The Re-Post

I hesitated to write this blog, because I may hurt some feelings, or at least bruise some feelings in a minor way. So if what I write hurts or bruises your feelings in a minor way, please know this is meant in fun, and that the things I’m about to write are probably more the result of my own mental illness, and nothing you’re doing wrong.

(There. Hopefully that disclaimer will work).

If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve probably come across the “re-post.” You may have even written one, or “re-posted” one. It goes something like this…

It’s national (dog, daughter, son, cat, Jesus) week. If you have a (dog, daughter, son, cat, or love Jesus) who has pretty much made your life as incredible as it can possibly be, re-post this for an hour. Let’s see how many people really care about their (dog, daughter, son, cat, or Jesus).

Sometimes, the re-post contains a little bit of a dig… “I think I already know who will copy and re-post. Let’s see if I’m right.” Kind of a little manipulation to guilt people into re-posting, seems to me.

Here’s the thing – I’m not a re-poster. Sorry, I’m just not going to do it. There are a few reasons I’m not a re-poster…

1.  Often the re-posts are about things that I sort of agree with, but don’t completely agree with. So while a part of me might be able to re-post honestly, sometimes I can’t.

2.  It feels a little like middle school…. “Psssst… if you like so-and-so, pass it on!!!!” The Facebook re-post is the 2011 version of the middle school “pass-it-on” thing. Since I finished middle school in 1974, I’d just as soon move on from that.

3.  I’m just basically a non-conformist at heart. So if the crowd tries to get me to do something, especially if manipulation is involved (“let’s see how many will do this, I already know who will, etc.”), that’s a sure way to get me NOT to do something.

So for the record…

I have a daughter who I think is the best thing since sliced bread;

I,  for the most part, have a lot of respect for people in the military;

I like cats and dogs but don’t currently have any of them;

I’m a huge fan of Jesus. And not embarrassed by that.

I think that covers the main re-post topics. And hey, you’re more than welcome to re-post your brains out; it’s fine. I still like you, and if you’re on my friends list, I’m still your friend. We’re good, I’m just not doing it with you. So when I don’t do the re-post thing with you, don’t worry…. it’s possible I agree with you, I just don’t want to do the re-post thing!

**Copy and repost this blog if you agree.

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4 Responses to The Re-Post

  1. Leon says:

    I agree, but will not repost…

  2. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Which is why I, like Leon, won’t, you know, repost.

  3. Beverley says:

    I agree with you, whole-heartedly. I just saw a repost of that sort and ignored it. Sometimes I agree with the subject matter in the post but I disagree strongly with trying to guilt people into reposting.
    Thanks for saying what a lot of us have been thinking.

  4. Jude says:

    Being a nonconformist, when they say in church to raise your hands or repeat prayers or cute little dittie sayings, I just don’t.

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