Saturday, May 24, 2008

Emily Gould - Exposed - Blog-Post Confidential

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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.


  1. Very interesting article Miss M. I'd say more, but I don't want to overshare ;)

    Just put me smack in the middle of that fork and spoon!

  2. Yikes! Is it wrong to be slightly afraid to read something like that? Is it blog-life changing....

    Okay, I will just have to go read it. You've piqued my curiosity.

  3. She's led a pretty dramatic life and is a woman who isn't afraid, I like that.
    I don't particularly like to read fiction and therefore I would find it difficult if not impossible to write. I also think that age, where you are in your life and where you are headed matters when discussing yourself in/on a blog.
    I don't know if I'd share (this stuff is fiction mind you) that I was a slut, did lots of drugs, suffered from bouts of STD's, etc, if I thought that anyone had any idea who owned my blog. I wouldn't want to hurt my husband or children, my life isn't necessarily their fault, they shouldn't have to pay the price for my indiscretions.

  4. Maggie,
    I am definetly gonna read this article when I get home but I really have to be careful about how much I publically blog and or what I post about given my profession. I also made a very conscious decision not to use my real name when I started this blog! Fierce Diva is good enough for me! Besides, I really like having an As Known As idenity!

  5. I remember seeing her on that Larry King Live come to think of it!

    Really interesting article! Yes, I am one of those who overshares, in real life too. probably worse in real life, i really have to think twice sometimes about whether or not to press "publish".

  6. I blogged about this topic late last week. The whole thing is pretty scary. Just today I took something off my blog when I realized it might be oversharing.

    Yes, a few people saw it, and it may be cached somewhere, but I have had 27 visits today... which makes it much easier to "unmake" my mess. It's still a tough call, though...


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