This Is a Blog: This Blog Needs Some Vitamin ME

Monday, November 29, 2010

This Blog Needs Some Vitamin ME


Before opening one's mouth, I think a person should ask a question, mentally, of course. "Is what I'm about to say adding to the conversation, or do I just want to get noticed for speaking?" Anyone who knows me, will know I often fail to think at all before I open my big mouth, let alone ask myself the question.

It's different on the internet. Before your inner thoughts go out to the world, there are extra buttons to push, therefore time to think. We all have friends who constantly post comments on blogs, or at least have read a youtube comment or two. Some of us do the commenting ourselves.

Now, I'm not saying I'm going to change the world with a Facebook note, but I will ask all who are interested enough in what I'm saying to reach the third paragraph, "Do you ever ask yourself that question before you post a comment? Are you posting to add to the conversation, or are you posting to get noticed?" I think this is important because if you're not adding to the conversation, you're probably just being wildly annoying. I know I find it annoying.

If the blog or video on which you're posting raises an issue of some sort, clearly it's meant to open dialogue. But I can't be the only one who gets pissed off when I'm writing about something cool that happened, and someone tries to steal my thunder in the comments. It's the internet; there are millions of other places you can go with your narcissism. My blog is a one-narcissist only club. If you want to post to tell me I'm awesome, or at least to confirm someone's still listening, by all means, post.

But if you're finding people get pissed at you when you post comments, just ask yourself the question. Does the conversation need you, or are you just injecting a little Vitamin Me?"

(thank you, Bowie)

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