Hello, lovely folks, Doris here. I’ve touched on this subject before, but recent events on the good ole thing we call internet prompted me to write another blog post on this subject.
It has got to be one of my favourite quotes, and it’s something I remind myself of daily, before I hit post and I wade in on any subject. Take a breath and ask yourself if your opinion is really needed on this occasion, or if you’re just adding unnecessary fuel to the fire.
It’s a motto that will get you far in life, never more so, than on the internet, when the written word just sits there. Once it’s out you cannot take it back. Sure, you can delete a particular post, but you bet someone has taken a screen shot on it, and if that post was on FB. Well, guess what? A hell of a lot of folks with their settings set to e-mail notifications will get that opinion in their inbox.
I always chuckle to myself, when I read something, and then later find it has been deleted off FB. And yes, I’ve done it myself, on occasion. Nowadays I tend to write a post and then hit delete before I post it. Works wonders for getting that rant/opinion off your chest, and it doesn’t add to any potential blow up.
Ranting to the lovely Raven McAllan in Skype has a similar therapeutic effect, and if I absolutely feel that I have to post something, I run it by her first, to make sure I’m at least diplomatic.
You see the problem with the internet is that you cannot tell when someone is saying something with a smile on their face, tongue in cheek, or they’re really just a downright twatwaffle.
I always like to give folks the benefit of doubt, but sometimes you just have to sit back and shake your head in amazement.
So, what prompted this post, I hear you ask? Well, several things. A few of not so good reviews for a hero I love dearly, readers harassing authors for free books,cover models being douche bags of the highest order, and the general nastiness that seems to pervade on FB in particular at the moment.
Why everyone just can’t mind their own business, do their job to the best of their ability, and only express an opinion when they are actually asked for one is beyond me.
Wouldn’t the word be nicer place if that happened? Yeah, right along with Utopia , I know.
Anyhoo, this is my mini rant today. 🙂
Seriously though, as my gran always used to say. Think before you open your mouth/ type something, and if you haven’t got anything nice to say…. yeah….just don’t go there.
Do stay naughty, folks.