November 9, 2012 by Katie
HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to some fun and relaxation this weekend! I’m looking forward to… a crazy morning tomorrow with the GOTR 5K and getting all our girls there, get them their bib’s and tiaras (yes, tiaras and no… I don’t get one…) through the run, and back home AND I’m looking forward to actually doing the 2 giant projects that I’ve been avoiding all semester. Well, doing one and attempting to do a bit more of the other (25 page paper…). Haha, great weekend, right?
So today I have some good news and bad news. Okay, well good topic and bad topic. Which would you like first? The bad? Me too.
Yesterday Meghann instagrammed a photo of herself and someone made a comment along the lines of “why would you post an unflattering picture of yourself, not cute.” Meghann then actually wrote a quick post about how she thought about taking it down because it was unflattering (I didn’t think so) but decided not to, because it was real and it was her. I actually also instagrammed a photo of myself with a similar pose and tagged Meghann, trying to show my support for women being true to themselves, no matter how sweaty and unkempt we look. Well, I didn’t find out until later that evening that Meghann’s post had resulted in a lot of… not so nice comments.
So I wanted to say something, something I’ve discussed with other bloggers, but never on my blog: why the mean comments?? What’s the point? If you don’t like someone’s blog, then don’t read it. And by “you” I don’t mean you, my readers, I just mean “you” as in everyone. There’s no need to put all that negativity out there and put someone else down.
These comments are very different from voicing your opinion on a topic. For example, I’m sure many of you might voice a different opinion on this topic from mine, and that’s fine, as long as comments aren’t rude or insulting.
Yes, as bloggers we put ourselves out there, and yes, we’re all open to constructive criticism, but that doesn’t mean people should tear them down. It’s just like in real life: if you think someone looks bad at work/school one day are you going to say mean things to them? NO! So why is it okay to do that on the internet? It’s just an adult form of bullying.
So next time you get the urge to say something rude, resist. Step away. I’m not going to lie, I have mean thoughts. I gossip to friends. I’m not perfect. But I know where to draw the line and I know when to step back and realize my thoughts are probably more about me than them.
I would also like to add in that I’ve gotten one semi-rude comment in over a year of blogging. So THANK YOU to my readers for being so supportive and positive!
Whew. Okay, thanks for letting me get that one out.
Now, on to the good topic! And this is perfect for a Friday, when you’re brain just isn’t willing to work hard anymore…
My friend from KC currently lives in Denver and has a three-legged cat. Yes, a three-legged cat. His name is LaTarian Milton. I am not a cat person, but I actually like this cat. He’s pretty cool. Yesterday she was bored, so she started submitting some pictures to http://catshaming.tumblr.com/ and then decided LT (his nickname) deserved his own tumblr account. This might not last too long, so let’s enjoy it while we can. Here are a few photos (including one of a farm cat, Jack).
Yes, she legitimately has to take him to the vet in laundry basket. I am laughing just imagining it right now.
You can find more of this fun on his blog: LaTarian Milton’s World (and please keep all comments nice… he’s very sensitive).
Do you have any crazy pet stories?
Have you ever submitted a photo to a tumblr blog?
How do you feel about mean comments on blogs?