Tim Bray: It’s Not Dangerous
Crossing the street is dangerous. Stepping into a bathtub is dangerous. But both are worthwhile. As is blogging — for many folks.
Blogging is putting a portion of your life into a fishbowl. At times, you may find that you will be treated as an authority on a number of things that you are only peripherally involved with (e.g., v265 phones). In return, any imperfections you may have will be blown way out of proportion.
Example: if you are prone to taking images associated with companies that you work with and inserting them into contexts such as a Nazi soldier’s hat or a dead soldier’s blood — well, then you certainly will get noticed. Particularly if your boss’s mom is a holocaust survivor.
Unless you are both a masochist and independently wealthy, I have two pieces of advice:
Beyond that, have fun. Take comfort in the fact that the mortality rate associated with bathtubs is higher than the mortality rate associated with blogging — for the moment at least.