Dunno that this is worthy of a blog post, but I figured I’d get in on it anyway.
Chris is being harassed by a bunch of guys right now because they’re saying that the blog post he wrote on his Dadomatic blog changed the way they see him. I’m not here to criticize that; they can think what they want and trust whomever they like.
That said, if they find themselves mistrusting a dude who’s been giving them solid gold (for FREE) for basically 2 years straight because of one post, that’s utterly insane. There isn’t a single person in the world that would stand up to the scrutiny they’re placing him under.
It’s weird because a lot of people I know from the web are amongst the most giving people I know, and yet, these armchair philosophers at the heart of the credibility debate don’t really go out and add much themselves aside from their alarmist “policing”.
In real life we forgive people for stuff all the time. Our perceptions are malleable and drift towards the easy-going, but online it’s somehow the opposite. We’re quick to criticize and it’s hard to make us forget, with people’s reputations being seriously damaged in the process. We then defend what we’ve said to keep internally consistent when we would normally apologize. It’s ridiculous. How is that helping anyone?
It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize, but hard to go out and make things happen. If you’re used to the first, maybe go out and try to do the second. It’s more rewarding and you may sleep better. Don’t be a hater. Just sayin.