So, I got this comment on my post from yesterday from someone named Mandy. She said this:
“when you talk i wish that violence was alright.”
Now, I’m not sure really what that means, but I don’t think it’s a nice thing. Not to mention the obvious lack of care in refusing to capitalize the first letter of a sentence and the “I”. Oh Mandy. You came and you gave without taking. And I sent you away. Oh, Mandy. Maybe it’s because you love Myspace. Maybe it’s because you hate me. Maybe it has nothing to do with me and it’s just the sonic waves of my voice that literally make you wish that violence was alright. I don’t know what it is Mandy, but what I do know is this. Yesterday is a dream I face the morning, crying on the breeze, the pain is calling, oh Mandy.
Please don’t hurt anyone today. Violence is never alright. Even if it’s induced by reading a website that you willingly went to.
In an ongoing attempt to make this whole interweb a more ‘positive’ place, today I decided to create a little something called ‘Be Nice’. Yep. That’s it. Most of you have noticed that on the end of my Tweets and at the end of my posts I have started adding a plus sign (+) to them. Some of you have caught on and are joining in the fun and some of you aren’t. Here’s the deal. I’d like for this to become something that becomes the ‘norm’ in my little corner of blogland. In the same vein as ‘Positive Post Tuesday’ I’d like for this to become something that’s bigger than me or this blog.
Because it’s such a simple exercise, I’m going to keep bugging you guys about it until it becomes more and more of a ‘thing’. I’ve had a lot of people asking me what the deal with the plus sign is and in case you missed it before, here’s how it works:
If you write something positive, put a plus sign (+) at the end of it. If you write something negative have the guts to put a minus sign (-). Now I’ve seen a handful of people participating in the ‘positive’ side of things but I’ve still seen plenty of negative Tweets and posts, and we all all too scared to admit that we are being negative. Funny how that works huh? Simple enough rules right?
Now, sure there’s going to be things that you say that aren’t positive or negative in nature, but that’s what makes this exercise so cool. It’s at least making you think. I’m typically a pretty negative person and with Twitter and blogging it’s become increasingly easy to send out that negativity to the world, but I think it’s time to switch things up.
So here’s what we are going to do. If you’re reading this and have a blog, write a post about ‘Be Nice’. Steal the image above and write in your own words what the idea behind this is. Post it on your Facebook, Twitter it. You can even put it on your Myspace if anyone still uses that.
Now, this isn’t some way for me to get more traffic or get people talking about me. In fact, if you don’t want to mention my name or link here, then don’t, but I’d really like to see the idea of putting a + or – at the end of everything spread like crazy. Let’s make the internet a whole lot more +, shall we? Remember, it’s not that hard to ‘be nice’.