Here are some words of wisdom from Tattoo Mom/Umah/Mama/Mather/Mama/Mum/Mam.
I hate blogs.
They are generally filled with useless drivel that is a pure waste of time to read and write. They are also public and very permanent. That means that once you post it, it’s up there, baby, for the world to see forever. Don’t think that you can retract something, or chalk it up to a youthful indiscretion. You have to live with it the rest of your life.
Don’t write anything in a blog that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read. Or your teachers or future employers. Or your parents. Believe me, one day, it will come back to you.
I think blogs could also be used by Internet creeps who prey on kids who offer up too much information about themselves, their lives and their schedules. You might think I’m an over-protective mother, and I am, but I’m also right about this.
It is true that the Internet world is wonderful, but there are also dangers.
I also hate blogs because they are trying to pass themselves off as media, which in some sense I guess they are. Lousy, stinking, unreliable, one-sided and biased, kind of like Rush Limbaugh. Come to think of it, he’s one giant blog.
But seriously, I think they make it even harder for credible sources of information and news, like The Tattoo, to get and keep readers because so many people don’t know what to believe, or how to separate fact from fiction on the web.
Besides all that, I hate the blogs that you all write because any time you spend writing drivel in a stupid blog is time you don’t have for quality work for The Tattoo, for rubbing your puppy’s tummy or just sitting under a tree and thinking.
It robs you of a chance to grow and develop as writers because you’re not getting any guidance whatsoever, just feedback from friends.
Mostly, I worry about your vulnerability when you post your lives on the worldwide web without anyone watching out for you, like we try so hard to do. (Sometimes we have to protect you from yourselves.)
So why did I allow a Tattoo blog? Well, it wasn’t my idea. (If it turns out great, I will later claim it was!)
But I agree with Steve that we have to try to stay on the cutting edge and all that rot.
For the record, though, Steve hates blogs as much as I do, and for the same reasons.