Recently, Brittany over at Eating Bird Food had a great post about rising above negativity. Initially, I thought her post was about negative blogging (it wasn't, she covered some great tips about how to handle negative comments left on your blog/fb pages/twitter accounts) but it got me to thinking about the blogging community and, by extension, the social network communities.
As a relatively new blogger and etsy seller, I have not yet directly experienced negativity from my readers or customers (and since you're all so wonderful, I don't expect to ;), but as someone who has been buying vintage for a while and follows a number of blogs and shops online, I have come across the occasional unsavory post, tweet or status update either snarking about fellow etsy members, bad mouthing customers or generally unloading about a personal bias. Each time I've seen this kind of behavior, it has made me sad and a bit uncomfortable.
This is not to say that I believe people should not have different opinions or feel free to express their views, but I prefer to see it done in a constructive manner. I'd like to see etsy entrepreneurs and bloggers supporting each other (I'm pretty confident we all do what we do because we have a passion for it!) I'd like to believe we can share our expertise with each other, help mentor a new blogger or shop owner and generally offer each other our support.
Along those lines, I'm going to take this opportunity to promise to keep it positive. My blog will be negativity free, and if I have an opinion to state, I will do so in a manner which does not judge. I will appreciate and respect my customers and readers. I plan to share what I learn with others and be a source of support for my fellow bloggers and etsy entrepreneurs. (And I hope you will all keep me in line and let me know if you think I've gone off track!)
If you'd like to join me, please copy the badge below and post it on your own blog. (Feel free to link back to this blog post as well!)
(On a side note, the lovely gals in this photo are my Gram and Great-Aunt with their friends. How cute are they??)
Hugs and Smooches,
PS - I'd love for you to join me in promoting and mentoring my fellow etsy sellers! ConstantlyAlice's Etsy group is here TogetherEveryoneAchievesMore