Cardinal Rule of Weblogging

Saturday, 2005-11-19; 02:07:00

"The things that I discuss on my weblog, I don't want to discuss them anywhere else."

Maybe I should explain a bit.

I don't know if other people feel like I do, but I want to separate me on the internet from me in real life. In my opinion, the things that I discuss here on my weblog should be left here on my weblog. My weblog is like my diary that I publish on the internet. However, I think having a diary is a bit selfish. I talk only about myself, the things that I do, the things that I feel, the things that interest me: me, one hundred percent of my weblog.

I don't want to be selfish. I don't think that I am. And as such, I usually don't talk about such things in real life. I think it's selfish to talk about these things. You have to get me drunk or find me depressed before you can talk about these things with me. They are deep ideas, deep thoughts, things that are hidden within me. I know, I know that everyone hides things inside them, but that doesn't change my opinion.

However, I have to have a way to express all of these emotions. Before having a weblog, these things remained hidden inside me, and even though I was able to deal with them, it wasn't the best thing to do. Now I express them all here. But that doesn't change the fact that I think that it's selfish to talk about all these things.

I don't have a problem with revealing these emotions and thoughts to my readers. But I have to ask you to leave them here on the internet.

Corollary 1: "If you're in my family, I really don't want to know that you read my weblog."

Heh, this is an important corollary. I'm always very uncomfortable when people ask me about things that I've done on the internet. When this person is a family member, I become very self-conscious. Because I'm a different person on the internet, I'm a bit ashamed when that person invades my real life. I can't explain exactly why.

If you want to read my weblog and know everything that's happening in my life, I don't really care. But if you're in the family, don't tell me. I don't want to know you read it.

Corollary 2: "If you talk about things from my weblog face to face, the conversation will undoubtedly become awkward."

I don't have to explain this corollary. It should be obvious, from my previous response.

Corollary 3: "The word 'blog' isn't a real word."

Heh heh heh. Maybe this isn't really a corollary. :) Just a personal sentiment.

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