Trolls Trolls Everywhere
It is one of the phrases I read all too often in message boards and in the comments section of this blog and others. These words bring shivers down my spine, not because they are an insult, but because they reduce reality to a frustratingly simplistic state. The phrase I utterly dislike is “You bloggers”. Let me tell you why.
Lets start with the reality of how these words are almost always used. Commenters often say “You bloggers killed yet another deal”, but they will never say, “You bloggers helped to create rainbows, unicorns and Lucky Charms”. Where is the positivity? I’m quite proud of my accomplishments in those areas. 🙂
Seriously though, I have written over 1,000 posts over the history of this blog. That is probably close to 1,000,000 words where my personality, knowledge and sincerity are out there for all to see. Those 1,000,000 words allow you to make a decision about this blog and who runs it. Those 1,000,000 words mean I am not one of “You bloggers”. They give me an identity.
Perhaps my dislike for the “You bloggers” phrase comes from something I used to hear on the phone all of the time at my previous job. Whenever someone of a certain generation would be upset with the company I worked for, they would say “You people” before complaining. As someone who was trying to help them, I felt that was a direct insult. I would think, “Hello? My name is Shawn. I just told you that. I am trying to help you. Why insult me?”
So now back to the infamous phrase I am ranting about. The truth is that each blog and blogger is unique. My resistance from being bunched in with everyone else doesn’t stem from a desire to think I am better than them, but instead the realization that I am unique. Not better or worse, just myself. (Or at least that is how I remember my mommy phrasing it when I was younger.)
I am going to be honest. The idea for this post came some time back when I was upset at a so called troll who used this phrase. At that time I decided not to write this post, because I felt it needed too be done at a time when I wasn’t frustrated. Frustration would lead to lack of clarity and I wanted everyone reading this to understand that your use of that phrase weakens your argument.
If I do something you don’t like, then email or comment and say that. I am accountable for what I write because I can’t hide from those 1,000,000 words and because I genuinely care about the quality of my product. As the site ages, so does the amount of content that is available to you. The minute you simplify me down to just one of “You bloggers” then your opinion no longer matters much. You have shown that you want to complain, but don’t want to know the truth and that you don’t value the site.
The world would be a terrible place if all people or all bloggers were the same. Just like within any environment, we all come from different backgrounds, experiences and all have different motivations and goals. This results in a wide variety of information targeted at a number of different demographics. I really really like it that way.
Without dragging this out any further, I just want to say Welcome to Miles to Memories. I really and truly appreciate each and every reader. Don’t believe me? I’m sure a few who have read some of my 1,000,000 words would vouch for my sincerity. So criticize me all you want, but do so within the lines of my individualism. Don’t blame me for what other bloggers do and don’t blame them for what I do. It will make the world a better place for everyone.