Some great advice from Chuck Hester at the Forward Blog – I particularly like “bless don’t curse”. In public relations terms, Grunig calls this investing in a “communal relationship” rather than just focusing on “exchange relationships” where we do something for a payback in return. Sometimes the only outcome of being nice is a little internal glow of feeling good – true as individuals and in professional practice.
In blogging terms, being nice is recognising other interesting posts with links, commenting in support or to add to a discussion, engaging with those commenting on your blog, even taking the time to read the thoughts of those on your blogroll.
However, blogging is also an opportunity to “curse” in public – to grumble at things that wind you up or seem stupid. So I’m going to try to take Chuck’s advice and remember to bless. Starting with thank you for reading this blog – and please do share your own lessons from life.