A very popular blog is down this week, because someone said she knew the author in (work) RL and was displeased with what the blogger had to say. I'm sorry that this has happened, as I know that her blog was a very important space for her and for her readers.
I've heard in the past that a blog could be a professional problem. The only problem for me thus far is that I spend way too much time reading others' blogs and not enough time reading text books. But I do wonder if it's the case . . .
I've tried to be careful what I've written here, not with any concerns for my professional life, or how others will react to me ( though I don't post student stories or complaints about classes even when I have great ones) but with an awareness that someday, I. could read what I've written here. I would hate to think that she would find something unexpected and hurtful, or feel I've violated her privacy, left her feeling exposed in any way. Much of this I've written with the expectation that she'll read at least parts of it someday. As far as stories involving ds go, I tell him when I'm writing them. He's starting to read, so he likes to sit with me as I reread before I hit publish. Someday he'll probably say "Why did you tell the world that I said that?" and I'll say "Hey, just be glad I never took bare bottom baby pictures like everybody else does. See? I was looking out for you!"
It isn't a matter of self-censorship so much as an effort at thinking through what it will mean to her that I've done so much public(ish) thinking-through.
For a semi-novice, then: How do other blogging mommas navigate these issues? Or blogging not-yet moms? Or not-yet blogging but thinking about it moms?