Foot In Mouth Syndrome
April 15, 2010 § 5 Comments
It’s certainly not the first time and, unless I give up blogging altogether, I’m sure it won’t be the last time I make a comment on someone’s blog that is interpreted as a criticism of either the author or the topic of their post.
The truth is, I’m not very politically correct and often don’t bother censoring myself when I’m merely expressing my thoughts on a subject. But I’m learning that sometimes there’s a fine line between simply expressing your thoughts and missing the point.
Yesterday, I expressed my opinion without realizing that what I wrote could be taken as a criticism. I woke up this morning to find that I had indeed completely missed the point and my comment was, as a result, viewed as critical.
And this is what I hate about blogging. It’s the only thing really because for the most part blogging has been a wonderful experience and I’ve made friends all over the world that I would have otherwise never had the opportunity to get to know.
Still, even with all the emotes and smiley faces, words in text form can so easily be misinterpreted and misunderstood. It can make expressing a simple opinion seem like an all out attack on someone else or their ideas even when that’s the furthest thing from your mind.
I just feel so badly that I made someone think I was criticizing them or their post when I was just expressing my thoughts. Should it even bother me when I know my own intentions?
Perhaps not, but it still does. I’m starting to question whether or not I’m the kind of person I think I am or maybe I’m deluding myself. Maybe I really am a bitch in “nice girl” clothing. I’m beginning to doubt that I should even be blogging at all. And all that is what makes me, well…me.
Neurotic and insecure, yes definitely! Critical and intolerant, I really don’t like thinking of myself that way.
Something for me to chew on over the weekend.