Monday, June 29, 2015

Say Something Nice


I have an account on a social media app called Vine. If you're interested, you can find me there under the name LisaLise.

Above is a screen shot of one of my vines. I added a red ring around part of the comments field because that's the focus of this post.

That little text is visible in every comments field on Vine.

It says: Say something nice.

What a great way to encourage kindness!


I wish every comments field on every social media and blog had this little reminder to inspire every person to be thoughtful (or at least civil) when leaving a comment.

Unfortunately, some folks aren't the least bit civil when they leave comments. I get a few comments that fall into this category – almost all of which are to this particular post.

For the record:

It's ok to ask questions.

It's ok to disagree.

It's even ok to rant.

But those who leave a comment purely to insult will never be published on this blog.

Thankfully, the vast majority of comments to this blog do get published.

Have a great day, and do feel free to spread this little message:




Thank you.


4 comments:

Signe said...

This is a subject every preschool, elementary school and secondary school should take as a part of their teaching programs - it is just too easy to say (or write) something not-so-nice or even insulting, when you are in the web. I think that people forget (or then they just don't care a shit...) that there are real, thinking and feeling people behind of these sites or comment sections.

But I think it is nice, that we can comment and discuss through these forums with other people we wouldn't meet otherwise. :)

Lise M Andersen said...

Thank you Signe - I absolutely agree we need to encourage good manners – starting with the children so they can 'grow up' with this. Last century, it became necessary for people to create a set of 'good behavior' for a brand new communication device that became all the rage: the telephone. Now, it's cyberspace manners. :)

Kath Collard said...

Thank you Lise for reminding us there is power behind our words and it is a negative experience to read words of hurt, discrimination, judgement and the like. I would like to suggest that everyone think about their words, consider whether those same words would be uttered in a face to face communication; most likely not. Of course, words can hurt with no intent behind them at all, we do not have the perspective or emotional intent of the person posting the message. Once again, to communicate for clarity rather than jumping to a conclusion would put out a fire before it has begun. And it all starts with kindness and a positive attitude. So thank you Lise for this reminder to us all.

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Kath - and thank you kindly for your positive input! :)