Who reads my blog, anyway?

This is a very interesting blog post about digital ethics and privacy issues – thanks, Kate, for sending it to me.  It’s from a college class blog, so not every issue is the same as the ones we come up against but it brings up some ideas to think about.  I especially want to emphasize the idea that once something is on the internet it is probably always accessible to some extent, so you really want to think through what you share.  As the title of my post suggests, right now maybe no one reads our blogs, but you never know what might happen in the future.  I think it is important to be honest and authentic when writing on your blog, but also be careful to think about how you would feel if all the different people in your life read it.  Ask yourself how would I feel if my mom, my best friend, my little sister, my professor, my future boss, etc., somehow found this blog, and if you are uncomfortable with the idea of those eyes seeing your blog then I wouldn’t post it.

What do you all think about pictures?  As you know I have been encouraging you to create gravatars of yourselves, and I have a picture of myself as mine.  The aforementioned blog post emphatically argues against the students in the class using pictures.  I’m not sure I agree, although I am interested in the question of privacy and the way in which we represent ourselves on the internet (some of you may be surprised to find out I don’t even have a facebook page).  I’d love to hear your thoughts…


2 Responses

  1. A shift in our society has occurred the past few years. We have gone from initially fearing the security of the internet to anything/everything goes, your nobody unless everything about you is transparent. There is little digital hygiene that is of any concern with many of the nets younger users. This is all they have known, so it must be safe, secure, and non-problematic. I don’t know where this all nets out for privacy and society. Caution is still necessary, storage is unlimited and cheaper by the day and everything is connected.

  2. I would suggest that you think about why you are blogging. Are you writing for your friends only – however loosely you define this term? Are you writing mostly for self-reflection? How much of your personal journal are you ready to share with the world? Are you writing to support a class? Do you want to use your blog on a professional resume?
    The next question to ask is if you believe that future employers or grad school admissions committees will find your posts? I just googled myself after reading Jessica’s post and found that hit no. 7 was a reference to me in MIchelle’s blog . I guess all potential employers would scan down the list that far:-) So make decisions accordingly.
    As for the avatar, I understand that people might not want to post pictures – although most of us do post our photos on Facebook. I do believe, however, that it is important that you customize your gravatar here, so as our community grows, you are easier to identify. You don’t want a photo of you? Fine, put up a photo of something that represents you. Go creative with photoshop – this is a virtual world: come as you are. (And if nobody gets this reference, I know I’m too old!)

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