This post started out as something very different … many months ago. In fact, the original post still sits in my ‘draft’ list … but will never be posted.
Most of those who know me well understand that I have a lot of opinions (who doesn’t) … and I’m sometimes not afraid to express them.
The original blog post started out as a discussion of religion, politics, and how my views differed drastically from those of my co-workers, friends, and colleagues in the IBM i industry.
But, as I started to write the post (which, I might add, had an incredibly clever title that Ginny helped me come up with), I realized that the content of the post would probably offend a lot of people that I have to work with on a day to day basis, and others that I interact with quite frequently.
What is said on the internet, stays on the internet … forever
– Unknown (but I doubt I came up with it)
When people read the post, some would agree with me 100%, others would immediately identify themselves in it, and probably get annoyed with me (if not down right angry at me).
So I was faced with a dilemma … publish the post and risk getting people annoyed at me … or quash it and blog about less inflammatory topics.
I decided to go the safe (and/or easy) route … the post is still sitting in the ‘drafts’ section of WordPress … and will probably be deleted (although not before being copied to a text file).
Some might call me a coward … but I don’t blog behind a curtain of anonymity. So I would have to deal with the consequences of the post. And calling people stupid or weak minded is not the best way to maintain a good working relationship.
My rule of thumb: Whenever you publish to the internet … assume everyone and anyone will see it forever.