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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs?? Comment
    Beth Morris, 12/12/03 3:32:17 pm
    So the debate has come about receintly that maybe we should write such "personal" things in our blogs. Does what we write offend people? Does it hurt people's feelings? Or do people need to take it for what it's worth?

    My sister and I were having this talk and afterwards I'm still not sure what I think. I guess there is a line you shouldn't cross, but do people always think of every single person who might read their site when they write their post?

    Of course not. But you never know they might! What does everyone think about this? Should there be a line drawn between writing for your mental health/saying what ever you need to get feeling out into the open vs. saying things that could offend someone and hurt feelings.

    I think people should be honest. You are who you are and maybe some of the offense comes from lack of knowledge. Before one can accuse, really know the person on the other end of it.

    Another question. Has the internet allowed us to be too open with our lives? Should be be "airing our dirty laungry" as one angry blog reader made reference to (not on here, we have no dirty laundry at gregandbeth.com folks) I guess it's different for different people. What is private to one person may be complete public knowledge to another. I for one know am that way. For those of you know me REALLY. You know how important it is for me to be open about certain aspects of my life. Others might be embarrassed about these same things, shameful, scared. Who know.

    Do others have the right to use what was blogged against you? Should they be allowed to take your feelings and turn them into something shameful? Let's hear what you have to say!

    (for all those wondering what the heck is going on. Read Erin's blog, and read between the lines)

    **Disclaimer*** What I say here is just my OPINION! What I saw can not be used against me in a court of law(lol) or by anyone for that matter. I am just airing my thoughts.

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    monica, 12/14/03 7:01:12 am
    i dunno. blogs are an outlet, sure, but people read it too. so it's kind of a trade-off. and it's good to have readers, but sometimes you certainly like to veto specific ones. :)

    i mean, it's totally up to the blogger what you want to say, but anoyone could read it, so the consequences shouldn't be a surprise. it's about whether you want to subject yourself to that, and be responsible for those feelings later.
    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    joe, 12/14/03 3:12:47 pm
    what controversy?
    and true, this isn't an outlet for only certain people to read, so no matter what, there should always be some sort of self-censoring going on, no matter what. if i published what i really thought, christ, would i be in trouble...
    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    monica, 12/15/03 6:05:46 am
    i don't think you can say there should always be self-censoring, but the writer just needs to be fully aware of the consequences. like if you want to write a list if people that you hate on your blog, then by all means, go ahead, you'll just have to deal with when they read it. it's about the consequences, not the act of writing itself.
    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    Gregory Morris, 12/15/03 10:09:51 am
    Yeah, it sure is a problem. But thats why I tend to stay away from writing about other people as much as possible. I don't have to self-censor, I just pick subject matter that is relevant to me. Like Girlscouts trapping Beavers and Tadpoles being flown places. If I offend anyone, it is likely to be someone I could care less about. I guess the best rule is, don't say anything that would offend someone you don't want to offend. Otherwise, say it. Keep in mind that anyone in the world could theoretically read your blog.

    It is important to note, however, that if every blogger in the world worried about offending someone every time they made an entry, all we'd have is 100% of blogs full of worthless crap... As opposed to now where we only have 99% of blogs full of worthless crap. There are good blogs.

    I mean, I don't think that gregandbeth.com/tonguebutnodoor.net/hamburgertuesdays.net/etc will necessarily change the world. I like to think of them more as a place, not unlike a cafe, where a bunch of people can discuss anything. The only difference is that it is logged and made available to the world.

    I've said things that offend people at the Blue Moose before, but thats life. I'll say things here that offend people, and the only difference is it that it is semi-permanent, and would take a lawsuit to get me to remove it.
    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    monica, 12/16/03 6:25:48 am
    yeah, but it's up to the blogger. you get to decide how much you want to toe the line between interesting and offensive. that's where all the fun comes in.
    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    Bethany Morris, 12/16/03 8:30:51 am
    Yeah but what about the people who come across blogs and don't understand anything about blogging. Some people don't think people should blog at all. Something that the internet is "bad." They think that if you write ANYTHING about your life on your blog that it's shameful or immature.
    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    Gregory Morris, 12/16/03 10:56:33 am
    Well, those closed-minded un-enlightened anti-technology troglodytes can just bugger off. I don't take people like that seriously on any level. Frankly, I'm embarrassed on behalf of the human race because of people like that. If you think the internet is bad, then just stay away from it. I won't preach to you if you don't preach to me.

    But Monica is right. The fun part really is balancing in that little gray area. Of course, people that fit into the category of my (above) rant don't see a gray area, they only see a tiny little black area and a huge white area... which is why they can bugger off. But for those members of our society that have some rightful claim to existence (intellectual or otherwise), that gray area is a joyous little playground for us bloggers to frolick around.
    Re: Blogging...Who really is reading out blogs??
    joe, 12/16/03 11:15:40 am
    did i miss something? who thinks blogging is immature? and why havent you guys called me back?
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