Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Blogging Sense

"They're saying the same things that people would routinely say around the water cooler, only now they're saying them in a forum that can be read by millions of people."
From: Have a blog, lose your job?

I've noticed that trend myself, but more, I've noticed that people say things on blogs that they would never say to a person's face. It's as if the distance provided the internet disarms people's common-sense meters.

However, if we really think about it, that distance is a complete illusion. Anyone can read what a blogger writes, including bosses, the people a blogger may be snarking about in cyberspace but befriending in real life, your granny, your teachers....the list goes on. Which makes me wonder why people do it. I can understand an anonymous blogger getting caught out, but I don't understand people who blog under their own name, say stuff they'd never say in the real world, and then are surprised when they're discovered!

Tell me your thoughts on this. Do you think bloggers should be able to say anything they like under the principles of free speech, or is a little discretion not only necessary, but advisable?


Milady Insanity said...

It's common sense.

If I blogged under my real name, there would be things I'd not talk about.

Even though I don't exactly blog under my real name at the moment, there are things I don't talk about.

It's harder when you're a public figure though.

Heather Waters said...

LOL, If I wrote in my blog every nasty thought that comes to mind, I would never sell another book, have more enemies in RWA than friends and would have to go into hiding. One of my blogs is a book review blog, linked from my daily blog. On it, I state very clearly that the only books I review there are ones I LOVE. I will not do negative reviews because I have to meet and chat with some of these people eventually.

Why do that to yourself?
Nononononono people. Think before ye type. If you MUST be negative, then for goodness sake, create a new personality/name to remain anonymous. Otherwise, you're asking for trouble.

Milady Insanity said...

Heather, that's exactly what I'm thinking of doing. But the nasty and snarky reviews are so much fun!

I got Deirdre Knight's Parallel Attraction today. I'll only review it if I like it.

Wait! Nalini, pretend you didn't read that! LOL.

Nalini Singh said...

Read what? ;) (I'm sure you'll love it though!)

Heather - yup, yup, YUP!!

Anonymous said...

I try to watch what I say even under a psuedonym. I just can't see making enemies where the entire world can see being good for your career.

I only talk about books I like on the blog because I believe in Karma, really don't need a bite on the ass from that either. :)

Great subject!