So it was just four days ago that my blogging friend mewhoami posted her excellent piece titled “Whose Blog Is It Anyway?”
If you click the link above, you’ll see that she wondered about folks who “hop around to various blogs, critique their writing styles and make suggestions on how they would have written the post instead.”
Oh, how I agreed. In fact, I commented, as I love to do. I wrote: “A blogger who’d do that is pretty ridiculous, Me Who. A typo or blatant grammar mistake point-out are appreciated. But any unsolicited English teacher/editor advice is egregious and pompous. It would call for an unfollow. Maybe even public shunning.”
She agreed, and responded back: “It can be very helpful when people point out errors and like you, I appreciate that. That’s how we learn. But editing another person’s work without them asking for it, is crossing a line in my opinion. I’m not here to edit anyone’s work. I just want to read.”
Oh, happy day.
So, why, oh, why, did I click comment on a certain food blog yesterday and offer a list of suggestions to a guy who used to own restaurants? And he came back and let me have it for it. I deserved it. I sheepishly commented back “Never mind.” And then I sent him a personal email stating that I really just wanted his experience to be better and the readers’ too, and that I came in peace.
What? I may have made things worse. Sorry, sir, if you are still reading me. (I am the one who said unfollow and shunned, after all.)
I will not name names here because you deserve to go on doing things your fine way without me further sticking my foot in your business. I already stuck it in my mouth. Have a good day. Sorry.
I need to take my own advice and stop giving it away unsolicited.
Hit publish. Hit send. Say, what did I just do? Have you ever, what was it about, and how did it turn out?