Tuesday, February 22, 2005
blogging, pros and cons
*It's much more personally rewarding than I thought it would be.
*It's fun and helpful to look back at old posts, just like reading what you wrote in your journal last month.
*It's a great way to keep in touch with old and far-flung friends without filling their inbox with what-I'm-up-to spam.
*It makes me keep track of what's up in my head (and my heart, cheesily), and it makes me write something regularly, which is great.
*For those of us who have a lot to say but tend to isolate ourselves, it's a great way to feel connected to the rest of the world.
*It's a mini soapbox to talk about the great things and sucky things in one's day-to-day life.

*Paranoia, baby! The more people that read, the more I wonder who they are. Someone visited my site today from the conservative town I was born in, and I'm sweating that it was a (conservative) relative. Then I read some old posts and went: oh well, I'm pretty open and talkative in real life, so they already know most of this stuff about me, or at least suspect it. I'm pretty what-you-see-is-what-you-get, so it's not like I'm unleashing a secret life here on the web. (though: why do you suppose I don't use my name?)
*You have to think about all of these people potentially reading your posts (which can affect how and what you post): landlords, employers, family, classmates, strangers, hipsters, potential dates, potential stalkers, and exes. That's intense!
*To some extent there's pressure to write interesting things. And since you guys have expressed a desire to read about the filth in my life, while the aforementioned people may be reading or finding my blog any day....well, it's a tricky balance.
*So dear readers, remember: this is only a snapshot of my life and it's been photoshopped a little! You only know what's really going on, especially the filthy, lurid and controversial details, via personal communication.

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