Natalie Whipple has just posted some social networking tips for writers.
They are as follows (she fleshes them out very well though, so her post is still worth reading):
1. Don't be mean.
2. Don't be boring.
3. Don't be annoying.
4. Don't be (too) whiny.
5. Don't do everything.
They're actually pretty good rules for life, too :)
They all come down to one basic point - you never know who might be reading. I've talked before about being conscious of my 'public' persona as an unpublished writer who blogs. I try not be mean. It's tough, because sometimes I read a book that is just so unbearably BAD that I MUST warn the world about it or else I will go to HELL charged with being an accessory to RUBBISH BOOKS.
But I don't tend to post those. Because who knows who might read it?
And sometimes this feels - 'wrong' is too strong a word, as is 'cowardly'. Weasel-y, maybe? Political? Egotistical, because who on earth is going to seek out my blog to read my comments on their work?
Offline, I'm quite a snarky person. I try not to be mean, because being mean is - well, it's mean. But I also try to be funny, and these are uneasy bedfellows. So I do sometimes make snarky comments, and I can be vitriolic about things I don't like. And I recognise that there is a big difference between being nasty about someone for its own sake, and blowing off some steam with a close friend.
I don't always get it right. I probably don't always get it right on my blog either.
Does anyone else feel like they 'hold back' when they blog? Also, the 'Don't be whiny' rule is interesting - unpublished bloggers out there, do you ever find it hard to stay positive on your blog? Could you care less about staying positive on your blog?