Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What We Say

My blog doesn't get a lot of traffic. I don't post on it all that much. And I'm not scintillating. 

But I never forget it is a public place. The things I say here? They'll stick around, especially if they're stupid or rude or offensive. And, maybe I'll at times be okay with rude. Or offensive. I'll try to shy away from stupid, but sometimes that one fights back.

I think sometimes on blogs, or twitter and oh-my-goodness-all-the-time on facebook people forget this isn't a phone call with their bff. They aren't scribbling in their journal from sixth grade with the little lock on the cover. Censor yourself, or don't, but remember, someday a boss will read it, or someone you want to be your boss. A potential girlfriend/boyfriend. A stranger with life experience so far from yours you couldn't even imagine them when you posted about the stupidity of owning fake chinchilla fur wall hangings. 

That's all. The internet is the ultimate six-year-old brother. It'll come tearing out of the room with your favorite granny underwear on its head and scream about the time you spilled lemonade all over the front of your white pants just as your mom finishes taking prom pictures. And the internet never grows up, matures, or forgets. 

So be careful. Be smart. And hopefully be a bit more scintillating than I am.

6 comments:

Debra D. said...

It's a good reminder, Janine! I try to achieve a balance--not to say anything mean, or hyper-critical, or too obnoxious, but on the other hand, still represent my personality as accurately as possible by letting myself be myself. If that makes sense (bc sometimes the stupid fights back with me, too. Ornery bugger.)

=D

Tara Tyler said...

good words of advice =)

Renee Collins said...

Ah, the great problem of the internet. All the time I find myself wondering if I'm going to regret what I post. There's a tricky balance between wanting to be funny, but wanting to be careful of what you say.

P.S. Who says you're not scintillating? ;)

Melissa said...

This is a good reminder. I never post specific details of my personal life because of this.

Janine said...

Deb--You do an amazing job w/ your online presence. Personable and professional. And I think you've got stupid beat :)
Renee--how about mostly not scintillating? And yeah, it is so hard to find the right balance...

Debbie Barr said...

Very true! I have cut off access to the blog I used through high school/early college for this very reason!