Becoming Conservative About Digital Privacy

Two interesting observations I’ve had about digital privacy:

  • Older people seem to care about privacy more than younger people
  • I care about privacy more as I get older

I’ve had several people tell me that I should be more careful about what I blog and tweet about. You never know who’s reading, they say. Prospective employers, a snooping government, enemies, identity thieves, burglars, friends, or even family may glean something unintended from my ham-handedly crafted prose.

They’re probably right. It’s hard to expect a lot of privacy when blogging on a domain that’s your first and last And when I use my blog primarily as a ranting ground for things I find ridiculous in the world, it seems I’ll  get myself into some sort of trouble eventually. People don’t like it when you say they’re wrong (even when they’re not), and the Internet can have a very long memory when it wants to. When all is said and done, a trusty personal journal (even a digital one, when properly secured) is probably a better place for keeping one’s personal thoughts and rants anyway.

But I love writing and sharing my writing. I don’t always want to write about sterile and mundane topics, either. And I don’t want to write under a pseudonym. There has to be some sort of happy compromise, right? I just haven’t found it yet.

Thus the radio silence over the past few months.

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