How Do You Know When A Blog Entry Is The Truth?
I've been thinking about this a lot over the weekend. Okay, maybe not a lot but some at least. There are a kajillion blogs out there, and I think most people read them as "true".
I personally started blogging to keep myself honest and accountable in my writing. But I swear the more I read blogs, the more I come across the occasional entry that strikes me as what you could politely call "embellished." I know a lot of writers do this because the lives in our heads are more interesting than the lives we live on the ground. And I KNOW that everyone out there has thought of a wittier comeback to the rude sister-in-law/waiter/coworker than the one they actually said outloud. Blogs are nice place to type out the witty comebacks you missed giving the first time around.
There are times I'm tempted to embellish to make a better story on my blog. I'm sure those of you who've been bored to tears by the "gosh I'm sick" entries of the last couple days would love it if I would craft something wonderful to read. But I just can't. I have to tell it like it is. Or at least how I perceive it is anyway.
I guess if you want to invent stories to make your blog a more interesting place, that's fine. But what gets me when people do that is they know that blog readers come to a blog initially because it was titillating, but stay because they come to like the author and the author's take on things.
So when you have someone who makes up stories on their blog and puts the stories out there as truth I guess I kinda feel like that violates the spirit of community in the blog world. What's even worse is when the lying blogauthor then turns around and says "hah! It was all a trick. I fooled you dumb people." Worse yet than that is when the lying blog author goes further. "I fooled you dumb people in order to prove a point to the smarter people I know. We're all watching you and laughing at how naive/dumb/trusting you are."
Of course, I have no idea what got me started thinking about this. Not at all.