I shouldn’t have but … oh oh I only bloody did… I’ve just lost an hour scrolling through a Tattle forum . It’s like Mumsnet but waaayyyyy more bitchy. My curiosity got the better of me and into the rabbit hole I fell.
Just a little background so you can see where I’m coming from if you are new around here . Let’s call it ‘a bloggers perspective ‘
I don’t usually feel the need to justify myself … but the forums niggled me, got me feeling like I should… which in itself is niggling me that I feel that way? Confusing yes but bare with me …
Liz and I started our blog along time before blogs were a ‘thing’ . It was called ‘Indulge In‘ back then . At a time when instagram wasn’t around … or if it was well it was in it’s infancy and very small fry . We both loved writing [ I still do ] and by writing a weekly blog it [hopefully] helped us improve our writing skills. By documenting my mums illness and her eventual death it was therapeutic for me. What I found hard to express verbally I wrote down.
For-years Liz and I just wrote willy nilly, when it took our fancy, or when we could squeeze a post in. We both worked full time and fitted blogging in where we could just because we enjoyed it and the opportunities it allowed us.
It was a fun hobby so to speak .There was no schedule . There were no gifts, a couple of review opportunities popped up here and there … and then we started getting noticed by brands.
Of course we were flattered!
When La Redoute got in touch [ oh la la ]and asked us to style some jeans you’d have thought we had won the bloody lottery ! They sent us a crappy tote bag [ just the one ] , an Eiffel Tower ornament [ what the actual feck for … we’ve still no idea ] and 2 pairs of jeans in the wrong sizes. We were so naive back then we didn’t even tell them we just squeezed ourselves into them and hoped for the best !
We were always mindful of only accepting clothing / products we would honestly have bought ourselves. Apart from that time I accepted a horrible pair of trainers #thecopperclodhoppers which I really struggled to write about [or give away ] Lesson learnt … if I’m not into it it’s not getting featured on my piece of the internet !
Nowadays as you’ve probably gathered there is only me posting on the blog. Liz and I are still good friends but out of choice she no longer has any input, but is always welcome back.
So back to today and the current climate. The all ‘influencers/ bloggers’ are free loaders / lazy arses’ era‘
*rolls her eyes*
Firstly I was always told that its NOT ok to put everyone [ or indeed your eggs] in the one basket . Yes of course there are some accounts that would seemingly sell their kidney for more likes, would promote chocolate teapots and aren’t authentic but there are others that are superb writers, content creators and are very authentic. Come on let’s be realistic here there are good cops and bad cops in most walks of life … the anything for ease and the grafters
I’m not after sympathy , a follow or a like … you will no doubt have your opinion of me, and that’s yours to have. [ gobby northerner] Like somebody very fabulous once said ‘your opinion of me is non of my business’
Saying that I also think your opinion of somebody should not become the focus of a public forum. In this case influencers and bloggers.
I truly don’t understand the mindset of people who go onto these places and absolutely rip other people, their lifestyle and their choices to bits. Despite what you may think they are human and they will have feelings.
Wouldn’t it be easier and less stressful to just unfollow them and go about your day , worry about your own existence ? Chances are you’ll never meet them in real life so why let them affect yours? I can only guess that by slagging off and making judgement on these people it somehow makes them feel better about themselves ?
I’m all for constructive criticism but some of the threads are down-right evil.
Don’t get me wrong I see stuff that niggles me all the time.That’s life I’m afraid . There’s always unfairness … popularity over ability. I worked for a large design practise for 14 years and believe me I’ve seen it all. It’s not only bloggers that get ‘freebies‘ … and at least ours are legal ! I’ll tell you about it one day … but I’d probably have to leave the country first!
I was always told if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say it. Think it [ bloody hell I’m no angel of course I think things ] analysis it and let it go.
I personally think we generally just need to be a little kinder to one another. To remember that most of us are just trying to better ourselves, be that for whatever reason . To improve our writing, photography, gain confidence, earn a bit of ‘me’ money … or write a book [hello]
Just for the record I shall not be visiting said website again; I’m mad at myself for even getting drawn in in the first place. I wasted an hour of my life reading meaningless chit-chat [ or rather shit-shat] when I could have been doing something productive – dare I say start that bloody children’s book
Let’s try and-remember everybody has their own shit going on. To live and let live and maybe when you feel the need to annihilate somebody [you’ve probably never met] online… ask yourself the question who made you the judge and jury ?