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Social Media: To Love, To Hate, or To Tolerate?

Sara Kamman

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?!" 

Wine Addict Instagram Post

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:

Susan Hyatt Sunday Sermon

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.



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