Do I really have to think first?
Posted by The Rookie Dad
As a blogger do you ever stop and think about what you are blogging about and how it will effect other people? Do you have any qualms blogging about family in the hopes that they won’t see what you are saying about them?
I was recently starting to write a blog again about the choice to have only one child and spending some time with family confirmed that choice. I was stuck in a particular section of the blog trying to figure out a way if I could do this without the possibility of the family members seeing it, quickly realizing I couldn’t I backed out. Not wanting to cause a family war just because of my blog, I’ve already started one war, don’t really need another on the other front.
I know that I could have changed the names to protect the innocent and I could have just said that they were not family members, but that would be pushing my creative limits as a writer. I share each and every post of my blog on Facebook and Twitter so that my family can keep up with the recent happenings with the Kid. While the particular family members don’t have Facebook (wait you are telling me someone does not have Facebook?) I’m almost certain they would not see the post. I am friends with other parts of the family that would have shared it with said family members causing a huge family battle about parenting. In fact just by me blogging about it right now, I am sure if my family saw this they would know exactly who I am talking about, what brought this up, and exactly what I would have blogged about if I had not thought about it first.
@hangingwithdad tweeted me when I asked the question to my twitter friends:
Always. I don’t want something I write to hurt friendships I have in real life. They are too valuable to ruin w/ online rant
Just the mere fact that I thought about how my blog could effect certain people will come as a shock to Hot Mama, as I have a pretty loud mouth and spit out whatever comes to my head. In all honesty though as bloggers do we think that we can hide behind our blogs and online persona’s and believe that no one really knows who we are? Or do we have to be careful about what we post so that we do not cause disputes among family and friends?
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About The Rookie DadI am husband and father foremost. Secondly, I am a PBS producer and contribute to Traveling Dads and Dads Round Table.
Posted on November 27, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged Blog, Dad, Daddy, facebook, Family, father, Health, home, Life, mom, Mother, Online Communities, Parent, parenting, Social Network, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.