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A LinkedIn Pollyanna Challenges Hate vs. Goodness

A LinkedIn Pollyanna Challenges Hate vs. Goodness

[Note: I have deleted my LinkedIn account, and would like to repost all my articles here so they will still be available online]

I am a “Pollyanna of LinkedIn” and I have a story to tell.

The other day, a very good friend of mine posted on LinkedIn about needing help locating an attorney for some business matters. The post generated quite a bit of views, likes and comments. But with all those comments came messages of hate and bullying. Immediately, all of the attention was directed at those negative comments. I’ve actually never before saw so many responses to a single comment on a post.

Do people understand the hurt certain comments cause others? Is there gratification in making those comments? Haven’t they ever been taught if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all?

This week, I was back in Indiana, packing up all my things and about to say goodbye to my home of the past four years. I was thinking about this incident that happened the previous evening, the negativity that people gravitate to, and I happened to pass 2 maintenance/landscape guys working on campus. I have seen these guys working on campus for the last few years, and me being me, I always enjoyed friendly small talk with them. They always seemed happy; they seemed to love what they were doing. On days I wasn’t feeling so great, they always brought a little smile to my face. I never knew their names because I never asked; it was just one of those friendly, small-talk relationships.

Thinking this might be the last time I might ever see these guys, I’m feeling rich, I decided to run to Starbucks on campus and purchase a small gift card for both of them. I find them again, still working, and hand the first one their gift card.

I say, “Thanks. I’m going to miss you guys.”

“Thank you!” He replies.

And as I’m giving the second his gift card, he says, “Thanks Casey!”

Taken aback, I ask, “How do you know my name?”

“From LinkedIn,” he replies. “I read your stories to my 5th grade daughter. You really inspire her.”

“Really?!?!?”

I give him a hug and say goodbye. My head is spinning. Two maintenance workers. Loving their job. Two human hunks of goodness. Two guys that made me smile when not many could. And ‘I’m’ doing the inspiring?

There’s so much wrong in the world…so much hate…so much misunderstanding. But when we actually do what we believe in, when we walk-the-walk of goodness, when we step out of our me-first world and into a world when giving unto others makes us smile, then you never know who you might inspire.


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Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #10

#38
Thank you for the comment Candice \ud83d\udc1d Galek! I love your idea on the negative people/comments. Just another reason why you are so influential, here, there, wherever!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #9

#36
Thank you Victoria Toumit! I am glad to be here, and I do remember how you and many people were flagged on LI by online bullies, which restricted content posted on feeds. Strangely, I don't think that was my issue, as compared to a number of my LI friends, I have very few hateful comments on my posts and articles. My censorship came from LI directly. My posts were actually suppressed on the network, removed my content from my profile, restricted viewership beyond my first degree, and finally restricted my feed to only a small portion of my first degree network. It eventually felt like I was "talking to myself" so-to-speak as very few would see my posts, and they couldn't even view my posts on my own profile. I was getting over 1,000 profile views per day, yet getting 100 views on a post was like pulling teeth! I don't think that's possible without some type of censorship. Further, in the span of one week, my post views went from an average of 120,000 views per post to less than 9000 views. Great to see you here! And all the best to you on this network!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #8

#14
Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee, as a founder of this great network, your support of its members is second-to-none! Thank you so much!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #7

Chas \u270c\ufe0f Wyatt Thanks for the comment. Right now, I am missing LI but this is a great platform for me to restart!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #6

#18
Thank You Jared \ud83d\udc1d Wiese\u27a1Finding YOUR Work! Great to be here!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #5

#22
Thank you Alan Culler!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #4

#20
@Cyndi Wilkins I deleted my LinkedIn not because of the hate messages, my network was very positive. I deleted due to the amount of time I was spending on the site. I was missing things in life that were so much more important than a social media site. I had over 60,000 profile views, growing daily, and I was too focused on the engagement and not the lessons. BeBee offers a refresh where I will no longer care about my "views" or "likes". Sure, I'm happy people will still see my content but I no longer need to be focused on why one post becomes more popular than another. The content I will add is content I enjoy writing, not what is more popular now. Further, for whatever reason, I was censored by LinkedIn which was frustrating. My own network would not be allowed to see my posts and shares. In the end, LinkedIn was a great life lesson for me!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #3

#5
@Wayne Yoshida, thank you for the kind comments! All the best to you!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #2

@Wayne Yashida, thank you for the kind comments! All the best to you!

Casey Katchersyde

Casey Katchersyde

4 years ago #1

#3
Thank you Deb! And thanks for reading!

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