Just how much SHOULD be online?

This particular topic is the cause for frequent arguments in my household. With the seemingly omnipresence of the Internet – everyone is online, often living out a completely separate life via social networking sites such as MySpace, LinkedIN, Twitter and Facebook.

At the same time identity theft is on the rise, as well as other online threats. Which leads me to my question….just how much should be online?

I did a post a while back about living a transparent life. While I still agree that networking and having an online identity is good and even necessary in some cases, I am beginning to see the merits of the argument for the opposite side.

Just to stop and to clarify, I am on the borderline between Gen X and Gen Y and have a very active online life. And although I came into the game a little later than many of my Brazen pals. I readily admit that I am addicted to email, blog on a regular basis and really enjoy catching up with pals on Facebook.

However, I have also been the victim of a selfish, unprofessional and slightly vindictive reporter, so I am also aware of the dangers of having too much information available for the world to see.
So how much is too much?

I do not publish under a false name or identity as some bloggers do. I am proud of what I write and what I am contributing to society. Lately though, I have begun to wonder about the world that exists outside my online community, which of course includes my family, my job and life.

There are some things the world maybe does not need to know about. For starters, having too much personal information regarding your family, particularly your children, is never a good idea. As paranoid as it may sound, we live in a different world than our parents did and kids are no longer immune from from media hounds looking for a story, or predators for that matter. And I don’t just mean children of celebrities. It seems that just about anyone can become a person of interest in this day and age and if you have kids, they are considered fair game for that person trying to dig up information on you. So it would seem, that keeping them offline entirely is probably a good idea.

Something else to consider, personal, financial and employment information. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but I heard recently about a fellow blogger who was duped (incredibly so, because she is a very intelligent person) by someone claiming to want to help her with her blog. She had posted information about what she did for a living and even what the salary ranges are for her particular occupation. I will respect her privacy and not go into more detail, but I realize that the only reason she was tricked was because of the extent of the information that the online predator had about her. (collected from Facebook, her blog and LinkedIn) Curious I did a google search on myself and was somewhat surprised about the amount of information out there. I can honestly say that maybe I have been a little too lax in allowing my personal identity to be broadcast to the world.

I often wonder at times just who is reading my blog and am beginning to think that maybe having an online life is not always the greatest thing. I mean, should I worry about mentioning my professor, or my boss? Are they reading and will they seek retribution? Am I worried for nothing?

I enjoy blogging but have been told that I sometimes cross the line with my posts.

I want to continue doing what it is I do, which hopefully is reaching out to other bloggers, PR students, writers, and anyone really who is on the same wave-length as me. I do not want to put my children or career at risk however so I have much to contemplate.

Does anyone else experience this dilemma or have I finally let Big Brother get to me? Feel free to share your own experiences, positive or negative. We are all online these days and a part of a larger world than our parents ever could have imagined. Is this good, bad, or nothing new? Maybe I am a little crazy, but without comments I may never know!

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Just how much SHOULD be online?

This particular topic is the cause for frequent arguments in my household. With the seemingly omnipresence of the Internet – everyone is online, often living out a completely separate life via social networking sites such as MySpace, LinkedIN, Twitter and Facebook.

At the same time identity theft is on the rise, as well as other online threats. Which leads me to my question….just how much should be online?

I did a post a while back about living a transparent life. While I still agree that networking and having an online identity is good and even necessary in some cases, I am beginning to see the merits of the argument for the opposite side.

Just to stop and to clarify, I am on the borderline between Gen X and Gen Y and have a very active online life. And although I came into the game a little later than many of my Brazen pals. I readily admit that I am addicted to email, blog on a regular basis and really enjoy catching up with pals on Facebook.

However, I have also been the victim of a selfish, unprofessional and slightly vindictive reporter, so I am also aware of the dangers of having too much information available for the world to see.
So how much is too much?

I do not publish under a false name or identity as some bloggers do. I am proud of what I write and what I am contributing to society. Lately though, I have begun to wonder about the world that exists outside my online community, which of course includes my family, my job and life.

