When I first started blogging, I desperately wanted to become a Huffington Post blogger.
Fast forward a year and change later, and that dream was realized.
I was elated – cried a few tears of gratitude upon seeing my name in the byline. And the support from my friends and fans was just, well, it was heartwarming and made me cry even more.
Now here we are, present day. And I’ve realized that the dream I had of what it is to be a Huffington Post blogger is not all that I thought it would be.
Everything I share on that platform is ripped to shreds by faceless strangers who read the title (which the editing team writes – I have no say) and use it as an invitation to attempt to shame me and my story.
Don’t get me wrong: I know that anytime you put yourself out there, and be 100% you, you risk the chance of being rejected and ridiculed.
But NEVER have I been met with such toxicity in response to my writing on other platforms, like mustlovecrows.com, twitter, Medium, Instagram and good old Facebook.
So what is the lesson here?
The lesson for me is that it’s time to let go of the dream I had of what it is to be a Huffington Post blogger. It’s time to say thank you for the opportunity, but I won’t allow my writing to become an impetus for hostility.
I cannot control other people; I cannot make people face the reasons why they hate so passionately.
But I can stop offering up bits of myself – bits of my soul – on a platform that is a breeding ground for all that is wrong with this world.
Which by the way, is a lack of love.
I appreciate you all so much for your support over the past couple years. And I look forward to continuing to connect with you here on mustlovecrows.com.
You just won’t catch anything new from me moving forward on The Huffington Post.
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