That aside, I like reading some blogs here and sometimes enjoy the Ne free flowing design-- although, I mostly become irritated due to the lack of structure and for the want to focus or filter through (esp. after so much derailing..). I could never stay for long. Too much happens too fast or I get Si-lost trying to read b/c I want to read it all so I can know WTHs going on. Everyone is invited too...which can be a positive thing but I'd think blog owners (and people who post within the blog) will reserve themselves more so than if they had a semi/private online journal. I have a semi/private LJ with only a few people entitled to read it unless I leave posts open to everyone-- and I don't. Often times I make private posts that my friends can't read too. Or I can custom group my friends so that only one or certain groups or individuals can read entries I allow them too. I am a Goddess!
Even bloggers here whose blogs have more structure, like Jennifer's, can't control how people respond. People can derail at any time. It might be currently that there's a traditional style with occasional input or strictly on the blogger's post but that can change if others come and make a mess. There's no real control (unless you're a mod. Oh right, Jen! But you still have to clean up! Ah! I'm recalling that accident, sorry... lol) We can only rely that people will respect the pace or type of posts that a person sets with their blog.Originally Posted by nightning
I'd think it can be a pretend privacy for some and for others it can feel like complete privacy just because people they know in RL don't know about it. But as I said above, I think most people will likely reserve themselves because there's no restriction to who can read. Show off? Eh, I guess. People have differing reasons for having blogs and maybe the other people who post within blogs are the one's showing off (or are too). To display their concern or their curiousity or to play around but not necessarily just to show it off (or not always).Originally Posted by Geoff
There's also a difference if people only know each other OL or in RL too (or have the ability of meeting in RL). So, depending on how close people are, the privacy can be very real within private OL journals as people might be more prone to exposing all, giving names etc. I know for myself, I still remain cryptic with names and certain issues/posts within my LJ too and I know all the people in RL (even when I met people OL in a former LJ, I remained cryptic or even more so). It's more for me, than anyone else. I also use it creatively (and poems/etc are made private or for a few to read) or I make random silly posts for fun which I'm more prone to sharing. I've also noticed that within blogs here I'm more prone to making silly, creative posts and feed from them creatively. And MBTIc blogs are the first kind that I've ever participated in.
Edit: I also use my LJ as OL (extra)storage for copies of writing I have.. ("Paranoid, much?" you wonder. "Why, of course!," I reply, "I will never lose any article or essay or anything ever again, external hardrives or internal or documents printed or games or...Paranoid is a weak word, actually...")Important posts are organised by Memories and then filtered some more according to how I'd title them (and whether people can even see the titles let along read the entries). I also love the customization of it, for layouts or galleries etc whether used or not, and the communities you can join. Though, I don't bother but it's occassionaly nice to read ones of which your Interests match. The choice to join if I want is nice. But I'd prefer to lurk if I care to read as I mostly lurk here too. Eh.