Guilt-Tripping Is Damaging To Your Followers’ Psyches
I have been avoiding the use of my dashboard for months now, and the more often I attempt to look at it again, the more I realize that I am really better off ignoring it.
Oh, how delighted I was to wake up today to find yet another post telling me "If you don’t do X, you are an asshole!" among the small selection of posts my tumblr phone app shows to me, regardless of how quickly I try to switch to my blogroll. And by “delighted” I mean “I absolutely lost all desire to have breakfast this morning.”
Now, there is a reason I am not clarifying the identity of action “X” here, and for a reason: It is entirely irrelevant. Because the moment you have any kind of post with the message "…or you are horrible" there is only one single thing that post is going to do to any of your followers who have ever in their lives, no matter how far back, not taken “Action X”. And that’s chipping a piece of their self-esteem away from their unconscious.
Hey everyone, the above post is a good read. I especially recommend it if you have a habit of reblogging the aforementioned posts.
I’m not particularly fond of those post variants either, in all honesty. Posting that is an effective way of defeating the purpose of the post in question and greatly lessens the chances of me reblogging the said post, even if I find the original content to be “reasonable”.
If, by some chance, you really, really, really have to reblog one of these “if you don’t reblog this, you’re a horrible person” posts, I would like to implore you to please strip out the part that says that. It doesn’t have to be a neat HTML removal of the post—just highlighting and backspacing the demeaning portion should do wonders for the improvement of the post in question.