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Talking To The World

Talking to the worldWhen you blog, know that you are writing to the entire world.  It has to be part of your mindset when you are blogging.  This is why they call it the World Wide Web!

Ever think of that?

So, when you are writing your blog post, there are many things to consider before you push that “publish” button.  Check your grammar, spelling, SEO, and so on.  But, are you always mindful that you are writing to the entire world?

Take that into consideration as your fingers fly across the keyboard.  There are many cultures, religions, non religions and so on.  If you make one little mistake and insult someone, you may have lost that reader forever.

As you prepare your content, remember that yo are talking to the world.  

Keep the following 10 things in mind:

1.  Make sure your grammar is correct so that people who read English as their second language can follow along.

2.  Keep in mind that some phrases you take for granted, might not be understood by people of differing cultures and localities.

3.  Be respectful!  Remember you are not writing to one specific ethnic, religious or political group, but to multitudes with diverse backgrounds.

4.  Never use foul language.  Many people will be turned off by that.  There are blogs out there that try to be edgy and use profanity a lot.  Think for a moment who their followers are?  Are they portraying themselves as business people?

5.  Be ethical!  I previously wrote a post about the “ethics” of blogging. 

6.  Never write anything you will regret later.  If you want to rant a little, that’s OK, but do it in a way where you are not putting down or talking over your readers.

7.  Realize that there are many different kinds of blogs out there.  Some are literary, others are review blogs.  There are magazine style blogs, humorous, techie and all types of blogs.  Some bloggers may be part of a network, and address themselves mostly to others in their crowd.  Be respectful of everyone!  If it’s not for you, just move along.

8.  Give yourself a “character” check!  Sometimes you’ll need to take a long look in the mirror to see what you are projecting to others.  I know this one is difficult to do, so I wrote a post about it a while back, called “Building Character For Online Success.”

9. You are a reflection of your brand.  Everything you post on your blog will be a part of who “you” are perceived to be.  After all, it’s the only thing your visitors have to go by.

10. Never try to be someone other than yourself!  Most folks are pretty savvy when it comes to this.  People have a way of noticing when you are trying to be someone or something that you’re not.  They know, instantly whether or not you are being genuine and authentic.

BLOGGERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Most bloggers are also fairly active on social media sites.

Yes, you can clown around and have a few laughs out there.  You can share your thoughts and perspective, and even get a little personal.

But be careful because people of varying cultures or belief systems make take exception with something you say, or even how you say it.  It may seem harmless enough to you among your friends, and considering your cultural background.

Somehow, though, others may find it insensitive and crude for reason you don’t even understand.  And when you inadvertently or carelessly often people, a funny thing happens.  They easily forget so many wonderful things you’ve contributed, but forever hold your feet to the fire for some dumb or thoughtless thing that somehow rolled off your keyboard.

Meanwhile, you may find yourself equally offended by something said by someone coming at a topic from a different cultural perspective.  If you see something on a social site that may offend you in this way, don’t get into an argument about it.  You will only be fueling the fire and contributing to the negativity or misunderstanding.

Social media is a big playground.  You may be following someone with great content on their blog, and may get even closer to them on social media sites.  You’re out there having fun and learning cool stuff… then suddenly, BOOM… they talk about something in a way that simply appalls you.

It may not be about that person as much as it is about the different way of seeing things in different countries or through the lens of a different culture.  Don’t be hasty to judge others, as I’m sure you wouldn’t want them to judge you without fully understanding your background.

Beware, too, the many political debates on social media, and many have strong international tones.

If you are running a business on the one hand, while taking political sides on the other, or just generally being a naysayer, it will only cause conflict.

You are the Chief CEO of your business.  If the CEO of a large company comes out with a hot-button, highly controversial political statement related to international affairs, it hits the news like wildfire.  People get outraged!  So, keep that in mind.  The same can happen to you in your smaller circle of associates, friends and followers.

Be personal on social media sites, but not nakedly so!

There’s always a way to share your point of view without seeming callous and ignorant about people who don’t share your geography and culture.  Just be careful how you phrase things out there.

Social media is a great way to connect with people all over the world.  Remember to use it to connect, not offend.

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Do you ever have difficulty speaking to such a diverse audience as “the world”?

Do you make a conscious effort to be ever mindful that you are talking to the world?

Please share your comments and experiences below.

I always love to hear from my friends and readers from all around the world!

 

Blessings,

-Donna

 

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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77 Responses to Talking To The World

  1. Marquita Herald
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    August 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Oh this is such a great post Donna! I will raise my hand as someone who is constantly having to hold myself back. Not on my blog – it’s much easier for me to keep my business hat on in that domain – but I’m in much greater peril when it comes to social media. Sometimes someone says something that just sets you off and it is SO tempting to let fly but as you’ve pointed out it will then be available to the world. So far (knock on wood) I’ve managed to stay out of trouble, but it is something I constantly work on. Thank you for the great reminder and tips.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

      Hi Marquita,

      When it comes to social media, it is tempting to respond to something that sets you off. I too get that temptation, and sometimes even start touching the keyboard. So far so good for me lol.

      This subject caught my attention because I’ve been seeing many negative conversations along the way. I just wanted to remind my readers that whatever they say is out there forever.

      Especially if someone has a brand. Yikes…One wrong move and Poof!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      I hope the weather out there is calm now.

      -Donna
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  2. Ravi Chahar
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    August 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    You always win people’s heart by writing unique posts.:)

    It’s really amazing to read such type of informative posts. For bloggers it’s important to remember that they write for the world. There may be people different communities, countries but bloggers should keep in their mind to decorate their content with their own words which are easy to understand.

    Social Media is the major platform at which people can explore themselves and their creative ideas. As you said it’s a playground where people can play, enjoy and connect with others.

