Firstly I would like to congratulate myself on reaching the 2 year mark of our blogging career. Yeah for me. Sadly this day passed a few days ago and I completely forgot about it because as usual I had way too much on my mind. My bad.
Secondly, I’m here to talk about why I should think before I hit post.
(Sigh) Here goes:
I sit at my Mac and type away, often in my own little world. Some days the words flow easily, while other days the words struggle to come out of the keyboard. Regardless of how I am feeling, I try to write 3-4 posts per week, focusing mainly on coping with life with teenage children. For those who have teenage children, it is time to now get that glass of wine and allow your confused brain some chill time.
I sometimes schedule posts months (OK that was being a little ambitious), weeks in advance. I sometimes write a post and it goes live straight away (obviously I think I have something important to say). Sometimes I write a blog post (like now) and know it will be going live then next day.
My problem is I don’t think before I hit post.
- Yes I re-read the post but it is only for editing (which I am useless at doing to my own work – great with other peoples).
- Yes I check the SEO and decide where I may link this amazing piece of writing.
- Yes I try to keep my posts inline with what our readers like.
NOW here is where I go wrong.
I never really thought I had that many regular readers.
I never really thought that my words could ever be hurtful to someone.
I never really thought that people even gave a shit about what I had to say.
But I was wrong and someone recently made me think that maybe I should think before I hit post. Are my words going to hurt someone I care about? Could my words be misunderstood by a friend or family member? If the answer is yes – then I should think before I hit post.
I am happy to stand up for the rights of our children. I am happy to be a feminist. I am happy to scream blue murder if I think something is terribly wrong. But I am not happy to hurt someone I care for and I am not happy with those I care for to think that I am mean and that my intention was meant to hurt them.
Today I sit at my Mac and type away, knowing this will be read by
thousands hundreds, a few people and I want to thank them taking the time to read my words. Even after 2 years, I am still shocked people actually tune in every week and give a shit about what I have to say. Even after 2 years, I am still learning (no earning) so much.
I will take more time to think before I hit post.