Sunday, November 21, 2010

What I've learned thus far

So it's been a month since I've first started blogging, and I thought I'd write a little about what I've learned so far. It's not much, no worry, it won't take me long.

1. The easiest part was the decision to start a blog. It's all downhill from there. And downhill as in sorting out my thoughts into words is freaking hard!
2. I originally thought I had tons of ideas, but after 2 posts I almost covered everything.
3. Trying to design the blog the way I want it to look is utterly infuriating. I have given up. Will try again next week...
4. There are many hateful people out there waiting to pounce.*
5. There are way more absolutely amazing (and awesome) people out there who want to support you.
6. Anonymity = the ability for assholes to come out from their corners.*
7. Although the blogosphere may be more massive than I can imagine, there are little communities within that scoop you right up! I like communities.
8. Writing is therapeutic in a way I couldn't have fathomed.
9. While Google Analytics is freaking cool, I would like to be able to get more detail, as in, what neighbourhood do my readers live in? :) 

* - I recently posted something that I thought was funny, because I had shared it with friends and family a few years ago and they thought it was knee-slappingly funny. Turns out some people had very very strong feelings the other way. And while I completely respect an honest opinion and comment, I was flabbergasted at some of the vile comments I received. All of the horrible comments did, of course, come from anonymous people.

Why the anonymity? Because I believe that they are negative people who just want someone to shit on.  I have never been able to understand why there are people who go out of their way to be hurtful. But they've been there since the beginning of time and they'll be there tomorrow. I've never been shit on anonymously (not even by a seagull**), so at first I was upset and confused and felt the need to defend myself. And I did, and then I realized that I am who I am, and these comments have nothing to do with the person that I am. I have always tried to be unfailingly me, and that's why I started the blog. And that's why I'll always write from my heart, strugglesaurus and all. (Awww)

** - I believe that the whole "it's good luck if a seagull shits on you" shtick was invented to make people feel better when they get shit on. There's nothing worse than being shit on, so I hear.

Random question: Anyone know where I can get me a capybara? I hear they make good pets. See below.

Yes, they do exist. I found this sweet pic from


Johnny Utah said...

I'm new to the blogging world, too -- I probably started about 2-3 months before you. I agree with quite a bit of what you wrote here. Though I've never written anything as controversial as your now infamous Awesomely Awful post, you can take it as at least people are reading it.

Keep posting. You're doing a great job!

P.S. Which community do you use? How helpful is it?

laurenne said...

WHAT!? You're already getting hate mail. Lucky! It means people are reading. I was very excited when I got my first hate mail from some Malaysian after I made fun of the Malaysian flag. (Come on! It's a Muslim version of the American flag, which to me doesn't make sense!).
Anyway, I'm happy you're blogging and sorting everything out and saying F U to the anonymers. (You can block anonymous commenters if you want).

From someone who's been blogging a while now and still doesn't know what she's doing, I say WELCOME! YAY! It's gonna be lots of fun and you're gonna meet amazing people even if we were all nerds in junior high.


Renee ( said...

I'm not sure why there are so many mean and negative people out there. But I guess some people just have issues and are jealous of your fabulous strugglesauraus-ness! Keep blogging, keep being you!! xo

Michelle said...

Hmm. You could get a guinea pig and somehow alter it to make it much larger..? Capybaras are, after all, giant guinea pigs.

Anyway, I'm sorry to hear that people are "shitting" on you, but I can see their reasoning. They're really not choosing the best way to say how they feel about it, but I think some had valid points amidst the negativity.

Anonymous said...

Delete the comments all you want. I have you bookmarked. As long as you put stuff up here people will comment.

I repeat, my comment wasn't anonymous, look me up and give me a call if you really think my comments are hateful or at least have the ball to respond to them before deleting them.

Anonymous said...

This is not Sex in the City and you are not Carrie Bradshaw. This is real life. You can't ridicule people online without expecting some sort of backlash. Your post was just as mean spirited as many of the comments in response.
I hope you have learned something.

Anonymous said...

What an idiot. You make fun of a genuinely nice guy, thinking he's a stalker, and now you have 1000 new stalkers.

Welcome to the internet - moron.