Last week, a ridiculous woman did a ridiculous thing. She did it on social media. Did I mention it was ridiculous? And that her husband helped? Yep.
Lots of people wrote about it, because they are always looking for the ‘teachable moment’ in social media… otherwise known as the SEO slamdunk.
So I wrote about it, too. My title would indicate that my post wasn’t all that different from the other ones… but if you read on, it offered a tiny smackdown of the social media teacher-preachers. SO SNEAKY, RIGHT? A SNEAKY SMACKDOWN!
Just a tiny one, though. With several uses of the word “asshole.”
What’s funny is that, despite the fact that I rarely ever write about social media (on a personal level — I’m a ghostwriter on a professional level, so we won’t even go there), despite the fact that I’m known for not being able to get my tongue out of my cheek (sounds wrong, doesn’t it?), despite the fact that people who know me KNOW I’M NOT AN OPPORTUNISTIC LOON, I got pilloried multiple times based on the title of the post alone.
I guess if you thought you knew what you were getting, resorting to critique without reading may have been a conscious time-saving choice. Except that the time you’d have spent reading it was less than the time spent crafting verbal pokes in my eye, so.
I guess if you thought I was being a jackass, you could spend extra time being horrified by it because SHE ISN’T USUALLY THAT DUMB. Except that I’M NOT USUALLY THAT DUMB so what was I up to?
I used the title to pop up amongst the lesson posts so I could make my point to the people I wanted to hear it. And it’s first page, at least from my particular spot in the universe.
What I didn’t anticipate was how little people actually pay attention. I should have known that, but I thought the folks I knew were smarter and more thoughtful than that.
So, for you, as a follow-up: six lessons you can learn about people from writing a blog post.
1. Assuming makes an ass out of “u” and “me” and also tips me off that many, many people offer opinions of that which they do not read.
2. Even if something is out of character for someone to publish, it’s usually best to assume the worst.
3. A thoughtful comment or rebuttal is not nearly as fun as taking shots at someone’s writing (THAT YOU DIDN’T READ) in comments under a Facebook status update.
4. The whole “are you actually reading all those things your friends write that you link to?” goes both ways. As in, the refusal to link to something is ALSO accompanied by not knowing what you’re not linking to. Wait, what am I saying?
5. I was snarky and I got snarked back. Fair enough. I’ve got a Nerf bat. I’m ready to go.
6. If I ever own a bakery, some of y’all are not getting free eclairs.
Read it if you link to it, if you want to be taken seriously, or if you actually give a rat’s behind about your community.
AND REALLY?? REALLY?? YOU THOUGHT I’D WRITE THAT?!?!?!