I realized that lately I haven't been posting as much. I could say it's because I don't get as many responses as I previously might have (which is true to a certain extent)... or that I don't have anything interesting to say... but those really either don't matter or are lies. The truth is that I've unintentionally started to hold off so that I don't do such reactionary posts. Something happens in my life and I go off about it, and find out later it's not that big of a deal or it's resolved itself... and after having posted it, I feel like I've made a fool of myself by making a big deal out of nothing, or expressing views based on an extreme perspective that, once reality kicks in, isn't really as valid.
You could argue that that's really the point of journaling... to get your feelings for a moment in time out... and to hell with the extremety of your feelings... that's what future postings are for. To some degree I agree with that perspective... diaries, logs, journals, blogs are all about documenting and expressing your life, moment-to-moment... remembering how you felt when it happened.
Maybe if I could imply a 1 week delay on what people see, I'd be willing to do that... but the risk of doing that is that people see what you're privately thinking at that moment and react to it... when maybe they really shouldn't be reacting to me being extreme, but give me the chance to settle a bit, at which point I'd probably engage them anyway. we'll see.