So you want to badmouth your boss?
Rag on a relative?
Bitch about your boyfriend/girlfriend?
Before you put all that vitriol and negativity out in the world using your email account, blog, Tumblr page, Posterous site, Facebook Profile, Twitter account, or any other forum that involves an Internet connection, consider the consequences:
Are you willing to be fired, disinherited, excommunicated, dumped or worse based on what you wrote in a fit of frustration?
If your answer is no, then I’d like to recommend you buy yourself a nice blank book – hell, you can even get a composition notebook for less than five bucks (or less than a dollar, depending where you shop). Buy yourself a nice pen while you’re at it.
Take yourself to a nice, quiet location, break out that pen and notebook, and write down all your snark, negativity, bitching, moaning, griping and whatnot.
And then sit back and know you did the right thing by not putting all your business out in the street.
*Today’s post was prompted by a story on Mashable about the federal decision that Facebook counts as free speech.
4 Replies to “It’s Called a Journal, People”
Well you KNOW where I come in on this. I am sick to death of blog posts masquerading as significant social commentary, when actually they are jealous rants. But wait. Was that just a jealous rant? ack.
I do my best to stick to the high road, and whilst maybe not affirm all as special & gifted, at least keep to my own bidniss.
It is hard sometimes, isn’t it, when Facebook and Blogger and WordPress make it so very easy to spout off on things. I used to be very loose-lipped online (or should that be loose-fingered?). Then I realized that if I want to live my most authentic, honest life, and attract people to me who are also authentic and honest, I have to make a pact with myself to only share online those ideas, comments and theories that I’d be willing to share in a one-on-one interaction in the real world. It certainly cut way down on my shenanigans.
At least with a notebook, you can always burn it if need be. Once one’s rants hit the interweb, they are they forever.
Very true, Barbara. Very, very true.
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