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Driving back from the nasty pizza buffet today (needed a pizza fix on my free day but didn't want leftovers to linger beyond the free day and back onto my, um, backside - so I took my chances, and so far, so good), I caught the tail end on NPR (my dear friend J would be so pleased to know sometimes I listen, but shh, don't tell him - ruins my gun-toter-like mystique) of this interview with Emily Gould talking about blogging both personally and then with Gawker. I hadn't heard of her (I live under a rock, perhaps), but I was fascinated with just the bits I heard when she talked about blogging and "oversharing" and being too public online. If you knew me in real life, you would know that I way overshare a lot - getting better, but wow, I've created a lot of uncomfortable atmosphere situations. Eek.
Of course I had to find out more when I was within access to the InterWebz (while not at work just a couple hours before a long weekend, of course).
Emily has a cover story article in the upcoming New York Times Magazine (or here if, like me, you like it all on one page instead of a bunch) this Sunday, May 25, 2008, but it's already online, and even if it's pretty long, it was a really interesting read. I struggle sometimes with how much to share here where it's so public and in some ways potentially so permanent, and her experience reminds me why it's good to debate with myself and probably not ever hit "publish" on some of the posts I've written, still just sitting in the hopper. Her journey turned into something much more high profile than this humble blog, but I could relate to so much of what she said about blogging itself, in particular about how blogging and stalking your comments section and stats and ranking and blah, blah, blah (she didn't mention all of those, but same basic idea) can almost be like a drug in some aspects.
Anyway, as much as I don't love to talk about blogging while I'm, erm, blogging, because I find it weird and usually pretty boring, I found it interesting enough to share this, and I am curious what others think. So, grab a big cup of coffee (or a gin and tonic - it's Friday night after all), and go read: this, and then come back and tell me what you think. Or be totally fickle and don't comment, and I'll pretend not to care.