*I'm writing this rant at six in the morning, to Hybrid Theory-- You've been warned*
If you're somehow unaware, Maddie posted a photo-shoot on her blog last night, ending the post with saying how she feels so trapped at blogging and frustrated with the AG community.
Talking to Maddie through texts, I've been with her side by side as she's been annoyed, & tbh I'm ticked as well.
So you all get to read my lovely little rant on the AG community and the crap side of it.
For some reason I came into the blogging world thinking that the AG community is all peaches and cream. For the most part it is, but I've also found there's a lot of judgmental, flower children who have issues with what others do.
Look, I get it that some of the AG bloggers are older than others. I get it that we may be more mature, and not every one, particularly not younger people, are going to like what we post.
But that does NOT give you incentive to judge us.
I don't know about you, but I was taught to treat others as I want to be treated. The way some of you act, it's like you're opening a door to having yourself being judged for what you do. Because clearly, if you're treating others like that, don't you want to be treated that way too?
I feel very firmly that a certain maturity level needs to be attained before one enters a platform of social media. There is a 13 year old age limit on sites for a reason. That said, I know a lot of bloggers under that age who are very mature, and I commend them.
But circling back around to judging-- I honestly don't know why this has become such of an issue. If you do not like something someone blogs there are two things you can do.
1.) Unfollow/don't read their posts.
2.) Keep your mouth shut.
Sometimes in life we just have to bite our tongues, okay? There's a lot of things and posts I don't necessarily see eye-to-eye with, but you don't see me leaving slight, snide comments. I simply read them, know that I have a differing opinion, and move on with my life. Unless somebody specifically asks for their reader's views/personal opinions, we should all learn to just keep our opinions inside of us.
And something pertaining specifically to Maddie that I feel I should address-- Maddie should not have to "compromise" in any way because of the language she uses. It is her blog-- last I remember, there is no crime for sometimes cussing. As we discussed earlier; if you don't likes something, then by God, unfollow! The poor girl shouldn't have to fret about whether or not she warned you all that she said something in a post.
I've always felt a little out of place in the blogging world. I find it likely that it's the fact I talk about stuff most of you don't know about. Whether it's music, movies, people, etc. Sometimes I feel like I should "dumb things down" in a sense, and not mention anything anymore. I already partially have. I know some of my older readers will remember the completely fandom-induced Adaline of AGITS. I still am her, but I stopped being like that because I knew half, or more, of my readers had no clue what I was discussing. But if there's any conclusion I've come to through all of this, it's that I really don't care anymore. I am completely and utterly done blogging for others when I should be blogging for myself. This is my own corner of the internet. And I'm going to treat it as that.
One last thing I want to address before I sign off and go crawl back into the hole from whence I came.
I'd like to think I'm a very sweet person. I don't like confrontation. But if there's anything that's going to turn my gut and get me annoyed, it's when you tick off my friends. I've always had friends who've got my back and in turn I've got theirs. If I have maddened any of you by this, or ever defended something in the comments, it's not because I want to argue. Come on, guys. You know me. I'm not out to smack talk or lecture anybody-- all I want to do is make sure friends, and anybody else for that matter, are treated right.
It really burns me to know that Maddie wants to quit blogging because her reception in the AG community has gotten worse; all because she may not be a perfect flower child.
'Cause you know what? There are all kinds of different people in the world. And if you girls are going to make someone feel so unwelcome because she's different-- you're going to have a rude awakening when you go out into the world and find that any and every single person on this earth is different, has different personalities and isn't perfect. Good luck trying to fit everybody into your socially acceptable mold.