When I first ventured into the blogging world I had a browse at various other sites, trying to familiarise and educate myself as to how to go about blogging.
I happened to stumble across a very well known Parenting Site, that also had a blogging section. The first post I came across was from a “Virgin blogger” like myself. She had done a post featuring a poem she had written about her baby and the pros and cons of leaving a baby to self soothe. It was very twee and slightly mushy, not everyone’s cup of tea, but certainly not offensive – or so I thought!
She was absolutely slaughtered by other mothers! I was gobsmacked. She had even made a point of saying this was her very first attempt at blogging and there was in excess of nearly 100 posts, with the majority accusing this girl of implying that if you left your baby to self soothe you were a bad mother! This girl apologised profusely over and over again saying she didn’t mean to cause offence to anyone – but they continued regardless. It was bloody horrible. I wasn’t a member of this group, so was unable to even pipe up with just a few words of support. Had this been me I don’t think I would have ever felt confident to post anything ever again. Simply bullying at its worst – by other mothers!
I have to say that since I started blogging on WordPress I’ve been blown away by how lovely people are here. I’ve never seen any signs of nastiness or horrible comments. I read posts that I may not agree with – if that’s the case, I just scroll past and it would appear others do the same. All the comments are polite, interesting and supportive, which makes so much difference. It’s great to have a healthy debate and to hear others opinions which may differ from your own but no need for anything rude or abusive.
So basically you lovely people out there, thank you, thank you, for every supportive word and comment you’ve sent to me. I know there are others who would totally agree.
If you have nothing nice to say – don’t say anything at all 😊