Writing Well Pt. 3
Today, I’m going to move out of the realm of novel/story writing and focus on other types of writing such as blogs, emails, and social media.
Guys, and Gals, we need to be extremely careful of what we’re putting out there on our blogs, social media, and even our emails. Sometimes we don’t think about what we’re doing, and we email someone who contacted us through our blogs/social media without even finding out who they are, or we post about where we’re going or what we’re doing that day.
To sum up, what I’m trying to say above without rambling—There are people out there with not so good intentions that can feed off personal information that we post about ourselves, our family, and even our friends!
Yes…I’m trying to scare you because I care.
What do we do? Do we delete our blogs, get rid of social media profiles, and never email anyone again?…No, that’s a tad bit extreme.
What we need to do is…Be careful!
Below are some tips that I want to try to enforce on my blog, email, or any other media outlet I have someday. I hope you will take a look at these, and I highly encourage you to set some personal rules for your computer/phone/tablet usage!
- We all love getting new subscribers to our sites, but we need to be careful. A couple of weeks ago, at least three new people subscribed to my blog, but I removed all of them. They were either spam, or people just surfing the web and liking/subscribing stuff…Which is really creepy by the way. (I mean creepy in the sense that they’re just randomly doing searches and looking at people’s blogs.) The profiles and blogs of these new subscribers didn’t appear honorable…Meaning they didn’t sit right with me. I removed them.
- Have you received a message from the contact page on your blog? That’s great! It so fun when you receive an email that has an encouraging message. PLEASE be on the look-out though. If you feel like a certain person keeps emailing you with questions that have nothing to do with blogging, and red flags start going up, be on the alert and be careful. Of course, if you know the person, aka (it’s a friend you go to school with/friend at Church), it’s probably okay. I’m talking about people that you don’t know… If something like this happens to you, I highly suggest 1. You talk to your parents about it! (Keep the lines of communication going between you and your parents!) 2. If you feel like there are just too many red flags popping up, stop communicating with that individual! Giving extra advice about a particular blog topic, you posted about and sharing info about yourself are two different things!
- Be careful about posting photos. My rule is…I can post pictures, but there can’t be recognizable landmarks in the back. The only exception of my rules is…If I’m posting photos after the fact. If I went to the Grand Canyon during the summer and during the fall posted about my summer activities with pictures, that’s fine. (Guys, I don’t want you to think that I’m one of those people who are paranoid about social media sharing, but I am concerned about what kids/teens are putting out there on the internet these days.
- Be careful about what you’re writing. I know people that have lifestyle blogs, and that’s so fun! I enjoy seeing what you are up to and what your hobbies are. Please be careful! I try not to use anyone’s full name in any of my posts, just their first initial, or their first name. I don’t post about what I’m doing or where I’m going on a particular day. Again, I try to post after I get home from an event.
A lot of the same stuff I mentioned above applies to email. Perhaps in the future, I will go more in-depth, but this post is already getting long.
No, I don’t want you to be stressed out over making sure everything is A-Okay security wise on your blog, social media account, or email.
This post is not meant to make anyone feel bad either.
I want to remind people to be safe while encouraging others with their writings. Write safe!
Any questions?… Would you like me to write about this topic more in the future?