I rather doubt that I am the only one who sorts the people he knows into two basic categories. Let’s call them “nice folks” and “@ssholes”. You may use different labels for these two categories, and I’m sure that some folks have more than just two categories. I also recognize that people are complex. Even a major a-hole may sometimes demonstrate real kindness. And sometimes, I know, even the nicest of people may act like jerks. But it most always seems jarring to me when I suddenly find myself having to move someone from one list to the other.
I have to confess, right up front that I have never run a large charitable organization. Those who know me probably also know that I am not a social media
rockstar err expert, although I do spend a lot of time doing social media and have written a book about Empire Avenue. Some of my favorite folks that I’ve met on Empire Avenue are doing social media not to promote themselves or their businesses but to support charities that are working to make this world we all share a bit better. And I like to think that in some small way I have helped some of these friends, both by doing social media activities to promote their causes and by sharing my opinions on strategies and tactics. And up until just the other day, I’ve never had a friend react badly to any constructive criticism, politely offered.
Having posted innumerable times about my belief that it is far better to quietly block people you don’t care to interact with, I am hardly in any position to criticize anyone for blocking me. But I do have to say that if your response to someone pointing out something you may be doing wrong is to (as Dan Savage might say) ‘block the mother fucker already”, you probably really do belong on my a-hole list rather than my nice people list.