I read recently on a very popular blog that as her blog grew, she started getting "haters"....women who
left mean comments and messages. She was so bothered by this that she ended up taking a blogging break to get recharged.
I remember several years ago when I had a really bad relapse with an ongoing illness. The relapse lasted for months. Feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, I heard about a book that had just been released, written by someone with a chronic illness. With the book release, the author started a forum where people could write in, discuss their illness and ask questions. I joined the forum and before long, there was someone in the group that started picking apart every comment that I made--to the point of bullying and verbally abusing me. I ended up realizing that this was a very unhealthy atmosphere--a place that I thought would bring some healing to my tired body and soul ended up causing me a great deal of emotional pain.
I have made some beautiful friendships since I started blogging, and as I read the posts of other women like myself, I sometimes cry, pray or laugh at the things you share with your readers.. Your hearts are an open book. I share in your joys and your sorrows, your burdens and your victories. I do my best. I am a woman, just like you--with a full, rich life outside of blogging. I don't always have time to visit, but on the days when I have a few hours, I try to visit as many of you as possible and say hello. Some of you have many more followers than me--and you still manage to "do it all"....while sometimes it is difficult for me to respond quickly to all of the emails from my small following--but I do my best. I read and so appreciate every single one of you and your comments brighten each of my days. On occasion, while opening my email, I may miss responding to someone. This is only human error, not lack of concern or appreciation for you.
I too, recently received a couple of emails from "haters"...and I guess when we do anything on the internet, we open ourselves up to people who for some reason, without having met us, decide that they do not like us, and/or feel that they must vent their anger and frustration and unhappiness toward us.
The Heart Work of Relationships is a class I developed a couple of years ago and will be offering here on my blog, beginning Wednesday, February 13th. Please feel free to stop by for a visit and link up with us. Be prepared to look deep into your heart for some insight into relationship issues. You can sign up to receive my updates via email if you don't want to miss anything.