Focus on the Message
Yes, this is another one of those Social Media etiquette posts. Well, it’s not so much about that because the book is still being written about that.
Every morning, part of my routine is to spend a few minutes on my Nextdoor app. Being new to the area I have found it very useful in finding out about doctors, restaurants, and other services in my area.
The other day, one of the members wrote about a recent experience he had while having lunch at a local fast food restaurant. An apparent homeless person became aggressive towards him and his family.
All he wanted to do was remind those in the community to be alert to this. He said nothing more than that, nor did he call the man names. He did say that the person had become pushy and threatening.
Instead, many focused on the word used to describe this person. BTW the word was not profane, just a bit old fashioned.
This post generated over 70 comments. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Granted, he could have chosen a better word, but who am I? The Semantics police?
A great many of those commenting took him to task for the use of the word and went on about the plight of homeless people. A few quoted the Bible. Only later did others thank him for the heads up.
The author of the post jumped back in to reiterate that all he wanted to do was to remind people in our area to be alert to this since we live in a typically very quiet suburban area.
What does all this mean?
For me, it’s two-fold.
~ it’s a reminder to not let semantics get in the way of hearing the message a person is trying to send
~And, it’s also a reminder to me as a blogger to make sure that my choice of words won’t get in the way of the message I’m trying to convey.