Trolls, haters, malcontents, ignoramuses, and dummies. They’re out there in InterToobs land in shocking abundance. Do anything on the public Net – like express a viewpoint, post an opinionated article, or “leak” a steamy sex video (not admitting or denying I did that) – and you can easily expect hoards of braincell-deficient zombies to spew a shit-ton vitriolic messages in your general direction. Most often, those appear as “anonymous” article comments.
…which brings us to Service Industry bloggers. In my case, I’ve been bestowed with a significant increase in blog traffic the last few months. In parallel, I’ve also seen an uptick in (1) media requests (2) questions from fellow and aspiring bartenders and lastly, (3) hate mail and utterly stupid comments.
So lets take a moment to set the record straight once and for all.
Bravo Malina Bickford, blogger and bartender. She sums it all up quite nicely if not succinctly. If you’re not in the know, throwing a “what do you really want to do?” or “what’s your ‘real job’?” out there is like a bitchslap backhand. It’s insulting, degrading and plainly tactless. Get a clue people. Click through for the full article.
“For some, tending bar is truly a passion. There’s a serious craft to cocktail making, elevated to high art by many of my peers who’ve built a tight knit community that I respect but will never become a part of because I just can’t muster the same enthusiasm. They carefully and lovingly craft; I schlep.”
“But worst of all is the stigma. Just saying, “I’m a bartender,” seems to automatically imply that I’m a party girl, unambitious, an alcoholic or — worst of all — not good at anything else. People often assume that my job as a bartender is just an unfortunate situation that I’m in until that “real job” comes through.”
Read the entire article.