Interesting feature this morning on NPR about an actively blogging grad student who apparently shares a lot of personal information on his blog -- the context of the story is the ongoing discussion about privacy. The student is not at all concerned about sharing some personal data and enjoys the active feedback he gets from readers.
Other side of the fence: story today here about the unintended consequences of showing the world some things that may be better kept private. Like, say, pictures of you snorting cocaine, or a hostile mouthing off. I could actually laugh out loud at some of these people who are outraged that their (public) sites are being seen and -- gasp -- there are consequences for hurtful, or just plain stupid, behavior. It's hard to laugh, though, when you realize their incapacity to understand the concept of consequence.
The discussion on privacy -- in the whole, not just as it relates to blogging -- is very necessary and very healthy. This is a great reminder that, fair or not, it's pretty damn smart to take care with your language and think about what photos you post. Online or offline, public or private, doesn't matter -- give respect and get it back. Treat others like you want to be treated. Have a backbone, yes, and be a stand-up human being, but above all be a human being.