Don’t be a blogger.

You should really be careful what you post online.

In some ways it’s worked out for me. Two Canadian Blogging Awards later (2012, 2013, for political blogging no less), a lot of good work encouraging people to get involved in their democracy, and more, it has had its positive moments. I also now type this from our nation’s capital, and one piece of the puzzle that put me here was my writing.

However, in other ways it hasn’t been in my best interest.

If you’re a young politico or a blogger-to-be, take heed.

Reading over posts from years ago – when I first began in 2004 when I was fourteen – I simply have to shake my head. It’s not only grammar, pacing, and tone. I also missed a lot: most of my analysis was trite and simple.

And I’m not sure if I’m much better now.

But if I didn’t share it online it wouldn’t be following me a decade and a half later. In fact, I’ll probably be reading this sentence in a decade. People grow and their opinions change – as they should. And, really, as they must.

What we’ve done with our internet is create a place where opinions are forever fixed, our newsfeeds are continually made smaller, and where we replace actual human-to-human interaction with that of a bubble. It’s an unhealthy state of affairs.

What we put on the internet is forever, and it follows you.

In every interview I’ve been in my blog has come up – it has impacted my career path and definitely closed doors. And, outside of work and being civically engaged, it creates a legacy in written form forever.

People remember when you’ve been unkind or unfair. And they remember when you’ve supported them and worked with them to achieve great things. My advice? Do more of the latter than the former. Go to the doors, listen to people, and support the good folks that get it.

And, even if they’re not watching right now, they may be very soon. So when you hit that send button on that email, upload, or submission, take a moment and think. You may just regret it.

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