    I always think as if when would be possible to get ideas like you.:)

    Thanks for the article Donna.

    Hope you are having fun this weekend.:)

    ~Ravi
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi Ravi,

      I got this idea from posting on Facebook “Happy Independence Day to all my Indian friends!” I received such warm feedback.

      Then I thought to myself how we, as bloggers are communicating to the world. On social media it is a must to be polite.

      The more I learn about people’s customs and holidays, the more I can celebrate with them. It is so interesting, and why not join in all the fun?

      That’s what inspired me.

      -Donna
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  3. Tim Bonner
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    August 18, 2014 at 3:38 am #

    Hi Donna

    Thanks for an important reminder that we need to always think about what we are putting out into the world and how it’s perceived by others.

    The thing about the internet is that anything we add to it can never be deleted completely so you’re spot on when you say don’t write anything you’ll regret later.

    I think when it comes to blog posts it’s always wise to sleep on what you’ve written before you publish. If you’re venting your frustration about something, the cold light of day might mean you have a change of heart or find you want to word things a little differently!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Tim,

      Nice seeing you again! I like your suggestion that when it comes to blog posts, it is a good idea to sleep on what you have written before we publish it. This will give us a better perspective! I’m going to use that idea of yours!

      Thank you for adding value to this post!

      -Donna
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  4. Harleena Singh
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    August 18, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Hi Donna,

    This is very true – you need to be careful about what you say online because the whole world is going to see it 🙂

    I see a lot of people make remarks at a status update someone else might make that may hurt their feelings and sentiments. Sometimes even when they don’t want to or mean to, their words can do the harm more than anything else, so one’s to be very careful there.

    Like you, I love to congratulate people or wish them for the various national or International events, or just share and be there for their joys and sorrows, without really bothering about their nationality. I think if they are your friends, you should go all out and be a part of their celebrations. And I love the feedback I get from my friends too, even though I might not be celebrating that particular even in my country.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      Since I have been online, meeting friends from all over the world, it is a joy to learn about different celebrations and then sharing it with my friends. It just fascinates me and I can share the joyous events.

      Also if someone needs support going through some kind of life situation, being there for them is also something wonderful.

      Yes, I too have seen some remarks that could be hurtful to other people on social media. And when it comes from someone I look up to, in that one moment, that person can be discredited in my eyes.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

      -Donna
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  5. Monna Ellithorpe
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    August 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    You have made a good point here. Most of the time, I am thinking of a certain audience when I write but you are right, maybe others would be interested IF I think more in terms of reaching more people.

    Thanks so much. Have a great day, Monna
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      If..the key word here to think about! Yes we do write to a certain audience, but we must keep in mind the growth of our blog.

      You may come across someone in a whole different mindset and like your blog. So I would say take that If…and make it to a wider range, because girl it can happen.

      -Donna
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  6. Susan Cooper
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    August 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Well gee, Donna, when you put it like that…”you’re writing to the world” it’s kind of an overwhelming thought. But definitely a good reminder. We have had foreign exchange students from all over the world and it is amazing some of the things we say that can be misunderstood or culturally that can seem so different. So when writing online and not knowing who is going to read it and where they will be from, it is crucial to neutral, respectful and always represent your brand the way you intend – while still letting your personality shine through.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      Although it can be an overwhelming thought, when you think of all the stuff we put out there is read by so many people we have no clue who it is.

      Yes indeed, it is crucial to be neutral, respectful and represent our brand, while still having our own voice!

      -Donna
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  7. Sylviane Nuccio
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    August 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Very well said, my dear.

    I know a few successful bloggers I might add that do use foul language and they will even tell you, well that’s how it is and if you’re offended by it, just buzz off.

    Well, while some fancy out there might afford such things, not all of us can, can we? But beside that there’s also the fact that you mention here, how does that portrays you as a professional? We wouldn’t go to a business meeting using foul words, so why would we want to do it on our blog? Good reasoning!

    I totally remember EACH time I write online that I’m writing for the world, and I certainly never say anything I could regret. I was made aware that a handful of people that I know offline do read my blogs, so I that alone would keep me in check 🙂

    Also we don’t want to write anything that we wouldn’t back up 100%, so that’s so important that we follow your terrific tips here.

    Thanks and have a wonderful week, Donna.

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      August 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      Yes, there are some people out there using foul language. Personally, I don’t mind it at all. It is their way of attracting their audience. So much so, that I do even like these people because they are genuine.

      But on the other hand, what I hear through the grapevine is that some people are offended. So keeping neutral is the best way when it comes to having our say.

      As a professional writer, with many languages under your belt, I am sure that you are of the mindset that you are writing to the world.

      -Donna
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  8. Adrienne
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    August 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I totally get what you’re saying.

    It’s been a few years ago but I wrote a post and I used a word that in America it had a very harmless meaning. A friend of mine from another country emailed to tell me that in his country it meant something totally different and was very insulting. I was so embarrassed, I seriously had no idea. It was just a simple word for us but not to them.

    That’s going to be a lot harder to handle when you don’t live in another country and I don’t know their language. Just like I tell people in my commenting rules that I’m not trying to be disrespectful but I live in America so if you want to comment or link to your blog it has to be in English. Sure, I’m writing for everyone out there and I want to help everyone and hope they can learn from me but I can only do so much.

    I get what you’re saying though and I do my best and hope it’s good enough. I watch what I say on social media, I just was talking to a friend about that today. I don’t want to accidentally insult anyone by anything that I share but at the same time I wish others would be more respectful of the same. Some of the things people say, wow.

    This is a great reminder for us all Donna, thank you for bringing this to our attention. You are right, we are talking to the entire world. God Bless the internet! 🙂

    You have a wonderful day my friend.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      I know you well enough to say that you are always respectful. As for your commenting rules,you have to say to write them in English because that is your language. And it is the language of your followers.

