They say that bad publicity is publicity nonetheless, that there will inevitably be some negative confrontations, that it’s a necessary evil, that you have to learn to roll with the punches, have thick skin, yada yada and so on and so on.
If truth be told, I’m not big on confrontation.
Maybe I’m naive, or overly optimistic, or even a bit of a Pollyanna, but I’m surprised when people that I’m supposed to have a sense of camaraderie with harangue me, throw uncalled-for shit at me, or simply fail to extend the same common courtesies to me that I know I would extend to them. And then there’s are the times when one innocently gets caught in the crossfire of other people’s agenda with each other. Thank God they happen so infrequently, because I’m really only here for a good time.
My experiences as a blogger and from social media are overwhelmingly positive. I do not rely on blogging for a living – I am here because the experience, friendships and insights enhance my life on countless levels. I feel so freaking lucky.
I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I prefer to take the high road whenever possible – to accentuate the positive I’ve encountered in life and as a blogger, rather than respond to those few inevitable instances of douchieness or negativity. Sure, there’s the desire to nicely explain to X or Y why they are wrong, but that sort of person is often deaf to such good intentions and instead goes into attack mode. Bang! So, generally, I have found that the best way to deal with many negative situations is to just ignore it or duck out of the line of fire.
So, at least for now, I’ll walk away when the nastiness begins (or buy popcorn and watch from a distance).
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