Wholesome story of the week: DT member Ellie Fish receives outpouring of support
"The last two days have just been crazy. I was like, 'is this what it feels like to be famous?!'"
Social media can be a horrible place – that's nothing new – but in 2020 it seems as everyone faces 'unprecedented' challenges (sorry for using that word) people have somehow become more inclined to tear others down online rather than build them up.
Earlier this week aspiring motorsport journalist Ellie Fish – who regularly produces content on DriveTribe and heads to Sheffield University to study journalism this year – shared her article on why she believes Lance Stroll has now earned his place in Formula 1.
Unfortunately, after tweeting a link to the article, she then received a negative comment from an experienced F1 journalist, who tagged the University of Sheffield in his response.
As the proverbial mother would say: "If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
Thankfully, that comment was quickly drowned out by a flood of positivity in response to Ellie's article, with some of her biggest inspirations within the industry showing support:
"The last two days have just been crazy," said Ellie. "I cannot thank people enough for the support they have given me. I was just so shocked and I was like “is this what it is like to be famous?!” because of how many notifications I was getting.
"For something to start off negatively, it was at first hard but then it quickly became positive because of the likes of Jennie Gow and many others. For how positive it became it was amazing, and the year has not been easy for anyone.
"But it became such a highlight because all these people I have seen and admired for years were tweeting support and it bought more to myself in turn. As I said once, I could not say thank you enough, to everyone."
Ellie is due to start her studies at the University of Sheffield this year, and has inspired many others who face similar challenges or may have also received such comments online with her story this week.
"For people who want to have a career in motorsport or journalism, I would tell them to just go for it," she said.
"Make as much content as you can because you will develop. I always say I started out at 15 and did I expect anything like this to happen at 18, not at all. So I would just tell people no matter how much negativity you get, carry on.
"I’ve seen lots of negativity over the time I’ve done writing and I still carried on, if you love it don’t let one person harm that."
Having started a YouTube channel on which she posts F1 discussion videos, Ellie also began contributing to DriveTribe earlier this year with opinion pieces and quizzes.
"Being on DriveTribe has been a brilliant experience for me," said Ellie. "I have been using the platform for a few months and it has been very positive and brilliant to be a part of.
"There’s also so much content on there by people who love cars, racing, engineering and so much other stuff. I’m so glad that I have been able to use the platform, it has encouraged me even more to write. So I could not recommend looking at the site enough.
If you'd like to give her profile or channel a follow, check out the links below:
University of Sheffield Journalism Student | Formula 1 Junkie | All-Around Dyslexic | @EllieJaneF1 on Twitter | UK