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{Take a Stand} Online Bullying

October 30, 2010

I thought I would say a little something on my opinion on the recent online bullying dilemma.

Blogging is a way for people to share their passion with others and it is also a community where we can learn from one another. But recently, blogging has become competitive and full of cruel comments and harsh, unnecessary negativity. It is a shame that someone can be so cruel as to say such hurtful things to people when all they are doing is sharing their passion with the world. No one should ever be criticized for their words or posts and even more disappointing are the recent cruelty-based forums that exist  to specifically pick on beauty gurus on YouTube. I checked it out to do a little investigating and find out exactly how bad this problem has gotten and to be honest, it just completely sickened me. Not only were there comments making fun, criticizing and bullying these “gurus,” but they actually went as low as to make fun of them based on physical attributes and the way they look. From acne scarring, to the way they talked, to hair styles. It is really unbelievable that people can be absolutely so cruel and I for one am disgusted and outraged.

I am writing this so that people can be aware of the cruelty floating among the blogging community and more importantly to spread the word to prevent future online bullying, especially with the recent teenage suicides.

We should learn from one another and share our passions and keep the community going, because it is just that: a community. A community involves respect, and I hope from writing this that more people realize how important it is to treat each other with kindness. I know this might sound a tad bit corny, but it’s true. Because without kindness or respect, then why have a blog to share with the world? Why have followers, or in turn follow other blogs? Why do you follow a blog? There is no need to put down other bloggers. If you feel you won’t learn anything from them or it isn’t your “thing,” then don’t follow them, or don’t read their blog. It’s just that simple. There is no need to bully them or make them feel bad about themselves just because you don’t care for them as a blogger or guru.

This post is not necessarily directed towards those who follow this blog, as thankfully you have all had such kind words to say, but it is merely to spread the word and to ask you to take a stand with me against online bullying in the blogging community. I recently came across the blog Em Jay & Me and she has created a lovely pledge called the “The Kind Hearted Pledge” as well as a badge that you can place on your blog to show that you have taken the pledge. So I encourage all of you to check it out and add this to your blog or Website to try and stop these unpleasant acts of cruelty.

You can click here to check out the pledge on Em Jay & Me.

Thank you.

  • Emily♥ 에밀리 ♥エミリー
    November 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I agree, it's truly sad to see all the bullying that goes on on the internet in general. I'm a Moderator on a community/games site for young girls, and it's astounding to see the cruel things they say to one another. They're just kids, so it's a little understandable, but to see ADULTS acting this way is just unbelievable. Picking on people's looks is just unforgivable; we can't help the way we were made, and some of us can be very sensitive about it. People need to think twice and then twice again before they type those few words which could seriously impact someone's life.
    I stopped by here today to tell you that I tagged you on my blog for a blog award, and after reading this, you surely deserve it. Thanks for getting the word out about cyber-bullying! <3

  • leftcoastcontessa.com
    October 30, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    This is a really good post. I know a lot of bloggers who have been victimized by online bullying. I will look into posting the pledge.