You may of noticed a new picture on my sidebar today which means that this blog is taking part in the "peace, love & lush products" campaign, which was started by Beabarella after she got some unnecessary comments on her Youtube video.
This has been a tough week in the beauty blogging world and the nail polish scene too, so this couldn't come at a better time. The behaviour that I have seen goes against everything that blogging is about.
Cyber bullying (even though it takes place behind a keyboard and computer screen, it IS a form of bullying) is a very real issue and it has been given a lot of media attention too. If you have ever had a nasty comment directed at you either online or in person, you will understand how low they can make you feel.
Don't get me wrong, I don't expect everyone to agree 100% of the time but there is a way of explaining your opinion or being constructively critical without being rude. Sometimes its just that the people behind the comments haven't thought about what they are writing so if you are commenting on someone's video, blog, tweet, status, forum post or whatever just read back through it after you've typed it as context really doesn't come over through a keyboard. Us women always read what's said and then what's between the lines too so if you wouldn't like to receive your own comment, don't send it.
There are also people out there called internet trolls too who make a habit of commenting on things just to get a reaction. They are the type of people behind those shocking Facebook groups that pop up on your newsfeed to report them every so often. In this case they are best ignored/deleted/blocked.
I personally haven't had anything said to me but my partner is VERY unsupportive of my blog, which hurts just as much.
It is important not to let these comments bring us down, but to move on, find something positive from it and bring the blogging community back together as a group to support each other. That's where the peace, love & lush products campaign comes in.
Want to get involved? Add the picture to your sidebar and spread the love in a blog post!
You can read Beabarella's original post here, and I joined the campaign from Carlotta's Beauty Spot.