PBG Online Party: Part V – Honesty in Our PBG Columns

Updated: Aug 31, 2019

This has been an awesome Monday here at Pandora’s Box Gazette. Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped by today. During this final part of our online party for National Honesty Day, we’ll be chatting with our columnists about how they infuse honesty into their monthly columns here at the magazine.

National Honesty Day was created in the early 1990’s by M. Hirsch Goldberg, who wrote The Book of Lies. Mr. Goldberg is the former press secretary to one of the governors in Maryland. Since the 1st of April is April Fools’ Day, Hirsch created National Honesty Day to offset the silliness of that first day.

Meet our Columnists

We are privileged to have awesome columnists and guest contributors on our writing team. We have a variety of topics discussed in our monthly columns such as Animal Adventures, Books & Movie Reviews, Devotionals, Family Life, Flash Fiction, Gardening, Marketing, Vlogging, and Writing.

Columnist Chat

Our columnists joining us today for the party are Jim Hughes, Sue Ford, and Sinmisola Ogunyinka. I’m excited to get back to chatting with our columnists!

Jim, how do you want to bring a deeper sense of honesty to your monthly column at PBG?

I want others to think more deeply about their own faith and God’s Word, so I try to write to challenge people. I want to always be true to the Word of God and not misapply it to life.

Sinmisola, do you think readers appreciate honest writing and that they want to see that in your column here at the magazine?

Yes, I think they do.

Sue, what advice would you give to new writers as they start out in their writing journey and seek to become honest writers?

Don’t rush to submit. Spend time learning craft and getting feedback. Joining a writer’s organization and therefore getting involved in critique groups was the best thing I did for my writing.

Jim, what advice would you give to new writers as they start out in their writing journey and seek to become honest writers?

I believe if a person wants to truly write honestly, it begins in the heart. A heart right with God will always strive to be truthful in what is written. Always write with the overriding goal of bringing honor and glory to Christ.

I completely agree with these sentiments. Thanks for sharing! Sinmisola, what advice would you give to new writers as they start out in their writing journey and seek to become honest writers?

To keep on writing.

Sue, regarding our current social climate, how do you feel about the balance between freedom of speech and common courtesy toward others; especially as this pertains to interactions on social media—where we often become more “vocal” when hiding on the internet as compared to speaking face to face with others.

Oh, man. I hate how mean people are to others online. Common courtesy is not common at all. I see people call each other names, be rude, etc. I’ve had people go off topic in a discussion so as to prove me, or someone else, wrong. E.g. It’s not really about xxxxx; it’s about yyyyy. And if you knew your facts about zzzzz, you wouldn’t be saying any of this. If you believe that or are of that political party, you are stupid or uneducated. It’s plain wrong. I’ve heard it from both sides of any topic or political party.

My niece called out a longtime friend of ours on Facebook. He was always disagreeing with posts my daughter made. My niece said she never saw him post anything positive about my daughter, her kids, etc. She was right. He was all negative. (Of course, I had unfriended him on Facebook long before because of it. I only saw him in my daughter’s feed when he commented.) And despite being challenged to say something positive, he didn’t.

Recently, also on Facebook, a female writer shared an article about books with the word “girl” in the title. These characters were not “girls,” but women. The article had a good point about “girl” being demeaning. I commented how for some women to other women, “girl” is a term of endearment. (Maybe, it’s my generation.) I used the example of, “Love you, girl.” This writer took offense, saying “girl” weakened the message. I know it is not a putdown from my friends when they call me girl or girlfriend.

I think we need to encourage each other to be more positive, to not take offense so easily, and to argue less.

Stepping down from my soap box…

Jim, what are your thoughts on this issue?

One of the key words that comes to my mind is respect. I see so often a lack of respect for those who have different opinions with the writer. I see a lack of respect in how people react to criticisms. Mountains are made out of molehills when it is so unnecessary. People need to respect one another and that means we treat one another with kindness. Also, respect sometimes means we don’t say anything when it will only add fuel to the fire of debate.

Sue and Jim, I think you both have so many valid points on this subject. I agree that we all need to sometimes take a step back before responding online. If we wouldn’t feel good about saying something to someone face-to-face, we shouldn’t rush to emotionally vent those feelings online.

A special thank you to Jim Hughes, Sue Ford, and Sinmisola Ogunyinka for guesting today at PBG!

I hope you all had fun today during our online party for National Honesty Day. What do you think about how people react on social media?

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