I follow a lot of blots. Some of real life friends, some of my forum sisters and a few random strangers. Blogging is fun and a great way to connect with other like minded people. I love following the stories of people from vastly different walks of life. There is a lesbian comedian in the states, a woman who has twins via surrogacy in India, mommies of twins, ladies trying to conceive, a friend trying to lose weight, mommy bloggers, adoption blogs, all sorts really. I enjoy the sense on community that comes with blogging.
The other day something happened that made me angry. Well maybe uncomfortable is a better word. A real life friend went on a rant on a subject that directly included me. What she said hurt me and made me feel unsafe with her as a friend. All of this happened on her blog.
I wonder if her rant was intended to be a private thought that should have been journalled rather than blogged. Did she not realise that there was the potential that one of the people she ranted about would read her words? It is an odd situation to be in as it made me re-evaluate whether our friendship should continue.
When I write I assume that everyone will read what I write at some point. The same way that I am cautious of what I post on Facebook status updates and anything else that I put in the public domain such as forums.
Why do people type and hit send before they think things through? Tweeting when angry, Facebooking when drunk, bitchy blog posts have all become the faux pas of the digital age.
Do you think about who your audience is before you post? Would you write things differently if you knew that your friends and family were reading your posts?
Who’s reading your blog?