I have been noticing how rude many people seem to be over the smallest issues in social media, but I was startled to read in the editor’s section of this month’s Good Housekeeping that some of the subjects of their articles have been harassed online. These people had done nothing wrong. They were survivors of potentially fatal illnesses who told their stories through the magazine
. And yet, people online treated them badly.
I bring this up because I believe we as writers need to think about our own work carefully. You never know who is reading it or what their reactions will be.
I think that as writers we need to be careful what and how much we reveal online. We want to connect with our audience, but we need to balance that with protecting our own privacy and that of our families.
Sigh. And I wish it didn’t have to be that way.