BCC is thrilled to welcome Sunny Smart as our newest guest blogger. If there’s one thing Sunny wants you to know about her it’s that she peed her pants while horseback riding. She was 17 at the time. If there’s anything you should know about horseback riding it’s that urine eats the color right off a saddle. If there’s a social tip Sunny can give you it’s that you shouldn’t pee on someone else’s saddle. Lesson learned.
In light of the recent revelation on BCC Zeitcast 3.9.0 that BCC Permas can look back through all of a commenter’s participation, I have had cause to reflect on my own questionable and embarrassing foray into the blogosphere.
Much like a socially clueless, overexcited sixteen year old on Prom night I came on too strong and was all hands. I didn’t spend enough time courting the blogosphere before I pushed my unsolicited opinions into threads. I assumed a familiarity that didn’t exist. I didn’t understand the rapport, the give and take.
And I was supremely confrontational. I could pick a fight with anyone else self-important enough to take the bait (and there were/are A LOT of those folks). I could turn even the most amiable thread into a really unsexy girl fight. And I did. Again and again. And I loved to be right. Surprisingly, I was not popular on many (Read: any) blogs, got banned from at least one, got the threat from Steve Evans (but I think 98% of us are in that club… it’s no Skull and Bones Society) and was never asked to guest post. Anywhere. Go figure.
After a long (maybe 2 year?) break, I gingerly tested the waters again. This time I headed over to Segullah and decided to use my real name and act like a human being. After gaining some confidence in my new blogoquette I ventured elsewhere. Of course I still say stupid things. At times I think I have really awesome things to say, then recoil about a nanosecond after I hit “comment” (Where’s the “undo” button?). But I suppose that’s just part of the learning curve. For the most part, I’m simply enjoying the dialogue. I generally don’t take myself, or anyone else for that matter, too seriously anymore. I feel like I’ve grown up a little (She says while watching an old Homestar Runner).
So I’m curious, how has your participation in the blogosphere changed? Was there a defining moment that invited you to quit acting like an idiot, or was it a slow process? Or, to make the game more interesting, whom have you seen change? Whose participation as a commenter do you miss? Are there any blogoquette rules you wished you’d known early on or would like to pass on to others?