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)