Monday, December 5, 2011

The Test

When I was a young man, I was given some great advice. Before I post anything, send an email, write a letter, etc., stop and think about the content. If the content appeared on the front page of the Washington Post the next day, would I be OK with it.

That was the “Washington Post” test, but today it’s the “Kid Test”, or the “Mom Test”. I write a lot, but I think I ought to be able to look my kids, or my Mom, in the face and explain what I wrote.

Before you send an email, post a blog, or do anything that could be permanent on the Internet, stop for a minute and apply the test. Will you have a problem with what you wrote? If you have any doubt, don’t post it, and get a second opinion from a friend.

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