How many have you shelved?

One of the important things I’ve learned about blogging is that if your subject is even the slightest bit controversial, hit “save”, walk away for a little while, and then see if you still want to publish.

Sure this form of self-censorship might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I find that often just writing the blog post helps me “work out the demons” of where my thoughts are, and it may actually be even a bit therapeutic.

Of course, the big loser with these unpublished gems is you, my loyal, if not entirely sane reader. I’ve robbed you of insight and enlightenment, and for that I’m eternally sorry.

Some of the great posts that are still sitting as draft in WordPress are jewels like:

  • CBC – All that money, and Blue is still dead.
  • Why I hate podcasting
  • The Chris Brogan incident – I was drunk and he is kinda hot.
  • Pictures of you farting drunk on facebook do not make you an expert on social media

and a few more….

Over time , some of these posts eventually end up posted when I realize that they a- aren’t really that offensive, or b- yes, they really are and I mean it. Sometimes, I just delete them, knowing that they made me feel better, and no one need find out.

What’s your form of self-censorship? Do you lay it all out there for everyone to see, or does your “inner voice” know better and keep you out of trouble?

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  1. Whitney says:

    Sometimes you want to air demons for more input, sometimes you want to keep them quiet.

    I’ve been having a great discussion with a good friend about self-organizing communities, and how this is not an oxymoron. You can have organization and community together; Isn’t the definition of community a group of people of like mind getting together to do stuff? This means someone usually has to pick a dat and time to meet, something to do, etc. And that rallies community, it doesn’t detroy it.
    the tension comes in about when does the organization become oppressive and hurt community? And I don’t know the answer to this, but I do love the conversation and the debate.

  2. Nico says:

    Now I’m curious about your second and fourth drafts. The one about Brogan on the other hand… well, I guess what happens in Podcamp stays in Podcamp. And thank god for that!

  3. katherine says:

    Shoot, now I’m thinking I *really* want to go to Podcamp Boston to see how the story plays out 🙂

    I’m very big into self-censorship when I blog (and also when I podcast). I mull everything over before I write, and I never write anything I don’t want family to stumble upon.

    If I’m ever unsure about something, I let Rob read it and get his input.

    I rarely rant on-line, but my friends know I’m perfectly capable of it in person. I’m wary, though, that a rant on-line will be misinterpreted, and I don’t like the thought of unintentially hurting someone’s feelings.

    However, I’m mulling over a rant on an upcoming podcast. My inner censor is suggesting that I need to be careful, but part of me needs to get it out of my system. I’ve talked it over with a very good friend who thinks it’s high time I raised the subject. It scares me to think what the reaction might be, but I know he’s right.

    Ultimately, though, I’m glad the censor is there to keep me out of trouble (most of the time).

  4. You tell that drunk story, Goyetche, and we’re going to have to throw down! : ) I told you that I just slipped.

  5. timlight says:

    hey Bob, nice idea on self-censorship. btw, thanks for visiting my site ^^

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