Sunday, January 15, 2006

Blogs and nosey Mum

On a recent post the rather anonymous Jimmy :-) made this comment about blogs - a term with which he was till recently unfamiliar:" A diary someone would keep if they still lived at home and had a very nosey Mum." I loved this - and it made me think about the activity (again!)

I recently commented myself on a blog post which seemed to me worthy of mild criticism. I hope what I said wasn't unkind - though I was clear in my mind that it was a point worth making. When I returned to the blog next day to see if I'd stirred anything, I found the post had vanished altogether. Maybe that was a Good Thing. Maybe I was being the "very nosey Mum". So what effect does the awareness of such a Mum create? If we know what we write will be read - and potentially read by a wide range of people who may not care about *our* feelings - do we then practise self-moderation so that we will not be ashamed later of what we have written today?

Seems to me this could have implications in the classroom - if we can get this idea into pupils' heads then all this apparent worry about moderation might become less acute. (No it won't. What planet am I living on? :-l)


  1. Anonymous2:08 PM

    vjmqrHi Chris,
    Thanks for being the first person to visit my blog. I'm not sure what the answer to the 'moderation' question is. I suppose we have to be aware that the Internet is global and, generally speaking, what we read is out there and available to all comers. Perhaps it's just as well we have the facility to eradicate the errant posts, although I think it is a bit of a cop-out to simply wipe out any adverse comments on a blog without taking the time to answer them. However, I can see that this blogging business is pretty time-consuming and maybe it's easier to ignore what we can't, or don't want to, deal with.

  2. Anonymous11:18 PM

    I have a few poems on this site-
    if you click the writing page
    and then Jimmy McPhee-thats me.
    Happy weedin'

  3. Thanks, Jimmy - not so anonymous after all! I liked "Angel Song" particularly. Why don't you blog? Look at this blog for encouragement - he started me off. It'd be interesting to have easier access to your writing.
    How did you find this one, BTW?

  4. Anonymous12:30 AM

    Thank you too
    I found your blog by following the blond joke comments
    being blond myself I only followed it to China and back
    (The loneliness of the long distance blogger)
    It would be difficult for me to blog as I know nothing about writing or computers
    I use the 'plunk and see' method
    on the computer
    and I can only write what comes to me - I think you would have to see blogging as fun rather than a chore
    and the better you would be at it the less of a chore it would be