If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…
One of the consequences of being a Writer in today’s world and publicly sharing your words on the open web is that it calls for anyone, anywhere, at any given time to respond with their opinions — And that goes for anything that is shared online, not just the words of Writers, but the words of anyone and everyone.
I’ve written many articles online that have been posted, shared, and re-shared over the past few years and the one thing that I continue to struggle with is dealing with the negative words of others that are in response to my writing.
I am aware that publicly sharing anything online basically creates an open forum for people to critique every word that you write, but I’d like to know — For those people who have responded to a piece of writing with snarky, vicious, hurtful, negative comments: Why do you do it?
You have to be aware that the person on the other end indeed does have feelings too, right?
Most of us are probably familiar with the saying,
If you don’t have nothing nice to say, then don’t say it at all.
So, why respond with comments that are knowingly hurtful or offensive to the author? Does it make you feel better about yourself? Does it make you happy?
Maybe I just need to grow thicker skin, or maybe I should just ignore those comments, but maybe people should just be more cognizant of the fact that your words do hurt others in the same way that they could hurt you and just because you can say something, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.
So, to all of the people out there who try to make themselves feel bigger by tearing other people down, take the old advice of “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all.”