      As for your example, hey, we cannot know everything, but can sort it out with others. Once someone asked me about a slang word I wrote in my post. I realized that I have to keep my eye out for that one because many of our readers use English as a second language.

      In social media you are very positive. You handle people well.

      I have one guy on Google+ that had dropped his link on a post I shared, then dropped his link again. I had to block him. 1. I didn’t know who he was and 2. it did not require me to go out of my way and explain to him why I removed his comment. Gee …some people!

      Then there is Facebook, the tell-all! When someone is ranting, I must say that I’m tempted to get into the conversation but hold back.

      Yes, whatever we write is there forever and we are talking to the whole world!

      -Donna
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  9. Enstine Muki
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    August 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    I think this is the first thing to be told to anyone coming online. Before blogging or creating your first ever social media account, this is the lesson to be taught.

    People come online from various backgrounds and different understandings. It’s important to have this consciousness while talking to them.

    I validate your points Donna. My take away: “As you prepare your content, remember that yo are talking to the world” not to your local church members or fellow villagers

    Wonderful advice!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi Enstine,

      I like your take away because many of us forget that we are talking to the world and write as though we are talking to our local place that we live.

      We are also talking to people who’s economical range is from poor to rich. We have to create a balance when we are reviewing something, or teaching something that requires a large sum of money. We can easily do this by giving alternatives: Here is the free version, here is the very expensive version, and so on.

      We do need to keep ethical and enjoy the many cultures we engage with and honor them.

      -Donna
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  10. Heather
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    August 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    I am a blogger who has a mindset that not everyone will like what I write. I don’t expect them to. I think bloggers need to be careful about only thinking about how their writing comes off. It is more important to determine a target audience and cater to them. 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      Hi Heather,

      As it is important to have our target audience and catering to them, we must realize that they come from many places.

      There are so many people you will connect to world wide and it is a fascinating experience. You just keep on blogging and you will see that you will connect with fantastic bloggers.

      -Donna
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  11. Mark
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    August 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Wow Donna!

    It’s so easy to forget that we’re talking about the Worldwide web! That is such a great point! And yes, your are also correct when you point out, you’ve to mindful about other cultures.

    Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our thing, we lose track of the very things you’re pointing out!
    Thanks so much for reminding me coach!

    What you shared is so vitally important, but so easy to overlook! Thanks!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Oh yes, we do get wrapped up in our own thing. Hey we are human after all. But as our blogs grow, we start to meet people all over the world.

      As we engage with them, we have the wonderful opportunity to learn about their cultures, celebrations, etc. It is kind of fun to celebrate a holiday we never heard of. Although we cannot physically be in that part of the world, we can join in the celebration virtually.

      We must be aware of this too so we can honor our friends we make. Since I’ve been on line, I learned so much from my friends and followers. Different traditions, different ways people have a take on us.

      So here we have it…another mindset change!

      -Donna
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  12. Catherine Holt
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    August 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    I agree there is a fine line between being personal on social media and taking it too far. The great thing about SM is that it allows for more connection with readers than you might give on your blog. It allows you to share things that are not necessarily 100% on topic, but something of humor so readers can get to know the ‘you’ a little bit more. No-body likes things to be stale and it’s great to liven things up a bit.

    However, we really must be careful that whatever you put on your blog or SM etc is out there for all to see. Everything you publish goes towards building your online reputation, so you need to think about the type of reputation you want to build. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time and effort building it up, only for it to be crushed by some silly nonsense.

    The online world can certainly help ‘make you’, but it can also ‘break you’ too. It’s definitely a good idea to be taking a step back and thinking about what message you are giving across.

    Great read….have an awesome week!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 18, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      Hi Catherine,

      Great to see you here! I’ve seen so many wonderful people online with great information on their blogs. Also having some fun on social media and getting to know them better. But one false move…and it does break the brand.

      Once I notified a Facebook Friend of mine to delete a comment made. A very positive uplifting person with a great brand of personal development. There was one statement made that was so negative. Good thing I caught it and PM’d this person to take it down. Phew…that could have ruined branding!

      Yes the online world can help make you but can also break you in an instant with one wrong move!

      The last thing we want to do is insult another person or even worse, reveal all too personal problems.

      -Donna
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  13. Ken Kai
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    August 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Donna,

    Always loving these kinds of posts. This is what I like about your approach to social media, blogging and so on. You make it more personal!

    Too many others are becoming robots. No matter how many times they say this and that, I can never shake the roboticness of some people and that is exactly where they fall.

    So it’s about balancing it all out and I’m working on it myself, too. I mean, let’s be honest.. we all are. There are so many new applications and sites like hootsuite and so forth to help bloggers out these days. But it’s important to check in every once in a while to have a nice chat with your audience. I normally do it over on twitter and stuff and they really appreciate it.

    Great read anyway Donna. Loving it. Enjoy the week ahead!

    Cheers,

    Ken
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 19, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Hi Ken,

      Good to know that you liked this blog. Yes, I know what you mean when bloggers seem like robots. It does get boring!

      We need to keep our blogs fresh and alive. But most of all teach one simple thing as we post.

      Too much information is overload. I find that small baby steps will help.

      As for getting out of my niche, well, if I didn’t I would have never met you. I would miss out on those lovely photos you share on your blog from the other side of the world.

      -Donna
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  14. Chery Schmidt
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    August 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Hello Donna, What a Great Post, All your points are right on cue my friend, #9 Really got to me–>> You are a reflection of your brand! Now this is one more people need to take note of…

    Not only on your blog but like you have stated as well as on ALL your social media sites. I sometimes have to wonder what people are thinking when I read thier posts. Or even when they make comments on other peoples post..

