I'm not usually one to vent about things, but I read a blog post yesterday that made me a little upset.
The bottom line? Some people can be so mean.
An aspiring author who shall remain nameless, but I'm sure some of you know who she is, let all of her readers know that she won't be posting as much from now on. Most of it is because she needs to stay sane and write, but another part of it is that she received a nasty e-mail from someone about what she posts on her blog, and it really hurt her.
Now, I know we all have opinions. I know not everyone agrees on everything. That's what makes us all so different and unique. BUT, when you have an opinion and you disagree with something someone else is saying, please tell them in a NICE manner. Don't attack the person because of their opinion. It's JUST an opinion. Now I have no idea what the e-mail she was sent was about, but if it made her think twice about posting writing advice and things, then I'm sure it wasn't pretty. It makes me so sad. This blogger has had amazing advice over the past few years she has been blogging. Even if she isn't published yet, she has excellent posts about finding an agent, editing, critique groups, you name it. She has over 1000 followers, and has a ton of people commenting every day. Just one person had to say something rude, and now she wont be posting writing advice anymore.
In my opinion, it doesn't matter if you're published or not. If you want to say something about something that has helped you in your writing journey, then go for it! It may not help everyone, but it may help someone. None of us are professionals. No one knows everything. That's why all of us writers have blogs. To help each other on our paths to publication, and even after. I've made some great friends in the blogging community and I hope to make many more.
Anyway, if I ever post something that I don't have any idea what I'm talking about, feel free to talk to me. But please don't send me a hate e-mail and bash everything I've ever said. The same goes for anyone else with blogs out there. One e-mail can ruin someone's entire day, week, life, career, whatever. You never know what people are going through, and if you say something rude just to make yourself feel better about yourself, it's going to come back and bite you in the butt someday.
And if you really want to send me a hate e-mail, go for it. I'll send you flowers and a thank you card after I read it.
Have a good weekend everyone. :)