Despite what some might say, there are no definitive rules for how to act online. Every individual must find his way. To guide my own personal morality, I simply use the Golden Rule, both offline and online: Do unto others…
I share too much of myself online. Do I feel guilty about this? No. Because I respect it when you share your life with me. Do unto others…
I do not like the constant pimping or self-boasting that occurs on social media. I cannot control what you do, but I try hard not to do it myself. Do unto others….
I love when you debate, so I debate with you.
Since I am bored by too many empty, positive affirmations, you won’t see me forcing them on you.
I like it when you are empathetic, so I return the favor.
I view trolls as mean-spirited assholes, so why in the world would I become a troll? Fair is fair. The only truly honest trolls are the ones who enjoy getting trolled themselves. More power to them!
If I think, “Why doesn’t Susan stop writing about **** all the time on Facebook,” I ask myself, “How much do I write about **** on Facebook?”
This morning, on Instagram, a guy in Sweden was posting tons of photos. He was on a trip to a local goat farm with his wife and kids, and he must be having one helluva time, or really love goats. He is a talented guy, and I respect his work. But enough photos already. Leave some room for the others, buddy!
After thinking this, I paused and acknowledged that I do the same. I have a bad habit of using social media too much, posting ten Instagram photos in ten minutes, drowning out the voices of others.
This might not bother you at all. But if it annoys me when others do it, it is an essential part of my moral code to question myself.
When someone annoys the hell out of you, rather than going into attack mode, ask yourself, “Do I do the same?” Chances are you do. And as any good therapist will tell you, you can only change your actions.
The name of the month Twitter chat group I moderate with Schmutzie and Laurie White has been changed from #Blog2012 to the more sexier #BlogNow. Our first post-BlogHer meeting will take place tomorrow, September 11 at 9PM EST. Discussion topic: Do you write for the love of writing itself, or is it a means to an end for you? Does the quality of blogging suffer if the love of writing isn’t there?