    Yes you do need tp be carefull out there,,HUH?

    Thank You for the Wonderful Article..
    Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 19, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Hi Chery,

      Yes number 9 is very important because we are a reflection of our brand. One wrong move on social media can ruin us in an instant.

      Yes we do have to watch our p’s and q’s out there, even though it can be tempting. But as long as we don’t feed the fire of anything negative, we are ok.

      Social media is a place where we can have some fun with others. We can goof around and have a few laughs, share inspirations and be there when a friend needs us.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      -Donna
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  15. Corina Ramos
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    August 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    These are great points you bring up. We definitely need to mind our Ps and Qs when we’re online. It only takes one post or comment to ruin a reputation.

    I agree with Mark. We get so focused on publishing our content that little things like a spellcheck of grammar or spelling can be overlooked.

    A great reminder for everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Monday Donna! Have a great week and I’ll see you in the socialverse :).
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 19, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Corina,

      Yes Mark brings out a good point here. We do get focused on our own content, but have to keep in mind, we are writing to the world and make things easy for others to understand.

      And when it comes to social media…wow..I’ve seen some stuff out there that is too personal, or too negative.

      Just have to move on and scroll down!

      -Donna
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  16. Don Purdum
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    August 19, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Hi Donna,

    This is a fantastic post!!! I can’t believe that my blog has only been in existence for three or so months and already I’ve been blessed with an international audience.

    Having another point of view from another culture is both interesting and fascinating to me. I agree, no reason to unintentionally or intentionally be offensive.

    The only thing I struggled with as I read your article (my struggle not yours… your article is spot on) is that sometimes people come to us and they are not part of the audience we are trying to attract. For one reason or another, we connect and they stick.

    Now, if I know my audience is intentionally American and that’s who I business blog for, then I’m going to write to them. Not with a perspective to ever be rude or do anything to hurt someone unintentionally, but if they don’t get it or understand I have to be okay with that.

    I have to write to the culture, understandings, and perspectives of the audience I’m talking to, even thought the world may see it.

    I wouldn’t expect someone from another country or culture to cater to me, especially if I’m not in their audience.

    Here is a statement you wrote that I LOVE: “Beware, too, the many political debates on social media, and many have strong international tones.”

    Why? Why go there at all? Period. And alienate yourself over something you have no control over. There is no reason to go there publicly like that. Keep it to your circles of trusted friends and family, unless your business is political and your audience is political.

    To me, it all comes back to knowing your business and audience and just using plain old common sense. Be smart and help people.

    Great post Donna. I do absolutely love that we get to talk to the world!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum
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  17. Emmanuel
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    August 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Hello Madam Donna,

    Due to the power of social media, I saw this post of yours shared by Don Purdum with me in mention. I quickly head over and it is this lovely piece.

    One thing is clear in this world of ours, if you have nothing to say, I will just edge you to read. I have lots of friends on Facebook for instance with diverse backgrounds so when it comes to dealing with issues of religion, I rarely do add my voice.

    What I might say might likely hurt you or hurt the other and in that case, I haven’t done anything good. So when it comes to talking to the world, we obviously ought to be careful.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Emmanuel,

      Glad you found me from Don sharing this.

      You are absolutely correct! we, as bloggers and social media people share a global world which is a blessing.

      The best thing for me is that I keep learning about different traditions and celebrations around the world. Some I never knew about. It is great to celebrate another person’s holiday which brings me virtual happiness.

      As long as we keep things positive, we are OK!

      -Donna
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  18. Donna Merrill
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    August 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Hi Don,

    I understand your “struggle” and indeed I agree. We write the only way we can to our audience. There are so many followers on my blog from all parts of the world. It is great for engagement just because I love it. And there is always that social proof.

    However, when I do market my product, it is never from my blog, Oh yes, I’ll mention it 10% of the time, but know my readers are really not my target audience…maybe a tiny percent.

    When I do market my product it is aimed at a very targeted group. So targeted, that I probably know what underwear they are wearing…LOL just a joke!

    As for my statement of Beware… It amazes me how many bloggers will get involved in these types of social media rants. My dad had a saying “never talk politics of religion because it will only lead to an argument” Learned that one as a kid!

    Now on social media, I do see it going on and yes, it is common sense to stay away from it, but some people will and that brings out negativity. Not everyone has good common sense Don! 🙂

    Many thanks for your thoughtful input,

    -Donna
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  19. Atish Ranjan August 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    I agree what you have said about English uses. Most of the world uses English as their second language. I too use English as my second language and I fully agree to your words. A blogger should always write global English so that everyone can understand that better.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi Atish,

      Whoops,,,, Sorry to reply so late to this comment, I seemed to scanned through it. Thank you so much for shouting out that English is your second language. And so, we, who do speak English as our first language must be aware that we are writing plainly.

      We cannot use terms that are “slang” that others don’t know. It just confuses the reader.

      -Donna
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  20. Carol Amato
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    August 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    What a wonderful thought! Love your post! Ya know, we always hear about trying to reach our target audience and drilling down, etc. but we neglect to remember that anyone can access our little piece of virtual real estate…

    Your list of 10 things to keep in mind is spot on! I proof-read to a fault sometimes though, lol. Yep, there are a lot of folks viewing my site from other countries, as noted in Google Analytics. Always being respectful is a simple rule, but so necessary. Loved your number 4, I mean – regardless of whether you curse or not in private, on a blog there is no place for it, I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

    When I was scammed by my first coach, it was very hard not to run him up one side and down the other publicly, but I showed restraint because that was not the right thing to do. Now, if anyone emails me and directly asks who it is I’m referring to in my blog post or email, then I always share to help them avoid what I went through.

