“If you’re pissing people off you must be doing something right!”
Fine, sometimes. Sometimes people will hate you because you’re saying something true but uncomfortable. But a lot of times it can also mean that you were just being a class-A, disrespectful jerk. An easy tell? When almost everyone you know is telling you that “no, you really were just being a super horrible jerk idiot and maybe it’s time to own up now.” Pretty much a sure-fire indication.
Haters gonna hate!
Well, yeah, OK. Sometimes haters really are just going to hate because hating is a part of their genetic makeup and they’re just going to hate everything you ever say or do no matter what. Sometimes that happens. But often times haters are just decent but misinformed people who rush to judgement or may have a short fuse. In which case haters gonna hate a little but maybe not if you actually opened a dialog with them and schooled them? Remember this?
I used to have a REALLY hard time with the amount of hateful vibes I would get, especially so when I started blogging. While this blog has thankfully created a major influx of amazing conversations, comments, tweets, and emails in it’s short lifespan, I’ve also gotten a fair share of negative backlash. So, if you happen to be a fellow, unknowing, occasional hate-magnet like me, it might be worth your time to ask yourself these short questions to help you get out there and live your life, as hate-free as possible. It’s been helpful to me, for what it’s worth.