Things you shouldn't say on the internet

Monday, 28 December 2015

So, I've been away from blogging for a while. Just having a little break. While I was gone, I read a thread on a website that I will not name (!) about things that people shouldn't be allowed to post on social media.

This is the final list of things that you shouldn't talk about on the internet:

  • Your job
  • Your diet
  • Your holidays
  • Your health
  • Your hobbies
  • Your social life
  • Your relationships
  • What you eat
  • What you wear
  • Your pets
  • Your children
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Your achievements
  • Your kids achievements
  • Your problems
Which leaves, er, the weather.

But for goodness sake, don't talk about the weather! People really hate that.

I did have a little pause after I read the thread. Every now and then I like to stop and consider whether I am happy with sharing what I do online, and occasionally, I want to just withdraw from the internet altogether.

Then I gave myself a head wobble and realised that sometimes people just like to complain. And if you put yourself out there (which everyone that goes onto social media does, essentially, but especially if you write blogs or are a vlogger or something like that), then someone will find something to complain about. Eventually. What really matters with things like this is that your loved ones are okay with what you put out there.

And that you want to do it.

The fact is, if you want even the slightest bit of recognition online, someone out there is going to not like you very much.

Some people might even be able to muster up the energy to hate you.

And do you know what? It doesn't really matter. A wise man once said 'If you're holding out for universal popularity, Hagrid, you're going to be in this cabin for a long time.' (That person may have been Albus Dumbledore). He's right! Some people just like to hate stuff. And they really like to talk about how much they hate stuff. They like to try and convince other people to hate stuff. That is their choice. But it shouldn't impact upon your life.

Essentially, humans like to moan about things. Who doesn't like a good moan every now and then? So, the person who is moaning that her Facebook feed is full of a million almost identical photographs of babies, is probably having their status read by someone who is rolling their eyes and saying 'Oh for goodness sake, I don't need to see another million selfies of you in the toilet of a club'. For example. As humans we find it almost impossible NOT to be annoyed by other people. Here I am now, moaning about people who moan.

What I'm trying to say is: yes be careful. Yes, think about what you're putting out there, preferably before you put it out there. 

And if people don't like what you have to say, then, well. They don't. What gives that anonymous person the right to stop you from doing something that you love?

I know you've probably heard this a million times before. So have I. And I believe it, too. But sometimes I need to, you know, shout it at myself.

Sometimes we let fear of other people's reactions stop us from doing things we really want to do.

Sometimes we use 'fear of other people's reactions' as an excuse to not do something that is a bit out of our comfort zones.

I should probably end this with something really empowering and uplifting.


Now go and do that thing.

Seriously. What are you still doing here? Go!

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