I don’t think anyone is under the delusion that blogs are private like a diary. When you write a blog entry you do so knowing full well that others will read it. I’m not going to share my most private thoughts that I’ve never told anyone else before and then be mortified when I’ve discovered someone had read them!
Most of the people who read my blog I actually know in real life - my dad, my cousins over east, the ‘complete strangers’ from here that I flew halfway across the world to meet last year, my sisters, and the ones I don’t actually ‘know’ I’ve been talking to them on MoH for about three years now and if that’s not ‘knowing’ someone then no one will ever ‘know’ anyone.
My husband doesn’t like blogs. Every time I mention mine he rolls his eyes and makes it clear he thinks they’re a waste of time. My advice to him and to others on here who don’t like blogs - don’t read it then.
You’re so wrong. There’s PLENTY of idiots out there. They may say they know it’s not private, but they don’t “get it” till it bites them in the ass. But whatever. I’ve known more than one person who’s missed a job or been fired for having a personal (as in diary) public blog. They either said something defaming and got canned or the interviewer did a little checking around and felt that hiring someone who airs their laundry in a public forum was not best for the position they needed.
I think personal diaries and/or creative writing is great, but I say again…there’s a weird element of narcissism to put it out there and on some level assume that some stranger gives a crap. Also, should they care, it’s likely for not the reasons you want. Mostly, the only thing that pays attention to you is a spambot.
I do have a number of friends who have personal blogs, especially those who just started a family and are documenting their child’s development or just family growth. All of them have the common sense to password it and hand out accounts for their friends to access it. I also have many a professional friend who either blogs for a living and/or maintains content specific blog (like gizmodo.com, for example) or maintains a blog relating to their career (in a non-personal way, such as a Civil Rights Attorney blogging on court briefs, translating them into layspeak). They also have personal blogs on the side and they keep them private, either protecting all posts or selecting those that cross their lines of sensibility.
That’s brilliant advice. In fact I don’t read them. Neither does really anyone else that I shave any respect for.