Recently, I got my first piece of semi-negative criticism back to my face. Admittedly, I was not 100% sober at the time, so the comment went straight in one ear and out of the other. However, on reflection, it did hit home a little bit more than I had originally believed. Of course, there will always be people who find what I am doing pretentious, annoying, self indulgent, and overly promotive. But I have never heard someone say it directly to my face. Of course, there have been sarcastic comments here and there, but I take it all in my stride - blogging, especially in Perth, isn’t exactly a traditional career path, or wide spread, at least how I am doing it. Elsewhere, such as London, New York and Sydney, it is literally transforming industries - publishing, fashion, beauty, interior design - you name it, you can blog about it.
Blogging turns traditional journalistic practice into an everyday art form, it is perhaps the most accessible way of conversing and communicating about subjects you are passionate about with a large audience - larger than just the close circle of friends and family that you would normally discuss such topics with. When you blog in the traditional sense, like me, with an actual ‘blog’ website where I publish my opinions, advice and interviews, the more support you gain, the more your following or views or clicks increases, the more you get inside ‘the bubble.’ The past couple of weeks, I have been so caught up in this bubble, the blogging bubble - posting twice or even more a week, creating two new Youtube videos, and posting countless photos on Instagram. 99.9% of the feedback I receive is positive, to my face at least. I am not naive nor am I ignorant, I am certainly aware that people will talk about my increase in activity, positively or negatively, behind my back. However, I rarely hear anything but the good stuff, which is both a good and a bad thing.
Endless positive feedback honestly makes me the happiest person alive - if I have inspired just one other person, in whatever way, I am succeeding. Or, if I have raised the similar thoughts of others who were too afraid to do so themselves, or didn’t know how, if I have comforted just one of them, that is all I could ever hope for.
Being in this giant bubble of positivity is amazing, however, of course, it makes you forget about all of the people out there who aren’t feeling the love just as much. When I heard this comment, which implied I was promoting myself too much, and likewise progressing too much, I was taken aback. It was both positive and negative in one and I still don’t really know how to take it. Despite this, it did make me realise that sometimes, I get too caught up in the bubble, and forget that not everyone who follows me, a majority of which are friends I have built up over the years, may not have even the slightest bit of interest in what I am doing. Or might be, understandably so, annoyed at how much I am flooding social media with my own ‘self promotion’ at the moment.
However, what I really hope these people understand, is that I am not doing this to ‘self’ promote. My blog might be called magentaporter.com, and I might be the one in the pictures, but that doesn’t mean I am promoting ‘ME.’ I am promoting the fashion that I like, the opinions that I, and others who I know, hold. The thoughts that we each come across day to day but never really think about for more than a minute. I’m promoting the creative work of others, the products, clothes, and the like that other great minds have created that deserve to be shared, to be discovered by others. Im preaching, sharing, promoting wellness and health - mental, physical and spiritual. I am trying, in my own way, to spread a positive word, a humorous outlook, or an emotive thought with as many people as possible. Because I wholeheartedly believe that if you think what you care about matters and potentially could improve, on any scale, someone else's wellbeing or lifestyle, then why shouldn’t you share it with as many people as possible?
This week, post comment, I have been unsure of what to post on social media, particularly Instagram, deleting two images - because I thought I was flooding the feed, and almost felt embarrassed. I skipped my usual Monday blog post, and was considering taking the whole week off, in a bid to give everyone a break, a break from me. After my bubble burst, I lost confidence and momentum there for a couple of days. However, today, I realised something. What I’m doing makes me happy, and I know for a fact, it makes other people happy too. Maybe not everyone, but it is absolutely impossible to please everyone, to be liked by everyone. So, I will continue on. However, I will leave a reminder here, that for anyone who is sick of seeing my content, it is all too easy to unfollow me on Instagram or Facebook. I would far rather have fewer followers than have followers who dislike or aren't interested in what I am posting.
I would also quickly like to extend a thank you to the person who made this comment, a friend, if they are reading this. Despite the original thought path it lead me down, it really made me realise that this is what I am supposed to be doing. Sorry for this post being based off one little thing you said, even if you never see this, it has reassured me, and I hope that you understand where I am coming from.
What I have to say to those who may frown upon, judge or simply don’t understand what I am doing - you're doing it too, without even realising it. Anytime you post a photo on Instagram, you are effectively blogging. Any comment you make, any caption you create, any video you watch, any articles you read, in one form or another you are either contributing to this ever growing industry or supporting it. This is the future, this is now. Why look back and why judge what could ultimately lead to so many great things?