Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mom was right

Something we should all remember is that nothing is lost in the vast, labyrinthic universe of the Internet.


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 lazy busy to  maintain it properly.

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.


  1. I always thought I had it tough as a teenager but our kids have it tougher. With FB and Twitter and all the other social medias, one mistake is all it takes.

    1. Right. I worry about my grandkids, all teenagers. So far they have been discreet, though.

  2. You've inspired me. Glad you found your essay. There are a few things that I thought were lost forever - now I'm not so sure. Thanks, Sandy.

    1. It's amazing. Anything you ever posted is lurking there somewhere. I'm still not sure if that is a bad or good thing.