I gifted myself a week away from work and the internet in celebration of my birthday last week (the big 3-0!). By week's end, I was drawn back. It seems that I missed a lot of conversation during my absence. I received an email from Heather over at Closet Case Files, reaching out, as she put it, to make sure I didn't feel picked on or attacked by her recent posts on pattern testing. Huh?, I thought.
I got online and started reading. First I read Heather's posts(1 & 2). Next I jumped over to Cashmerette's post where I was linked to Charlotte's post. Holy smokes. You guys. There's a lot of chatter happening! And, you know what? I think it's really awesome.
I didn't read all of the comments, but I did read a good deal of them. I didn't see anyone making personal attacks against... anyone, actually. From what I can tell lots of people have been able to express their points of view on a topic that they have opinions about. Aside from a bit of Hamleting, it looks like there's been a really great conversation taking place. Also, it looks like there's already been a good deal of responsiveness to feedback on both sides of the line as a result. That's cool, right?
Heather's email and expressed concern got me thinking about the way we communicate online. I think it's really difficult to know exactly what someone is saying and how they are saying it by solely reading words on a screen. While a lot of us know of each other online, most of us don't know each other in real life, and there's a lot of room for projection and (mis)interpretation. We all communicate differently.
In real life, I work as a litigation assistant. It's my daily experience to listen to persons expressing opposing points of view in a well organized and respectful manner. This method of communication is very normal for me; I am very aware that it's not the way a lot of other people carry-on discussions. But, I most certainly do not take offense to general statements of opinion. I also probably think that you're a good person, even if we disagree.
I would feel differently if I was singled out, called names, etc... That's not what I see happening. I hope we can all continue on this way. I truly think it's wonderfully beneficial to maintain open channels of communication. And, I think it makes our community better and stronger to feel comfortable enough to start this type of dialogue.
That is all. I'm not a fan of posts without pictures, so here's a little snippet from my birthday shenanigans. And, as an aside, holy shit! I'm 30!!!!
6/10/2014 07:49:04 am
Haha. You're so right! Clear communication is much easier with the assistance of emojis.
6/10/2014 11:55:47 pm
Happy belated birthday! 30 isn't so bad!! :)
Happy (really belated!) birthday, Michelle. I haven't been in my thirties for too long, but I've really been enjoying them so far. My twenties were fun but rough! I'm glad to know more about who I am now. It sounds like you celebrated your new decade in high style.
Happy belated birthday! I'm sorry for being so late to this post. (I'm reorganizing my readers and blogs, and everything is getting lost in the fray.)
6/23/2014 04:24:03 am
happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had a nice birthday week off. :)
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