Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Write, Don't Think?

How often do we Twitter or post a comment on FaceBook or some other social media site without thinking it through.

Do we take the time to consider;

(1) Is my comment relevant to anyone but me? 

If not, then why am I posting it?

Am I doing it to make my ‘friends’ can scratch their heads and wonder what’s going on… or to make them worry about ‘what’s the matter with her’. Is it a ‘Hey…Look at me’ cry for help or attention? 

Remember the story of the Boy who Cried Wolf?

I guarantee there are far easier ways to get help.

(2) Is the point I’m trying to make obvious or adequately explained?

If not, then do us all a favour and either rewrite it or simply don’t post it.

(3) We are all tempted to post things that are interesting to us, in the hope that others might find it equally interesting or relevant or amusing.

You’re not going to hit the mark every time, but as every writer, teacher and public speaker knows, the first rule is:

Know your audience. 

Till next time;

Be kind, be careful, and have fun.


  1. I often wonder at facebook and twitter posts. The reality is that most people aren't using them as tools for marketing but as yet another way to get attention. That's where we get these posts from. It's not that they don't think about them. I believe they think about what they're saying quite a bit but more in terms of 'What will get the most replies?' Rather than "Does anyone care?"

  2. Loved the brain diagram. Can't get my head around Twitter.