The Language Barrier

I got in trouble over the weekend for swearing on Facebook. It wasn’t from the fine folks at Facebook, they’re pretty cool about that stuff, and this isn’t another one of those horrid discussions about why swearing is vilified in crime fiction while horrible violence is not, rather it was from my mom and sister. This got me thinking about how conflicted I am over my online presence.

For a long time there, I was the only person in real life I knew who was online with any sort of regular presence. The only people I knew who blogged were other people I had met online. And then it all started to unravel when my mom started reading my blog. Other than cutting out most of the swearing though, I don’t think the content of my blog changed all that much. After I came back from my two month hiatus, my mom didn’t know my blog was back but I kept the content pretty much the same.

What this really reminds me of is that episode of Seinfeld where George feels like his two worlds are colliding and it makes him very uncomfortable. I’ve always been a very compartmentalized person and kind of like it that way. I have church friends, online friends, writing friends, family, real life friends, etc. It’s not that I’m a totally different person in each group, but they all tackle different sides of my personality and I don’t like all of that mixing. I don’t have the brain capacity to handle it.

There’s also the very toddler-like fact that I don’t like these new technology up and comers to be playing in the sandbox that I was in way before they were, I’m one of those people that will stop doing something or stop going somewhere if it becomes too trendy. But I don’t think that’s going to happen with Facebook or blogging so I have to figure out how to cope with it all. There are certainly good things to come from it. And as my writing career progresses it was bound to happen for all of this to start blending together, but it’s still a bit weird. I also realize that there were many people who were using both of these things loooooooooong before I came along so I should probably shut up.

But what I really want to know is how you all feel. Do you find your real life intruding on your online life or vice versa?