I’m still a part of the LuLaRoe world and I think I probably will be for quite some time for a number of reasons. The great relationships, the amazing memes and my curiosity levels are all among things that I am able to satiate by continuing to be a part of this community. In truth, it’s hilarious. Many of the women are hysterical and real and I’ve enjoyed being a part of it so much.
It’s not all roses though, the drama level is real. For me, I find it entertaining to read on many occasions because generally speaking it’s pretty petty-level on the larger Facebook groups and sometimes I just feel inclined to follow things to the very end and see the outcome – like my own personal reality TV show.
Now, I’m not one to “white knight” anyone, so please don’t think I am (and frankly, if you do, you’re reading this wrong), but I feel so inclined as to comment on the notion that it feels like the popular opinion right now is to hate on the company and all that it stands for. If you’re in these groups and you raise a red flag about any commentary against the company, you’re a kool-aid drinker. If you ask questions, you’re automatically a supporter of the company and by extension, a hater of the consultants who’ve gone out of business.
I’m somewhere in the middle. I had a good experience on almost all accounts. I’m blessed to understand fairly well how large corporations work (both from experience and higher education) and I am fairly unfazed by most things. You can’t convince me of anything without proof and I use the term proof very seriously. An account of something is just that: an account. It is one person’s side. It could be accurate, but it is also influenced by their emotions. Some people articulate their points differently, especially in writing, and then a point gets misconstrued. I’m not denying that these founders of this company have put their feet in their mouths bad and HARD. They need a world-class PR team with a shock collar to zap them every time they say something sketchy and they should be held accountable for it. When you assume a position of such responsibility, stands to reason you need to rise to the occasion. Similarly, when you publish things online, you need to be prepared for the support and the backlash.
There are some bloggers out there that have made it their platform to bring this company down. That’s cool, you do you. I question what is and isn’t true though. I believe that the bloggers are writing things as they’re being brought to their attention. It’s not what they print so much as HOW they print it though. Anyone with the internet can start a blog (hey look at me over here), but that doesn’t make it credible. That doesn’t mean sources have been vetted. When people sit back and won’t reveal their sources, but will print continued blog after blog about something without said sources, credibility becomes lost on me and I don’t tend to trust. One person’s account on an issue is not enough for me to consider that issue researched and it’s all about the way it’s construed. If you post a blog about a specific topic that feels different to me than framing it as “one person’s account.” By indicating it’s one person’s account, you’re acknowledging it for what it is and people can make informed decisions about what they see. It could be widely accepted and people may come forward and express the like, but it could also just be ONE EXPERIENCE. Framing a story off one person and then selling it to the masses as if it’s been thoroughly researched and vetted is irresponsible.
It’s a polarizing topic. This company did nothing wrong to me. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to say bad things never happened to anyone. I know they did. I’m sure they did. They’re not okay. Ever. On the flipside though, not everyone is going to have that experience, but if you become the dissonant opinion in many of these groups, you’re not taken seriously. You’re brainwashed. You’re a “chosen one.” I can assure you, I wasn’t. I just happened to work my butt off and find success. I struggle because I work for a very large company and I’ve been privy to seeing how quickly one thing that was said incorrectly or miscommunicated becomes a hot topic that is later addressed and boiled back down to what it really was and not what it turned into. The game of telephone is a hard one to play.
LuLaRoe is almost completely online. There’s a mass social media following and it’s a blessing and a curse. It’s also very telling of our current times. People are more vocal about their distaste. All it takes is one bad experience to tarnish a reputation. The internet is kind of like a small town though, and these groups are exactly the same. You see the major players, get to know different people’s names and soon they’re everywhere. The community, for as large as it is, feels really small. Because it’s all online, it’s easy to feel like everyone is experiencing the same thing when really you’re getting a tiny sample size. Now, I’m not saying that because things are small sample sizes, it’s not worth addressing these people’s concerns. What I am saying though is that sometimes it’s hard to see outside your own proverbial neighborhood. That what happens in one group may not be a telling sign of the entire experience. That maybe, just maybe, you’re not getting the full story.
Maybe I’m wrong. I know they don’t publish nearly as many stories about the sunny times than they do the dark, cloudy tornadoes. That’s the news though. That’s the world we live in. These journalists that feel they’re exposing the truth, in some cases, are doing so very irresponsibly and they’re coloring the judgment of people in that community, making concerns very large and exacerbating things. They’re also putting themselves at risk in doing so (whether it be knowingly or unknowingly). Love it or hate it, at least do your due diligence in reporting on it.