05/10/07 316 W - + 16 - 18 Blogging, Comments, and Consequences


What happens when you blog (and your blog is actually read)? Well, for starters, the words "off the record" start appearing in conversation. Or the phrase "don't put this on the blog." It's a bit disheartening at times, but entirely expected. Does being a blogger reduce the flow of incoming information? Yes. Though Mike has (or thinks he has) reasonably strict criteria for what he kisses and tells about, he's also the ONLY one who knows that criteria. Sure, you could parse every blog entry to date. Or be a post-by-post, word-by-word reader. But that's unlikely. Thus there are multiple blogs. There's the blog as Mike perceives it. There's the blog as readers perceive it. There's the blog as those that have heard about it perceive it. And guess what, they're all different. But, hey, that's Human Perception 101. Same thing applies across all people, interactions, and situations.

What happens when you respond to a blog? If yours is an anonymous comment, you probably never hear of it again, unless you ID yourself to others. If yours is a signed comment, then additional conditionals apply. Are you a citizen, official, or uniformed responder? Are you friends with, peers with, or supervise other readers? Is the captain, the chief, or the big chief reading? Are you presenting facts or opinions? Are your opinions perceived as facts, or your facts perceived as opinion (or a confusing combination of both)? Is simply posting a comment considered an opinion or a blip on the radar by others, regardless of what you write? Are your comments read and understood exactly as written? Are your comments summarized or incorrectly repeated to others? And so on.

The perils of blogging are many, and we are still learning what happens when we converse in public. Wish it were easier, but you never learn without doing. Or at least by silently watching.





  
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