    Love the reminder to be yourself. I agree wholeheartedly with that and have often said we are created as unique individuals and have something very special to give that no one else can duplicate.

    Yes, we need to be sensitive to others’ feelings but I for one, am not going to tip toe around if I have an opinion that I want to share. I always try to communicate with respect, but if I believe something is wrong or right, I’m going to share that even if there is a difference of opinion and someone might get offended. I’ll not purposely offend, and will use good judgment and discernment when entering into a discussion, but I will be uniquely me and not afraid to definitely state what I believe.

    I have, as we all do, a personal Facebook profile, and then a business page on Facebook. I don’t even like when people tag me for business posts and such on my personal profile because I keep all of my business on my business page. My personal Facebook is for family and friends, not really for business. So, I untag myself and try to say to tag me as a public figure, on business page. It’s tough sometimes because I don’t want all the business chatter on my personal feed, but there it is.

    Yeah, I don’t enter into any political debates on social media, what’s the point? It’s not the place for it, in my opinion. I use social media for positive connections with family and friends, and like-minded entrepreneurs.

    I definitely need improvement in this area of remembering I’m talking to the world. Oh, I have in the forefront of my mind that I’m going “public” but not really the way you put it, so thank you, Donna!! Awesome post, my friend.

    Will be sharing right now. 🙂
    – Carol Amato
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Hi Carol,

      Thank you for adding so much flavor to this post! Indeed, there are so many people reading our blogs from other countries, that we do need to keep that in our mindset. With so many cultural differences, it is never the idea to use foul language online.

      (You should hear me off line he he he) But it all boils down to respect. If someone tries to argue a point on my blog in a respectful manner, I love it. It gets the conversation going! People can disagree and make a valid point. I have no problem with that.

      However, I do have a problem with some who try to come in and drop a link, or say someone that is not polite to a commentator on my blog….they will never be approved!

      Oh yes, we need to be ourselves, but like you, I won’t tip toe around anyone. If I have something to say which I have a strong conviction I will say it.

      As for Facebook, no one has ever tagged my on my business page (yet), but I do not like it when they tag me on my personal Facebook. One exception is if I’m a guest on their blog, or they mentioned me. That’s fine with me.

      Sometimes I like to kid around with my blogging buddies on Facebok, but always keep it light and positive.

      Thank you for your awesome comment.

      -Donna
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  21. di
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    August 19, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Geeeee Talking to the WHOLE WIDE WORLD, hadn’t thought of my blog as talking to the whole world. Thats big hey. Thankyou for the reminder.
    Mindset is the key and I will certainly add this thought when I’m blogging. I think , in my mind I was talking to people in a smaller space that the whole wide… sound weird????
    Went and checked out your Ethics blog, great fundamentals to work by and a good place to send people people to.. I hope that ok Donna.
    have a great week Donna
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

      Hi Di,

      Yes girl…the whole world lol. And very true…it’s all about mindset. Once we keep that in mind, we will be OK.

      Glad you got a little AHA moment lol.

      -Donna
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  22. Sue Price
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    August 20, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Hi Donna

    I laughed when you started by saying we are talking to the world. I do think that now but I remember when I started and had no visitors I felt like I was writing to myself.

    I agree with all you have said here in blogging and on Social Media. Even as an Australian there are differences. I am lucky enough to have worked with many Americans and know most of the differences in our use of words and spelling but many people do not know them.

    One of pet peeves is when someone is running a webinar which has people from all around the world on and they say “good evening” and forget it is morning, middle of the night, afternoon in some places. I have so much more respect when people are inclusive.

    I think we really need to remember we are global.

    Great post as always Donna.

    Sue
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      Hi Sue!

      Love your pet peeve Sue! When doing a webinar it is always wise to say “Welcome!” Never date yourself or say what time a day it is.

      When I do them, sometimes I say to my followers It’s 4 pm EST right now, and I know you all can’t make it…so I’m recording this and will send it to you. I do that on my weekly Q & A’s. for my membership site.

      They all know the time and day, and most will get the recorded video. Yes, we do have to be mindful of time!

      Also Seasons….If we are doing a webinar and want it to be evergreen, NEVER mention the season!!!

      I’m blessed to have known you on the other side of the world!

      -Donna
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  23. Ryan Biddulph
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    August 20, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    Hi Donna,

    10, what an important topper to your spot on list. Be yourself.

    People will see and feel the moment you stop being you. Some bloggers never even gain a following, or any traction, because they’re too busy simply being others. I’ve been there, in my early days, because I feared being criticized, being me.

    Once I started to uproot the fear of criticism and realized that I had an important story to tell things fell into place quick nicely. I just had to let go the fear, and I needed to start blogging about my travels a bit.

    Then, when I let go my old blog and started my new blog, things took off because I was super clear on the story I wanted to tell. I realized that the world wants to hear a story more than anything, that being your story, so that’s what I wrote about from Day 1 on Blogging from Paradise.

    We all have such a neat story to tell, if we’ll just decide to tell it.

    Great points on politics too Few can discuss this topic without becoming rude, childish or boorish, so I keep this topic out of my stream. Ditto on religion. Most folks are so heavily attached to their political stances, and religion, and are so easily offended or outraged, that it makes little sense to broach those topics.

    The intelligent, clear-thinking person becomes like a 5 year old when these topics come up on social…..so I never discuss them. Too busy posting pictures of Fiji, anyway 😉

    Thanks Donna, wonderful post here.

    I’ll tweet in a bit.

    Ryan

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      August 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      Since you started your “Blogging from Paradise” you took off like wildfire. You sure have a great story to tell.

      It is important that we tell our story, so our followers can understand where we are, what we do, and what our other passions are.

