The Beautiful People of the Internet

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

Have you ever found yourself hitting rock bottom? You know, one of those times where everything seems overwhelming and it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel? That was me two weeks ago. Stuck in bed with a fever and a bad case of the flu, I was left helpless as I watched my action packed schedule for the week fall apart. Weary from the ghastly virus that had taken over my body, and the constant work and social obligations that kept ringing in my head, I wanted to give up. As the fever took hold I emphatically declared ‘That’s it! It’s too much! I’m done!’ There may have been tears.

What was I done with? Everything really. A demanding work schedule, a never ending social calendar, phone calls to return, groceries to be bought, even Pretty Fluffy was on my hit list. That’s right, this wonderful little sweet piece of the internet I get to call my own was in the firing line. I thought of the blog posts I had to write, the photos I had to take, the tweets I had to send…and started to wonder if I could keep up. I wondered if it was all worth it. What was the point of it all? Was I making a difference? Did anyone really care?

I let these questions hang heavy in the air as I fell into a fever fueled slumber. I slept. Then I slept some more. And what do you know…the next morning, as my fever broke, my spirit started to come back together. Slowly that light at the end of the tunnel, that had been so hard to see before, finally began to emerge.

It started with a simple tweet from a fellow blogger, mentioning how even though she doesn’t even have a dog, Pretty Fluffy brings joy into her life. Then came an amazingly sweet email from an online colleague sharing how pleased she was to have met me through this very blog. Then another email from a beautiful contributor telling me how the feature of her dog as the Daily Fluffy made her week. Possibly the clincher was a Pretty Fluffy reader sharing how she had adopted the gorgeous Gracie we featured on the site late last year. The knowledge of this sweet face finding a fur-ever home made me realise that people really did care.

By the time the week was out, and more and more heartfelt messages and gestures came my way, I felt like the questions I had unwittingly sent out into the universe had come back tenfold. You see, I didn’t share my previous thoughts with anyone. I didn’t tweet them. Didn’t facebook them. Didn’t send an Instagram photo with the tag #IGiveUp. I merely thought them. Which makes it even sweeter that all of the above outpouring of support, encouragement, gratitude and joy came genuinely and unsolicited. But it came when I need it the most.

The internet gets such a bad rap these days. There are trolls, spammers, plagiarists, cliques and negative nellies all armed with a keyboard and ready to strike. But you know what? Online, there also exists a whole bunch of lovely people who are there to support each another, share, learn and grow together. People who send you personalised cards of your dog just because. People that will be there to cheer on your greatest successes, pick you up from your failures and remind you that the sun is always shining somewhere. (And if that doesn’t work, to remind you that’s it’s always Wine O’Clock somewhere in the world.)

With last weeks reminder firmly in place I can say for sure I’m not giving up. Pretty Fluffy is not going anywhere. To the universe, and all those people that reached out to me online recently, thank you. You have no idea what your kindness meant to me. I may have a better plan in place for future sick days, but I’m happy to say I’m here to share the Pretty and the Fluffy for a long time to come! And that, dear readers, is 100% because of each and every one of you inspiring me to do it. To me, you are the beautiful people of the internet.

So this week I want you to share the online love. A simple shout out from you can mean the world to someone else. Have a blog that you love? Leave a comment or send an email to the writer. Love the work of a favourite animal welfare group? Leave a message on their facebook wall thanking them for the hard work they do. Really enjoyed reading a certain article? Share it with your friends. Found a photo you’re simply smitten by? Pin it! By giving out a bit o’ love, it’ll be that much sweeter when it comes back to you. Have a lovely week Pretty Fluffies.

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

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  1. Samantha says:

    Aww, sorry to hear that you were down, but hope you are feeling better! Sending you lots of happy thoughts (and imaginary Sprinkles cupcakes) from the States!
    xxo The gals at Barkzilla

  2. Maggie says:

    You’re so right! I’m a firm believer by now in this faith in the ‘wonderful people of the internet’ 🙂 I used to put “online friendships” in quotation marks like this, not believing that they could be real. But a childhood friend of mine had a life-threatening, but very rare disease, and only through twitter (!) did he find people around the world who shared his awful autoimmune condition. He has a new family of friends now one of whom he has even visited in Melbourne, all the way from London!

  3. Maggie says:

    Oh! I forgot the most important point! Your blog also makes me very happy Serena 😀

  4. I get it. I often have those dips, and if I’m perfectly honest, I think I’m in one right now. It’s hard to know when we are on course, but it’s good to know that positive reminders will always pop up. Little beacons reminding us that we all matter.

    • Wishing you all the best while you’re in the ‘dip’ Alice. It can be quite hard, so it’s nice to know when you’re appreciated. Hope those little beacons are starting to pop up for you now xxx

  5. Personal projects like a blog can definitley be an emotional roller coaster! Happy to hear you’re feeling better. Knowing how much work is involved in a small business/website definitley makes me like/comment/share more on other sites because I know how much that small guesture can make a day! Looking forward to many more Pretty Fluffy years 🙂

    • Thanks Emma! Yes, I try as much as I can to comment, ‘Like’ and support other ventures because I empathise with the time and passion behind each project. We live in a world where it’s so easy to complain when things go wrong, it’s good to make an effort to give credit when you find something good. Thanks again for your lovely comment and support xx

  6. I have been feeling like this a lot lately; a chaotic work schedule has left me zero time to be ‘creative’ and spend the time I want to on my blog. I have those days where I think to myself “is this all worth it”? but then I saw your tweet + it suddenly made everything seem brighter + made my day 🙂
    I think we all go through these kinds of phases but you are so right – there is so much goodness in this online community + that is worth holding on to and being part of. You are an inspiration Serena + I’m so glad to know you! xx

    • Thanks so much Rach! All I can say is I love the work you do and aspire to have such a strong brand that you do (for anyone reading the comments do check out Rachel’s blog http://littlebitsoflovely.blogspot.com.au/). After nearly 2 years of blogging I’ve come to realise the ‘Is this all worth it’ days are followed by the ‘I love this so much’ days, but those little comments, tweets of support etc make things so much easier. Thank YOU for all your support and I’m glad I know you too! xx

  7. Crochet By Megs says:

    I love your posts so much and they always brighten my day!! I’m sorry you were sick but I am so glad you are feeling better and received encouragement when you needed it the most!

  8. Thank God for Pretty Fluffy! I may not always have time to comment but I always take time to read what you write. It’s my daily dose of calm.

  9. katherine says:

    this is great advice – and i definitely find that most bloggers are truly inspiring and great people who reach out and do nice and genuinely loving things all the time. your blog is really sweet and definitely a source of happiness for me & many more.

    <3 katherine

  10. I meant every word :)I really love this blog!

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