I've been blogging for years. Long before blogging was cool. I was blogging in the non-Pinterest days when I got engaged so that I could save "inspiration" photos and share them with my mom. I blogged before "link-ups" and "Meatless Mondays" and all the other trends in blogging these days. I blogged because I just wanted to write. I didn't expect anyone to listen (to be honest, I didn't even know people could follow along when I signed up for a blogger account). I just wanted a diary of sorts, and this seemed fun.
If you had asked me back then, I never would have thought I'd be blogging 5 years later. I never thought anyone would actually read what I had to say. And I especially never thought I would have met the amazing women that I have met and made lifelong friends all over the country. Blogging for me has always been a positive experience. Something I look forward to doing nearly every day. Something I carve out time for just because I like doing it.
Has it been without a bump in the road? Of course not. There are always the rude readers, the people who troll your site just to send hateful e-mails, the people who "hate-read" a blog (I learned that term recently. Really? Hate-read?).
But that's part of blogging. Unfortunately, I've learned it comes with the territory. You're not going to make everyone happy. Not everyone is going to like you. And at the end of the day, you just have to shrug it off. Sadly, I've gotten used to it and have just learned to ignore the negativity and focus on the positive. And luckily, the positives of blogging have overwhelmingly outweighed the negatives over the past several years.
But what I'm not used to is people like this.
That, my friends, is my old Twitter handle (I haven't been on Twitter in a couple of months), with my name and a 0.0 sticker. This person follows a number of the same people I used to follow including the barre studio where I took a class, my favorite NFL player, the local running club and a number of other accounts that mean something to me.
Tell me that isn't creepy.
Is this what blogging and social media has come to? Because if so, it's time for me to buy an old-fashioned paper diary and call it quits.
I can handle the rude and the hate, but this is completely out of line. Not to mention, who has time to do something like that?
Sorry to have to do this, but I'm likely going to make my blog private very soon. I need to look into how to do it and what all it entails. If you have any recommendations or suggestions for how to go private and not lose my current readers, let me know.