I recently wrote a few more articles on LinkedIn that have had an interesting response. The first one, something that I published the morning I left to go on a three day camping/bike trip with my daughter, got a lot of attention. With over 18k views and over a thousand shares I got close to 150 comments, and most of them were negative reactions to the article I wrote:
People called me stupid, accused me of being rich, a trust fund baby even being in my 20’s and having no idea about what it is like to have to care for dependents. It was fascinating to read through all the angry posts, particularly the ones that seemed an attempt to shun me for my attention grabbing title. As I say in many replies to the comments, it WAS my intention to get the attention of people going through hard times, to show that there is a more positive way to look at things. Unfortunately a lot of it seemed to fall on deaf ears, though I did get a good number of positive comments too and I am definitely grateful for that. It is a relief to know that at least a few folks understand the value of focusing on the positive side of things.
In response to the negativity and a clear need to share more of my story, sort of upping my ‘unemployment cred’ if you will, I did go ahead and do a follow up article that gave a little bit more information, and focused on specific lessons that I learned during my 4.5 years between jobs:
As soon as I posted the follow up I also added some links to it in the other more controversial article and then spent about 2 hours going back and commenting on almost all of the comments that I received.
What I thought was interesting was that I have posted numerous articles with tips for dealing with things like WIC and EBT, Foreclosure, all sorts of not so fun things, but nothing got attention like this article. Anger really seems to be a good way to spark conversation.
I wish that my suggestions about looking at the bright side of things could be taken for what they are, which is a way to not be depressed, stressed and stuck on the pity pot of a difficult life change.