Sep 12 2007

When Not to Blog

Published by at 1:25 pm under blogging

When angry


When tired


When disillusioned


When sick


When depressed


When drunk


With PMT


I am guilty of ….. (take your pick from the above).

I’ll learn to:-


And to anyone I may have offended:-


27 responses so far

27 Responses to “When Not to Blog”

  1. Dana Wallerton 12 Sep 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Definitely good suggestions…although, show me a blogger who isn’t tired and I’ll be amazed :)

  2. Christine Parfitton 12 Sep 2007 at 2:39 pm

    I love these pics :-)

    There are some good reasons why I always read your blog so don’t restrict yourself too much. Hope you’re feeling ok : )

  3. Megon 12 Sep 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Dana

    Yes good point – I guess I meant REALLY tired (like not thinking straight).

  4. Bryceon 12 Sep 2007 at 4:14 pm

    On a side note, I like those emoticons.

  5. Megon 12 Sep 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Christine & Bryce

    They are cute. Standard Microsoft issue clipart. Hope I’m not infringing copyright…

    & Christine – thanks :)

  6. Johon 12 Sep 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Meg,

    At our workplace, sometimes the leadership puts out these blanket criticisms. They will say something like “We must attend to our tardiness, I notice some teachers are arriving late to class”. Everyone feels like it must be them because we are all late on occasion. Sometimes people will even feel cranky about being told that, when it is not even them who it is ‘directed’ at. I have no idea who it is directed at here or there. It’s always good to reflect on my behaviour and act in response to that opportunity. I appreciate it.
    It is difficult to be nice when giving negative feedback. Good on you for trying. No need to make excuses.


  7. Miscellaneous Mum (Karen)on 12 Sep 2007 at 7:09 pm

    If I can’t blog then – when can I? 😉

  8. Megon 12 Sep 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks Joh :)

    I think there are ways to be more subtle without looking like a “blog snob” and an “almighty righteous bloggeress who does no wrong”. And probably a lot has to do with mood.

    Hopefully you guys see past the occasional snark.

    Karen LOL 😀 thanks! You probably have much better control of your tone, hence can blog anytime. This was more a pictorial reminder to myself 😉

  9. Andrew Boydon 12 Sep 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Meg,

    we know, and we love you all the same :)

    One of those people who shall not be named says that it never hurts to be controversial every now and then. For myself, I think it’s OK to be snarky sometimes.

    Best regards, Andrew

  10. Megon 12 Sep 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks Andrew, it means a lot :)

  11. Ottavioon 12 Sep 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Whew! I’ve blogged till 2AM. Not good I know.

    Oh, and when taking ellicit substances…

    Was someone offended?

  12. Martin Neumannon 12 Sep 2007 at 9:22 pm

    I’ll put my hand up to posting on all those occasions – ‘cept the PMT one! :-)

    Now I’m out of the loop here a bit – but what’s with this offended/sorry bit? Have I missed something? (seriously)

  13. Megon 12 Sep 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Ottavio – yep that’d be one to add (but I can’t put my hand up for that one)

    Martin – seriously glad you hear you skipped #7 😉

    It’s in the comments:

  14. Martin Neumannon 13 Sep 2007 at 1:25 am

    AY, the snarky post. I’ve snarked and dueled with the best of them (those were the days…).

    I found that a good snark post is okay if done in moderation and especially if it’s something you’re passionate about.

    Heck, I’ve gotten into some pretty vicious blog flare-ups in my time (usually as the instigator) but it’s always because of something I believe in.

    We all got opinions – hence why we read your blog. I’d rather read your thoughts on what you hate about a certain blog (or blogging in general) than you become some robotic meta blogger.

    Now Miss Blog Snob – I need to know the blog in question – just because I’m a curious beast (email me – off the record).

  15. Andyon 13 Sep 2007 at 8:37 am

    Classic – agree with you and like the post! I will be bookmarking your blog!


  16. Suzie Cheelon 13 Sep 2007 at 8:51 am

    I love this post, was great for a morning laugh and i am sure many of us can relate to what you are saying. love the imagery

  17. Megon 13 Sep 2007 at 11:46 am

    Martin – you mean “blogs” 😉

    Andy – thanks, nice to see you.

    Suzie – glad you got a chuckle.

  18. Cameron Reillyon 13 Sep 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Bullshit Meg! These are the time when you SHOULD ABSOLUTELY BLOG!

    Next you’ll be asking us for three confirmed and independent sources to verify our statements before we blog.

    I want blog posts to be snarky, grumpy, irritable, depressing and disillusioned. You know why? Because I am often all of these things. That’s life. And blog posts should reflect real life.

    IMHO of course. :-)

    BTW, the same applies to podcasts!


    Cameron Reilly
    CEO, The Podcast Network ( &
    Host of Australia’s #1 podcast G’Day World (
    TPN is Australia’s largest independent media company. We were proud to be named one of the ECONTENT 100 (2006) – EContent Magazine’s list of the most influential digital content companies in the world ( and B&T Magazine’s Biggest Players of Australia’s Digital Age.

  19. Megon 13 Sep 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Sheesh Cam – Sure you didn’t miss anything in that signature blog? 😉

    Thanks for the reinforcement mate.

  20. Megon 13 Sep 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Oops – meant “signature block”, but it almost fits….

  21. Stilgherrianon 13 Sep 2007 at 5:07 pm

    You know, I’m kinda with Cameron on this one. Writing when you’re angry or disillusioned or whatever (with PMT? can’t say from personal experience) means you’re likely to let your passions loose — and therefore write what you actually feel rather than what you think is “appropriate”. Self-censorship can drain all the impact out of a story.

    My colleague Zern Liew says he loves it when I write my angry rants, because I tend to write more directly, with more force.

    Two recent-ish examples were Scaring the shit out of clients and This had better be good, Kevin!

  22. Fat Bastardon 15 Sep 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Cam

    You forgot to add “World’s Best Podcaster” and “Official Vatican Podcast Site” to your credits.

  23. beta mumon 20 Sep 2007 at 5:16 am

    I think drunk can be OK – but definitely not depressed.

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