I had a blog post the other day that I wanted to personally clarify highlighting honesty as the best policy.
Being honest doesn’t equal tell-all. In other words, being authentic in the social media space requires, most of all, wisdom and discernment and whatever makes it through that particular gate or filter then needs to be presented as true.
One of the ways that I’ve thought about it in particular is about the amount of “damage” (we call it “effectiveness” in business-speak) that can be reasonably created by social media and blogging. An internal processing that I personally use:
How much disunity will this particular post create?
And see, that’s the thing. It’s not a question of what you could do, it’s what you should do. There is really no perfect answer to what you should and what you shouldn’t post. Each blogger will do what he’s convicted to do.
One of the other best “catches” is asking someone else’s opinion, especially someone who is not like you in demeanor and personality. For example, my wife is the best drafting floor before publishing anything.
How are you discerning the difference between discernment and authenticity in the social space?