Social Media: To Love, To Hate, or To Tolerate?
Posted on January 24 2016
So here it is. My epiphany moment. The moment where I sit back and ask myself, "Why did I just do that?!" A couple of days ago, I posted a picture on our Instagram page of this sweatshirt with the description, "9 am on a Saturday. It isn't too early to wear this right?!"
Within 5 minutes, I get a comment from a follower: "I think another word for that is alcoholic." I froze. I had a wave of embarrassment come over me instantly. Did I hurt someone's feelings? Is this sweatshirt insensitive? So, I deleted the post. No hesitation, no thinking, just deleted. I replaced it with a collage of the Wine Addict Sweatshirt and its sister MOTIVATE sweatshirt.
Immediately, regret set in. Why did I do that? Why am I tailoring my business after one person's comment? 24 hours later, I get an email from Susan Hyatt, a certified life coach and one hell of a boss babe. The email was titled: Judgement Happens. Celebrate You Anyway.
As I sit here sipping my Sunday morning coffee, I open the e-mail and read Susan's words:
Why did this speak to me? I can't tell you how many times I've had "shut it down moments." Moments where if I don't get enough likes on a post, I'll freak out and delete it because I don't think people like it enough. Moments where, like the girl above, who made a comment about me being an alcoholic because of my style and sense of humor, but doesn't really know me as a person.
I never should have deleted that post. I should have left it up there and stuck up for myself, but that's the struggle with owning a business. I don't want to come off as insensitive or uncaring. I do value everyone's comments when it comes to this beautiful dream and passion that I get to live every day and continue to build. However, I also need to be better in valuing myself. I know who I am as a person and as a business owner, and I shouldn't let one person change that. Nor should anyone else. Stand up for yourself, believe in yourself, and don't let one person over a simple comment change that.
STB Boss Babe