I'm gonna take a stab in the dark here and assume that the majority of you guys and gals that read this blog have either seen or are at least somewhat familiar with the film Mean Girls. If not, here's a little run through. There's a pretty iconic moment near the end where some random girl walks into the school and tells a group of strangers how she wishes she could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, so that everyone could eat it and be happy. The entire school looked at her like she was crazy, and she was told to leave. Today, I feel a bit like that girl.
I've been out of the loop with this blogging biz for a few weeks now. It happened as a bit of an accident really. I skipped a few days, those few days turned into a week and then I felt almost embarrassed to come back with just your standard #ootd. 'Hey guys! Been gone for a week or two but here's what I wore a month ago. Bye!' I always feel like when I take a break from blogging I need to come back with something meaningful to say. I mean, jeez, I've had a few weeks off of writing my thoughts online, I must have at least something to say. Well, here it is.
I'm very much a team internet sort of girl. I love seeing all of the amazing things that every day people like you and I get up to, all thanks to the world wide web. Imagine someone telling you as a kid that you were going to grow up, film yourself in your room talking about your favourite beauty products, and end up with a best selling book a few years later. It's both ridiculous yet utterly amazing that people like us are doing these things on the daily.
Call me naive, but here I was thinking that all creators were pretty much a part of #TeamInternet by default. Only over the past month or so I've seen various bloggers and influencers bashing each other over the internet through the means of click bait videos, tweets and shady snapchat stories. I get it, sometimes you just want to complain to your bestie about that colleague at work that grates on you. But would you stand up in the middle of the office, in front of everyone, and call someone out because of something you didn't agree with? Probably not.
And that's just it. When you're an internet person with an audience (no matter how big or small) your colleagues are your fellow influencers and your office is the entire internet. What you say on there goes out like a viral newsletter to everyone you involve yourself with - your audience, your employer(s) and anyone else with an internet connection.
As members of #TeamInternet we should be lifting eachother up, not bringing eachother down. Whoever made up the saying 'sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me' obviously never had social media. Words hurt, whether you say them in person or whether you type them in a tweet. Sure, we can't all get along with eachother, all the time. But - just like you would in any other job - sometimes, you just have to work through it. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all. And if you ever figure out a recipe for a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, give me a call.