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Blogging: To Edit/Delete Or Not?

June 21, 2011 2 comments

Dan Levy blogging at laptop keyboard...OK technically this is a posed picture but that IS my hand and that IS my laptop from where I blog.

I have a quandary which I thought I would take to you folks, the readers of my blog. Thus far a whole bunch of people have read my post from 2 days ago – “Religion of Convenience Doesn’t Count As Being Religious“. I have gotten A LOT of responses from it, mostly off the blog in the real world.

I can’t remember who said it and I am probably paraphrasing the quote but a journalist or artist of some variety once said “If I’m not making you angry, I’m not doing my job.” Maybe no one said it and that can be attributed to me. Either way, I am not in the business here of trying to make people mad. I am not in business here at all as a matter of fact. This blog is being written for fun and for the Challenge of Post-A-Day. That night, that was what struck me.

More about the situation has since been explained to me but there is a lesson in there – perception is KEY. Don’t leave information out, no matter how trivial you think it is when you are asked a very specific question. People can get the wrong idea very easily. In fact, it turns out that that person DID speak to their local rabbi and the rabbi DID say that it is completely OK to take the Mezuzas when they left the house.

But here is the quandary I am left with. That post angered some people whose opinions I value. They really, really, REALLY did not like that I wrote that post. Sure, I got some great feedback from other people and it opened a lot of discussions about religion – I even got someone who wanted to write a response blog post on my blog. But here is my question to you, dear readers:

Is it OK for me to remove that post?

Does the fact that I already wrote it and published it mean it should stand and be untouched? Do I even have the right to remove it from the online discourse once it has been entered into it? I obviously know I CAN remove it from my blog. I obviously have the ability to just edit it into nothingness with a few clicks of a few buttons but is that intellectually honest for me to do?

Please – let me know what you think. I will take all your opinions into consideration.

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