Never type when you are angery
of my readers already know. I have a temper. I also have a low tolerance for people who troll. I get upset when people feed the troll. I lash out at both parties usually when I am already in a mood to lash out but don't want to do it to people I actually have to face on a daily basis. These are weaknesses I am still prone to. I am really not sure how to get over them. I know that they impede my ability to write. Especially here.
Every time you lash out remember who you are offending. Especially if you don't take after one person who may or may not deserve being ridden you may want to be careful. Everyone you offend is someone who probably won't contribute to you making money here. Unfortunately there is a politic about doing well here. You do have a clientele. They are your readers. Your product are your articles, not your answers. You can use your answers to aid you in gaining traffic but if people see your name and say, "Not again," You may not get read.
I try not to lash out too often. My pet peeve tends to be in the lands of Religion. It doesn't feel right for people to talk about it as though there were some right to debate the subject. I hate it when atheists bash Christians and I hate it when Christians decide to argue the point as though they can make a dent in the minds of those predisposed to disagree. Even so, It probably doesn't do any good to rail at them both. Those are huge segments of your perspective audience. Why do I do it? Usually it happens when i am tired, or peevish. Would I take back the words I spew. Probably, not because of any fallacy on my part but because of the general hubris involved.
It isn't a good habit to anger your public. Maybe if might get you some notice at first but if there is no substance that excuses your temper then you will be treated as just another barking dog. If there is substance, it is a good way to earn yourself a flamer. For those who don't know what that is, a flamer is one who goes to your site just to insult you.
Remember, no one has to read your work. It is completely up to them. It helps to keep as much of your readership happy and to project yourself as a generally happy person. If you want to increase your viewership, find out what your readers are interested in and add to those subjects in your articles. There is so much to write on and so much research to be done that you shouldn't have time to rail against writers. it does happens some time.
If you do lash out, see what you can do about learning from the people you lashed out at. Read their works and leave constructive comments on their work. If you find writers that, after further analysis were worth your time, feel free to become their fans. Be sincere.
Remember, you are a writer not a basher. The pen is mightier then the sword. Your words can inspire others or it can cut to the heart. There are few crafts like writing in which what you say actually matters. So make every word count. It is worth your time to do it. It also might be worth your wallet.
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