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The pen is mightier than the sword

  1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 weeks ago

    Have come to realize the importance of what we do here and just wanted to share some thoughts.

    I think it's very easy to get wrapped up in issues such as page views, SRO and the like,and to forget that each view represents a real human being whom we can greatly influence (for better or for worse) with what we write.

    Therefore, I think we all should be careful when putting pen to paper here. 

    Writing for public consumption is a heavy responsibility, and we should not take it for granted.

    I have done this in the past, and I regret it.  It won't happen again.  We hold great power in our hands, and we should not abuse it.  People are very gullible.  When they see something online or in a book, many take it at face value.  This is why we need to take great care with what we write, and it is also why I feel the HP team has done well to bring about positive changes and stricter guidelines for us.

    End of rant.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image85
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      Nice thoughts, TT2.
      I support and share with your thoughts. True that we should use our pen and words very carefully and beneficially‚Äč for the mankind. To spread peace, love, and awareness.

  2. Sherry Hewins profile image94
    Sherry Hewinsposted 2 weeks ago

    It's true. Words can be very powerful. I think that's what's pulled me through the lean times here. I know that my words do reach people, and that is very satisfying to me. I take that responsibility seriously.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      +1

  3. TheWritingHub profile image60
    TheWritingHubposted 2 weeks ago

    Excellent post!  I think it also increases work satisfaction.  This should definitely be a profession where you should enjoy what you do and that is best accomplished by helping the people you are writing to.  I do believe in marketing, but marketing is  just the vehicle to get people to your message.  What gets people to love and continue to follow you is how much you have helped them and how much you impact their lives for the better.

  4. janshares profile image89
    jansharesposted 2 weeks ago

    Great points, TIMETRAVELER2. I agree, we have to be careful and conscientious as we touch people's lives with our offerings. Even if we are not all experts, the reader might believe we are simply because we are publishing our knowledge on a topic. As a counselor, I use my articles to supplement the therapy I provide to clients. It has worked out very well. I also share them on social media when certain issues or critical topics are trending.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image92
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      That's a great idea!  What's really cool is that you can make copies to give to them so that they have something tangible to refer to.

      1. janshares profile image89
        jansharesposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

        Exactly. Copies were used when I did a workshop at church. For clients, I send them a link and they can read it online or bookmark.

  5. Jodah profile image87
    Jodahposted 2 weeks ago

    Very good points, TT2. I agree that as writers we do have a great responsibility because we certainly can influence people's lives.

 
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