I’m not perfect. And neither are you.
This week I got a not so nice comment on a social media post. It made me reflect on how judgemental we can be about people when we are online. I am the first to admit, I rushed my post. I wanted to get it out early before I started my day. I missed an apostrophe, and the world came to an end.
I’ve done it before, and it won’t be the last time. I type fast. I should double, triple check my work. I tell my clients to do it, but sometimes I just don’t. In the rush of the day, I didn’t do it. My mistake didn’t change the world. No financial markets crashed, no one lost their job, no one got COVID.
The protection of the screen can make us all a little harsher, more judgemental, more willing to be blunt in our feedback. Anonymity means we can say whatever we want with no filter, right?
Perhaps instead we should give each other a little break? No wonder people get anxiety about posting to social media, sharing their thoughts – why wouldn’t you when there are people out there unwilling to show a little forgiveness.
Before you post a rude, snarky, or passive-aggressive comment have you stopped to think about the person on the other end of the screen? How long they spent writing that post or what else might be happening in their lives? Why are they writing that blog? I am not saying you shouldn’t debate or share another point of view but do it politely and constructively.
In this year of all years, when there is so much happening in the world, can’t we be a little nicer to each other? I am sure other people noticed the mistake I made and thought, oh well. In the past, people have sent me a private message to point out a typo – just a polite little note.
I used to spend hours, days stressing about a LinkedIn post or a blog I was writing. It was time I didn’t spend working for a client, or with my dogs, friends or family. Now I just write (edit) and then post. This is who I am. I think it’s more authentic. You won’t always get a polished product, but you will get to know me.