Sunday, July 22, 2012

3 Questions to Ask Yourself BEFORE Responding

I hate drama, HATE with a capital H-A-T-E. Honestly, I got enough of it in high school and college so the last thing I want now that I am out is to hear about more drama. Unfortunately, the YA blogging world has had more than it’s fair share of drama lately and it’s next to impossible to escape it.

Usually, I feel the best way to handle the drama is to ignore it and that’s what I’ve done and will continue to do. I’m not going to give my opinions or two cents about the drama that’s going on. It’s not like my point of view would make any kind of difference. I haven’t been directly involved so it’s really not my place to anyway. What I am going to do is offer up what I think are some helpful questions you should ask yourself before responding to any sort of drama. I know it’s difficult to keep silent when someone is directly attacking you and I’m not saying you shouldn’t respond. What I am saying is that you should think before you respond. I am also NOT saying that I think anyone handled anything inappropriately. Again, that's not my place. I'm just giving some helpful hints.

Here’s the three questions I recommend asking yourself before responding to drama.

1. What are you trying to accomplish? Before responding to any controversial topic make sure you know what you are trying to accomplish by speaking out about the said issue. If you see that your intentions are in any way malicious or you have any thoughts about “getting even with someone” you should probably refrain from posting.

2. How do you plan to address the issue?  How you say something is often more important than what you actually say. If you feel you are too emotionally charged or angry to respectfully respond to the issue, you probably shouldn’t post it. That’s definitely not something you want out on the internet for all to see. Even if you take it down, it’s still there.

3. Is it worth it? Ever heard the saying “choose your battles?” There are lots of things that you aren’t going to like so unless you want to constantly be at war with EVERYONE, choose your battles, wisely. It’s impossible to win them all so make sure the ones you choose are worth it. If you have even the smallest doubt about whether it's worth, don't post it.

There it is, my humble opinion. Do with it what you will.

Also, the more I read about a certain self-pub author, the more crazy he seems. Just saying.


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