Edit: (2:25pm) I deleted the offensive post I was making reference to. Not because I think I should have to, but because it obviously hurt someone’s feelings, and the fact that it’s out there is much more important to that person than it is to me. So it’s gone. Which is one of the great advantages to this medium.
As blogs gain popularity, it’d be ridiculous to think that they have no impact as a piece of what forms your personal image to the world. This affects the ways different people write in different ways. Someone has beef with the way I portrayed her in the post
immediately before this one I just deleted – and really, why wouldn’t she? I said the pieces of information she put out to the world made her look like a jackass. She left a comment to that extent, and added some more information that cleared up a few missing pieces of the puzzle.
This doesn’t change the fact that I still think the pieces of information she initially put out to the world made her look like a jackass. She made a comment on my blog one day, and a post on her own the next day that (when compared to the comment she left) made her sound like a raging hyppocrite. So whose fault is that?
No, blogs can’t tell the whole story. Yes, certain aspects of our lives aren’t anybody’s business but our own.
But isn’t it also true that we choose what we put out to the masses, and it’s our own damn fault if we don’t craft the online picture of ourselves in a favourable light? I probably looked like a Grade A Bitch for posting what I did about someone’s apparent spending habits. Which is why I chose to spin it with this follow-up, and edit the blog again to remove the offending content entirely.
I feel like I have a responsibility to myself to maintain a certain image of myself online. It’s the same reason I usually blowdry my hair and put on makeup before I leave the house for the day. I care what people think. Do you? And what do you do about it? And do you have a right to complain if someone calls you on something in public, when the information is out in the public sphere for anyone who can put two and two together?