Since my last post went live, I have received abusive and threatening emails, texts and comments, in the attempt to ‘bully’ me into removing this blog post.
I am not ashamed to admit, I am a victim of cyberbullying and in all the 5 years I have been blogging, have not experienced it until now and boy, it’s not nice. Now, I can see how other bloggers were so stressed about internet trolls that they ended up shutting down their blogs.
The thing is, the series of events after that blog post went live were so predictable, I said that the trolls will come out in full force and I was right but I must admit I wasn’t prepared to be called a ‘wh*re’ because I gave an honest review. Since when did blogging become so ugly and why should reviews be ‘safe’ due to fear of cyberbullying?
A true professional would never turn on the defensive, you see, that strategy is flawed because it highlights 1. your insecurities and 2. that you are in the wrong. However, this strategy is effective with those already fooled. A wise man, Mark Twain, once said;
“It’s easier to fool people than convince them they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain
We all started reading blogs because we wanted ‘honest’, ‘real’ reviews from ‘real’ people. When did that change?
Why am I being called a ‘wh`*re’ for a post about my personal experience?
Why should consumers and readers ‘trust’ a blogger who is paid to write a ‘safe’ or positive review? The whole point of them reading your blog is because they trust you, right?
I am a grown woman and I am being cyberbullied, so, surely you can now see why other victims of a similar experience to mine are too scared to speak up. I am representing all of the girls out there who are scared to speak up and I want to say thank you for all your support, kind comments, DM’s and emails. I have a very small social circle and those who know me, know I am an honest and straight-talking person. I don’t like phonies and can see through them pretty quick but I must admit, I have been fooled a few times but I always believe in giving everyone a chance because in time, they show their true colours. After all, there’s only so long you can put on a facade.
As for the trolls, all I ask is that you read and look at the facts and Godwilling your eyes and hearts will open up to see the truth. If it makes you feel good abusing and intimidating me, then feel free to carry on because you clearly lack any self worth to be so abusive, judgemental and hurtful.
For other cyberbullying victims out there, I want you to know that I am here to support you. These trolls are meaningless and they (and their abusive comments) are so unattractive and unintelligent, feel flattered that they are stuck on their phone or laptop stalking you and they are SO narrow minded and dull that they can’t resist trying to bring you down to their level.
My thoughts are with you.xxx