After dropping my Army husband off at work, I made my way toward the gate of the base to head home.
There was a lineup of slowly moving cars waiting to exit through the partially closed gate.
There must be some kind of threat, I thought, as I drove slowly toward the gate.
I Need to See Your ID
Just as I was about to reach the gate, a soldier dressed in camouflage jumped in front of my car, with his hand up, clearly ordering me to stop.
A moment later, another solider approached the driver’s side of the car.
“I need to see your ID,” the soldier calmly stated.
“Sure thing,” I replied, as I reached for my purse, pulled out my military dependent ID card and handed it to him.
By Order of the Base Commander. . .
“By order of the base commander, you need to exit your vehicle,” he informed me.
I got out of the car and stood on the side of the road and watched as one soldier searched my glove compartment, and two other soldiers looked through the trunk of my car, before giving me permission to leave.
A bit later that day, I went back on base to go to the commissary.
“Here, let me get the trunk,” I said to the bagger who had helped me to my car with my groceries.
As I opened the trunk, I gasped, when I saw stacks of photos on canvas of naked, emaciated men.
Shocked, I quickly flipped the photos over, hoping the bagger hadn’t seen them.
My Husband Had Some Explaining to Do
“Honey, why are there photos of naked men in the trunk of our car?!?” I asked, as soon as my husband answered the phone.
“Oh, those were for a Holocaust display I was working on, but I decided not to use them because I thought they might be too disturbing.”
And Then I remembered. . .
The soldiers who had inspected my car. No wonder they spent so much time looking at what was in the trunk.
What I learned through that experience is that when we least expect it, our “trunk” may be searched, and our secrets that appear to be safely hidden away, will be exposed.
The lesson in this for bloggers is that if you’re less than ethical in the content you create, you’ll eventually be found out. And embarrassed. . . or worse.
- Plagiarized Content
I’ll be the first to admit that it can be hard to come up with compelling content on a regular basis. It takes time. And effort. And there’s so much content out there already. . . why not just borrow a bit of it? You know, grab something and change a few words here and there. Who would ever know?
Hmmm. . .
- Fabricated stories
Some bloggers write about hard things. Horrific things. Tales of abuse. Others write about inspiring things, heroic feats that warm the heart.
Blogging opens up the opportunity for everyone to share about the events of their lives, and often this sharing helps to bring hope, healing, and inspiration to others.
But some bloggers make things up.
- Exaggerated accomplishments
The about page on your site should tell people about who you and your company are, not who you wish you were.
Though you don’t have to tell people you dropped out of high school, if that was your reality, don’t pretend to have an advanced degree.
Or maybe you won a writing contest in the third grade. That doesn’t make you an award-winning author.
It’s fine to write about aspirations, as long as it’s clear that’s what you’re doing, but in order to avoid embarrassment and loss of credibility in the future, cut the crap. Write the truth. Be honest about who you are and what you’ve done.
If you’re honest on your blog, you’ll never have to be embarrassed about what your readers might discover in your trunk
How have, or would you respond if you discovered a blogger you admired was less than honest on his blog?