Anne Tergesen

This blog has been far more fun and interesting than I anticipated. On a personal note, it’s like the diary I don’t have the time to keep. On a professional note, it’s helped me become a better, less inhibited writer. As a working parent, it’s been enormously helpful to get reassurance and tips from others who struggle with the same issues. Last week, I learned—upfront and personal—yet another lesson: That blogs, like radio call-in and TV talk shows, can foster misunderstanding rather than understanding, unless we're careful. The problem: To attract an audience, bloggers tackle provocative topics in provocative ways: Nuance can easily get lost. The relative anonymity—you rarely meet the people you’re sparring with—can also encourage fiery posts and exchanges.

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