Blogging - Too Much Truth Can Be Harmful

August 7, 2007 – 7:03 am

by Darren

Every Tom, Dick, and Harry has a blog these days. But now some folks that are being a bit too candid, are finding themselves in trouble. In particular, a number of athletes have drawn criticism for comments they made in their blogs.

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas drew the ire of NBA officials after blogging about $10 bets he made with fans during a game.

NBA officials fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for criticizing referees on his blog. And NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was left defending his mother, Wilma, after she wrote that it was “bittersweet” to watch backup Jeff Garcia succeed in leading the Philadelphia Eagles while her son recouped from an injury.

“There’s a fine line between being candid and getting yourself in trouble, and it depends a lot on what your image is,” said Nancy Baym, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas.

Of course, others feel that the opposite is true, and you just can’t be too genuine when it comes to blogging, because blogs are a medium that help your personality shine through. Personally, I think it all really depends on the subject matter.

How do you feel about “being yourself” in your blog? Is it a “must” or should some people try and cover up their quirks and opinions?

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