After a four-month break from working on Hollaback Health, the health bloggers’ blog, we’re back in action!
I started things off this morning with a “what I learned on my summer vacation” essay.
If there’s one topic on a lot of bloggers’ minds right now, it’s Get Off My Internets, a site that isn’t new, but is new to many healthy living bloggers. I was aware of GOMI for a little while, but I had no reason to read it, as it mainly focused on bloggers I didn’t know or read. But suddenly, blogs I do know and read started popping up in the GOMI forums. And then, as we like to say at Hollaback, shit got bananas.
Like many other bloggers, I found myself the subject of a thread in the GOMI forums. They called me a raging slut — and not as a bad thing; as in, “Does anyone else miss the raging slut Rachel Wilkerson?” The question was put out there and people agreed; yes, they missed the raging slut. They said that now I was boring. And hipster.
Call me a raging slut all you want, but I do not like being accused of being a fucking hipster.
Aside from the hipster thing, though, the forum hit on a lot of things about my blog that I was worried about and basically confirmed my fears that I was becoming the blogger equivalent of That Girl Who Gets a Boyfriend and Suddenly Ditches All Her Friends. After spending more time in the forums, reading every single healthy living blogger thread, and interacting with the community there, I can say that I my experience with GOMI was actually pretty positive.
You can read the full post about it on Hollaback: Five Things GOMI Taught Me About Blogging!
UPDATE: In the months after I published this post, the number of legit conversations taking place on GOMI shrank and the number of absolutely toxic conversations increased dramatically. While I did initially learn some important lessons by reading what was being said about me there, continuing to read what was being said about me and other bloggers (and continuing to attempt to have rational conversations with the community there) became incredibly unhealthy and damaging and I quit cold turkey in January 2012.