I’ve had a presence online since the mid ’90s when we first my Dad, always ahead of the curve, plonked a PC the size of a fridge in our loft. Getting online required dragging a telephone cable up the ladder, plugging it in, calling a local ISP and waiting 20 minutes for a connection. I have written this blog on my phone in my chalet at Butlins!
As time and technology progresses, I find myself comfortable in an online environment but as with offline, it can be a tricky place to be genuine and to remain positive and encouraging.
In an attempt to smooth the way I have written some online will and will nots. I shall try to stick to them! What do you think? Have I missed anything?
10 I wills
- I will look for places of unity
- I will seek to learn from people who don’t think the same way I do
- I will sit on the fence with authority
- I will remember what I say is not necessarily what is heard
- I will be passionate
- I will tell stories
- I will embody a message, not push it on people
- I will encourage, especially so people can be themselves however they choose to communicate
- I will remember to listen graciously
- I will remember the source of all things is God
10 will nots
- I will not tweet Bible verses as platitudes 😉
- I not forget Google is a commercial venture and so will seek recommendations through people I trust
- I will not be passive aggressive, in particular assuming I’m the only one contemplating certain things and that it is my duty to get people to act/think
- I will not use jargon, especially Christianese
- I will not force people to give up their anonymity
- I will not forget there is a person in front of every keyboard and every single one of them was made by and is loved.
- I will not assume that what Good News means to me is what it means to someone else
- I will not always be available to everyone
- I will not sit in an online ivory tower
- I will never forget who my neighbour is