      From day one, I was always myself. Yes I was told back in the old days one thing that really gets my goat! “Fake it until you make it!” Now I don’t know who came up with that, but it was going around when I first started blogging.

      I just wouldn’t! My “mentor” at the time was giving me some negative messages that I’ll never make it! So I left…FAST! I don’t deal with negative messages well. he he he

      People do know when you are not yourself. We all have that “radar.”

      As for politics and religion, yes, people can act like they are 5 years old so I stay clear away on that one!

      -Donna
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  24. Mi Muba
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    August 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi Donna
    Very interesting and equally an important topic. This is your style whenever I visit your blog I find a post on quite unique topic.

    While reading this post I recalled a quote which I read somewhere. THINK GLOBALLY ACT LOCALLY.

    This is the gist of your post with lot of wonderful tips and advices to follow this quote with slight change in it as: Do Target Your Market But Never Forget You Are Talking To All.

    Every blogger has his own specified target market and he must focus them but never forget others though not huge in quantity also read his posts.

    So we should follow all the main global norms but equally stay focused to our blog community. This is the key message of your post and it helps me a lot to refine the tone and mood of my future posts.

    Thanks for sharing a post on how to blog globally.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      Hi Mi Muba,

      What a great compliment coming from you! Yes, we must think globally as we act locally. Our mindset has to be one that we are speaking to the entire world full of wonderful diverse cultures.

      As for locally, we are all bloggers, which unites us in a wonderful way. We do have our target markets, but we must never forget others. Yes my key message is that we should follow the global norms but stay focused on our blogging community.

      I had the idea that some people will sell very expensive products, but forget there are others in this world that can’t afford it. So we must have different prices for different people. And for those who are really struggling, we always have our content that we provide for them.

      -Donna
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  25. Andrew M. Warner
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    August 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    This is really a great post.

    First off, the 10 things to keep in mind are all accurate.

    Number 8 and 10 are real gems because you do need to look in the mirror from time to time to see what you are projecting to others. And being yourself is probably one of the most important things to do … to many people try to be something they’re not because they think it’ll help them stand out. Let me tell you, it’s tough to keep that act up … so it’s best to just be yourself from the outset.

    As for the social media stuff, it can be dangerous if you abuse it, or don’t pay as much attention to it, it can come back and bite you. I don’t get into all that political stuff on social media and I’m very mindful of others but it just shocks me when I see other bloggers getting into written arguments online with someone who has a different opinion than them or something along those lines.

    That one surefire way to alienate yourself from others.

    Great advice here, Donna. Thanks for sharing it.

    Hope you have a great rest of the day.

    – Andrew
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      Hi Andrew,

      Oh yes, It never hurts to look in the mirror! Try to see what we are projecting to others from a different point of view. It is difficult, and sometimes we can even ask a friend to critique it our work.

      Someone once told me that he thought I was “stuck up” because I was writing a lot of “to do” things and didn’t cover warm fuzzy feelings. Well, heck….that’s how I write. But I went back and didn’t see myself as a know it all!

      I asked him why did he get that impression? He told me that I was flaunting my knowledge and that I was sharing too many happy pictures on social media.

      Go figure? But it did make me look inside myself. I am one that writes the way I speak. I also will share some things that are positive on social media and share a little portion of my life.

      So if someone doesn’t like it…you know where they can go he he he.

      -Donna
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  26. Kumar Gauraw
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    August 21, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Wow! It has been three days since you posted this. But I’m glad I did not miss this completely 🙂

    What an interesting discussion! I think that I agree with everything that you mentioned. It is very important for us to know what to say, how to say and what to be watchful for.

    A lot of times people do not pay attention to number 8, number 9 and number 10. Those are actually the most important aspect of online branding and I am glad that you covered in here in a straight and made it easy for everyone to understand.

    Thank you for sharing these nuggets of wisdom and helping everybody with something. I picked up a couple of things as well and I’m grateful.

    Regards,
    Kumar
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Hi Kumar,

      Indeed those points are a must! We must be ourselves because if not, people will see right through us.

      When branding, we are branding ourselves. Any wrong move out there can ruin our brand in a blink of an eye. This is why we must be mindful before hitting that enter button!

      I had to break this down into a simple form so that people can get the message to watch what they say, especially on social media.

      I’ve seen some people I admired for their work on social media and in one rant, made me feel they were unprofessional.

      -Donna
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  27. Rachel Lavern
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    August 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Okay, I must be so sleepy that I am missing something in your post and probably should get off of the computer now because I have brain fog 🙂

    Of course, I realize that the people world wide web can view any content that I put out there. But ‘the world’ is not my intended audience…I am not talking to everyone. My message is not for the masses. The wrong audience just may be offended by something I write/say but that is okay with me. The right audience for me will be drawn to my message. For me, branding is about finding cohesive ways to communicate the essence of who you are. Your language is one way to support and amplify that expression–the sharing of who you are with the world.

    Although I never set out to purposely offend anyone, I have done just that. Lots.of.times. Over the years in business I have made a list of the controversial things I have said that others have brought to my attention. A practice of mine is to make sure that prospective clients and group coaching participants are clear on what I unapologetically stand for before we agree to conduct business together.

    A blog reader may be surprised but every client that I have gained strictly online has had several ‘touches’ of me by the time we enter a paid relationship. The work that I have is adapting my writing to show more of my rebel and spiritual sides because I agree that there should not be any surprises.

    Nap time. Do I have to say “never mind…that’s quite different”? 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      You of all people would never offend anyone in my book! I never seen you get into a silly argument on the social sites. To me, you are all business and don’t have to worry about this stuff.

      People get to know me, and my “hard core Brooklyn attitude” that I have and if they don’t like it I don’t care. I want to pull in people who are attracted to me, who I am.

