Writers often ask each other about their “passion”. Passion is what leads us to write about what we love every single day. Passion is what makes us good at what we do. Passion makes us who we are. My passion is blogging. It’s an addiction. I wake up and all I want to do is blog. That may sound silly to some, but it’s what I love and what I hope to do forever.
What makes me not so passionate is all the “I’m so not like you so I’m going to do everything I can to trash you and bring you down without actually mentioning your name” blogging that’s going on among my peers. It makes blogging less fun, less enjoyable. I’m guilty of it too – I’ve used “certain bloggers” or “some bloggers” when I disagree. I’m pretty sure those bloggers know exactly who I’m talking about. I also know when they’re talking about me with their swipes, especially when they quote specific words from my daily arsenal. I read your message loud and clear.
All this anger and swiping at people who don’t agree is making blogging lose its luster. Can’t we all get along?
Here’s my vow: no more swipes at “other bloggers.” If I disagree with something, I’ll do so in a respectful manner. I’m not out to ruin anyone’s reputation. I’m not on campaigns to knock anyone down a peg or steal away their community. I’m not boycotting anyone or encouraging others to do the same. I’m not doing searches on other bloggers’ blogs to find stuff to throw in their faces or hold against them. That’s not me or how I work.
I’m happy if I have 10 visitors or 10,000 as long as they’re all positive members of this community. It’s hard to lead by example when in the middle of cat fights and disputes over wages, sponsorships or writing for free. I’m putting a stop to it on this end. It’s too silly and too petty. Everyone has good advice and valid points. I’m not going to discourage anyone from taking another blogger’s advice because everyone brings a valid point or opinion to the table. I think we get so caught up in making sure our message is the right one, or that our point of view is the one that counts the most, that we lost site of what’s most important – helping other writers and bloggers succeed.
Life’s too short for negativity.
No more swiping. At least not from me.