Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Appropriate Blogging

Nadia Cornier (Agent Obscura) has a discussion going about appropriate blogging.

I also found this little gem that should be eye-opening to anyone blogging under his or her real name. Remember every post can be Googled. Current employers, future employers...publishers...agents... will probably try to check you out.

When I was a kid, my dad would tell us that one way to decide right from wrong was to ask ourselves if what we were about to say or do would embarrass our parents (back then, he could have lost his job. My husband's family, a military family, had the same rule).

It seems like it's still appropriate today. My dad doesn't read my blog, but I think he'd approve.

EDITED AGAIN! Why do I always find these things AFTER I post my thoughts? Agent 007 posted about this topic and said it well.


At 5:14 AM, Anonymous debbi said...

Great point! My mom, my sister and cousins, my husband, and my agent all know about my blog. Whenever I write an entry, I read it over and over, keeping in mind the various people I know who read my blog. I also know that at least two editors and another agent have read my blog before. While blogs are great for expressing yourself, it's also important to note that if you're blogging as a professional, it's important to remember the image you're conveying. Thanks for the reminder. :)

At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will confess that I have blogged about having an MS rejected ... only once, though. I'll think twice about doing so again after that last link you posted!

My approach to what I post online is different from a lot of people's in that I have made a conscious decision not to hide my real identity in anything I post online ... I want to be willing to stand or fall by anything I write (of course, I do understand and respect the variety of reasons why others choose to remain anonymous). That decision has meant that I am a LOT more cautious about what I post either in my blog or on boards where I post ... because I know that with minimal effort someone can connect what I've posted with the "real" me, and I have to ask myself whether this is something I'm willing to be publicly identified with. (And my mom and dad both read my blog!!)

Thanks for the nice comments in my guestbook ... I'm sticking to once-a-month updates for now, but it's nice to know there are a few people who'd like more! Next time you update your links maybe you can add Hypergraffiti?


At 5:34 AM, Blogger Kim said...


I can't believe I didn't think to link to you sooner! Thanks for the suggestion! I'm uh...a little slow...sometimes!

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Don Tate II said...

Hi Kim. Thanks for turning me on to this post. I am probably guilty of saying some outlandish stuff myself. I havent vented about my agent or publishers, although I have been tempted to. But that just seems as though I'd be biting the hands that I hope soon will feed me. I have alot of fun with my blog and the things I say. I've often wondered if posting the more controversial stuff might not be a good idea. But writing only warm fuzzies, at least for me, would be boring. For the most part, I write from my heart, my true thoughts and feelings and I think if someone follows my stuff regularly, my true self (a good person) will come through. Thank for a great future blog topic.


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