Is that it really is forever. I have the same problem as Tam, inasmuch as I look back on some of the things I’ve said on gun forums (and even on previous iterations of this blog) and I just roll my eyes and cringe. Usually this is accompanied by me saying “what was I THINKING”, which is rhetorical because the answer is clearly “nothing”.
It can be painful having your learning process displayed out in the open for the whole world to see, but at the same I feel that it’s also good for me to do that, because it helps keep me honest. I can’t just bury the stupid things that I’ve said and pretend they never happened, if someone wants to dig up an old quote of mine and feed it back to me, they’re merely a few searches away from that.
On the flip side, it’s also kind of neat. It’s easy to look back at old posts, old match reports, old scores, and see how much things have improved. I can see scores improving, but more importantly I can see my understanding of the mechanics of shooting has improved. That’s in no small part to the friendships and relationships I’ve picked up from this blog – classes with Todd Jarrett go a long way towards improving one’s skill as a pistol shooter, for example.
The moral of the story of course is that the internet is forever, so think twice, post once. But if you do say something dumb, like “Hi Points don’t completely suck” (they do) then just eat your crow when the time comes and learn from it.