This will be short and sweet (ok, I doubt that – LOL), but I feel it is an important message I need to send out. It is, because it comes from a feeling I’ve had several times, lately. And waking up this morning, I had two specific proofs that this sensible matter was still au goût du jour.
If you are new to the blogging game, you might think that The Internets are a vast playground, and it is true, in a way. There are tons of blogs out there, far more than you’ll ever be able to follow. Some are just starting up, some are established and running well, and some are dying.
As I built my place in this virtual community, I discovered how such a small world it really is. If you pay close attention to who “likes” who and to the comments left in other people’s blogs, you’ll see it too.
I don’t share too much personal information in The Cove. But sometimes, I do connect with other bloggers, in private, and allow them to see a little more of me. I wasn’t exactly carefull, in my early blogging times, and it bit me in the a**. I learnt the hard way that although this cyber-community is mostly awesome, it can also bring its share of worries.
Online or offline, some people like to gossip and give out information, not always with bad intentions. But the other people they talk to, aren’t necessarly people I like, or people who like me. And that can lead to awkward, if not just horrible situations.
My point here? (yeah, I know… I said “short and sweet”… Dang me!)
The greatest lesson Mom and Dad taught me at an early age, is to do to others as I would like to be treated myself. I don’t say I master that, just yet, but I try really hard to apply it to all my interactions with people. And that means that anything you tell me in private, and any information you share with me (your thoughts, feelings, adress or phone number, for an example) is safe.
I wouldn’t want you to turn to one of your blogger-friends and tell them what we’ve been talking about, and I won’t do it either! Someone I like and trust, might be someone you have conflicts with, and I will NEVER take the chance to put someone in a bad situation, by releasing information about their life!
I already have the home adresses of a number of bloggers. As you might know, I love to send little gifts, cards or letters around the world. But I’d NEVER use this information for any other purpose, or give it out, unless your life was in immediate danger.
Sensible information you wouldn’t share publicly in your blog will stay between us, unless you agree or ask that I talk about it.
That is a promise!