During my Q&A in my capstone presentation I was given a piece of feedback that is still sticking to me, like flypaper.
“It would be nice if you incorporated more stories in your website like the ones you just shared with us.”
This wasn’t the 1st time this was suggested to me, so I responded appropriately (or what I felt was) inside I was like this:
I understand stories need to be told but if they don’t belong to you, you have little, if no right, to tell them.
Although I read it all the time, it makes me uncomfortable when stories are told about someone, a child, sibling, spouse, etc is being told without their consent. I wonder what they would think if they knew?
Mostly I wonder what a child will think about their parent telling everyone about their lives before they ever knew what they were doing.
I understand that stories need to be told, I won’t be a writer if I didn’t, but where’s the line?
I feel like anyone with a keyboard can call themselves a writer these days.
It sounds great, but what’s the real price tag?
At what point does sharing information become exploitation?
There’s an argument that true journalism is dead. I wonder if blogging has contributed to this. These days it seems like everyone has an agenda, meaning impartiality is gone.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t tell stories. What I’m saying is that you should tell your story, especially when it comes to blogging. A child, for example, is under your care but when they grow up they’ll have to handle what you’ve said about them, because if it’s on the internet it’s quite possible that it won’t go away.
Tell the stories that you have full ownership of, yours.