So Saturday, I was doing what I do and tweeting helpful links. I came across an article about writing inflammatory content and intentionally being a jerk. That’s not my writing style, but it obviously works for some folks. With that in mind, I said the following:
@slimjackson For those trying to write inflammatory content to get a following: You Need to Be (Better Than) a Jerk: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2011/08/27/you-need-to-be-better-than-a-jerk/
Within seconds, a couple of Twitter goons were on me looking for an opportunity to correct my spelling and word usage.
I responded with a retweet and some words:
(Tweets from Chante are missing. I know.)
I went back to get the follow up tweets just now and they were deleted (rightfully so). But basically, these 2 got at me for using the word the wrong way. They said it meant “to swell,” which it does. However, they were so busy seizing the opportunity to clown me that they forgot about the other meaning. I also received a message saying that was the least of my problems to worry about as a writer.
Normally, I don’t respond to that type of foolery. But when you get at me as a writer, that’s like disrespecting my mother. So I said:
Being somewhat salty, I continued:
@slimjackson The twitter police are out today. Make me a suspect and I’ll respond in kind.
So I went to dictionary.com to confirm what I thought and it read the following:
(adjective) tending to arouse anger, hostility, passion, etc.:
Given that my saltiness was high and after a couple tweets, I then chimed in with:
A few tweets after that I said:
The only time them chicks seen inflammation was at the doc’s. There’s medicine for that.
You can say I shouldn’t be posting this and I gave them too much thought, but I think this is a valuable lesson. There are a lot of people out there trying to make a name for themselves or create entertainment for their following. In the process of doing that, folks deliver a lot of criticism. Some of it is warranted. But for me, I try to be conscious of everything I say online to avoid that. Sometimes there are typos. Sometimes there aren’t.
Basically, if you’re gonna criticize someone then make sure you do your homework.Twitter personalities and celebrities are real people. Sometimes we forget that and need to take a step back. If someone calls me out for doing something that they perceive as wrong, I’ll take that into consideration. I may not agree, but I’ll respond letting them know why I did what I did. For me, reputation is everything. My goal with writing is to make people’s day better and share some things that may have the ability to impact lives. If people don’t understand that, then cool. Just know that I exist beyond the keyboard.
Have a great day and let me know if you have any thoughts in the comments.
Putting folks on blast for the greater good,