So, today’s post is different from (probably) anything I’ve ever posted on my blog before. It is a reflection on the impact our words can have on other people. You see – I got an email today from another blogger, letting me know that I had written a comment on another womans blog, about one of her cards, that had read like it was meant to be critical or mean. I felt really sad when I read the email I received, as I realized that not only had I expressed myself poorly, I may have also hurt someone’s feelings. It was at that moment I really realized why they say that ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’.
The lady who emailed me referred to a specific comment, and I was happy to be able to go back to that and leave the woman who had made the card, another comment, explaining what I had meant to say, and apologize for it. I hope she will see that new comment, and see what I had meant to say.
I also got to thinking about something after this all happened. A while back, here in Norway, there was a thing in the media about how rude and ugly people are to each other online. I remember thinking how happy I was to have found, and be able to be a part of, a community online that was not like that at all. I feel that the scrapbooking/cardmaking/papercrafting community online is so positive, and that it is a gathering of a lot of really nice, happy and positive men and women.
I feel so sorry to have published a badly written comment, making a black mark (I think that would be a fitting saying?) on this wonderful papercrafting community online. I hope I have apologized to whoever may have been affected by any poorly written comment I’ve made, and that that makes it a little bit better. I cannot undo it, but at least I can apologize for it. I’m happy to have gotten a chance to do that.
I guess I also wanted, with this blogpost, to ask you all to please pay attention to what you write when you leave comments for people on their blogs. I was lucky enough to have it pointed out to me that I had written a bad comment, and was able to go back and apologize. I wish I had taken more care when writing that first, original comment, so that I had not published a comment that read critical or mean.
I hope to never publish another comment like that anymore. I will be sure to pay much more attention, and think more about what I want to say in a comment, in the future.
- Marie / Legojenta