Darker Side of Blogging: A response

The Darker Side of Blogging

There are a lot of things about an online presence that can be problematic.

I’ve seen how Facebook posts negatively impacted my job search.
I attended an SCMLA presentation on the need to keep our students OFF the net.
I’ve had several issues regarding posting conference presentation notes online, which are summarized in the linked post.

When I first started blogging, I heard a lot about people losing their jobs over what they posted about those jobs on the net. So for several years, I was very circumspect in what I published here. (Less so now, when it probably matters more!)

I’ve read other people’s blogs and commented on what they said.
I’ve written on academic uses of blogging, as they relate to single or multiple author blogging.
Also I’ve written about Twitter ideas I wish I’d known when I first started tweeting and why you should tweet.
And I’ve written about formats of scholarship.
I’ve also written about the importance of expanding a blog’s reach.

So when I saw this discussion of the darker side of blogging, I thought I should probably read it.

It’s more a reflective piece than a horror-filled description, which is what I was really expecting.

The author does mention having a cyberstalker and losing friends due to that person’s actions and her concern and the lack of concern on the part of those friends.

The author also mentions the problems with unmoderated comments and even moderated comments, which many people whose work gets read online can relate to.

The focus is really on how, despite the darker things that J J Cohen mentions, the positives of blogging are significantly more important.

Obviously I have found that to be true myself. I am still blogging.

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