This post is just a lesson I learned the hard way, but I believe that sharing my professional mishaps, (which by the way-we all have from time-to-time), is a great way to teach others “What Not To Do”
I just had one of those WTF moments and me being me, I spoke up. I am a believer in speak now or forever shut-up, but generally not before thinking things through first. However, today for some reason I felt the need to vomit my words all over a blog in a networking group. I had a serious case of foot in mouth disease and now I feel really stupid.
Here I was…trying to be the helpful person I am by posting this awesome news story about ACS hiring 450 people in Colorado Springs and I even supplied a link. I went over to the Q&A section and posted this thinking I could reach everyone in this part of the forum. Well, about an hour later I went back over to Q&A and discovered my post was removed…It was nowhere to be found and I became a little pissy about it because I didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary, and thought it was really rude to just remove it without telling me why.
Anyhoo out of my frustration came a post in my blog on the forum about how I’m trying to be helpful and felt that my help wasn’t needed. It just kind of spiraled from there and I even made mention of finding another networking site yada, yada, yada, and posted it. Then I went back to my profile and thought “Fine if they don’t want my post in their forum, I will post it on my “What are you working on” button under my profile. (While I was posting, someone was already commenting and being very gentle in telling me I should ask the forum owner why my post was removed-Politely,) When I reposted the ad with the link, the link looked funny…like something had changed but I didn’t know what. So I clicked on it…yep, it changed…to a completely different article about foreclosure?
OMG!! WTF? Then I realized I didn’t get the link from my usual means, I used a service called addthis and even followed them on Twitter because I thought the concept of what they were doing was so cool…(Yeah right). Now, I don’t just share things in my networking group to annoy people or to get noticed, I genuinely want to help when I can. Not only did I make an ass of myself by posting the blog, I realized I had also posted the “bad addthis link” on my twitter account…uugghh! and now I have to apologize publicly on my networking site, my Twitter page, and to connectcolorado because I posted them this morning asking them to share it with their contacts…and they did!
Like I said, generally I do think things through but today wasn’t one of those times. I do hope people will understand that all though I said what I said and did what I did…it wasn’t really me, an alien must have taken over my thought process. I was however still wondering even though it was totally my issue for posting a bad link to begin with because I didn’t know it would change…why didn’t someone email and tell me to resolve the issue instead of removing the post with no explanation? That was a little rude.
I stopped following addthis and next time I will stick with bit.ly for my links and think before I blurt.