i was introduced to a lovely site called get off my internets yesterday.
a friend of mine was featured on the front page, and being the nosy southern belle that i am, i decided to do some investigation.
i read the article about how the creators behind this wonderful site disagreed with what my friend posted about.
the article wasn't what got to me though, it was the 100 plus comments below it that really got me going.
as i started to read each comment i found myself getting more and more upset.
their comments were rude, hateful, and just downright hurtful.
i did some research on this site yesterday after reading the article and the comments, and i was quite shocked at what i found out.
one of the creators of the site actually sat down for an interview with ifb, also known as independent fashion bloggers (a site with fashion news and blogging tips).
the author of the articles states that editors of GOMI use the site to critique and examine the posts and the personalities of the bloggers.
that's all fine and dandy. and here is why i say that. as bloggers we are all writers, and when you are a writer you have to accept the fact that not everyone is going to enjoy what you write.
i do agree with the creators of the site on that.
like hank moody from californication says, if you're gonna be a writer, you gotta learn to take the criticism.
there is a difference between constructive criticism and verbal abuse, and this site goes far beyond constructive criticism. now i will say that not everything on that site is bad, and yes some of the articles i read were indeed constructive criticism, but some of the members of that site take it way too far.
calling bloggers dumb, idiots, and other words that i care not to say on here, is verbal abuse and slander.
i even got a few hateful comments and emails myself. most of them stated that i was dumb, a fake southerner, and that my blog had horrible content and that i sounded like i was 12.
yeah that's not what i would call constructive criticism.
so anyway where am i going with this post?
i do believe in constructive criticism. i think it can be helpful, and i appreciate it. does it mean i'm going to change everything that others don't like? no.
it's my personal blog space and i can write what i want.
in a wierd way i am kind of thankful for the drama on that site yesterday, because it did generate a ton of traffic to my blog :)
so thank you GOMI!
unfortunately everybody's a critic, and most of them are going to be very blunt and honest, and in the words of hank moody, if someone doesn't like what you wrote, throw it in a drawer, get drunk and write something else.