One of the downsides — and there aren’t many of them — of writing a blog is that I might be guilty of turning total strangers into enemies.
I post these musings on my High Plains Blogger website. I then transmit them via several social media outlets: Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. My aim, of course, it to maximize exposure for this blog with the hope of getting those with whom I’m connected on all those sites to share these messages with their friends and social media acquaintances.
That’s straightforward enough, don’t you think?
But then something happens. My friends/”friends” on Facebook start tangling with each other. They read what is circulated on that social medium and respond to it. Then someone else reads the response and responds to that; it’s quite often — if not mostly — a negative response. That draws a rebuttal, which then attracts another reply.
On and on it goes, too often to no good end.
I do not like getting ensnared in this back-and-forth. I prefer to stay — if you’ll pardon the high-minded tone — “above the fray.”
I put the stuff out there, having stated my piece. Then I let others have at it.
Now, if someone asks me a direct question that requires a direct answer, I’m inclined to answer it. But I don’t always respond. I also might respond to an insult, which I do get occasionally.
The upshot of this is that while I (more or less) regret the hard feelings that erupt on occasion from those who respond to my blog spewage, I won’t back off from sending this stuff out there.
It provides great therapy, even if it comes on occasion with a bit of angst over the anger that boils up.
I made what some might consider to be a strange reference in this blog post. I describe my Facebook contacts thusly: friends/”friends.”
I do that to delineate between actual friends and those who I know only through Facebook. I have a number of folks out there who I consider to be — if not friends in the classic sense — friendly acquaintances. Truth be told, my actual friends amount to a tiny fraction of those with whom I have a friendly relationship.
There are others I know only because we’ve connected on social media. Those are the “friends” to whom I refer.
So, there you have it. To my many friends/”friends,” I say: Peace be with you.