Social Media Has Made Us Soft (Or Why We Need to Grow Some Balls)
While social media is a fantastic medium for working smarter for businesses, it’s also softened us a little as people.
There’s almost a kumbaya feeling of not being able to speak your mind, because when you question a “name” out in social media, or disagree with them, you’re labeled a hater.
Never mind the fact you have a valid opinion – you must be a hater because your opinion isn’t the same as The Chosen One(s).
This leads to blog posts being praised to the rooftops, despite being rehashed content from two months previously (sometimes even less – I’m looking at you, certain A-lister).
Comments rain in – “Great post!”, “So true and only you could say that!” and so on.
Now, I’m the first to really praise a blog and share it on my networks when there’s great content, as well as comment and show my appreciation.
Yet more and more I’m feeling less inclined to comment, because I land on a post with the same safe viewpoint, or a circle of self-adoring comments.
And this is a shame, because blogs (and their community of commenters) can really offer fresh takes on tired subjects.
Instead, we see the warm fuzziness of adoration – and there’s no real need for that.
Grow Balls – Grow You
We’re all individuals. We all have opinions – sometimes right, sometimes wrong. We all have unique personalities and thought processes.
This is what makes us such an interesting animal. So why are we softening this up?People aren't commenting on blogs because it's the same safe viewpoints on display #purebloggingClick To Tweet
If something isn’t right and you feel it isn’t, say so.
If you land on a post of the biggest blogger on the planet and it’s dire, tell him or her.
Show why it’s wrong, and challenge them to live up to their reputation.
And if you’re the blogger yourself, don’t go with the flow just because it’s easier than swimming against it. Instead, have the proverbial balls to speak out.
Simply put, show your readers respect and why they put their faith in you in the first place.
After all, it’s the very least they deserve, no?