What is it about the Internet that makes people think they know everything there is to know about you? So much so that they feel they even know your motivation for doing something?
I regularly post on both martial arts and writing forums because these are my interests. But never once, in the thousands of posts I have made, have I ever mentioned my books. (Anyone who follows my blog on a regular basis will know exactly how much I hate the self promotion thing.)
Well, today I joined in on a discussion that interests me a great deal. In fact, it’s a topic that interests me so much that it was a major theme in Sanchin and I mentioned this in my post.
Apparently this was a big mistake. Someone took it upon himself to not only completely miss (or misinterpret or perhaps misunderstand) both points I put across but also to tell me to get a grip with reality and to accuse me of only expressing my views for the purpose of self advertising!
Such a pleasant lot out there. If that is how people interpret my actions it makes me seriously question their own motivations. Anyway, rightly or wrongly, I removed my original post and I will not be posting there again.
As a relative newcomer to the community on that esteemed website (which shall remain nameless) I’ve been left with a very bad first impression and I won’t be going back. I’ll stick to forums where people actually do know something about me and do know my motivation for joining in discussions.
Okay, so now I’ve had my little rant I’ll try to be fair. Maybe there was a genuine misunderstanding somewhere along the line. My intention was to put my point across and ask questions that would, hopefully, stimulate objective replies but if I sometimes come over as difficult to understand then I apologise.
And maybe people are cynical about the motivations of others with good reason. I have to moderate loads of comments on my blog with links to completely irrelevant topics – tooth whitening is a really popular one at the moment. I hardly think any of those people are genuinely interested in what’s on my site or in offering anything of value to the people who are.
In the grand scheme of things none of it really matters. After all, we are all entitled to our own thoughts and opinions. I guess you could call me naive but I’m just not used to such cynical reactions.