Over the past few weeks, I've been very careful. Careful about what I say when I comments on other bloggers' posts, and careful about what I say on my blog as well. There's a reason for this...
I'm a real smart ass, and my mouth can get me into trouble more often than I need to be.
The one thing I've learned over the past few years is to be careful what I say, in the workplace, at family gatherings, on vacations, etc. A lot of what I think would not translate well into the real world, because of my smart ass mentality.
Case in point: An article a couple of weeks back on Yahoo about this particular Heritage card surfaced.
Daniel was upset because Topps managed to catch him for a photo at the time he hurt his arm in a game last season. Now the smart ass in me a few years ago would have piped up and made a comment about how he felt, and not have given two thoughts to putting it on the internet. But I've learned, you've gotta watch what you say, or how you say it. Because not only are people quick to point out your flaws, they are also quick to judge you as well. That's just how it is in the world we live in.
After a day of thought about the Hudson card, I decided that a smart ass comment wasn't worth it, because I thought "how would I feel if I had a devastating injury like that?". I would feel pretty shitty for sure. People get emotional, and I can understand Hudson's thoughts on how he felt when seeing this.
I'm glad I stayed silent.
I'm sure that wasn't the case when I first started on the blogosphere though. I had no problem spouting off what I felt in comments, and I'm sure it probably upset one or two people along the way. I even know of one long time blogger who stopped following me, no doubt after something I said (which was probably stupid). I've left comments on his blog offering trades, and have never even received a response. I've kind of resigned myself to the fact now that my stupidity back then has affected me now.
Praise in public, criticize in private. That was a credo that one of my former bosses taught me, and it's something that has stuck to this day. Not only does it hold true in the workplace, but in the blogosphere as well.
If I've pissed you off in the past, directly or indirectly, I apologize. I may be 45, but life's lessons will be something I keep on learning until death do I part.
thanks for reading, Robert