While reading the article, "Response to Five Tips for Smarter Social Networking," I was immediately battling some serious internal conflict. I mean, truly, what does it mean to be a social networking member and a friendly neighbor? The article explains that people should be willing to be somewhat transparent, meshing their personal lives with their professional ones, an opportunity to "break down the walls."
The problem, however, is that those walls are necessary but to what extent? I just had a conversation with a colleague and we were discussing the tendency of perception skewing and even misinterpreting any blog's intentions. As a current English teacher and an ex-journalism teacher of 9 years, my stomach flip-flops when I think about all the news articles that had the best intentions, but ended with the worst results. That's my fear with blogs, but what's worse is it's about me regardless of how personal or impersonal it is.
At the same time I recognize the important of building trust and letting people in a little bit at a time. I mean, jeeze, that's what we do with our students. But what's more important is finding that balance and in order to find balance, you've got to take risks. It's quite a conundrum and I'm just in the beginning phases of figuring out, which explains why I didn't ever blog until Josh (@josh_allen, my instructor, forced me to. :)