No Soliciting, Please

Savanah, Ga., slk

Can I just say, I love my Medium feed? Since joining the community I’ve intended to be selective when following people and publications.

Not because I’m a social media snob, by any means, but because I simply love scrolling though my choices of things to read which inspire me, sing to me, educate, enlighten, discipline, challenge, and confuse me, plus all the intellectual and emotional states in between. I’m hooked. I’m in. I’m staying.

So, I’m not going to “follow back” to be nice or keep you following me, or for any other reason other than you’ve spoken to me in one of the wonderful ways I’ve mentioned, and you’re participating in the community (maybe not as obsessively as I am, but you’re here on a fairly regular basis).

Another thing, when some of you who’ve shared yourselves so beautifully with all of us, up and disappear, I worry about you. Not in a creepy internet stalker way, but in the way that I hope you’re alright and life has just taken you up in its living moments more so than usual, and you’ll be back when things settle down. (Sheri Walsh)?

Oh, and one more thing. If you don’t follow me back, don’t worry I don’t see you as a statistic though I’m still going to be racked up in your pool of admirers because as I said, I’m selective and you’re writing is valuable to me in some way and I won’t just throw that away. That said, if you come out with something so henious and depraved in thought or action I may have to reconsider, but I promise I’ll carefully weigh my decision to “unfollow” or even block you because these days I think it’s far too easy to get in the habit of throwing babies out with the bathwater. You know the whole anonymous, behind the avatar thing you may believe will mitigate unkind words or actions? I try to remember there is immense power in words and I have a responsibility to use them well. I know myself to be an inherently kind person who sometimes has knee-jerk, unkind thoughts, but I’ll try to practice restraint of expression when humors run excessively high. I may vehemently disagree with your point of view, but I will try to do it with the utmost respect.

I suppose that’s all, for now. Happy writing and I can’t wait to see what you’ve left for me on my Medium feed!

P.S. I realize the title “No Soliciting, Please” may be a bit off putting but I mean no disrespect or unwelcome vibe. I’m the sort who likes rummaging through the messy jumble in the second hand store in search of a treasure, believe me I’ll find you, if you’re there.