In so many of my blogging workshops, I talk about hitting that “publish” button after writing a post. How it flies out there into the cloud and people start reading it.
RSS subscribers immediately get it dropped into their reader or sent to their inbox. Google can pick up content only a couple hours or less after it has been sent. When it’s published, it’s out there!
So what’s this got to do with anything?
We all have opinions, and some of us have rants. Someone pushes our button. The blood pressure goes up, and damn, we are ready to let the world know what we think.
Maybe it’s a subject that’s been struggling to get out. Or, perhaps, it was a conversation you had with a client or colleague that rubbed you the wrong way. Or, worst of all, an evening networking event where you had a few cocktails, started chatting with someone, and in the end, walked away thinking, “That person doesn’t know crap about what they were talking about.”
So, you sit at your computer and regurgitate all your frustrations and anxieties.
You rant. You mention that person. You say bad things. Then you hit the publish button.
Next morning, you wake up, reread your post and wonder what the heck you were thinking. Frantically, you delete the post, unaware the damage has been done.
Because the Internet is in pen, not in pencil.
So, next time this happens, get it our of your system and save it as a draft. Wait a few hours, go to sleep, or sober up. Then revisit the post. Chances are, you will make the right decision.