Monday, June 13, 2005

Not About TKD

More about writing and blogs.

Before I fell asleep last night I was thinking about the anonymity issue I raised earlier here, that is, how it affects me to have my fellow TKD students reading what I write about our classes.

I discussed this with my brother, who sent me the following reflections (Bill, I hope you don't mind me quoting your e-mail!):

. . . as to the blog concept, it is something I am constantly aware of (or try to be) when I am posting to my fishing or woodworking groups. Both are archived for public consumption, so whatever I post can potentially exist for centuries. So when I post something, I try to
think two things, 1. how would I feel if this were on the front page of the New York Times and 2. what will someone (or I!) think of it if I read it again in 20 years?

Well, I couldn't have said it better.

I guess I don't think of this blog as a web log--I think of it as a web column, or web columns: a place to publish reflective personal writing for public reading. Kind of like when I wrote occasional guest columns about being a mom for our local paper a while back: you have to be brave and honest and observant, but you also need to be careful and fair.

And, hey, this blog is also for public conversation--feel free to post your thoughts about blogging, or TKD, or parenting! Or send me a regular email, as many of you like to do.

And welcome to the new anonymous poster who left an erudite response to my posting about obsessions!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that erudite is actually the appropriate word, but thanks accepted.

Since you've got a new obsession, now, you might want to check this out: . I started a reading life list in 1999, and my only regret is not having started sooner.