There are some things the world maybe does not need to know about. For starters, having too much personal information regarding your family, particularly your children, is never a good idea. As paranoid as it may sound, we live in a different world than our parents did and kids are no longer immune from from media hounds looking for a story, or predators for that matter. And I don’t just mean children of celebrities. It seems that just about anyone can become a person of interest in this day and age and if you have kids, they are considered fair game for that person trying to dig up information on you. So it would seem, that keeping them offline entirely is probably a good idea.

Something else to consider, personal, financial and employment information. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but I heard recently about a fellow blogger who was duped (incredibly so, because she is a very intelligent person) by someone claiming to want to help her with her blog. She had posted information about what she did for a living and even what the salary ranges are for her particular occupation. I will respect her privacy and not go into more detail, but I realize that the only reason she was tricked was because of the extent of the information that the online predator had about her. (collected from Facebook, her blog and LinkedIn) Curious I did a google search on myself and was somewhat surprised about the amount of information out there. I can honestly say that maybe I have been a little too lax in allowing my personal identity to be broadcast to the world.

I often wonder at times just who is reading my blog and am beginning to think that maybe having an online life is not always the greatest thing. I mean, should I worry about mentioning my professor, or my boss? Are they reading and will they seek retribution? Am I worried for nothing?

I enjoy blogging but have been told that I sometimes cross the line with my posts.

I want to continue doing what it is I do, which hopefully is reaching out to other bloggers, PR students, writers, and anyone really who is on the same wave-length as me. I do not want to put my children or career at risk however so I have much to contemplate.

Does anyone else experience this dilemma or have I finally let Big Brother get to me? Feel free to share your own experiences, positive or negative. We are all online these days and a part of a larger world than our parents ever could have imagined. Is this good, bad, or nothing new? Maybe I am a little crazy, but without comments I may never know!

Presidential Debate – Who was more persuasive? and Does it matter to the general public?


“We will not destroy the planet and are arrogant if we think we will, the Earth will shake us off like a cockroach, which we essentially are….parasites that feed off the available resources without considering the limits of our excess.” – anonymous

I rarely watch television anymore. And apparently, I am not alone. My family has actively forgone the whole cable scam and therefore even with the aluminum covered rabbit ears we really don’t get much other than public broadcasting and the Spanish channel (for reasons unknown to me it is the clearest thing we get…)

However, we were able to pick up a fuzzy CBS tonight and I watched the presidential debates tonight….I am glad I did. Although I have pretty much made up my mind ( I am wearing an Obama T-shirt after all), I really wanted to hear McCain talk about things like health care, abortion and taxation.

I have to say I think that Obama did a better job this evening. He didn’t get nasty although he did get a few well placed shots in. I honestly felt that McCain skirted many of the issues presented and spent more time telling us about what was wrong with Obama and his campaign than what he [McCain] actually stood for.

From a PR standpoint, Obama did a better job at appealing to the public and defending his decisions with well documented facts rather than using attack methods. He was calm, collected and did a good job of presenting his point of view on several controversial issues without going so far as to “attack” McCain for his policies.

Maybe I am biased. There are after all many studies that show that we tend to hear only what we want to hear especially if we have in any way made up our minds…however, I think that McCain and Palin are simply not right for this country at this point in time.

I do not agree with all of Obama’s strategies, primarily his support of the “clean coal” initiative which is an absolute farce (in my opinion of course) as well as his sudden flip-flop on off-shore drilling. But overall, I think that despite his having less political experience than McCain, he has more of a disconnect from the “good old boy” network and will do more for the common/average American citizen than McCain.

I will admit that I sometimes wish it had been an Obama-McCain ticket–that would have been awesome.

If they could just work together…well that would have really been an awe-inspiring precedent for future political campaigns.

