In olden times, weblogs were described as online diaries. Mimi Smartypants, a blogger who started in 1999, still calls her blog a diary. Daily Kos, the group blog founded by Markos Moulitsas in 2002, consists of diaries contributed by guest diarists.
I’m a guest diarist at DKos, where my contributions are listed as pwoodford’s diaries. DKos is phasing in newer terminology, starting to call diaries blogs, but as you can see from the screen grab I took off my DKos profile page this morning, the divorce from diarists and diaries isn’t final.
When I’m on DKos I’m happy to use their terms, but here on my own blog I call myself a blogger. Diaries, to me, are private. Blogs are public, meant to be shared. With anyone. The more the merrier.
Which is why it felt weird to me to change my Facebook and Twitter privacy settings to “friends only” earlier this week. My social media posts, past and present, are now visible only to friends & followers. I have my reasons, which I hope to be able to share soon.
Meanwhile, though, here’s my blog, right here on the internet where anyone can see it. Google me, it’s the ninth link that comes up. Not real sure what I can do about that. As I said, my blog is public, meant to be shared. With anyone. The more the merrier.
Hope I don’t have to eat those words anytime soon.
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