But Words Will Never Hurt Me

An unusual game of chess
Photo by Lonesome: Cycler

Sticks and Stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. . .

But is that really true? Yes, words may not cause your physical body harm. Words do hurt, whether they be the words out of your mouth, something you wrote, or what others say about you.

Look at the past US presidential campaign, much money, time and effort was spent by each side trying to discredit thei2w competition. I’m sure we’ll see more of this as things gear up for the next election. I think that has been the nature of the thing since the beginning of politics. Look at the words both sides use, chosen to discredit the other party, pulling at our emotions, telling us what our opinion should be, implying we are stupid if we support/vote for their opponent. All the negative vibes make it tempting to ignore politics altogether, but it would not be wise to let others decide among themselves how the country is run.

It is not just the campaign people, but our news media too. Recently, I heard on the radio “Even Ron Paul didn’t sound crazy.” Implies that he usually is crazy. Words, you can spin either way, positive or negative. I’ve also heard some very harsh criticism of Obama. Instead of taking things for fact, check it out. And no if you aren’t for Pres. Obama doesn’t mean you are a racist.

Read “If the Titanic Sank Today, here’s how the President, the media and Wall Street would spin it” Here are a couple examples, great if you need a laugh:

“Al Gore: That iceberg wouldn’t have even been there if the polar caps weren’t melting.

The Congressman: Quick, let’s pass a new law that says ships shall not sink.”

Words can be written or spoken. Both have great power. On the internet, they have power to go viral.
Just ask AOL and their customer service. Or Twitter Moms and Motrin.

Virtual Stock Trading

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Empire Avenue

Ok, I’ve been hearing rumors of this social media place where you can buy stock in people’s social media stock. Sounded interesting, but I’ve been busy, getting a new wordpress tutorial blog up and running, watering my plants in this hot Texas heat so they don’t die, eye surgery (cataracts – sure go ahead and correct my vision while you’re at it), girls out of school for the summer, chipping shredding tree which storms damaged month or so ago, etc. Finally, after an invite from @bwoodsdesign I decided to take the plunge.

Kind of reminded me of when I first dropped into twitter without the fail whales. Pulls you in, I did not mean to spend that much time over there, I was just checking it out. Other Empire Avenue members were quickly investing in my virtual stock, so I hung around a checked it out more. Having been there only a few days, I am by no means an expert the in’s and out’s of Empire Avenue.

(e)TXMOM on Empire Avenue

Don’t get overwhelmed, simply add your links to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and a short bio. You can add your rss feeds and other social media links. The more active you are on the social networks, the more your value will climb.

As others buy your stock you have more money to invest in others. If you search around on the internet, you’ll find lots of advice for using Empire Avenue.

I like to think of Empire Avenue as your social media accountability partner. It grades your activity on various networks. And the more you interact with others, the better your score. You can see where you need to spend more effort and where you are doing well.

More later. But if your aren’t already there, you can sign up with my link: http://empireavenue.com/?t=my0xnt8c