Here’s a rule of thumb not enough internet users adhere to: If you have to think that hard about whether something is worth posting, it probably isn’t, so don’t.
Look, there’s a lot of crap on the internet, all right? The last thing it needs is your crap, too.
I won’t act like everything I throw out there is digital Shakespeare, but I frequently sit on stuff, mull stuff over and delete it entirely, all the while thinking it’s pretty damn brilliant. Here are some reasons I do that:
- It’s not always possible to accurately express what I mean, you know what I mean? And the thing about the written word is that once it’s published, everyone else gets to decide what it means.
- What “sounds” funny or clever to me may not actually be funny or clever. Once you have to explain a joke, it’s definitely not funny.
- It’s entirely possible for something to be smart and devoid of value at the same time.
- I don’t need to let everyone see my crappy batting practice swings.
We live in a society that takes a picture of goddamn everything, applies a vintage filter to it and posts it for everyone to see. I promise you’ll be better off if you take a bunch of different pictures of one thing, throw away all but the best one and post that instead.