“You’re not going to blog this, right?”

September 9, 2007 10:35 PM

A guy suffering a drunk prank
Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”.
(Pic via Dirty Scottsdale)

Would the re-telling of an embarrassing story to people who were not there or who were not involved, and whom the person in question will never ever cross paths with, be something for the person to get angry about?

All of us have embarrassing things happen to us and if we worry about what everyone who know about them would think about us, even if those people are strangers who don’t matter, then we’d all go insane.

I’m saying the above because some friends who know I blog have now gotten into the habit of adding this precursor to the conversations we have:

“You’re not going to blog this, right?”

I will honour their requests most of the time of course. Though if I start to hear the same story being told to me by other people then I’m gonna blog it, especially if I find it funny.

My thinking is this: if I don’t mention name or specifics, and if I don’t post a picture like the friends of the poor guy above did, then it’s just gonna be you and whoever else you tell the story to who’d recognise the story upon reading it. Why should you care what the rest, who would be random strangers think? Plus if you are so embarrassed about it, you wouldn’t be spreading the story yourself right?

To those of you who blog, have you ever gotten such a request for blogging discretion? And do you find it annoying that your friends now think of you as paparazzi just because you blog? πŸ˜‰

9 thoughts on ““You’re not going to blog this, right?”

  1. Rachel

    Marcus you are right about the “whatever you’re comfortable telling a complete stranger” part… whatever I blog about, it’s what I wouldn’r cringe about even if my parents read about it.

    As for blogging about things about happening to friends and such, I would normally give them the courtesy of informing them about it first. Better to know about it from me firsthand than to hear it thru the grapevine..

    I would also honor their request not to blog about it if they should so ask. No point mucking up a friendship over blogging. πŸ™‚

  2. LupinTan

    You friends saying that means that they acknowledged your platform as a major readership content. That’s the negative point of citizenship journalism.

    Off the record this and off the record that.

  3. mooiness Post author

    Rachel: hahah regarding the telling my friends if I was going to blog about them first before doing it, I think most of them already assume that I WILL blog about it unless they say not to. So in a way, they temper their conversations with me accordingly. Then again, there are friends who don’t really care because they got nothing to hide anyway.

    Lupin: hahah what big praise indeed! I’m a major platform! As for “off the record”, they also use “unnamed sources say” in mainstream media. That’s one way of getting around it. πŸ˜‰

    blur ting: yeah it goes both ways. I’m constantly bemused by people who think that my blog reaches a humoungous audience wide and far when it doesn’t. πŸ˜›

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