It’s natural to want to share what’s going on in your life with friends, fans and followers. Blogs have provided a platform for sharing, venting and asking for advice but this isn’t always the best move. Remember that once it’s online, it’s there for good. Someone make take a screenshot or otherwise use your blog against you in extreme cases.
For example, if you’re involved in a drunk driving accident and a lawsuit is on the horizon, you don’t want to discuss it at all. Here are a few times when it’s best to say nothing at all lest your blog get you in trouble:
1. Your love life
Even if everything is coming up roses right now, be wary about posting too much information. Your significant other may not appreciate your sharing certain intimate details, and putting your love life on display is precarious at best. Respect your relationship and keep some things sacred (and off the internet).
2. Evidence of your partying nights
Maybe it’s been years since you did a keg stand, or maybe last weekend got a little too wild. It happens, but what happens at the party should stay there. Don’t mention anything you wouldn’t want a future employer to see. Keep pictures clean, and remember that there’s no telling who might stumble across your blog (it might be your grandmother).
3. The basic cocktail conversation no-no’s
Unless your blog is specifically about sex, religion or politics, it’s best to steer clear of these topics. Of course there’s nothing inherently “wrong” about discussing them, but they’re major bait and can get out of control.
4. Snarky comments
In this mobile ready world, people are increasingly who they present themselves to be online. There are certainly famous bloggers such as Perez Hilton who built an entire character around snark. However, you (probably) won’t become a famous blogger and instead your vents and snarkiness will just be fodder to tarnish your online reputation.
5. Photos of other people
Unless you have their permission, it’s not just a bad idea to post photos of other people (especially children), it can even be considered illegal at times. You probably won’t get in trouble, but it’s basic respect. Never post photos of strangers that clearly would let someone identify them, and ask people you know before uploading photos that include them.
Blogging has become a serious business, but it’s one with an easy entryway. Make sure you keep your up to snuff.