Sunday, August 17, 2008

A change in perspective

Ok, so I'm pretty new at this blogging business and I'm learning as I go. And, it looks like I've learned my first valuable lesson when it comes to what I choose to write.... Keep comments that anyone I'm writing about might feel are personal off my blog.

I feel what I'm posting is harmless since there are only a handful of people who read this other than me. However, not everyone is a fan of putting personal info out on the web to be viewed. That includes some people I've referenced on my blog. So, I'm going to be more conscious of what I write and how it might make who I'm referring to feel.

At first when I thought about editing my posts I was upset. I thought that what I write is my intellectual property and I can post what I want, when I want. I guess that's true if all I'm writing about are generalities and myself, not referring to a specific person that will figure out my not-so-hidden meanings. And, let's face it... I've posted things that I wanted certain people to figure out. They did. It's worked in my favor and against it. But, this is really a privacy issue.

I'm not a very private person. I've always been an open book so I don't always relate well to super private people. Maybe I should. I'm going to work harder to respect other people's privacy. And, actually that's something that I probably need to do when I'm having conversations, too. Sometimes I talk about things that probably should be kept quiet even if I tell myself I'm not gossiping. Really that's a matter of opinion, and the topics I've discussed that include other people...well, they might feel as if they're being gossiped about if I were to repeat the conversation to them. I can't hide behind the "I didn't mean any harm" statement.

The bottom line is this... if I want to write, and I want to write about a lot of things, then I will include more perspectives than just my own when I'm putting together a post. I think that's really a great way I can grow as a writer anyway.