I’m having a disagreement with a fellow blogger.
This woman said that I had no right to judge her. I find this an interesting concept.
Regardless of whether or not either one of us is correct, the idea that someone thinks they can blog without being judged intrigues me.
Is this something we can expect as bloggers, not to be judged? Seriously, I’m asking this of anyone who reads it. Do I have the right not to be judged by the actions I write about? Do you?
In a public blog, we write about our lives, thoughts and actions. We install counters to see how many people read us and link us. We comment on other blogs and make friends with one another. All this is based on judgment, is it not? Do we not decide whom we want to lurk on, read and link to by judging who they are by what they write about it?
When you blog publicly mustn’t you assume you will be judged by what you write, how you write?
Further, when a blog has a comment section, can’t one safely assume that one day someone might have a difference of opinion AND comment? Some blogs do this on purpose to drive up readership. Not this particular woman’s, but it happens.
Most of us write about our lives, experiences and stories. Who we are colors everything that we type. However, most of us have areas of our lives and minds that we don’t share on our blogs. Why? Various reasons – personal, intimate, none of anyone’s business, because we don’t want to be judged.
Now barring abusive responses and spam, do you censor what is written? Do you want discussion? Or do you want “support” only? Maybe there should be some kind of indication that allows only smiley emoticons and love and kisses.
And really, if you can’t be a responsible pet owner, do not have pets, no matter how many kids are starving in Africa.