I explained this once before, a long time ago. I think it might have been before Bubblews, but the thought rattled through my mind again last night and I decided to write about it again.
When I got the idea for the post about breathing I knew I’d have to do some research. Now when you’re talking facts, especially medical facts, people usually want reference links so that they can see you’re telling the truth and not just talking out of your backside. I don’t put reference links on my fact-based articles, and I actually have a good reason for it.
It’s not that I’m lazy or don’t want people to know where I got my information. No, it’s because I want people to learn. Now, I’d never deliberately mislead or misinform people, and I believe most people trust me when I share information. However, I think everyone should take in information with a healthy level of questioning. Research everything for yourself and make sure that the facts are true and not skewed by the writer.
I leave off the references because I don’t want to hand people the proof. I want them to go look for it on their own. I want people to activate that pretty pink skull warmer. Get it going, make use of it! Don’t expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter, and don’t take everything you read as gospel. You can trust people, but you should always question things and go out and learn more on your own.
Now some people think that not offering references is “wrong”, but it’s not. This isn’t one of those sites that makes it mandatory. This is casual writing, and if I want to make my readers think and go out there to do their own learning, I can do that, and I will. I want people to think and learn as much as possible at all times. People need to do that. I appreciate that people trust me, and I’m an honest person, but people should still be willing to look things up and learn more on their own.
So yeah, there’s one of my little tricks, I’m trying to make people think and learn and activate that gray matter. Call me brilliant, call me evil, either way works for me. [grins]