“My blog made me do it”

Posted on March 8th, 2008 | Permalink

Anyone who’s asked me knows that historically I have not believed in blogs. My reasons were many, but they all essentially boiled down to the fact that blogs are dangerous.

Before you call me crazy (or maybe after, either way works), start clicking around on Xanga or Blogspot. In front of the silver lining of deep and thoughtful content looms the dark cloud of hastily expressed emotion, ill-considered pontification, and abstract minutia, threatening to drown the focused mind in a flood of irrelevance with no hope of context. While this form of recklessness was indeed possible many years ago for those with the desire and skill to learn HTML and set up their own Web site, now blogging makes it frighteningly easy for the world at large to document their most personal moments for the world to see. Look at me, this is my first post ever and already my blog has me ranting my personal feelings!

In all ser… well, more seriously, though, wholesale condemnation of a tool based solely on the dangers associated with its use lacks discernment. The Internet is used for identity theft every day, but it would be absurd to shut down all e-mail and online shopping to stop it. While hundreds are hurt each year in car accidents, millions more reap the benefits of owning a vehicle. Almost invariably, swords can be beat into plowshares, and even when that doesn’t happen, the tools of protection are often the same as the tools of attack. While there are tools whose sole function is evil and are worthy of summary rejection (e.g., coffee pots), more often an evaluation of risk and reward is in order.

If the potential benefit outweighs the risk, then risk management through responsibility and self-government are the order of the day. If you are prone to posting in the heat of the moment, always wait a full day before every post. If you like to talk about how Dodge is better than Ford… don’t. The blog is not to blame for a lack of discipline, so I must acknowledge the blog as a tool worthy of use and take responsibility for how I use it. Which is a really stupid thing to say on my first blog post, because it leaves me no excuse for anything from here on out…

So with my change of heart established, may I say in best programmer tradition:

Hello world!

P.S. For those of you that think that now that I’ve started a blog, I’m going to get a Facebook account and start drinking coffee… think again.

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  1. By Shannon Moeller on March 15, 2008

    Dude. Hades just got frosty, but they’re loving the cool breeze. Blog on, bro. Blog on.

  2. By Micah Valine on April 24, 2008

    Hello! I look forward to reading.

  3. By __wings__ on May 28, 2008

    Wow, change indeed – looking forward to stealing your identity!

  4. By Melissa on June 10, 2008

    I almost went into cardiac arrest when I saw your first post, but luckily I know CPR and saved myself. I’m happy about your change of heart, and I promise to forget what you said about giving me room on your server for blogging.

  5. By Mandy Novotny on July 12, 2008

    Pretty much amazing. Looking forward to reading more!

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