I used to be afraid to write out my ideas until they were pretty well baked. Fear of sounding stupid on a piece of paper, which seemed pretty permanent. You can always throw it away, but what if somebody finds it?!? That’s why I never had a diary… well, that and the fact that I was never a teenage girl.
Computers offered a reprieve. Text editors and the internet were ephemeral collections of pixels, 1s and 0s that were easy to Delete Forever.
Now I’m afraid to write a blog post that makes me sound stupid, because it can be indexed and copied and logged away for eternity (or at least as long as there’s electricity). But with a billion blogs and websites and other distractions online, who would ever care?
So the question is: is it better to say something stupid on a piece of paper that one person can read and keep forever, or to say something stupid on a silly public blog that no one will ever read?
(Cross-posted on philosofollies.com)