What do you do when you can’t blog?

You SUFFER.

Heh.  Perhaps that’s a bit strong?  Probably.  But still.

I have lots on my mind.  But I just can’t blog about it.  It’s stuff I just can’t safely release into the wilds of the interwebs with a clear conscience.  Believe me, I would if I could.  I even have a couple draft posts just sitting there, mocking me. 

I read them, and they say “Come on, what’s the worst that could happen?”

“Oh, it could be bad.  It could be very, very bad”, I answer.

But they continue to sit there, smirking.  Taunting me.  And I know that if I hit that “Publish” button, I would feel a moment of release, of accepting my fate, of peace. 

And it would last all of, oh, two seconds.

Because then the internal recriminations would begin, and the repurcussions…  Like a huge tsunami breaking over a sunny remote beach.  There you are, all happy happy joy joy, at peace with the world; next you’re pulling seaweed out of your teeth, getting knocked in the head with rocks and shells,  fish are bitch slapping you in the face with their tail, and you’re treading water like a banshee:

“Oh, crap.  You really, really shouldn’t have done that.  All hell is gonna break loose.  You knew that, why the f*ck did you publish that?!”  Etc, etc, etc.

And when the repurcussions of my little post start to hit (and they will.  Trust me, they will.):

“Told you you should’nt have published that.  Dumbass.”

Mind you, taken alone, those posts are pretty innocuous.  Like a little pebble.

A tiny little pebble, that when tossed in a lake, goes KAPOW, because what you didn’t realize is that tiny, innocent little pebble was coated with nitroglycerin.  Oops.

The last time I was in a position like this, I hit publish.

This time…I think I’ll close the browser.  But right after I publish this post…

Comments

  1. Ceci says:

    Ugh! I tend to USUALLY not think and just post… and then it bites me later. Sometimes I get cryptic about… and sometimes I pull one of these and ask the internet why I shouldn’t just burn bridges, but refrain but discussing the issue.

    It’s tough! Sounds like you need to rant!
    Call a friend and get a martini and bitch. *rips off prescription from pad * That’s what this doctor orders!

    _c_

  2. Morgan says:

    Thanks Doc! That’s exactly what I should do.

  3. John Metta says:

    I was thinking about this last night, because I have the same problem. My thought: Publish it. There’s a certain feeling when you publish it, that’s not there when it’s just a draft- I can’t really explain it, but I imagine you know what I mean.

    The thing is, WordPress has that cute little list of radio buttons next to the publish button that says “Visibility.” Mark it private, or password protected. That way you get to publish it, you get the feeling of having it leave your drafts folder, but those consequences are not going to haunt you.

    There are a number of plugins that you can use also, to protect individual posts, or entire categories. I was researching this yesterday when I read your post. Disclose Secret is one such plugin, and the page is flush with text and a description/list of other similar plugins. Here’s a nice, short URL:

    http://theurlshortener.grmfwklsnaxp.com/25 ;)

    I’m looking into some of them and would be interested in your thoughts if you happen to go this route.

  4. Morgan says:

    Ah, the private option. I forgot about that, which is strange, considering I have used it; I have about 6 posts for my eyes only. Silly me. Thanks for the reminder! Now I’m off to comment on your latest blog post…interesting perspective, John.

    short URL. Ha. ;) I say, GRMFWKLSNAXP!!!