Call it tech and the single girl; lately, we've been tackling a lot of couples' issues in Tech Dating 101, but today I'm going to focus on being single in a virtual world.
With so many people blogging, it makes sense to mine your rich personal life, particularly the joys and horrors of dating. Just think — instead of making several phone calls to your girlfriends and any other interested parties, you can just direct everyone to your latest blog post.
Sure, many people think this alone is poor form, but I don't think it is — as long as you follow a few ground rules. To see my advice, just
- Be vague. Give your dates aliases or just use initials so that if they or people they know found your blog, it wouldn't be a dead giveaway who you were talking about. Don't be too specific about details either. But if you do want to give many details . . .
- Utilize any privatization settings your blogging platform provides. Check your settings and allow only those you want to see your posts, or password protect the site.
- Don't TMI anyone. Or at least know your readers' TMI thresholds.
- Don't post anything you wouldn't want someone dating you to be posting. And don't assume that no one would be interested enough in your little blog to pass it around.
- What happens when one of your dates/blog fodder becomes something more serious? You have a choice: stop blogging about them altogether, or come clean and be honest about your blogging so that they're not hurt if one of your friends eventually blabs about it. Even if everything you wrote was totally innocuous, hearing you've been blogged about behind your back is unsettling.
Any advice from you guys? Have you ever blogged about dating or been blogged about?