Sunday, 10 April 2016

The Blogging Community- Why It Is Important To Voice Your Opinion

The Blogging Community Twitter lifestyle blogger UK teenager

If you ask any blogger what one of their favourite things about blogging is, I bet you they say the community! We are told as foetus bloggers that the community is a magical place! A place filled with rainbows, fluffy clouds and unicorns! A place filled with unlimited positivity and happiness! 

Although for the most part it is! From the likes of the #TheGirlGang etc. it brings bloggers together! It unites girls and boys up and down the country who share similar passions and interests which is such a lovely thing! When you sign up to blogging, people will tell you how lovely it is, how many nice people you can talk to! Trust me this is true, I have made a ton of friends through blogging and I can't wait to meet them sometime in the future! 


However, that doesn't mean there isn't disagreements, arguments or clash of opinions! It wouldn't be the real world if people didn't disagree with each other! People have unpopular opinions and should expect to have them challenged! 

Recently on Twitter, in particular, I have found that whenever you voice your opinion or challenge a tweet you don't agree with that automatically means you are nasty, looking for drama or shouldn't be part of the blogging community! People are trying to keep this so called perfect image of the blogging community that to be perfectly frank with you is a load of rubbish anyway! 

However, I would like to reiterate that I do not support rude, nasty or malicious comments or tweets! Just because you CAN voice your opinion it doesn't mean that you can do so in a spiteful way! There is a right and wrong way to express your opinion and you should be making sure that you are doing it in the right way! If you have a public platform you have a duty to make sure any material associated with it is not going to offend or hurt anyone else, directly or indirectly!

But why is it whenever you disagree with an opinion in a lawful and respectful way you get targeted!! You get told you are trying to cause drama! All the drama! WHAT BLOODY DRAMA? The only one that is causing drama is YOU telling me and everyone else who follows you that there is drama on Twitter! 

I know I know I shouldn't let it affect me! But it stops me wanting to share my opinions and I know for a fact it stops other bloggers too! But it shouldn't! You have a right to share your opinions and people have the right to question them! 

In the offline world if someone disagreed with me that hula hoops are one of the worst smelling things in the world ( let's face it they are!) we would have a discussion about it! We would listen to each other's views, opinions and then probably loose track and talk about something else. But if this conversation was to happen on Twitter it would be filled with a round of GIFS and tweets discussing how much they wish the blogging community was like it used to be! But hang on, did no one have an opinion in 2012 then?! Opinions are new things right!? 

In the offline world when I and my friends have a slight disagree the whole canteen doesn't get up and start shouting FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT! So why does it have to happen on Twitter?! 

I am quite a strongly opinionated person! Which I think is a great thing. It allows me to be able to have educated and diverse conversations with others on a range of different topics. But if I disagree with someone it doesn't mean that I hate them! Or that I want to block them! Or I am fishing for drama! 

Disagreeing is a normal part of human culture! Our opinions make us who we are today! We should share these opinions and not feel terrified in what people will think of us! 

Do me a favour, next time you see people disagreeing on Twitter, sharing opinions! Don't start tweeting about how much you hate the blogging community or about ' all the drama' because there is no drama! If you see a blogger being targeted or harassed stand up for them! 

We are a community! We should be here for each other through thick and thin! Disagreements and all...

I hope you enjoyed this post! Something a bit different from me but important nonetheless! 

Please do let me know you opinions below! What kind of experience have you have on this topic below!

Thank you for reading, as always x
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  1. I 100% agree, there's a big difference between voicing conflicting opions and being nasty towards somebody, and I feel that these two are often confused, which makes people write about how 'horrible the community has become' xx
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  2. I really enjoyed reading this post! Completely agree with what you're saying! As long as the discussions are in a polite manner, the people involved shouldn't be labelled as creating 'drama'. Discussion is healthy, not everyone is always going to have the same opinion!

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  3. Totally agree with this! I think things can get taken the wrong way or misconstrued so easily over the internet, whereas in person it's a lot harder for that to happen...and I also feel like people can be quick to jump to conclusions and think the worst of people instead of giving them the chance to explain which sucks! Good discussions and finding out other opinions are the whole point of being a human haha! We're not all supposed to think the same thing! Great post gal :) x

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    1. Thank you, the world would be so boring if you all felt the same x

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  4. Like everyone else here, I completely agree with you. We need to learn that having an opinion does not equal trying to start up some beef. We should not feel forced to go along with something just because everyone else does. Our versatility is what makes blogging and our community so great! Brilliant post Nicole!

    Musings & More

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    1. Yes, versatility needs to be encouraged x

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  5. Completely agree with this. I love having different opinions on my Twitter timeline and it annoys me when I see bloggers having a go at each other for daring to think differently. The Grand National debate over the weekend is probably the most annoyed I've been at the blogging community as things became incredibly childish. The world would be a boring place if we all had the exact same opinions.

    Raise The Waves

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    1. Oh don't get me started at the Grand National debate

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  6. I 100% agree with you. I'm quite a strong opinionated person too so I love finding people who are similar so we can engage in intense subjects of conversation together but I dislike it even more when there are arguments on twitter just because somebody has a difference of opinion. We're all entitled to our own opinions but we have to make sure we express those opinions in the right way.
    Thank you for this post, I really enjoyed it and I feel like you said exactly what a lot of us are thinking too x

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    1. Yay, for having strong opinions! Thank you x

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  7. Couldn't have put it better myself! I guess people just put there defense up so quickly because they feel threatened. Some people just can't tell the difference between an opinion and being rude. We've all been made to be different to one another and have different interests, opinions etc if the entire population of world had all the same interests, personalities and opinions I think it would be boring. I love listening to other peoples opinions and seeing things in a different perspective it helps me become more open minded xx

    Claire | My Little Memoir

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  8. Loved reading through this! So interesting. The blogging community is so odd at the moment, there's so many discussions going on and I see so many heated arguments. At the end of the day, discussions are fine - everyone has different opinions don't they! I always seem to get myself involved into things on Twitter and I always feel awful afterwards, but I get pulled into them and feel like I need to justify my opinions and I really have no idea why I do it!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

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    1. Don't feel bad about putting your opinions across, as long as you are doing it in the right way- there is no harm from it x

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  9. I really enjoyed reading this post and I completely agree with you! It is only human to have disagreements and different views on something and to be honest if that wasn't the case the world would be pretty boring - we need people spreading unpopular opinions or talking about different topics to make the world (of blogging) more interesting! Another thing is that it is great to support other bloggers but we don't have to like everyone in the community, it's only natural that we don't. xx

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    1. Yes, I think it is so important to support other bloggers but at the end of the day we are all individual humans x

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  10. It's so important to stay true to yourself, and there's nothing wrong with differing opinions!

    As long as your polite when you're expressing your opinion it shouldn't be a problem :)

    DippyWrites

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