Things I Know – A Blogger’s Life
Linking up with Singular Insanity for another edition of Things I know.
This week I know a few things about the misconceptions people have about blogging, me being a blogger and all the bits in between.
I know that many people assume that my blog is just a time wasting hobby, when in actual fact, I have long ago made the decision to run the blog like a small business.
Yes I spend a lot of time on it and on social media, a lot of time dealing with emails, and a lot of time communicating with my readers and building a strong community around my website, but my website is my way of putting in and providing for my family right now.
By writing my stories and doing some freelance stuff, I have been able to stay home and raise the Monsters these last 18mths, without returning to a childcare job. And that’s what’s important for me right now.
Plus I am lucky to be able to write and do what I love whilst being home with my family.
Perhaps bloggers should change their titles to ‘writers’ or ‘personal journalists’ to be taken seriously.
I know that ‘some’ readers (and I highlight the word ‘some’ because the majority are awesome’), think that they know everything and anything that goes on in our lives because they read it on the Common Chaos Chronicle Facebook Page or in a blog post.
With Common Chaos Chronicle I try to be as real as I possibly can be. I don’t fluff up the truth and make like a storybook family. Why?
Simply because we’re not. We are who we are, but I am not going to tell you every last moment of what goes on in our days.
Some day’s you would be bored to tears. Other day’s it’s none of your business. And most of all, you just don’t need to know who’s farting when or how loud around the house. (although…..it could make for a funny post!)
I share what I can openly share and I am always honest with what I write, sponsored posts included.
I just want you to know that for every status update, blog post and comment I make, there’s possibly 200 other things that have happened that have not been shared or are being saved for another day.
I know that some things I write about or photos I share can be taken out of context.
For example, I shared a photo of our toy-room that had been pulled apart by the MonsterSquad. It was trashed. Toys from wall to wall and no carpet in sight!
Not long after I shared this photo, I had a reader accuse me of living in filth and squalor. Accusations like that are nothing short or hurtful and mindless.
I have seen filth and squalor. I have seen people live with pet feces on their carpet whilst they have a crawling baby in the house. That my friends is what I call filth.
If all the toys in your local toy shop fell off the shelf and onto the floor, I bet we’d all say “what a mess”, words like filth and squalor are saved for much worse conditions.
So the assumption was made and made publicly that my whole house is filthy because of toys being thrown all over the floor.
Which of course is not the case. I have mess, some untidy, but very far from filth. I think I have made my point.
I know that bloggers love comments.
A comment on a blog post validates the time we have spent writing the post. It shows us that you’ve actually thought your time was worthy enough to read what we have written.
On Common Chaos Chronicle I love to hear from readers that have differing opinions and ideas on things. I believe that’s what make this world so interesting.
If you’re disagreeing or opposed to something that has been written though, leaving verbal abuse and nasty comments on a blog post is automatically rubbing me up the wrong way. It’s rude, disrespectful and childish.
I value opinions, not trash talk. I’m sure many other bloggers are the same.
So that’s what I know this week.
Do you find these things happen to you in your daily life?
Have assumptions been made because of something you have written on Facebook?
Have you been attacked by an ‘internet troll’ before?
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