Am I the only person whose mother told them, “What goes round, comes round”, whenever I did or said something without thinking it through? Like Lynne Shepherd when she wrote an article for The Huffington Post declaring that the world would be a better place if J. K. Rowling would stop writing novels (especially ones Shepherd herself hadn’t bothered to read).
As colloquial as my mother’s advise might have been, it did teach me one very valuable lesson: whatever you sow in life, you’ll reap in life. And in the case of the afore-mentioned journalist and her not-very-well-thought-out-article, sowing seeds of down right nastiness in the world of authorship will come back and bite you in the butt (or in the case of Shepherd, more like a reader shark feed).
Reality Check for Authors #15: before you do or say something on the internet you may just possibly regret (I’m assuming Shepherd regrets thinking out loud) ask yourself this: Can what I am about to say or do, take away from the online image of myself I am working so hard to create. If the answer is yes, think very hard before giving into the temptation to throw caution to the wind and vent your inner thoughts. Like ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, what happens on the internet, stays on the internet – forever and ever. And aside from creepy things like NAS, you never know when your comments won’t come back to bite your butt.