By Laura LaVoie
“Wow, you live in something that small?”
“Oh, I could never do that!”
“I would live in a tiny house, but I can’t because of all my books.”
We’ve all heard the negativity on the internet. It isn’t just part of the tiny house community but all over there is an epidemic of individuals trolling websites on topics they couldn’t care less about to simply make comments about how that thing is the worst thing they’ve ever heard of. I think there is something about the anonymity that the internet provides that makes people bolder than they would otherwise be.
I believe the tiny house community is all about positivity. People can give our choices political assignments even when no political motives are present. People can write us off as those crazy folks who live a little weird. That is fine; but dealing with internet comments is part and parcel of blogging the tiny life. So, how do we deal with them?
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- Moderating comments. If you have a blog, it is never a bad idea to moderate comments. Not only will this eliminate the spam messages with random links, but will also allow you to control the message of your blog. I don’t post anything that is abusive. I do post things that might be construed as negative and use them as conversation starters.
- Private Social Media. My own Facebook page is a place where I am willing to listen to negative comments. The people on my FB page should be my friends, so if they aren’t willing to have a positive conversation with me I am less willing to remain so.
- Public Social Media. In a recent podcast, Andrew Odom of Tiny r(E)volution mentioned that in some ways he wished he had never started the r(E)volution and could build his tiny house in peace without all the negative commenters. While he may wish he hadn’t begun his journey in the public’s view, most of the rest of the tiny house community is grateful. The only thing you can do when you receive negative feedback in this configuration is to remain positive and forge ahead. Positivity always wins.
The rest of us in the tiny house community do have a responsibility as well. We have to remain ambassadors to all things small. We have to be public about our desires to simply and what this journey has meant to each of us. The more we talk about our lifestyles the more publicly accepted it will become. It will be less of a curiosity and more of an inspiration. That is what the tiny house community should be. Positivity breeds positivity, so let’s get out there and talk proudly about what we do and how we feel about it.
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