Write Something Worth Reading…

I think this is my new mantra.

write something worth reading

Every time I see a disparaging, hateful, hostile, racist, cruel, or combative comment thread on a website that makes me want to scream (which is pretty much all the time), I’m going to think about this saying instead my head. As a reminder to myself that I don’t need to get sucked into the trainwreck. I need to close that browser tab stat and write. Or, just read something better.

There is so much good stuff out there, so much of it that I never get to, and instead I find myself too frequently down the rabbit hole like so many of us, sucked into the darker side of human nature, the pettiness and the awfulness; losing time better spent pretty much anywhere else.

That includes staring at my ceiling.

Here are just a few posts that have made me think this week. Posts that are worth reading. Highly opinionated, passionate, but still thoughtful and respectful. I wish the world worked more that way. Or maybe just the internet.

Anil Dash: If Your Website’s Full of Assholes It’s Your Fault
(h/t Wandering Scientist)

Rebecca Woolf: Boy Culture: On Masks and Eyepatches

Wesley Hall: What I Want You To Know About Being a Young Black Man in America

The Dalai Mama: My Trayvon Martin

Doug French: Of the Girls, By the Girls and For the Girls

Kristen Chase: Perfectionism is Killing Me

Asha Dornfest: Think Your Worklife is Lost On Your Kids? Think Again.

Lisa Endlich Heffernan: Four Most Dreaded Words for a Stay at Home Mom

Kelly Wickham: Calling Out My Sisters

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Write Something Worth Reading…”

    1. Oof. I’m sorry. I know that hurts even when it’s the furthest thing from the truth. When I wrote about sleep training, a million years ago, I was told I should have my uterus forcibly removed. Fortunately I have great kids. Not so sure about that crazy person.

      PS that’s awesome. I’m adding it to my links. Great piece.

  1. An excellent mantra indeed! I, too, try hard not to take the bait on certain comment threads, but it’s hard when it feels like not condemning awful statements seems like tacit approval.

    Thank you for the wonderful links. I’ve never been disappointed by your blog reading suggestions and have been led to some amazing writing.
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      1. Wow. Amazing stuff. Thank you.

        And you never know where things will lead. I was quite struck by Rebecca’s post about pirates. My kids’ school has a pirate as a mascot and I’ve never liked it. Today I started contacting people in the PTO and Student Governance Council to see if maybe we can have the kids vote on something new. Thanks for the inspiration.
        Korinthia recently posted..The Little Things All OverMy Profile

  2. I haven’t written in a few weeks, and it’s because I’ve been *doing*. Thanks for the change in perspective that helped me see the upside of not writing for a bit.

  3. At school we talk a lot about setting students up for success…how important it is to create spaces with boundaries for healthy choices…not confining, but safe. Community in every form should do the same. Humans have such capacity toward kindness and generosity…anonymity and mob mentality often breed the opposite. Speaking up and speaking out is so important. What did the (Australian?) army head say about sexual harassment? The standard we walk by is the standard we accept.

    1. GO TO THE LIGHT CAROL ANN!

      (Sorry that’s what comes to mind first. And thank you Katherine. I think of you the same way.)

  4. My mantra recently has been, “Don’t Read The Comment Section.”

    I like yours better. I want to be challenged to think, lifted up, or feel a connection to what I read.
    Karen recently posted..The War Is OverMy Profile

  5. While googling articles on Trayvon Martin – I came across this website. First of all, great site with interesting articles & comments and I give applause to all the dedicated moms. But secondly, this is the first time I’ve read thru many of the sites dedicated to parenting and it is amazing how sensitive women are over comments. Wowsers! The slightest hint of doing something differently or disagreement and mothers are so offended. I do understand some of the wacko comments mentioned above are way out of line – but I’m speaking to things on a far smaller scale. While no mother is perfect, be confident – you children will adore you for that.

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