Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s post is about a personal experience my family had with a “professional blogger”. Aside sharing the little views I have about what I consider irresponsible blogging, I need you to share your knowledge on social media laws and terms of engagement. I would so appreciate it if you can spare a few minutes to share what you know in the comments section after reading… Happy reading 🙂
The world is basically just a button away and if you have access to a smart phone or device, all you need is to click away and find that information you need. Social media has come to stay and whether we like it or yes, it comes with the good and the bad. You wanting to post something that matters to you for whatever reason may be misunderstood for several reasons by people who happen to come across your post.
It is true most social media platforms allows for your posts to be shared by people but that feature should not be abused. Also there is the option to make your posts private which goes to say that, only your friends and family who follow you are privy to such posts and not the general public. Dictionary.com has the following definitions for blogging;
a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.
a single entry or post on such a website: She regularly contributes a blog to the magazine’s website.
verb (used without object), blogged, blog·ging.
to maintain or add new entries to a blog.
verb (used with object), blogged, blog·ging.
to express or write about on a blog: She’s been blogging her illness for almost a year.
I am on a couple of social media platforms and I tend to share stuff that are mine as well as that of other people. I may either know or not know such people. The stuff I share cuts across different subjects and could be funny, educative, etc. I do have a personal blog specifically for my personal views even though I can count off my fingers the number of post I have on there. I know people blog for varied reasons and on different subjects. I have come across different people expressing their displeasure about certain blog posts for various reasons. Sometimes, the headlines are misleading and sometimes the stories are untrue or misconstrued, etc.
On Twitter, I have seen the likes of Lydia Forson and Wiyaala (both players in the entertainment industry) try to deal with bloggers who enjoy twisting stories to suit their whims, if I can say that. I like to read and so for someone like me, I may read beyond just the headlines but I can’t say same for people who would rather stick with headlines and nothing else. For someone like Lydia, I noticed most of these bloggers would write their stories based on something she had tweeted and create a totally different picture. If I happened to see the original tweet and compare it to the story I am reading, I could only imagine the frustration she may have been going through at that point in time and the fact that she now had to spend time trying her possible best to debunk such stories.
Then I experienced it first-hand. A family event had gone on and one of my cousins with her funny self, created an innocent post about genesis of that event. Well, with her social media accounts being connected to one another, the post ended up on another platform but in private mode. A friend of hers wanted to play around with it and so she disabled the privacy option for him to do that. Being busy and all, we went about our usual business only to wake up on a Monday morning to see a blogger had picked the story, twisted the caption my cousin had used and we were on our way to going viral.
When we contacted him to take the story down, this blogger had the nerve to be rude talking about how he wasn’t the one who posted the story on social media in the first place and so wasn’t at fault. I am no longer on that platform and so not conversant with the rules on there (I am neither conversant with the others I am on) we didn’t want the story all over the place for reasons best kept on the low but here was a blogger who was only looking for traffic for his blog and didn’t care about how we felt. A friend had sent me the link to the story and then friends of other cousins had begun sending screenshots of a couple of other blogs carrying the story. Unknowingly, it was this same blogger with multiple blogs for whatever reason. From the beginning he had said he had taken down the story but as at midday, the story was still up on his blog.
When my cousin handed over her phone to me to discuss the issue with him, I was already at my boiling point and the only thing that saved the day was a call coming in for her which was more important than his annoying self. A friend advised we walk the talk and so after we had sent him a letter informing him we were going to meet him in court, the story disappeared as if it was at a snap of a finger from all the sites.
I admit people take inspiration from so many things but on the other hand, it wouldn’t have hurt if he had been courteous to ask first before posting the story on his blog. I don’t know what he was thinking coming at us with attitude and all. But then again, this was someone who was only interested in getting traffic for his page and didn’t care that it was the lives of other people he was presenting out there and so the utmost decorum was needed. I am equally mad that he took my cousin’ shine away, lol.
Thankfully, the story is down and we can only be grateful. I don’t know about others who have fallen victim of such and not been able to get the stories off these traffic hungry blogs. Hopefully, if we can learn to red beyond headlines and wait it out a few days before passing judgment, we can find out what the true story is instead of feeding the ego of these unprofessional wannabe “top bloggers”.