In the latest Shift podcast Megan and I talk about the pros and cons of radical transparency. Mark Gould responded with a blog post about the need to consider the impact of radical transparency on others and felt that we didn’t cover this enough.
I am currently enjoying Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach and am reading the section on how to deal with writing about real people in memoirs who may not want you to write about them or who you may want to portray negatively. I am reading the book because there are many parallels between blogging and memoir writing. You want to convey the essence of a situation and pass on insights but at the same time don’t want to expose or antagonise people, especially clients!
It occurred to me in a Twitter chat with Mark that maybe the word that fits here is discretion. It is an old fashioned word that you don’t hear much these days. Maybe we need to resurrect it?