I’ve had my WordPress personal weblog for five years. Over that time, I’ve written current and pre-dated occurrences in my life. In the posts, I included the names of the people I came into contact with. I wanted to keep my personal weblog as an open book on my life, complete with my failings and successes.
The problem is that three individuals over the past five years have taken offense to what I wrote about them, stating that I had no right to write about them without their permission. I know that I do have the right, but at what expense do I do it? I mean, I don’t want to burn any bridges. So the problem I’m having is balancing my need to have a tell-all personal weblog and protecting the anonymity of the individuals I mention in my blog.
I fear that if I were to change their names, or use initials, I would lose the integrity of my personal weblog (i.e., readers would wonder if what I had written was actually true). In a sense, doing that would make it appear fiction, rather than non-fiction.
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