      Your “rebel” and spiritual sides attract me! You are being authentic. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

      I wrote this one to those who “attack” others by negative statements. I’ve even seen people attacking other businesses and there is no need for that!

      You my dear have never gone to that place!

      You are doing exactly what I have mentioned…being you. And that is the only way to attract others to you and your business.

      -Donna
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  28. Alan Jenkin
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    August 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    Sage advice, Donna! I’m sure I’ve offended someone, somewhere, some time – it’s hard not to! However, working as a consultant I have traveled to many parts of the world and experienced diverse cultures, so I have always made it a point to be considerate of my audience. Even so, it’s possible to make mistakes.

    I remember years ago when I was in Beirut at a conference. The keynote speaker was the Minister of Energy for the Lebanon. After his speech, I was talking to a Lebanese attendee at the conference and, thinking I was doing the right thing, praised the Minister’s speech.

    It turned out to be a disaster: the attendee was from the other political party, and despised the Minister!

    You can’t please all the people all the time – but it never hurts to try 🙂

    Thanks for a stimulating post, Donna.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      Hi Alan,

      Thanks for sharing that story! That is so funny. But, as you illustrated, we must try to be aware when talking to people around the globe.

      If we are unsure, the best thing is to keep out of it I say!

      I could just imagine how you felt when you found out! I’m still laughing.

      Thanks!

      -Donna
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  29. Sue Bride
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    August 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    My audience is mostly US, UK and my own country, Australia. Coming from a multicultural society I realize that even within those countries there are people of different cultures and belief systems. The type of content I write is not the sort that’s likely to offend unless there are people with aversions to Facebook, WordPress etc.

    I do sometimes find it hard to write in simple terms, not just for those with limited English but for beginners to a topic. If you know a topic well it’s not always easy to go back to basics and if you don’t it can be hard to put it in simple terms in your own words.

    One of my favorite bloggers swears like a trooper but she writes so well it kind of fits in. She has a huge audience. However she’s not blogging for business reasons just personal. She keeps her blogging a closely guarded secret from family, friends and work.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      That is a good thing that sometimes you take it down a notch to simplify the English words. I try the same thing, keeping in mind many of my readers are those with English as a second language.

      I too have a great blogging friend that does the same thing and I love to visit her because she is so entertaining. I, personally am not offended by things like that. But once I was talking to a fellow blogger that told me she was. From then on I watched my P’s and Q’s!

      Thanks so much for sharing that story!

      -Donna
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  30. Kathleen McCormick
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    August 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks, Donna, great post. I may be grandiose but I have always wanted to reach out globally. I have had some success with that and I try to rein myself in accordingly. As one other responder said, it is good to have fun but we have to watch that we don’t cross over the line. This post should be required reading for everyone with a business on google+!

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      August 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Kathleen,

      I don’t think it is grandiose at all. I too have the same feeling and I’m sure many bloggers do. This is what I enjoy most about blogging. Getting to know so many people from all over the globe and sometimes making very close relationships with them.

      Oh yes, It is fut to be on the social networks as we share some things that we can resonate with other people, but there is a line that should not be crossed. (I don’t like using the world should) but sometimes people don’t think before they speak or write.

      We must always have an altruistic attitude for others.

      -Donna
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  31. Dawn Golden
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    August 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    Hey Donna. I actually consider the blogging world a bit less constrained than your post might imply. With no intent to be disrespectful, blogging is the type of vehicle that allows me to be me and not hold back on the way I express myself. That is why I feel it is really important to be ‘all in’ about what I represent and the topics of my sites. If I spend too much energy watching how I say things, what I say will lose some of the message.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Dawn,

      Glad you spoke your mind! Yes, blogging is a tool where no one really has to hold back, so much so, that they cannot get their message across. I do agree with you there.

      But sometimes on social media it gets so crazy. Not that I see it a lot, but sometimes, I see people get at each others’ throats, so I skip that part, especially if there is no resolution.

      We are people and will disagree and that’s fine! But when it comes to mud slinging, and something hurtful, I just shake my head!

      Thanks for dropping by,

      -Donna
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  32. Sherryl Perry
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    August 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    You’ve put together some excellent tips here. Tip #4 especially resonates with me. When I first started blogging (about 4 ½ years ago), I read everything I could about WordPress, blogging, and social media. Like most new bloggers, I was eager to start driving traffic to my blog.

    One of the first things I did was join the Third Tribe. I don’t know how many bloggers remember that group but there were some big name bloggers there including Chris Brogan. It was a paid membership site and even the introductory price of $27 was steep for someone who was generating no money at the time.

    Anyways, I digress. I’m not going to name names here but one of the well-known (and successful) bloggers in the group was female. I immediately started following her and learning from her. The problem was that she swore – a lot. She swore to the point that I felt uncomfortable reading her posts.

    I gather that swearing was part of her “voice” and persona and many of her followers seemed to love her style. Personally, I reached the point where I found other bloggers who were equally talented and successful. Given the choice, I stopped following her and never looked back. (BTW – I just visited her blog and I don’t see a curse word there. She may have changed her ways.)

    You asked if I’m mindful that I’m talking to the world. The answer is that I am. I am also very aware that we need to really think about what we post online. Without facial expressions and other non-verbal communication, it’s very easy for our words to be taken out of context. Tim Bonner mentions that it’s wise to “sleep on what you’ve written before you publish”. While I don’t go to that extent, it’s very good advice and you can rest assured that I reread everything before I publish it.

    As always, thanks for another thought provoking post.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

      Hi Sherryl,

      I know exactly what you mean! If someone is writing with lots of foul language, I really don’t mind, but what it speaks to me is that they have developed a persona that can eliminate many readers. If that person doesn’t mind that, fine!

      But if we are blogging with the intention of marketing, using foul language will turn of a lot of people. Keeping things simple will reach more readers every time.

