November 14, 2008

Truth In Blogging

TherapyDoc has a post in which there is a discussion about truth in blogging. Or should I say that she notes that her son said something about bloggers not making stuff up. Now I don't know her or her son and so I cannot speak to whether their comments were tongue in cheek.

However I can say that not every story on my blog is what you'd refer to as non-fiction. Yep, some of these tales are just that tales that have been conceived, constructed and crapped out by your's truly.

What really cracks me up is how many people believe them. Now certainly there are many stories here that are real. They're storie about things that have happened and I have blogged about them to the best of my ability. Some of the personal tales probably would be told differently by others who were there, but that is because we all have our own interpretations of our experiences.

But every now and then I like to slip a tale or two in that should probably be labeled as fiction. I really don't spend any time trying to fool you, well most of the time I don't.

Anyhoo, that is all I have to say about that for now. At the moment I am late for my shift at LAPD headquarters. Back later.


Richmond said...

Hmmmmmm... I think I pretty much blog the truth. Can't think of any exceptions, really. I must not be that creative... ;)

shavuatov said...

Haha - you are the real Hong Kong Phooey, aren't you?!! Sussed out, big time.

On a serious note, I think I blog mainly the truth, but omit some events, don't reveal names etc, where I think it's appropriate. It's the kind of thing you should do when you're a government scientist. I take confidentiality very seriously.

therapydoc said...

Right. And now you want us to believe you're making stuff up. Occasionally. When it's convenient.

(That was all tongue in cheek)

You're right that my son's line was the best part of the post. He's claiming it now: Mom, you're a blogger, you can't make stuff up.

And it wasn't tongue in cheek, either. But Jack, he's young. Knows no guile.

Jack said...


Nothing wrong with the truth.


Hong Kong Phooey- Now there is a show from my childhood.


So your son knows no guile. I bet that he knows a lot of guiles and girls too. Ack, that didn't work so well did it.

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

I liked this post. Astatistic that I heard (am not making up) says that there have been more lawsuits over fiction books than memoirs. It's a thin line. As much a speople say no there's a lot of their lives in fiction sometimes straight out there. And in memoirs like The Glass House or Slow Motion or Father Joe or I'm Proud of You there's a lot that can't be remembered exactly but is recreated.

I try to be honest with the stories I tell but there's always the Rashamon effect.

Jack said...

there's a lot that can't be remembered exactly but is recreated.

I have often wondered how many of my memories have been colored by the passage of time.