out there competing for views, comments and shares.  If I get an opportunity or two through my blog, that's awesome but if not it's no skin off my nose.  Perhaps because I don't give two fucks about becoming established as a superior being in the blogger hierarchy I don't find myself embroiled in the melodramas I see happening in the community on a regular basis.  Don't get me wrong, I put myself firmly in the category of someone that is a bit of a dick at times but there are certain types of behaviour I see happening again and again in the world of blogging, and particularly on Twitter, that just go too far.

Differences of opinion 
On more than a few occasions in recent weeks, I've checked my Twitter feed after a long day at work only to find that some drama or other has kicked off.  This would be all well and good should everyone express their opinions like adults, but more often than not, some unsuspecting twitterer, whose only crime is to express an opinion that differs from the masses, is summarily ridiculed and torn apart.

We've all seen it happen, but should we put up with a person or people who find it necessary to treat someone else's opinions with scorn and derision just to assert their own?  Absolutely not!  And lets's not beat around the bush shall we?  These people are not only dicks, but they're bullies, plain and simple.  If we wouldn't put up with it any other walk of life why should we in our community?  I know I won't again if I see this type of shit happening in the future.

Just plain passive aggressive 
When the dust inevitably settles after conflicts of any sort it would be lovely if everyone could agree to disagree and go their separate ways.  Whilst this happens for the most part, there are always a few exceptions, many of which tend to take on a particular form - the passive aggressive tweet.  You know the type I mean, they're dripping in sarcasm, heavily hinting they're not happy about someone or something and are just generally hoping to cause a ruckus.  It's always the same type of people that post and react to these tweets too, you can see them circling like carrion birds.  But you know what?  If you don't have the cojones to come out and say what you mean, or address the people who are bothering you in an up front manner, keep it to your bloody self!

You can keep your clique
Hand in hand with the passive aggressive bullshit comes the cliques.  It's an inevitability that when you get large groups of people together cliques will form.  That's fine if the clique is just a group of people with similar thoughts and opinions and it's all kept friendly, but when they're gathering together to purposefully cause drama I take major issue.  From what I can see that kind of negative crap isn't wanted or needed by the vast majority of bloggers so let's just be buddies shall we?  If you decide you can't play nice, then you know where you can go...

The upside
I'm aware this post sounds pretty negative, but none of us would carry on blogging if it was all bad.  Most people I talk to and meet because of my hobby are genuinely nice and I've been lucky enough to make some true friends in my time in the blogosphere.

There will always be a few people who bring a bad attitude and try to ruin the good vibes, but it's great to see that it doesn't put off a lot of the good folks.  If blogging is what you love then keep on keeping on people!

What do you think? 
Opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one!  But unlike the aforementioned sphincter, I'd welcome your opinion in the comments below.

SHARON

19 comments:

  1. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Post my dear. Worded fantastically.
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    1. Thanks lovely! I did debate whether or not to post it but I wouldn't be me if I kept my opinions to myself ;)

      Sharon x

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  2. I stay out of it because I've got no balls :D

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    1. I don't for one moment believe that haha, you are so brave! x

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  3. Such a great post,love reading debatable posts! We're over at OhMyValentino.blogspot.com x

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the read! x

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  4. Some people relish no more than embroiling themselves in a conflict that doesn't necessarily need to be started! It drives me insane to see it all the time!
    Bee xxx

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    1. I'm exactly the same. Many just seem to want to pick a fight for the sake of it x

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  5. LOVE love love this post! Brilliantly worded!xx

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  6. LOVE love love this post! Brilliantly worded!xx

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  7. Hahaha, made me laugh! Love it! x

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  8. Ooops... I'm guilty of some passive aggressive tweets! It just feels good though hahah :')

    Dannie x

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    1. Ah I can forgive you... I think ;) x

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  9. Brilliant post chickadee, it is so annoying how bad twitter is getting where no one can have an opinion without it been "wrong" or "offensive" anymore.

    Sammie

    Little Blonde Life - Lifestyle Blog 

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    1. Thanks very much hun. Yeah Twitter is becoming a bit of a minefield, sad to say but it's easier to avoid a lot of the time x

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  10. Really good insight into the blogging world here! There definitely is a fierce competitiveness among certain bloggers, and it spills into cattiness and bitchiness, and tearing other people down so you feel better. In saying that, there is also a lot of positive groups that encourage sharing and discussion, and I've found my blogging experience to be much more positive since I've joined them. But like you say, I just do what I do! Zoe | www.ibelieveinromeo.com

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  11. I think the thing that I find most annoying is the way people ASSUME the point of your blog/opinion/tweet/status, before reading and understanding the entire thing, even if you clearly state that you're NOT saying that, in case people misinterpret something to be offensive.

    It's like we have to censor ourselves, because people are so excitable in expressing their opinions.

    Oh, and I thought that episode where Bloglovin was trying to make some of users compete for followers was pretty shady.

    - Lubna from The Digital Review

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