Today is International Women’s Day a time to celebrate our achievements and to try to end the inequalities for other women around the world. As women, we often overcome hurdles on a daily basis to reach a position we are happy with in our life, whether it is from a personal or professional point of view.
Blogging has opened up a completely new network of friends for me and whilst I probably do not communicate as much as I could on various groups, mainly through my shyness and not wanting to look stupid at asking questions, I do watch from a distance. Recently I have witnessed some less than supportive behaviour towards others. Why do some people like to criticise and backstab other bloggers? This has happened on numerous occasions on Twitter and in various groups and it worries me how people on the receiving end of this behaviour are feeling. It deeply saddens me that people think they have the right to manipulate others by their snide comments. The world would be a much nicer place if women stood together strong, supporting each other through life’s trials.
Of course for every case of nasty behaviour there are many acts of kindness shown in the blogging world and this is something to be proud of, from charity work, to supporting people through illness, domestic violence or even childbirth, it is a pleasure to open my inbox and read all the encouraging stories being shared.
It would be nice if we could all make a pledge to say “hello” to a blogger we do not know and try to strike up a conversation, it would probably make their day and leave us with a sense of happiness, knowing we may have brought a smile to their face. Life can be hard at times and we all have problems hidden from the outside world, let us all give 5 minutes of our day to supporting other women in our networks. You never know what difference that conversation will make.