Are you as KIND as you are online in person?
So next time you run into someone that isn't as "big" as you in stats, and not as experienced as you, take a moment to be kind. It is all about the community and friendships that keeps us all going, so take a moment to open your arms up and help someone new to it all.
I see way too often online bloggers bashing the ways of others, how they blog, how much they blog for - how about telling them directly instead of talking critically of them with others that do it your way. Also remember everyone does things theirs way, whether you think it's the right way or not. So many campaigns and posts about anti-bullying, being kind but I see way to much of it as I watch quietly from the sidelines. It is a community that wouldn't survive without each others support from the beginning, so just be kind.
I confess this all comes to you as I had unfortunate experiences with meeting people in person years ago at my first conference and just got reminded of it by the excitement of it all coming to New York City again. Online, people are so nice, because I suppose it is a business they are running as they promote themselves, but in person unfortunately some are very different. So maybe if you can't be fully kind as you are online for real, at least fake it. I wish some people weren't so fake, which also reminds me of the people that I have met in person who are so nice and sweet it is refreshing. It isn't all bad, but I tell you not everyone is as nice as they seem online as they are in person. It surprises me every time. Maybe they don't mean to be, so here's a reminder to anyone that is reading - be kind in person as much as you are online. This really isn't just for bloggers, this applies to new friends you make online, to your co-workers, classmates, everyone that uses the internet..be kind and honest as you would be online in person and of course vice versa.