Bleacher Report community: Support, don’t troll, fellow writers
If you are a Bleacher Report contributor (FC, Correspondent, whatever), you have no reason to be anything but encouraging and constructive while interacting with your fellow writers.
You’re not going to impress the girl of your dreams by trashing her boyfriend, and you’re not going to gain respect (or reads) in the B/R community by trolling other writers’ articles.
I’m not sure where the whole “If I put this writer down, people will read my stuff” strategy developed, but I can assure you that it doesn’t work. I started as a full-time writer, and I worked my you-know-what off to make sure that my name was attached to the best slideshows and articles. I spent hours writing my Monday Night Football predictions each week, and I spent days building 50-slide slideshows, and …
“This is a terrible article.”
“You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Or my personal favorite …
“Go make me a sandwich.”
We’re all going to encounter Internet trolls. You know the type: no profile picture, created his account that day, huge fan of CAPS LOCK. But writer-on-writer attacks reflect poorly on us as individuals.
And they hurt the B/R brand we’ve worked so hard to build. Don’t be one of them.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting all kinds of different people since I started at Bleacher Report, and I’m proud to say that many of those who have supported their fellow writers are now my colleagues.
As for the trolls … well, we can’t seem to remember their names.
I thought long and hard for a less cheesy way to say “we’re all in this together,” but I’m stuck. So: We’re all in this together!
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Bailey Brautigan is Bleacher Report’s Video Content Manager.