I have a name
Ok, so I just have this minor little thing that I just have to blog about because it's something I've noticed almost since day one. First, it goes without saying that there is NO better community out there (that I am aware of anyway, and I would be willing to bet there isn't!) that has such a great support system of friendly people who are so eager and willing to help their fellow members. It's one of the things that drew me WA immediately. It's something you cannot help but notice as soon as you sign up for membership. I've said it before and I'll say it again... although I don't know anyone here "personally", nor have I met anyone here "face to face" as of yet, I would be extremely sad to no longer be a part of WA. The community itself is worth the cost of membership---the rest is icing on the cake! :-)
With that being said, I think it's a shame that some members don't take the time to even glance at a profile before shooting off a message to them "just" for the sake of "getting it done". For instance, several times I have been called "lighthouse". My name is NOT "lighthouse" it is "Susan" which is clearly stated in the first sentence of my profile. I don't want to make it sound like I get angry about it or anything like that. There are far too many other things in life to get upset about. However, I chose to speak up about this so that maybe some of the members that make a habit of this will slow down and understand how this might look to the person they are sending the message to. Personally, I would rather not get a message at all than to get one from someone that clearly shows they didn't care enough to check to see what my actual name is. To me, it's cold and impersonal and says "I don't care enough about you to make the effort."
To be honest, I don't always have the time to read every profile and learn everything there is to know about every person I respond to. But the one thing I always try to do is to make sure I am addressing them by their actual name if possible. Often I have to do some digging and sometimes I can't find out at all, but I try. :-)
As I said, this is most definitely a minor thing, yet something I feel is a good thing to be mentioned because of the fact that we have such an awesome community and part of the reason is, everyone here is so open and friendly and willing to get to know others. For the most part, we do this through our messaging.
And lastly, kindness and courtesy should be a given--here and in our own daily lives. Thanks for reading! :-)
P.S. Here is another great post by Jay regarding community etiquette.