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The Dark Side of Blogging

March 13, 2011

Last night I discovered yet another pitfall of blogging…

It unleashes a demonic inner child who is desperate for attention.

“Why aren’t you reading my blog?”

“Look at my blog!”

“Yes, it IS all about meeeeeeeeeeeeee!”

Yuck.

On the one hand, blogging is an excellent tool for sharing information and for getting things off your chest (which in and of itself can be fraught with peril, of course.)

On the other hand, it gives form to the neglected child within, the one who doesn’t think people listen, the one who doesn’t get respect in the workplace, the one who feels compelled to tell others what to do. It’s an unhappy child in an adult’s body who thinks that the freedom to say what h/she pleases online also gives permission to pontificate and judge in real-time social situations. After all, who wouldn’t want to hear what we have to say?If we’re THAT smart on our blog, how much smarter are we face-to-face?

Blogging, tweeting, twittering, and otherwise commenting-at-will creates an open flow of communication, which is to say we can write whatever we want whenever we want want. It also removes the filters and rules we’re taught about how to work and play well with others.

It’s a slippery slope from blogging to forcing others to listen to us in real time. Although blogging can  be entertaining, it isn’t a license for anyone’s growth but our own. And having a blog does not an expert make.

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