With Great Power…

…Comes Great Blogsponsibility*

There are an awful lot of blogs out there. There are also a lot of awful blogs.

I’m sure the idea of blogging started out as something serious, but like anything given to the masses they have become something different altogether.

I use my blog as a way to relay information to friends and family, in a (hopefully) entertaining way.

While the blog is a personal one, I try not to make it too personal.

Above all else, I try to maintain my honesty, writing truthfully from my point of view. I have a number of great friends who will inform me if I have bent the truth too far**.

Certainly I bend the truth sometimes. But never more than a step or two off the path. Usually it is in the recanting of a story that I don’t remember verbatim. Things can happen when I am not near a computer***, and trying to recall the stories later can be challenging, especially when it has been a long time.

I can say one thing for sure (and my friends can back this up): My blogging personality is the same as my normal one. What you read is what you get.

Since I started blogging, I’ve met a number of bloggers. For the most part, I have been pretty lucky in the sense that some of these people are what I expected them to be.

However, there are some bloggers who have distinct personas for their blogging selves that differ quite radically from their real-life counterparts.

Equilibrium must always be maintained, it seems.

What do you think about this? Have your findings been similar to my own?




* – Oh yes. I invent words. Don’t mess with me.
** – This was the most complicated shout-out ever. I probably missed some people. I apologize, but you can understand that I can only use so many words in a sentence.
*** – Who knew?

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10 Responses

  1. I’ve met a few people through blogging, some wonderfulifique ones, and I have also known people who have become bloggers.

    The people who have become bloggers are most suspect, I think. The reason behind that is this: you think you know someone, until you see their thoughts typed out for the world to see. At that point you realize one of two things – wow that guy really(!) is crazy, or who the hell is that(?)!

    The impression that they want to give everyone is sometimes not one that you had previously perceived.

    Or something like that.

  2. Ah.
    I forgot about that category.
    🙂

    Thanks, Kel!

  3. Here is hoping that I am not the topic of this blog….

    My experiences have been positive as for most of the people I blog with are people that I know. In my blog I try to maintain my true thoughts regardless of the outcome, if liberties have been taken it was done to provoke discussions. I like to think that the written word more resembles what a person is truly like, the disguises are worn more in public.

    I am a new blogger and Barking Space has been an inspiration for me to continue blogging. I like to think of it as a stop in the internet that strangers and friends can drop in for a discussion.

  4. No need to worry there, Callis.

    This was a topic that was sitting in my drafts folder.

    I think you are right about disguises.

  5. Oh, and: you are relaying information to use in VERY entertaining ways.

  6. I’d like to think I’m more articulate and witty on my blog. When you’re reading it, you’re not subjected to frequent pauses while I try and remember the word I’m looking for, the wild hand gestures and the ever-present “umms” and “likes”

    🙂

  7. Another WYSIWYG kind of blogger here. I don’t have the time, brain power, or desire to create an alternate personality. Besides, how could I possibly be more interesting that I already am?

    Kidding. Sooooooo kidding.

  8. Hi Jorge,

    Your blog is wonderful. It’s a delight to read and I wish I visited more often. I do admit I have other’s I am closer with and do visit more often, but that’s beside the point – I’m following up with close friends and family.

    I pray I am not too wordy in this Blogosphere. I’m incredibly candid and brash, but also know I’m being real. Most of the “stories” are true and hopefully obvious like other blogs.

    I admit the last post on Wastedtime is a bit overly candid, but it’s meant to be playful and inspiring. I am often bothered by my illness, but overall incredibly jokey. It’s life, we cope with whatever we get.

    Anyway, please keep writing. Your honesty even if occassionally embellished is enjoyed. Plus, we can always ask you if it’s true 🙂

    Take care,

    Adrienne

    P.S. Is this a comment or a blog on your blog?? 🙂

  9. Hi Jorge!

    This is Bitha !!How have you been?! I just saw ur comment on MSN Spaces(asking me to switch to wordpress or blogger) and I think its funny how I never saw that one untill today morning after I had already registered here..hehe..*funny* Well I’ve been good..winter break was awesome coz I finally got to go home to India and see everyone..it was SO much fun and yea for most part everyone was treating me like a member of the royal family..hahaha n yea I reaaaalllly didnt wanna come back 🙂

    – Bitha

  10. blogger’s … I don’t count myself as a particularly interesting one , nor one that is widely known. ( it’s written in times of reflection even if …. LOL)
    I admire your site as there are so many catagories to attend. Your stories are funny and heart felt . A person who is true to themselves .
    I don’t move around alot nor do I talk with alot of people … I have two blogs one for family and this one on here which isn’t all that different at all , just language once in awhile ….
    My computer doesn’t want to turn on lately so it’s been pretty spotty as to when I am on.
    I sometimes feel there is a whole world out there passing me by, because believe it or not I am shy and never know where to begin ….
    thanks for all your insight, and keep the bedtime stoies going … 🙂
    caitrine

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