Heather and Jon Armstrong made a divorce announcement yesterday on the heels of their separation announcement last spring. The identical posts on their blogs, Dooce and Blurbomat, both had comments closed, and both clearly outlined how they hoped their news would be treated by their readers.
Mark Twain asked for 100 years to pass to have his autobiography published in what he hoped would be a more open-minded era (he had unpopular feelings about events of the time). But a stronger reason may have been this: Even if he was telling the absolute truth, with no fish stories that could be challenged by his peers, Twain may have felt uncomfortable being his true self and speaking openly about people who had a chance to read about themselves in print.
It's an idea that bloggers know all too well. You start writing for yourself, and within a few posts, you realize that your story is also tied to many other people. Some of those people will be excited to see themselves described through a blogger's eyes (especially when it's a good story), but more than one blogger has seen the negative consequences of writing about other people.
Hot on the heels of her quadruple-win at the 2008 Weblog Awards, I am pleased to announce that Heather Armstrong (aka Dooce) is returning to BlogHer '08 this July in San Francisco.
Heather was part of the very first BlogHer "Naked" session at the inaugural conference in 2005, and spoke about the ups, downs and late nights of monetizing your blog in 2006.