This can be a good thing or a bad thing. Recently, I discovered it to be a very good thing, indeed.
I wanted to re-post an essay I'd written over a decade ago. I first published it on an a now-defunct website called "Cancer Can't" that I closed down when I became too
Several years and a few computers later, all traces of that website were erased -- at least on any devices I own. So I did a search, putting in the key words: my name, the website name, and the word "cancer."
And up it popped.
I was able to copy and paste it into a new blog, and was happy.
This was a fortunate outcome, but I'm afraid others may have a different, and not so happy, story.
Take the writer who reacted badly to a review she didn't agree with. that was re-posted to oh, probably a million people, making her not only look bad, but stopping her career before it started.
Or the pictures posted during a party at which you may have drunk a tiny bit too much, that no matter how you try, you can't erase. Ever.
Neither of those things happened to me, but I read about them and took them as cautionary tales.
Mom always said if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
Still good advice. The Internet is a great tool, but like a chainsaw, it can be unforgiving.
Oh, if you want to read the essay, it can be found at www.mimosamorningswriters.wordpress.com and scroll down to Oct. 2.