Thursday, February 18, 2010
I had a blog before this blog, way back in the prehistoric age of blogging six or seven years ago. Blogging was new to me, so it isn't surprising that I made so many ethical mistakes on that blog. I used the blog, in part, to work through my split with the path of wiccan spirituality I had been a part of, so I did a lot of spleen venting there. Ahhh the finger pointing and accusations, ahhh the criticisms. It was - at times - quite intense.
My blog family from that time consisted of people who were also brand new to blogging. We had to all learn, the hard way, not to name names, what was OK to mention in blog posts and what wasn't. We learned quickly (at least I did) that it was very hurtful to be criticized by other bloggers, that it was too revealing to be named publicly, etc. There was definitely an "in crowd" in my blog family at that time so hence a lot of It-Blogger name dropping, i.e. "at lunch the other day with DC Cookie ..." etc. I don't think anyone in my current blog family makes these mistakes. I love my current blog family! Thank you all!
One thing I really love about blogging is that there are no rules, no overlords censoring what gets published, so we have to learn for ourselves through a journey of discovery individually and collectively, what is ethically OK and what isn't. I'm not the only blogger from that era who regularly had to take down entire posts because they were hurtful or offensive to other bloggers.
When I closed the old blog and began this one, I believed I had worked through all the ethical dilemmas of blogging, but I was wrong. Yesterday I inadvertently offended a Really Famous Blogger by assuming she wrote but did not read other blogs; that assumption based entirely on an article she wrote for the NYTimes a couple of years ago. Because I couldn't find a way to contact her directly, I will apologize here: Emily Gould, I am so sorry I treated you as a metaphor instead of a real person. Lesson learned!
Ethics here and everywhere is an ongoing process. Man ... that was interesting!