Toxic Witchblr: Social Media and Witchcraft
Most documentaries, newspapers, and even pagans today credit the resurgence of witchcraft and spirituality to the rise of social media. Each seems to have a little corner where witches and nonwitches alike can gather to share spells, spiritual experiences, and ask questions.
Instagram has #witchesofinsatgram, TikTok has WitchTok, and Tumblr has Witchblr. But sometimes these environments can be more toxic than they are nourishing.
Get on Witchblr any day and scroll through any of the common tags - #witchblr, #witchcraft, or #babywitch - and you’ll find at least three different posts of different people bashing others belief systems and practices amidst the updates on people celebrating the sabbaths. Witches will tell other witches bluntly that they are wrong in their ideals.
With Tumblr’s addition of groupchats, the groups within witchblr have become more divided, and participants complain about their questions getting brushed under the rug and ignored. It is no longer a stimulating environment where witches can go to grow.
Witchblr is no different than normal Instagram when it comes to bullies.
It depends on who you follow. It depends on which posts you like, and what you choose to pay attention to.
The best advice is to simply ignore mean and hateful messages with those who just want to argue, and not be afraid to block those who keep harassing you. Scroll past the dramatic hate posts. Like and give love to those who post cheerful updates on how their practice has grown. And, always offer advice and answers to questions in a calm manner.
At the end of the day, you get out of witchblr what you put in. Negativity draws more negativity. Positivity showers us with more positivity. The Tumblr platform has provided a place for learning and connection that witches and spiritualist of all ages, genders, and types could use, if we use it wisely.