If you’re a blogger, or read many blogs you may have heard about a big scandal in the blogging world this weekend regarding a photo. Some folks were offended and some nasty blog posts have spun out of control. These articles are so mean and inaccurate (and some of them have already been deleted) that I’m not going to give them the dignity of publishing the links here, but they wrongly defamed and attacked a good man and his reputation.
Now blogging is a little bit like high school, except most of it is online. There are lots of cliques, lots of fights, and there’s always the mean girls who aren’t smart enough to get all the facts, but jealous enough to attack innocent people anyway and feel the need to trample anyone in their way. Those of us not part of the mean girls have been blown away and astonished at this weekend’s happenings.
As I’ve been pondering everything that happened, it’s occurred to me that things in the blogging world aren’t too much different than preschool. We have been teaching my little man the rules of the playground and how to play fair with the other kids recently and the world would be such a nicer place if some of these were rules for real life too.
So here are some of my suggested rules for the blogging “playground”……
- Big kids don’t throw fits.
- You don’t always get what you want.
- Throwing a fit will not get you what you want.
- Mind your manners.
- Don’t be mean.
- Don’t be a bully.
- Don’t be naughty just to get attention.
- Words hurt. Sometimes they hurt worse than hitting. Think about what you say.
- Play nice.
- Take turns.
- If someone hurts you accidentally don’t hit back. They didn’t mean it and might not even know they did it. Just let it go or talk to them about it.
- If someone hurts you intentionally, stand up for yourself,but hurting back isn’t always the answer.
- Don’t throw rocks if you don’t want people to throw them back.
- Not everyone will invite you to play with the cool kids. That’s ok. There’s lots of other kids to play with. Just remember who your real friends are if you do get invited to play with the cool kids..
- Stand up for your friends.
Unfortunately there’s not a playground monitor to monitor the blogging world. Hopefully the backlash of comments and e-mails have taught these girls a lesson or two about manners. If not, let’s hope karma gives them a big old time out.