There is no doubt about it, bloggers can be very powerful.
Words written in a post can be enough to incite wars that rage across continents or movements that contribute to the removal of big name sponsorships from radio programmes.
It can be a wonderful thing to know that sometimes you are in a position to cause an effect or create a movement, but sometimes it can be a very scary thing.
Sometimes your powerful effect could be a negative result that affects so many more people then you thought it would.
That is why you have to be so careful in your decisions as to what you should write in a post. It should not be done in haste, and careful consideration should be given to your motives.
Are you really trying to help and make a difference? Or are you just having a whinge and trying to be powerful?
I have been battling with a decision in regards to what to write in regards to my recent experience in hospital. I don’t think I am all that powerful really, but I know what I write would could have a negative effect on the hospital and those that work there.
I did receive some kind and gentle care and there were wonderful people within the system taking care of me and trying to make my situation better. But, it was also a series of mistakes and poor care that resulted in a lot more pain and stress for me.
My main thought has been to just let it go and stick to making this blog one of a positive atmosphere. That is the world I desire and I believe you have to be the change.
There is so much whinging and negativity going on in the blogosphere, I don’t want my little world to go down that track, as I despise the nastiness and bitterness that goes on.
But, what if me speaking out can help prevent someone else from being mistreated?
Someone whose repercussions could be worse than mine.
I think I at least need to make a formal complaint to the hospital before deciding to write about it on here.
I’ve seen people use their blogging platforms in good and bad ways. I’ve seen people want to use it in good ways, but did not think through carefully enough what they were saying and the number of different people negatively affected by is written.
It is important to choose your words carefully, as we parents often tell our children as they are learning to communicate.
How do you think bloggers should use their platform? Can they take the power a little too far? Where should the line be drawn?