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- In blog posts
- In Tweets
- In client emails
- In blog comments
- Will I still want to publish this tomorrow?
- Is this something I’d want prospective clients / employers / grandchildren to see?
- Is there a lesson I’m missing because of my emotional reaction?
Yes, be passionate, yes, stand by what you believe in, just be careful how you use your publishing energy.
Hey John, thanks for stopping by, always lovely to see you here.
Sometimes the initial reaction and urge to write something or say something is unrelated to what you actually want to communicate. So “I’m hurt” or “I’m upset” can become criticism or an attack on the other person.
I think that’s what happened here, and I think your pre-qualifying rules sound essential for anyone publishing content!
John Soares says
Amy, this is a very important lesson. Before I say anything negative about anyone or anything, I try to think of the long-term consequences of saying it. I do this both in conversation and when writing, and it’s helped me a lot.
Of course, I don’t always succeed with spoken communication, but it’s worked fairly well with written communication.
I feel sorry for the writer who responded to the review, even though I think she was inappropriate.