Take a Second to Breath

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 1 min read

Take a breath before you post - LJPUK

I’ve ranted a lot less lately I like to think and whilst there’s nothing wrong with having a moan sometimes it’s not the default I want.

Lee makes the simple, but good advice that you pause before you post something to social media. I’ve written so many tweets, considered if I really wanted to get into whatever I had drafted, and just closed the app instead.

I have this problem less when I write here, mostly because this is a place I usually write about things I like. By contrast, social media is largely a place for talking shit in public. Even if you don’t want to fall into that trap, we’ve all seen the snarky tweets get thousands of likes, and subconsciously think “maybe this one will break big for me” before we post whatever snarky thing that flashed in our minds.

I’ll go a step further than Lee, too. While you take a breath, think about what the replies will be to that post. Are you looking for that conversation today or not? That’s the thing that usually stops me, as I really don’t want to get into it, I just wanted to share a quick zinger.