Well it happened again... bum... another sleepless night and concern over how I am perceived by the outside World.
I keep an eye on my stats as to where visitors come from and noticed an increase from the http://www.thefretboard.co.uk community. Check it out - if you want a good forum (and you go in unknown) its a great place to talk about guitars.
Two seperate threads had linked to my shop. One regarding the wonderful Maybach guitars - the other was regarding the wonderful developments in the world of Gordon Smith.
Within moments of my posting the same ol' people whose names I recognized (one or two who have also contributed to another online hate site dressed up as a consumer reviews site) begin their digs.
As Kandee mentions in the video below - it doesn't matter how many positive comments you get - how many peoples lives you help in a positive way - ALL you can focus on when you have a sensitive disposition are the haters.
In my attempts to rationalize and explain my views I merely dig the hole bigger and bigger - the end result being a total melt down of any civilized conversation and complete loss of ability to discuss the topic I wanted to enjoy contributing to.
In life there is always balance and if you are positively charged, negatively charged people will tend to remove your positive energy through their negativity. This video helps me keep a hold of that energy for myself.
With all that said, here is a BRILLIANT video for anyone who feels they suffer emotionally from the results of online bullying in any form. Kandee is beautiful inside and out and a real positive inspiration (my kids love watching her make up videos which are amazing). If you are feeling down you cannot help but be uplifted.
Also - if you are someone who is quick to speak negatively about people on forums without considering how it effects them personally it is probably MORE important that you watch the video too. You may realize there is something missing in your life that causes you to be this way.