It’s pretty simple. Least you’d think it’d be.
Social Networks are NOT made to dis other writers/authors/bloggers/people.
They aren’t made for you to announce how right you are and what a fool everyone else is by making examples of said fools.
I don’t care how many gazillion followers you have, or how many times you call yourself an ‘expert’, or the fact that your name is on a BOOK.
What do I care about? What makes me follow you? What will make me promote you as an author? What will make me suggest your book to my friends????
Being . A. Decent. Person.
Yesterday I witnessed 3 different social entities (ones I didn’t even know, but still) get picked out of thousands and used as examples of “What Not To Do.” I won’t go into detail about these people or the person who called them out because – huh…look at that – I’m being nice.
And in all honesty? I wanted to smack myself because on first pass I didn’t even notice the slam put on these people. I even gushed about the post.
But the more I thought about it, the more it ate at me even though it had nothing to do with me and I didn’t even know these people.
(I’ll always root for the underdog…just so you know).
It bothered me. Obviously – I am blogging about it – but the reason it made me so annoyed was simply this:
You can say what you gotta say without slamming other people.
There are faces behind all those blogs and Twitter handles. Real LIVE people who are working just as hard as you to build a social platform and network to simply give their hard work a little support.
So just be freaking nice. It’s not that hard.
Share your opinion ALL DAY LONG. Shout it from the rooftops. I will admire your spirit.
But the moment you get too high on your horse and start belittling people who don’t necessarily follow you and all your advice, you can count me out.
That’s one less person willing to go the extra mile for you, and if I’m correct, there will be others whom you alienate with your bullying as well.
So…my rant for the day is over…
Stay humble and JUST BE NICE.