Just saying... Well, what am I saying exactly? I'm saying this: isn't it slightly terrifying that you would publish writing on a topic that is important in your life and everyone can see it and copy and paste to their hearts' desire?
"Get out of bed, experience life and if you want to blog, but it terrifies you, realise that while these fears might be valid, the experience of having a blog might be worth more than the terror of being misquoted."
For me it is.
Why? Well here are 2 reasons off the top of my head.
1. Once it's published, it's difficult to take it back.
Much like Twitter, blogging has the potential to attract global readers, and although you can delete a post if you aren't happy with it, the truth still stands that it was on the Internet, for anyone to behold, for a duration of time. It's possible for someone to read your article, take offense, and link it to you. Now, I know this screams paranoia and I probably am a bit paranoid.
The Good News: If you haven't said anything offensive, and think before you post, you probably don't have anything to worry about - unless you're a bit like me and tend to worry anyway.
2. Copy right or copy wrong, it still happens.
It's unfortunate but it's true. Words are cheap sometimes, and some people view them as a free for all on the internet. They are either thieves and liars, taking those words and pretending that they wrote them, ignorant, or just uneducated about ownership and copyright, in which case, a conversation could clear up any infringements.
Having said all this, I would still encourage one to go down the blogging path, even with these things in mind. So, blogging can be scary? Yes, I know I'm the one that said so, but there's a good end to this daunting story.
Life is scary. Getting out of bed in the morning can be seen as scary, but nobody ever got anywhere by sleeping all day. Get out of bed, experience life and if you want to blog, but it terrifies you, realise that while these fears might be valid, the experience of having a blog might be worth more than the terror of being misquoted.
Still this is not the final conclusion and should not be taken as blogging advice. What about you, blog visitors? Are you afraid of blogging? How valid do you think this fear is and what are some of your blogging pro's and con's?