      Being respectful, and having sort of a code of ethics where we don’t even put down other companies or mention people is like catching flies with honey!

      I read Tim’s blog about “sleeping on it” before we publish a post. Although I don’t, I do give it a little time and then go back to make sure my message is the way I want.

      Thanks for you wonderful share!

      -Donna
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  33. Leslie Denning
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    August 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Hi Donna. It’s been hard for me to hold back sometimes, but I’m getting better at holding the ‘tongue’ of my keyboard, as it were. Sometimes I do write from my heart on something that might be controversial to others. However, it’s usually worthless to get into an argument. You probably won’t change the other person’s opinion, and it can cause hard feelings.

    I remember one time someone had posted something on Facebook that was very offensive to me. I sent her a PM, and she responded by SHOUTING at me in CAPITAL LETTERS. Unfriend.

    Now if something pops up on my timeline that is offensive, I just hit the drop-down and choose hide and just let it go. Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

    All the best,
    Leslie
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    • Donna Merrill
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      August 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Leslie,

      I see we think alike. When there is something offensive on Facebook, I also hit he drop-down, choose hide and go on my merry way!

      As for our blogs, we can write whatever the heck we want. If people think it is a controversial subject, they can also choose to move on. But if they want to argue, it makes no sense at all!

      -Donna
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  34. Liz Delaney
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    August 30, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    So true, so true, Donna. The time spent building our reputation both online and offline can be so easily destroyed by not being mindful of the feelings of others. We have the right to our opinions, but need to voice these with care. Blogging is global and that’s what’s so good about it. We get to converse and learn from so many people and build great networks.
    Thanks for this great read.
    Liz
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      Hi Liz,

      Oh so true! We can be mindful of being courteous to others, but one small mistake can take us down so fast!

      Yes we do have a right to our opinions and do have to be careful how we say things to others so that they clearly understand what we are trying to convey.

      Glad you liked it!

      -Donna
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  35. Nanda Rahmanius
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    September 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Indeed, after I read your article, write a blog post it was like talking to the world. There are so many cultures in this world that we may not know about them yet.

    I think, that’s the utmost use of social media. Through social media we can get in touch with people all over the world and know their culture. But unfortunately, there are still many people who use social media just to insult others.

    For people like this, the right advice is: never write anything you will regret later, such as at point 6 on this article 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Donna.
    Have a nice week ahead.

    Nanda
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      Hi Nanda,

      If it wasn’t for blogging and social media I would have never met you. It fascinates me how I can make friends with people all over the globe.

      We do have to keep in mind that every culture is different. There is no room for insults or negative writing. That will make one loose their reputation with one small mistake!

      Thanks for visiting,

      -Donna
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  36. Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    September 12, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Donna,

    What a valuable post for people who are already blogging and also for those who are getting ready to start blogging. As a licensed psychotherapist, I find that therapists are often skeptical about sharing personal information or even about sharing their personal Facebook profile.And many do not yet see the value of writing a blog.

    I love how you describe it as talking to the world! That is truly what we are doing so our reach is limitless.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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  37. Donna Merrill
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    September 13, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Dr. Erica,

    I too find that Licensed psychotherapists are often skeptical about sharing their personal information. I can see why, especially if they are working in an institution, and even their own practice. When working with people one can find you anywhere online and there is only so much a person in that position wants to share.

    But positive quotes, a little humor can go a long way …

    Yes, talking to the world is exactly what we are doing. We are not limited to our home town, country we live in, but rather the global community.

    Thanks for coming by,

    -Donna
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  38. Sonia
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    September 21, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Hi Donna!

    What a great post!

    I did recently read an article that stated it is important when blogging or writing ad copy to be talking to “One” person to make them feel special.

    Here you talk about how we address the world from our writing – which we do indeed.

    Being careful and censoring our work makes a lot of sense – but can we still keep it personal and special for our reader?

    Thanks to being a part of a diverse blogging community, I feel that I do have an audience as like Sue, at one stage I felt as though I was writing to myself most days!

    You have provided some relevant food for thought but I hope that we can still all remain authentic while becoming worldly 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

      Hi Sonia,

      True, when we write a post, it is good practice to write to a person. I myself have created an Avatar of a particular person representing my audience. I put a lot into that one….

      But as I do, I take into consideration that my readers are from all over the world, so I try not to use slang that others may not understand. And never ever use words that will insult anyone.

      I love the blogging community because it is filled with diversity. I have learned more than I ever did in my life through knowing bloggers.

      -Donna
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  39. Willena Flewelling
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    September 21, 2014 at 2:50 am #

    Very well said, Donna!

    I had to smile at what you said about being careful what you say, and not offending people. I can’t say I’ve never offended anyone, for the very reason you said — so many people of different faiths and cultures reading what I write. But it’s not because I don’t think before I speak. I’m far too much in the opposite direction — I’m too self-contained, because I’m afraid of saying something that will get me in trouble! I need to open up more, and work on being honest, while maintaining care in how I say things.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      Hi Willena,

      I can never picture you offending anyone! There are things we can share about ourselves that are not offensive to others.

      We can only be ourselves and if someone doesn’t like that for some reason, they can just disappear from our circle.

      I mention where I’ve lived, my faith as a Catholic and some will roll their eyeballs, but hey, it’s me!

      I don’t impose it on anyone, but just tell it like it is. I’m sure if you opened up you would never hurt anyone else. It is just not in your nature!

      -Donna
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  40. Siphosith
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    December 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    This is a great post Donna with great tips for bloggers. Many times as bloggers we forget to be ourselves and also being polite to people. You also mentioned offending people, sometimes it just happens unaware that what I mentioned in my post offended someone due , may be to backgrounds and culture andreligion

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