I guess I learned some lessons in internet etiquette this week.
Earlier this week, as I was driving to work, I was listening to Scott and Sue talk about Facebook, which I do, and Twitter, which I don't. These two are a lot like those who are regular readers of this blog, who are in turn a lot like me. We don't like to cause any undue hard feelings. Sue had mentioned that she has "defriended" some from Facebook because they have posted something offensive or other derogatory to her, or have posted unfair to some of her coworkers.
I called them and told them that I would stick to my simple blog, as Facebook and Twitter are too fast moving. Besides none of you want to know when I'm drinking a Coke Zero. But yesterday changed my perception of my "simple blog."
After posting the news about the unfortunate passing of Linda Trivisonno, I noticed that I was getting hits like crazy. I ended up getting 508 hits yesterday, way more than my previous high. I also posted a message of condolence to Mike Trivisonno on the message board I frequent. One of the trolls there decided to take me to task about what I've been posting all week. I then posted that I've been kicking myself because of that. Former Cleveland radio personality, Danny Wright, come on the board and told me not to be hard on myself. I thanked Danny for that and explained that I had taken two posts off my blog, as most of the people checking out my blog were not looking for what would seem to them as a petty, and unfair, dispute.
This was one of these moments that enlightened me as to why bloggers are looked at in a very dim light. I realize that even though I can put whatever I want on this blogspot, I should be responsible for what I post, for the 45-60 hits I on a usual day, or for the times I get a huge spike.
That goes for all social networking. You really have no idea who you are going to effect with your messages.