Last week, I came across a post that my dear friend Lizzie from Lizzie in Lace posted on her Instagram. She explained how a “friend” had made a comment about how her content is uninspiring and “not creative”. Reading her post absolutely broke my heart. While we bloggers make it seem like we have an effortless life, the reality is that we are hustlers who are working none stop.
I want you all to understand one thing: behind every blogger is a human being. A person that has joys and fears just like anyone else. No one is obligating you to like my content or any other blogger’s content for that matter. If you do not like what someone is posting, move on. Don’t be a mean girl. Mean girls is a movie, ladies. The movie should not be a way of life you should be taking.
It turns out Lizzie was not the only person who had to deal with someone maliciously criticizing her work. That same day, I had an internet troll of my own criticizing my website. They said that my website design sucked and that they could not navigate through it. Much like Lizzie, I tried not let that person’s comment bother me. But I am not letting someone else’s opinion stop me from doing what I love.
Being a mean girl hinders women from excelling – not just in the work force. If you chose to be a mean girl, understand what will come with your behavior: loneliness, lack of trust and the inability to progress in your career. Mean girls finish last by not only destroying the lives of others but also destroying their own lives in the process.
So what happened to that internet troll? I blocked them from my page. I have decided to surround myself only with people who inspire me – both in my personal and online professional life. And Lizzie? She had an outpouring of love and support from her followers. My fellow bloggers and influencers, if you ever find yourself facing criticism that is malicious, do not stand for it. We all work far too hard to have to deal with negativity in our lives.
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