Chilling effect of the future audience
A few months ago I started using an RSS reader to help read a lot more blogs (and sites) than I had been regularly reading. Reading all these blogs has in some part exacerbated the itch I have to write things and post them to the Internet where, presumably, nobody will read them. Or will they? The future audience weighs heavily on me when I’m writing things to post to the Internet. I assume virtually everything I post to the Internet could eventually be read by anyone I know now or may know in the future. I am fortunate that I went through the most pronounced part of my angry, stupid new Internet teenager phase in a forum with less robust archiving than Usenet.
It should matter less to me but it’s hard to post something that says anything at all when all I can think of is how will this seem years from now to people I don’t even know yet.