So says my family. Experts in the field of social media and me, obvs nobs.
I’m being repeatedly told to stop blogging. Because it’s not good for me.
‘Stop blogging, I don’t know why you do it it’s not good for you.’ Like that. If I had a pound for everytime I’ve been told that I’d have a lot of pounds.
The chance to explain would be nice. Appreciated. But instead I just get shouted down when I try.
Just. Stop it. Now.
Comments from supportive people about things I’ve struggled with. Those aren’t good for me. Apparently.
Being nominated for awards based on what I blog about. This is not good for me.
Having posts published in books. This is not good for me.
Being asked to speak at conferences about blogging. This is not good for me.
Friends I’ve made through blogging. All the kind words about the things that I bloog about. The arms reaching out from all around the world, kind and thoughtful words, supportive words and caring souls, people taking the time to comment on posts that I’ve written when I’ve felt lower than I ever could.
These are actively bad for me.
No congratulations. No I’m really pleased for you. No well dones. None of that. No chance to sit down and explain anything about it. It’s damaging, self-indulgent and, obviously, bad for me.
And as for Twitter. Well don’t get them started on that.
I think they just don’t get it. But then I would say that. Because it’s so bad for me obviously my brain has been addled and riddled with some sort of blogging disease. Tropical Ooga Booga Monkey Virus or something. And that stuff’ll kill ya.
I had a conversation with someone else who disapproves of me blogging, but doesn’t disapprove of blogs per se. In a certain sector, say, science or to do with one’s work it’s okay. Actively encouraged. Good to read. But this personal blogging stuff is just not good. For me, for anyone. It’s all self-indulgent.
Aren’t all blogs personal to a degree? To some extent? One can write a kind of personal blog but not too personal because, actually, it’s not good for you. Or for me. Or for anyone. It’s not good for you. It’s not because someone says so.
Maybe they all have a point. I mean, who wants to read what people are going through? The highs and lows of people’s lives? Who wants to read this sort of self-indulgent rubbish? It’s not good for anyone. It’s all bad. And society will crumble and cats will start to walk backwards, it will snow in May and it ALL will bring about the end of the world.
And as for blogging about being told not to blog because blogging is bad for you? Well, it’s not good for you. And this post which I found confirms The Top Ten Dangers of Blogging. It’s a good one so please take a read. I think we could ALL learn something from this.
Yes, this is a kind of a rant. A bit. Ish. But not. Obviously I respect other people’s opinions and think about what they say. Take their comments on board. Read all the cards posted into the comments section of my soul and mull over them. Perhaps a bit too much.
And so today I ask the question, have you ever had someone, anyone, others disapprove of your blog? If so, what was said? Why did they say it? How did you resolve it? Was there a particular post you wrote which caused people to go ‘Now steady on a bit’ and have you ever had someone tell you that blogging isn’t good for you?
All comments and experiences are welcomed. Perhaps they will allow me to put together a fully formed argument which will change someone’s opinions. Maybe. Perhaps.
And as always, thanks for reading.