Hey, dudes, sorry for my lack of postage lately. Still working hard on Leviathan, which passed 40,000 words this week. More than halfway there!
Justine and I are headed to the mountains this week, for my niece’s graduation and a short writing holiday. Have a fun long weekend (and beginning of summer).
In the meantime, there’s an article in the NY Times this weekend that seems to come right from the world of Extras. It’s a memoir by a young blogger about being briefly internet-famous, being slammed, having your life over-exposed, and ultimately falling apart.
It’s pretty long, and not happy-making. But it’s also incredibly interesting. You can read it here.
Many of the zillions of (often nasty) commenters point out that the best cure for over-exposure might not be further self-disclosure in the NY Times. But there’s something slightly hollow about that argument. There are different kinds of writing about yourself, after all. Long-form essays in a newspaper aren’t really the same as posting every minute on a gossip blog. In any case, the article has a lot of interesting things to say about the risks of celebrity, and of putting too much of yourself online.
So what about you guys? Have you ever blogged something you shouldn’t have? Or has a friend ever broken a trust, revealing something private about you online?
In short: has the internet ever come back to bite you?