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Thursday Thirteen #124: 13 Reasons Why You Should Never Blog When You’re Mad or Have the Mean Reds

December 20th, 2007

My most tardy Thursday Thirteen ever (I think, anyway)…

(With apologies to 13ers and Usual Suspects, who may have been waiting.)

Why You Should Never Blog When You’re Mad or Have the Mean Reds:

13. It’s like drunk-dialing. It’s just a bad idea.

12. Even if you delete it later, they’ll remember it.

11. My habit of using cuss words, even under the best of circumstances.

10. There may be children in the room.

9. Someone else’s children may be reading what you just wrote, in regards to their beloved parents. That is just so frickin’ uncool, to yammer on negatively about someone when it’s not absolutely necessary.

8. Blog unto others as you would have them blog unto you.

7. Temper, temper. Don’t let it flare. Venting does not always make it better. I know.

6. It stops you from getting important work done, when you’re “angry typing.” Mopping the kitchen floor, for instance, or revising the damn manuscript you have to get done by Jan. 1, 2008. (Self-imposed deadline; must follow.)

5. People usually have good intentions; we all just rub each other a little bit the wrong way sometimes.

4. Or a lot. I don’t mean to be morbid here, but you know what I’m going to be in fifty years? (Or less?) Dead. That’s right. So what’s the point of all the fussing?

3. My daughter’s teacher was reading the kids the last chapters of “Charlotte’s Web” yesterday and I thought, if we could all try to be half as decent as Charlotte and Wilbur, think of how much nicer the whole world would be. Then I got all choked up because, you know. I love that book. I love it so much. Enough, already, it’s fiction. But dammit, I think we can all learn a little something here.

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” — E.B. White

2. Being angry makes your heart hurt.

1. It’s just too dang close to Christmas and New Year’s to waste any time on nonsense.

Happy Holidays, y’all.




  1. Dawn says

    you had me with #11

    December 20th, 2007 | #

  2. damozel says

    Not to mention the possibility of a lawsuit!

    All so true…

    December 20th, 2007 | #

  3. feefifoto says

    Sometimes the impulse is almost too strong to resist, isn’t it?

    December 21st, 2007 | #

  4. Cindi says

    It’s like the damage impulse shopping does to your checking account. It may not be permanent but at least for a while it’s going to hurt, and probably not just you. All good pieces of advice.

    Thanks for reminding me.


    December 21st, 2007 | #

  5. nicholas says

    Write whatever you want to say to or about anyone.. and then delete it without posting it. A good harmless way to let off stream.

    December 21st, 2007 | #

  6. LIB says

    What a good list. Dear Abby used to say, “Hate is corrosive; it damages the vessel that contains it.” Blessings to you and yours at Christmas!

    December 22nd, 2007 | #

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