In a recent blog post, I mentioned I had decided to change the way I behaved and responded to negativity. Shell from Things I Can't Say said it's my blog and it's a place for me to rant, and I should feel free to do so.
True, but only to a point.
A blog, regardless if it is personal, is still on the Internet, and is open to anyone who happens to find you through a search or six degrees of separation.
You never know who is reading: the boss, your coworkers, your parents, your inlaws, your children, a perspective boss or client. Much like Facebook, what you put on your blog stays in cyberspace forever so you have to be careful what you write or it may come back to haunt you.
Other than two slips of judgment, one of which was really bad, I am careful about what I write on my blog – I don’t write about specific people and the things they do; I don’t go into details when I really want to; and I try to remember who may be reading when I am writing.
And if I am feeling angry, hurt or resentful, I pick up a pen and write it all down in my private, and offline, journal. The old-fashioned way ensures no one gets hurt and opportunities aren’t lost.