Have you ever Googled your own name?
For anyone who has blogged for any length of time, you’ll likely find dozens of pages which link to your blog posts or comments you left on other blogs.
You can also find if someone referred to you or a blog post, but didn’t provide a link.
I recently Googled my name and found the usual entries – blog posts and comments I have left online.
However, one entry stood out.
It was for a research paper a student from Penn State University (PSU) had done on the topic of introverts.
He said, in part,
I find insatiable interest in the introverted personality style particularly as it relates to learning and the impact that blogging can make on aiding academic performance when used in the classroom. According to Swafford (2009),* there are about 11 characteristics of the introverted personality type that lends itself well to blogging:
He then listed the examples I included in the blog post, Are Introverts Better Bloggers?
Knowing I had done my homework for that post, I wasn’t concerned, but it reminded me, what we share on our blogs is often deemed as “accurate”.
Lets’ face it; if something is published online, many will assume it’s true. Many will repeat what they read.
Thankfully I’ve always tried to blog both accurately and responsibly, but can you imagine my embarrassment if I hadn’t?
How about you?
When you hit the publish button, do you realize what you’re sharing in your blog post(s) could be used as reference material?
Does it, or will it make a difference in how you blog?
Care to share?
*emphasis added for the purpose of this post