It’s only online.
How often have you heard or read those words? I’ll bet there’s not a single person reading this that hasn’t had that either said or typed to them at some point. And it’s true to an extent. We shouldn’t let ourselves get upset by the idiots that infest the web, because it’s only online after all and they can’t hurt us.
But what about the flipside of the coin? Are my friends here any less real simply because we met online? I hope not. How many times have we let our little online victories be taken away from us by the same rationalisation? I’ve achieved quite a lot online that it would feel wrong to brag about because it’s “only online”. Respectable Technorati scores (although they should be one score :irked: not two) for this page. A placing in the top one percent on MOSH. My Widsets widget with over fifteen hundred users.
The point is, there’s precious little to celebrate in this world without us taking anything away from ourselves with excuses like “It’s only online.” If we achieve something, no matter how small it may seem, we should enjoy it. These small victories can change a bad week into a great one if we’d only stop pushing them away or inventing reasons why they don’t count. Of course, you may see things differently and who am I to tell you any differently with this post. After all, it’s only online.