April 11, 2010

Censorship

Several times this week (in particular, but not limited to only this week) I have started and then erased several blog posts. Principally because I start talking about my day or week or what's on my mind, and inevitably it means mentioning people. IRL people who have, at times, run across this blog. And who would know if I was talking about them. And who would get upset.


I'm not complaining, but it is a bit stifling. I'd love to vent here, since I don't really feel free to anywhere else. But then, I don't want to be all, "Oh, I'm so frustrated right now but I can't talk about it." I hate when people do that. Like on facebook. I know I've mentioned this before, but one of my ultimate pet peeves is when people post facebook statuses like "Oh, life as I know it is over." Sorry, that doesn't conjure up my sympathy, it pisses me off. Either be honest, or just don't say anything.

Anyway, so since I can't say specifics, I don't say anything, for the sake of keeping the peace. But sometimes, it's very frustrating.

Do you do that? Censor yourself on your blog for whatever reason (other than OPSEC)?

12 comments:

  1. None of my IRL friends know about my blog so I do not really have to censor myself.

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  2. GAAAHHHH! I've been fighting with this for a while now! I have an IRL "friend" (aka my hubs best friends wife) who has been on my last nerve lately and I want to vent about it (particularly because I know what is bothering me bothers others) but I know she reads the blog and there's no way to talk about it with our hurting her feeling.

    Normally IRL, I tell my friends how it is, but since she's only what I consider a friend by "default", I'm not always comfortable saying what I feel, especially since I know it would damage the friendship our husbands have.

    We should do guest posts on each others blogs that way our friends wouldn't read it, but all of our mutual readers would ha ha =)

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  3. I don't have any IRL friends that know about my blog-- that I know of. So I don't censor myself much, but I do find myself changing my mind on what I want to post, in case someone would come across my blog.

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  4. I don't have many IRL that read my blog. One of my friends has a blog and reads mine, and is even a follower. There are two people, who I follow, but don't follow me, who I know in real life.

    I don't really censor myself because I really don't talk about many people I know, except for mostly David.

    I let him read it, along with other friends which I sent the link to, but other than that, nope.

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  5. Several friends as well as family read my blog so I try to keep that in my mind.

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  6. I censor a lot of what I say because I know it would piss a lot of people off. Thankfully since I switched blogs, none of my family reads my blog anymore, but when they did, I had to constantly watch what I talked about, and I hated it.

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  7. Well, this week on facebook I posted a status that said "it really bugs me when people confuse the words "are" and "our." does that make me a snob?"
    And I was being sarcastic, but I guess it was pretty insensitive of me because I got quite a few comments like this one:
    "The hardest Language in the world is English. I remember when someone I know (you {in my defense I was fifteen at the time}) would speak in ebonics. You know what really annoys me, is people who sin! Dosen't that sound prideful. Well it's the same concept. It isn't our job to look down on others imperfections. My father always said, "Just because your brilliant doesn't mean you have brains!" true dat...what what haha"
    I dunno - I just feel like I have to censor the things I post on status' and posts because I never know how it will be interpreted by others and I don't want to offend or hurt anyone. You know? I totally didn't mean that I looked down on others, I just meant that it was a pet peeve of mine - like how the toilet paper rolls or something.
    So there's a long comment of random thoughts on the matter. Lol.
    xo

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  8. I do that too. Only with family members who I'm not quite sure read my blog. I don't want to start something because I was venting on my blog. Even though it would REALLY make me feel better. =)

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  9. I don't know if any family members or real life friend read my blog... I doubt it though.

    However, I don't mention names of friends. I also don't mention where I work and what I do there exactly (or in detail). I also don't write about things that only concern me and my husband and I would never complain or vent about anyone on my blog. I just want to share pieces of my life that others might find interesting. :)

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  10. all the friggin' time!!!
    drives me bonkers.

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  11. I am with you on every point! People wanting attention by saying things like that just IRK me.

    Since Mr. Superman is MUNS in AF we don't deal much with OPSEC but I do have to censor stuff that happens with my in-laws. I want to go off several times a week but can't because even though its them messing with our lives, they'd get even worse if they saw what I thought. Ha ha.

    I vent to the hubs and write it in a journal so its released bu no one sees it. Maybe give it a try?

    ♥ Mrs. S.

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  12. Hey Girl! Do I censor myself? There's the million dollar question again. IN relation to what you wrote about, starting to write about your day but stopping because it involves other people, then yes, I absolutely censor myself. It does get frustrating sometimes but I use my personal journal to vent more than my blog.

    Wish you could have gone to the conference over the weekend. It was so fun, and I would have loved to meet you. Think about it for next year!!!

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