I must be getting noticed.
If the number of entrepreneurs offering me services to improve my blog are any kind of measure, I must be coming up in more searches. I’m getting more spam among my comments too – not something I remember to check very often.
I’ve had no trolls so far though. So, do I want to get noticed?
I started this blog when I was formatting the first anthology from our writing group, the Whittlesey Wordsmiths (sneaky plug… Did I mention yet, we’ve just published two Christmas collections ?) I saw it as a more effective way to share what I knew and what I was learning, little realising that most of our Wordsmiths weren’t into following blogs back then.
But when I’m online elsewhere I mostly lurk in the background, to avoid the kind of vitriol that internet anonymity brings out in bullies who aren’t brave enough to resort to bullying in real life. (Because bullying is a last resort for those who can’t get noticed otherwise.)
You know who I mean… those people who seem to believe that if they are loud enough and offensive enough, they can frighten listeners into believing them. Rather like that fire and brimstone, old time religion depicted in historical movies.
I have a theory that those who shout loudest are trying to drown a little voice in their subconscious telling them they are wrong – perhaps knowledge from a former life that didn’t carry over to this one?
But now I’m fantasising.
There is a common fantasy that if we get enough people to share our belief it will become true. It’s is called the Tinkerbell effect. (Don’t you just love Wikipedia? What I like best about Wikipedia is that it actually tells you when its information shouldn’t be trusted.)
Am I just being cowardly myself?
Should I continue to bite my virtual tongue, rather than stir up more attention to a patently biased opinion by dignifying it with a reply?
Or should I stand up and be counted to indicate that such opinions don’t hold the sway they appear to hold online?
(That fairy drawing up there is by Jane Pobgee, a member of the Whittlesey Wordsmiths whose illustrations grace the Christmas stories and poems in both Windy Christmas and Jingle Bells and Tinsel Tales.)