It’s easy to get wound up on Twitter but there’s more good than bad and it lasts much longer in the memory.
I’m a strong believer in letting people say what they want, I’m not offended by *your* opinions (about web design) and you’re as entitled to them as I am to the opposite.
Having written in the past about the odd ecosystem that is the design world on Twitter and I figured it would be nice to try and send out some good vibes for a change and remind you (and myself) that good words and deeds have a power to create a feeling that more often than not outweighs any short term negativity.
My recent experience of the nice words
If you’ve visited my blog in the past, you might notice I now run an ad from the Fusion network in the sidebar. Recently they got in touch with a nice personal email saying they’d found and enjoyed my posts (thanks!) and wanted to know if I’d like to run one of their subtle ads.
Having previously seen the ads on other “famous” blogs and sites, I felt a little torn because this site will live with or without ads, there’s no need for them in monetary support terms, my server bill is minute and frankly looking at the other sites in the network, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to know my traffic levels (and therefore ad income) would pale into insignificance and really wouldn’t earn me much but I went with it anyway.
Why? Well, I was up front and said that I would be unlikely to bring in much in the way of traffic and CTR for Fusion’s advertisers but they were not only keen to sign me up but offered encouragement to keep writing and help by mentioning certain posts and tweets so the growth would continue.
That feeling and compliment will live longer than anything “bad” I’ve read as designers bicker and argue about who knows what is and isn’t web design. That’s forgotten in about 17 minutes but the good feelings aren’t.
The circle completes
As I said, I’m not going to be earning anything other than a couple of beers a month from running an ad but I’d like to pay it forward and I’ll be passing on my ad money from Fusion to Kiva so someone else can benefit who’s less fortunate than me.
Next time you feel wound up by something you read on Twitter, instead of replying, send a nice mail to someone or compliment a bit of work.