Content creators, Yashi Tank, Diksha Arora, Jhanvi Bhatia, and Aruna Gupta talk about being female creators and dealing with every comment they receive.

Being a woman is not easy, and being one on social media is even harder. There are times when social media has helped shine light on some of the most crucial issues, success and achievements that women face. But we can also not ignore the dark side of social media, where people consider it to be a platform to trash and harass women in every way possible – comments being one of the tools they use. In this digital era, being a female creator who can share, talk, discuss and educate has its own ups and downs and we asked a few of them to share their thoughts. From questioning their career choices to them being considered as inspiration, there are a bunch of comments that come with being female creators.

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Here’s what some of their experience sounded like!

Diksha Arora aka English Compiled – Digital content creator 

Diksha Arora

‘Journey from Diksha to Akka Breaking all Stereotypes’

It is sometimes quite hard for a woman to step out and do the unconventional. As a woman content creator, I have faced several challenges. The biggest challenge was to convince people that the end product that they saw on their screens was not just a video but a combination of hours of research, scripting, shooting, and editing. As a woman entrepreneur, you get attacked through comments, opinions, stereotypes, doubts and biases. This is exactly what happened to me when I began my content creation journey. “What will you do with these likes on your videos?” “Making Reels won’t earn you a livelihood,” “How will you balance your family life and work?” “Who will support you?” “How will you travel alone to other cities for work?” – Aren’t these comments, questions and opinions of people enough to compel you to doubt yourself?

There was not a single day when I had self-doubt. I knew that I was here to make a difference. I knew that I was changing the lives of people around me through the content that I was creating. I knew that there is a community out there that needed me to do what I was doing. I knew that nothing could stop me from helping people build strong careers and support their families.

As every day passes, I become more confident about what I am doing. Every day, when new candidates come to me and tell me that they have cleared their interviews with the help of my content, they make me stronger. In this short span of 21 months, I have received love, appreciation and support from millions of people from around the world. I have managed to inspire girls and women out there break all stereotypes and step out to create a difference.

This reminds me of a lovely incident when a girl called me up and said in a shaky voice, “Akka, my parents want to thank you for helping me land a job because I am the only earning member in the family.” There has been another instance when a girl called me up and said, “Akka, my parents are supporting me in becoming a content creator like you.”

If not anything else, I have earned this transition from Diksha to “Akka” in this beautiful journey of content creation. Every single girl whom I could inspire to take a stand for her opinion, choice or career, is another battle won against the socially ingrained gender roles.

When candidates come to me and tell me that my content is a blessing for them and they benefit a lot from it, I get the courage to stand against all stereotypes and biases that come in my path as a woman who wants to create a difference. It helps me rise above preconceived social expectations. It helps me to continue putting in the hard work and deliver the best content that every candidate out there deserves.

Jhanvi Bhatia – Digital content creator

Jhanvi Bhatia

Honestly, I feel so proud of myself for being able to serve people’s insecurities and make them feel better via my content. The fact that women trust me to ask personal styling questions in my comments and DMs, and other girls even replying with their experience just shows how well our community is built and how much women support each other! At the same time, the privilege also comes with a lot of negative comments. Comments that have made me realise there’s so much the world can criticise you for. I remember I’d received a comment saying “Ew, you have a hip dip”. At that time, I didn’t even know what it was. I googled it and ended up building up a new insecurity and kept checking myself in the mirror for a few days. But soon I realised I cannot give them the power to control my emotions. So as Selena Gomez sings “Kill them with Kindness” I use the same mantra to reply to such comments. It always works well! And thankfully, my internet family also defends me before I even reply. So the motto is to be kind, with whatsoever comment, and build a supportive community! 

Aruna Gupta – Digital content creator

Aruna Gupta

Most people tell me that they like watching my tips on Instagram, but there are a few who comment about my age and how I shouldn’t be using Instagram. To them I’d like to say, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there no matter how old you are as ‘Age is just a number.’

Yashi Tank – Digital content creator

Yashi Tank

I think the negative comments on social media are not gender bias. Be it women or men, everybody receives it. I have seen boys bashing boys and girls bashing girls, so it is not that only girls are getting hate on social media. Also, I feel when you choose a niche and you start working on it, your audience becomes narrow. For example, if you have a reach of 5 million, only around 3 million people may be interested in your content but the other 2 million will be only coming to your page to comment something rubbish about what you have done. 

I think it is just the opinions of these people but this doesn’t matter. Only the people who are coming to your page and actually grabbing something out of it are important. I don’t think I wanna address any of the negative comments because if I talk about my profile, 90 per cent of the comments are good and I am making content for them and not for the remaining 10 per cent. That’s all I want to say about the negative comments because I don’t think they actually deserve any sort of reaction from me. 

Cheers to every woman trying to make it big with their dreams!

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