In Placing Blame Where Blame Deserves to Be Placed, I wrote about how many bloggers throw blame on the wrong personal or company and how we need to be more responsible when we use our blogs as weapons of blame and guilt.
I recently ran across the following quote:
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
Douglas Noel Adams
Many bloggers use their blogs to complain, blame, and get a little revenge, but does it make a difference? Sometimes.
In my article, I wrote about how frustrated Andy Skelton was after two years of reviewing WordPress Themes and running into the same problem with all of them, not taking into account a blogger’s use of images too wide for the Theme’s post column width, and how he finally came up with an article called Defective Themes: Image Width, warning Theme designers of this flaw in their Themes, which led to the creation of the iMax Width WordPress Plugin by SolDesign.
Andy’s post could have just blamed lazy or ignorant WordPress Theme designers, but it offered a solution, a solution which someone turned into a WordPress Plugin to help users unfamiliar with web design fix the problem on WordPress Themes created by designers who hadn’t bothered to take this issue into consideration.
Many public complaints have led to changes in laws, policies, and behaviors by governments, corporations, and even individuals. But to complain for the sake of complaining, what good does it do?
It doesn’t inspire change.
If you use your blog to complain, offer a solution, an answer, and what you want fixed and how. Don’t give up your power to change. Use your blog to inspire change.
The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.