Public is public even if it’s when we are in our PJs online. I had to learn a few things about being online and some of it was the hard way. I hurt people’s feelings and felt terrible about it. Let’s face it. I didn’t know what I was doing and it showed.
What is Netiquette?
It’s manners on the net, simple, straight forward manners, unless you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s my story and what I did about it.
It didn’t take long before I realized my sarcasm could and was being taken as personal attacks. Face to face most of my humor is through sarcasm and that’s fine when people can see that I was kidding. Is this kind of behavior recommended while communicating online? Not so much. I had to give it up.
I meant to be funny and instead I made a terrible impression. Even though I was forgiven, mostly, it was not forgotten. Not by me anyway.
Capital letters means shouting, but hey we can shout in a happy voice—use 🙂 etc. But I don’t shout every word. I use my inside voice when commenting, posting, etc.
It may be silly but spelling can be critical. I’ve left off the n’t of a word and boy did that change the meaning of the sentence. I’m constantly commenting when I read other blogs. I try to remember to read my comments over before posting.
I’ve learned to communicate with my reader in mind. The Net is a public place. Anyone could read what I wrote and misunderstand it. It isn’t up for a moment. Some things could be up for years. Let’s say it is a popular post and everyone that visits the blog reads my comment.
The people I’ve met online are some of my best friends. I hold how they feel about me dear to my heart and go out of my way to write clearly, precisely and with affection. It may look sappy, but in the end I don’t care.
No one is walking away limping.
Spam or Personal attacks
Everyone makes mistakes. Hey, I know I did. I’ve gotten over excited about what I was doing and bombard everyone with too much information or after all my efforts to get along I offend someone with an ambiguous statement
I was forgiven. Feeling pretty lucky, I try to get along to get along.
It’s a sharp and slippery edge we’re on when putting ourselves out there. It is worse on the net because facial expressions aren’t there to be seen. I always try to come from a place of respect, pleasant attitude, and hope it shows. Thanks for coming by.
Anything you’d like to add? Anything I forgotten? Here’s the time and place to share. Shout it out.