Archive for January, 2010

My problem with blogs

January 17, 2010

I started this blog thinking it would be a bit like a diary. Not that I’ve ever successfully kept a diary for more than about a week, but I thought that the technology might encourage me. But the difference is that I can ensure that only the people I want to read a diary – or even that no-one else at all reads it. But a blog? A blog is a public document. Worse, it’s a copiable public document that takes on a life of its own: it’s indelible. Even if I delete the blog – even in WordPress closes permanently, there will still be a record of whatever I write, readable by those who want to. So I can’t write anything I don’t want to make public. And that’s a problem, because all the interesting things that I might want to write are things that I don’t want all and sundry to be able to read. Yes, I know that my name and identity are not directly visible, but I’m quite sure that anyone who really wanted to know who I was would have few problems in tracing me. And there are a few people who already know who I am.

I’m told that on facebook, security can be set on a friend by friend, post by post basis (as is the case on some other portal-based repositories that I work on). And, of course, on facebook, most users hide more or less everything from the casual non-friend visitor. So perhaps I should give up the blog and go on to facebook. But then I’d have to manage my friends, and manage my posts: and that’s even more work.

So? I’ll settle for making bland entries, and attempting a little humour (see: English spelling, implies UK educated).

It was a dark, dark night, and three men were sitting on a log. One of the turned to one of the others, and began:

It was a dark, dark night, and three men were sitting on a log. One of the turned to one of the others, and began:

It was a dark, dark night, and three men were sitting on a log. One of the turned to one of the others, and began:

It was a dark, dark night, and three men were sitting on a log. One of the turned to one of the others, and began:

and so on. Surely I can do better than this?