|"Out of Control" mixed media ©Mary Montague Sikes|
Sometimes that can be dangerous, especially if we forget that what we write will be out there forever. So we must always be careful about what we say because it might very well come back to haunt us.
Every blog we write, every e-mail goes out into a world for many eyes to see. What to do?
1. Always think before you hit "send". Is this something I want the whole world to see? Can what I have written somehow harm my image as a writer?
2. Think about your characters. Is what you have written something your heroine or hero would be proud to have written?
3. Do you have a sense of who people are you know from the Internet? Do you like some personalities and not others? What internet characteristics do you like? Dislike?
4. Approach your writing with a positive attitude. (I try to avoid anything political because while half the readers might like it, the other half probably will be unhappy or even angry with you.)
What about you? Do you think about the image you will portray when you write posts to your groups? On your blog?
(I decided to write about this subject after watching weeks of coverage about the disappearance of the airplane over/in the Indian Ocean. People's homes are searched and their computers dissected. I started to think about the serious importance of image for each of us and how easy it is to portray someone we do not want to be.)