Sunday, October 05, 2014
Family magazines caution parents as well as teens about blogging, online behavior, even "spending too much time online"
At church today, I noticed a copy of Washington Parent, and a cover story on p. 52 by Carolyn Jabs, “Think Twice About Pressing ‘Post’; Blogging About Your Kids”, link here.
Whoa, I thought. Some of the most successful and profitable blogs of all time have been the “mommy blogs”, especially “dooce” by Heather Armstrong.
The tone of the article, though, suggests that gratuitous talk about your family or even personal circumstances in front of a global audience will only get you into trouble – attract predators, thieves, or real enemies. I could become really flippant here and say that blogging about being an infidel (not the same as admitting infidelity) amounts to potential self-targeting.
The alternative, of course, was to compete in the “real world” (and cater to the “real needs of other people”), which has become increasingly difficult – and meaningless – because the Web makes people “feel” self-sufficient, like they don’t need others except on their own terms. “Selling”, even in my own father’s day, was not only reputable, it was joyous. No more. Now, it sounds like pimping and hucksterism, an admission of insufficient personal creativity. So it gets desperately hard for a lot of people to make a living the way they used to – by manipulating others in the real world to do their bidding.
When I see this magazine, I immediately think of CNN host Don Lemon, who always announces that he is not a parent, and then gives a lot of fatherly advice to guests.
Certainly, teachers shouldn't blog about their students, usually.