Last week I jumped on the 15 Random Things About Me blogwagon. That was fun and I learned some things about many of the bloggers I follow. Hence the blatant theft of the idea/title.
Today I had a light bulb moment when I was put out with someone and thought darkly “Don’t you KNOW I have a blog?” I may or may not have offered him some free social media publicity if things were not resolved in my favor. I thought it was just possible having a blog was making me kind of …. well… an asshole.
About a month ago I was in a snit because someone who should have been the mature person in the conversation, ie. not me, because he held a position of authority out sarcasmed me. How DARE you, sir? Keep it up and you’ll be in the next blog.
I have blogged about things that bother me with little regard to the person I’m raking over the coals, though I do thinly disguise their identity.
I have taken Walmart, the Susan Komen Foundation, the clerk at the monument store, my doctors and the hospital where I was treated to task just to name a few. With the exception of Walmart, I never would have said all the things I did in person, given the chance. It’s easy to hide behind a computer screen (and be an asshole).
I know that’s not 15 things and if you are keeping count, who’s the asshole now?
On a more serious note, two weeks or so ago I had a moment of feeling sorry for myself at the tail end of a block of time I like to refer to as my personal 6 weeks of helliversary.. June 1 through July 10. The blog post was entitled “My Reality” . I unlinked the post from FB. I didn’t want my family and friends reading it and feeling guilty. I just really needed to vent. A good friend did read it (honestly..I was shocked.. I thought family/friends only read this blog when I shoved it down their throats on FB) and commented in a private group. I got a lot of support and several supportive comments here on the blog as well. But after a good night sleep I felt really uncomfortable. I realized if I didn’t want the people I loved reading it, I shouldn’t be putting it out there so I deleted it. I do want to acknowledge the bloggers that offered support. I read your words and you made me cry. Nice job 😉
How has writing a blog changed how you present yourself to the world? Does knowing anyone can read your words make you choose them more carefully or do you care if you offend? Do you feel a responsibility to your readers to be authentic even if that means being an asshole occasionally?