It takes someone with true talent to bitch and complain without sounding obnoxious.
And believe me, I don’t think I possess that talent.
But let’s be real. We all can get sad, and maybe even depressed. Does that give us a licence to moan on facebook/twitter/blog?
Well, let’s see…. I guarantee a drop in followers, some unfriending, and maybe fewer hits. Not that this a bad thing, I sometimes get creeped out by having people “follow me”.
But there are some instances where the complaint is actually conveyed in an entertaining manner.
How does one complain without sounding making me want to punch my computer screen?
I’ll tell you how:
There is a Difference Between Being “Personal” and Complaining
Think of someone in your real life that does nothing but whine, bitch, or otherwise drag everybody down and make everyone in the entire zip code feel like committing suicide or gnawing their way through the wall just to escape.
It’s bad, right? Well, that suckyness is magnified times a hundred on a blog or on facebook/twitter.
Its one thing to be honest and “personal” by telling people whats going on in your life. It’s another thing to complain about your life.
Hey, Wait a Minute… Aren’t You Complaining RIGHT NOW Ms. Hypocrite Blogger Poopy Pants!?
Why yes! I AM a poopy pants hypocrite blogger. But bloggers can get away with it as long as they make a lesson out of it and entertain you. Like when Margret Cho complains about being Asian. Its funny and entertaining as hell. When she complains about being asked by non-Asians why she can’t put on nail polish properly, I don’t give her a hard time.
When I write a post where I whine about something, I do try to make it valuable in some way by attaching a lesson or something to it. Like when my dad got dianosed with a death sentence-esque cancer, I tried to make the post high light the fact that we need to live each moment as if it is our last.
Every once in a blue moon I may feel so frustrated about something that I will blast an invective on Twitter just to vent. But I regret it every time I do, because nobody wants to read that shit. Like that one time I tweeted:
“Not to be TMI but I hate it when you think your period is over and then the next day your ovaries are all “LOL JUST KIDDING BITCH”
It doesn’t make anyone feel closer to me or like me more . Having those few others that retweeted that tweet that have a similar complaint is not solidarity.
Very Few Care
Shit happens. A LOT of shit happened to me this year with my dad’s brain cancer diagnosis. And yes, although I do have a great group of friends that do care, the truth of the matter is, I’m sure most people thought,
“Oh, that sucks for her, glad it’s not me…”
and then they moved on, took pictures of their pets, took a Zumba class or whatever. It’s not that they aren’t sympathetic, but giving you sympathy is not why they’re visiting your blog. Here is a bitter pill for you to swallow: most readers read your blog to fulfill their needs. As I mentioned, there are those few that read your blog because they ARE your true friends and they want to see what your up to. The rest want recipes, thoughtful insights, laughs, food porn, or just regular porn….
I guess I better show a picture of someone’s tits the next time I complain. Not mine though. Trust me, there ain’t much to show….
And you might puke.
So, when do you find it annoying on social media? Is there a fine line? Or do you pretty much just want to bitch slap ANYBODY who complains? Its ok, you can bitch slap me too.