Be Wary of Befriending Bloggers


The State of the Blogosphere
According to Technorati data published last year, there are over 112 million blogs out there, growing at a rate of 175,000 per day. That's about one blog for every two adult Americans.

Every second of every day, 18 blog posts are uploaded. That's over 1.6 million posts daily.

This may have happened to you, even if you didn't know it was happening.

You're at cocktail party, or in Starbucks, or standing in line at the DMV. You begin a dialogue with a friend or strike up a conversation with a stranger. Suddenly his or her eyes get that thousand-yard stare. The gears are turning within.

What's going on here?

He or she may have just started mentally composing their next blogpost. Something you said just inspired a 200 word essay which, within the next 24 hours, will be accessible to six and a half billion people on the planet yet read by not a single one of them.

You've just been blog-whacked.

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How should you react?

Should you feel proud that your ideas or actions are so noteworthy that they should be shared with the world?

Or should you feel a sense of outrage and trespass that somehow a moment you thought was private and personal has been captured and exposed by the blogorati and the twitterazzi?

What used to be private is now public and, to some extent, vice versa.
If you're really concerned about being blog-whacked, do what politicians have been doing for years. Preface conversations with known bloggers with the this-is-off-the-record phrase.

Of course, that didn't work for President Obama when he commented on Kanye West.