When it comes down to it, negative ads don’t really do a whole lot as far as influence….but having a real, factual-based argument is what is going to really convince voters. (at least those who are actually intelligent enough to make informed decisions. Unfortunately this country is often run by narrow-minded individuals with limited education who assume that whoever is on TV spouting bible verses is obviously fit to be a leader. You know some countries consider that to be a dictatorship…) Thankfully there are voices of reason out there.

I love living in a country that encourages outlets for free expression, like blogs. I hope that whoever is elected, we will continue to evolve as a democratic society that truly values the voice of the many rather than the limited voices of the elite few.

Want to disagree, or maybe even just agree to disagree? Let me know and keep the information flowing. That is what our country was based on after all.

Presidential Debate – Who was more persuasive? and Does it matter to the general public?


“We will not destroy the planet and are arrogant if we think we will, the Earth will shake us off like a cockroach, which we essentially are….parasites that feed off the available resources without considering the limits of our excess.” – anonymous

I rarely watch television anymore. And apparently, I am not alone. My family has actively forgone the whole cable scam and therefore even with the aluminum covered rabbit ears we really don’t get much other than public broadcasting and the Spanish channel (for reasons unknown to me it is the clearest thing we get…)

However, we were able to pick up a fuzzy CBS tonight and I watched the presidential debates tonight….I am glad I did. Although I have pretty much made up my mind ( I am wearing an Obama T-shirt after all), I really wanted to hear McCain talk about things like health care, abortion and taxation.

I have to say I think that Obama did a better job this evening. He didn’t get nasty although he did get a few well placed shots in. I honestly felt that McCain skirted many of the issues presented and spent more time telling us about what was wrong with Obama and his campaign than what he [McCain] actually stood for.

From a PR standpoint, Obama did a better job at appealing to the public and defending his decisions with well documented facts rather than using attack methods. He was calm, collected and did a good job of presenting his point of view on several controversial issues without going so far as to “attack” McCain for his policies.

Maybe I am biased. There are after all many studies that show that we tend to hear only what we want to hear especially if we have in any way made up our minds…however, I think that McCain and Palin are simply not right for this country at this point in time.

I do not agree with all of Obama’s strategies, primarily his support of the “clean coal” initiative which is an absolute farce (in my opinion of course) as well as his sudden flip-flop on off-shore drilling. But overall, I think that despite his having less political experience than McCain, he has more of a disconnect from the “good old boy” network and will do more for the common/average American citizen than McCain.

I will admit that I sometimes wish it had been an Obama-McCain ticket–that would have been awesome.

If they could just work together…well that would have really been an awe-inspiring precedent for future political campaigns.

When it comes down to it, negative ads don’t really do a whole lot as far as influence….but having a real, factual-based argument is what is going to really convince voters. (at least those who are actually intelligent enough to make informed decisions. Unfortunately this country is often run by narrow-minded individuals with limited education who assume that whoever is on TV spouting bible verses is obviously fit to be a leader. You know some countries consider that to be a dictatorship…) Thankfully there are voices of reason out there.

I love living in a country that encourages outlets for free expression, like blogs. I hope that whoever is elected, we will continue to evolve as a democratic society that truly values the voice of the many rather than the limited voices of the elite few.

Want to disagree, or maybe even just agree to disagree? Let me know and keep the information flowing. That is what our country was based on after all.

Resources for New Bloggers

New to blogging?

Here are a few tips as well as some great posts that provide a ton of need-to-know information for the newbie blogger. Enjoy!

1.The Urban Muse10 tips for new bloggers and 5 terms every blogger should know

2.blogblokeBest blogging practices

3.Brazen Careerist – great site for all Gen Y’ers who are trying to get out there and make a name for themselves through blogging. The founders, Penelope Trunk and Ryan Healy are quick to answer questions and are a wealth of information.

4. TeachingPR (my blogging mentor and a great reference besides!) Always great info for new bloggers that are into all aspects of the PR world.

5.Do a guest post – I recently did one of these for a fellow brazen blogger. They are a great way to get your feet wet as well as a way to write about things that may not necessarily fit within the confines of your particular topic.

Got more?

I’d love to hear ’em. Post a comment and share the wealth!