Who is the audience for your blog? For some, it’s purely strangers you’ve met online. Others are targeting friends and family specifically. Still others have a mix. Each of these have different challenges.
When you speak in the realm of personal opinion and you have primarily an audience that does not know you personally, it becomes rather strange when someone that you know actually starts reading and contributing to your blog.
When your target is friends and family and you find that someone you don’t know shows up, it’s a little strange because you wonder how much you should really share.
Those that do a mix have the trouble of sharing something without truly identifying them. And there’s everything in between.
The Internet has redefined privacy to mean “sharing what I want to share with whom I want to share.” The reason for this is because we’ve become a society that has no shame. College kids are sending each other photos of themselves drunk, unclothed, or partially clothed and they don’t see anything wrong with it– as long as it’s the right people see it.
You see, nothing is truly private on the Internet, and parents are getting in on the technology:
“Don’t get me wrong,” said Yeamans, who is a computer information systems major. “I love my parents, but there are some parts of my college experience that I want to keep to myself. I chose to go away to school so I could experience a little freedom.”
I don’t think it’s freedom that they necessarily want as much as they want the ability to do something they know that their parents won’t approve of without their parents’ knowledge.
Don’t get me wrong, I think helicopter parenting is wrong as well, but to make a big fuss because your father wants to be your “friend” on Facebook only makes me wonder why not. My first inclination is, “What do you have to hide?”