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Sunday, March 06, 2005

Blogging can be a fun and entertaining way to express yourself. It can also be a good way to get yourself into trouble.

Take for example, Moxie, a 31-year-old woman in New York City, who does a Sex in the City-type blog, where she goes into explicit detail about her sexual relationships and encounters. On a recent post, she mentioned that Patrick, her current boyfriend read her blog and was upset to learn that an old fuck-buddy stopped by and tried to get a piece of ass from her. Old Fuck-Buddy wasn't successful, but since Moxie decided to post about it (well, it is relevant to her blog), he found out and got justifiably upset.

Take another example, my friend Lan D. Ho, who is currently suffering from the frustration that is often associated with handling the anger of a female who is mad because you mentioned in passing on your blog that it might be a nice idea to fuck her in the ass in a car after she takes an exam.

And of course, take me, who after posting in my blog my response to an intriguing online personal ad, was chastened by said girl from intriguing online personal ad and was requested to take down a link to her profile. Mentioning the event here probably does nothing for my chances with Intriguing Online Personal Ad Girl, to be honest.

I suspect that all of these cases are somewhat typical in blogging. Blogging tends to be about publishing your thoughts on specific areas of your life, and as a result, other people will almost certainly be brought up (I've found that people get less upset when you use a pseudonym or at least initials when telling a story about them). But I guess that pissing people off is all part of the risk you run when you publish things in a public setting. I personally don't think that people should get so upset about seeing their actions revealed--in each of these scenarios, the blog post itself was at least twice as entertaining or hilarious as the expected level of outrage should be. (Additionally, I feel like it's a good rule to never post something about someone that you yourself wouldn't feel comfortable in having posted about you.) It seems like the best you can do is offer at least some level of anonymity (the aformentioned idea of pseudonyms or initials seems to be a good way to do this), and hope that people aren't to sensitive to your hilarious antics and commentary on the events and conversations that take place in everyday life.

In the end, isn't it worth it?