September 28, 2003

Audience Participation

Last night, I posted about something that was troubling me, and asked you all what you would do in my shoes. Besides get those insoles, I mean.
I deleted it about five minutes after I published it.
The reason? It suddenly occured to me that the subject of the post might read it and that didn't seem to be a very good thing at the time. I know the chance was small, but the internet isn't as large as we once thought it was. Things that were needles are now pitchforks, no matter how big the haystack.

I found out recently that my dad reads this blog as well. Now, I never intended to write anything I'd be ashamed for my family to know, or worried about getting in trouble for my words. Still, is there a hestitation in my typing, a hitch in my verbal getalong, knowing someone who actually knows me is reading?
I think there is, both for the good and for the bad.

Good because it pushes me to try harder, phrase funnier, quip wittier.
Bad because it makes me self-censor, a skill I've never quite gotten a grasp on, possibly because I was usually busy extracting my foot from my mouth.

Thus, perhaps I should make some general rules for myself:
Never betray a confidence in a blog, no matter how juicy the subject.
Never tattle unless it's to expose a Great Wrong. (It's like art, you know it when you see it.)
Never make mean fun of someone you love and/or respect if you want to keep that love and/or respect.
Never make light of someone's true pain.
Never overuse ... (what is that called, anyway, those three little dots meaning "continued"?)
Never lie about your convictions, even for a laugh. That will make it a cheap laugh, and a cheap conviction.
Never talk down to your readers.
Never lose the ability to laugh at yourself.
Never put yourself or your blog on a preaching pedestal, unless you want the world to see your knickers and giggle.
Never let a list drag on too long.

Posted by LeeAnn at September 28, 2003 04:48 PM


Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 28, 2003 05:29 PM

This comment is for your site overall...good read...your cheese category is just hilarious, or it could be that I don't get out your observations...and yes, the internet is no longer this vast universe...the dots are being connected...haven't seen those commercials here in Canada, but beer commercials are the greatest for a good back...gurl

Posted by: gurl at September 28, 2003 06:03 PM

Pixy- thanks :)

gurl- and big thanks to you too.

Posted by: LeeAnn at September 28, 2003 07:01 PM

But but but...what was the post and who, specifically, did it refer to?! Oh, wait. Nevermind. :)

Posted by: Tunign Spork at September 28, 2003 08:48 PM

My parent don't know about my weblog yet, but my workmates do. I'm still not sure if the latter is worse than the former... :-)

Posted by: Alan Ralph at September 29, 2003 07:49 AM

I saw the post, by the way. Pixy doesn't miss much. :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 29, 2003 08:26 AM

Hey....I like my little...what did you call them? They give me a chance to....reflect. Of course, now I'll have to use them all the time!

Posted by: Da Goddess at September 29, 2003 08:41 AM

My dad reads my blog too. Kinda bites, kinda doesn't

Posted by: Mookie at September 29, 2003 01:18 PM

Da channeling...William...Shatner...

Posted by: Victor at September 30, 2003 06:10 AM

I caught the entry just before you deleted and I'm fuming here. I thought what we shared was truly superficial... till I read that post! I just want to let you know that the "Remember personal info?" checkoxes are being changed from "Yes" to "No", so it might take me even longer to comment now. I hope I'm happy now.

Posted by: LordOrgan at September 30, 2003 09:09 AM

Thank god my parents don't even know that I have a blog. My coworkers know it's there, but they don't have the URL or know the name. And that's the way I like it.


Posted by: David Strain at September 30, 2003 04:26 PM