People think that being a mummy-blogger is all about free samples of washing powder, sexy sponsored posts for feminine hygiene products, hordes of simpering fan-girls showering you with adulation and big-name brands showering you with money.
It’s NOT. People are MEAN to you. People can be TOTAL ASSHOLES over the most banal and trivial things.
I have been personally attacked for sharing my thoughts about controversial hot-button topics like kitchen appliances, children’s toys and beloved Australian soap operas.
A week or two ago I saw an interesting call-out from Amanda at Cooker and a Looker. She was looking for bloggers who had mean comments to share for a short video she was making, and I jumped at the opportunity to cast my trademark anonymity aside, put a face to the name Hugzilla and make peace with the trolls of old posts.
The video is here. My ugly mug is labelled, for your convenience.
Up until now I have studiously avoided reading the comments on my Mamamia articles and on their Facebook page, but I had to don the Teflon undies and trawl through them to find some nasty comments for the video, because I delete all the mean comments I get on Hugzilla. I have no such control over articles I have posted elsewhere, so my primary mode of dealing with that is to steer well clear and remain in ignorant bliss. Until now.
I had to go back and open…. THE TROLL FILES.
Most bemusing of all is that one of the commenters got very upset about my tongue-in-cheek article about the TV show Offspring, claiming that it was an example of bullying even though it was never directed at her or anyone else personally. I quite enjoyed the irony of being accused of bullying when there were 200 other participants in that thread calling me a dick and a moron and threatening to punch me.
Here are some tasty morsels of mean commentary for your enjoyment.
I think I know what everyone needs….