In a world of Julia Allisons, personal blogs about personal relationships have become the norm; the Reality TV of the internet. But what happens when these tell-all bloggers grow up? For better or worse, they continue their sagas online.
On the heels of Tricia Walsh Smith divorcing her husband Philip via a YouTube video, the NY Times looks at the public world of private relationships, and how they're falling apart online.
The numbers are in, and it's likely even you know someone with the disorder of divulging too much: "more than one in 10 adult Internet users in the United States have blogs," and "many people are using the Web to tell their side of a marital saga." One blogger even gave her doting hubby a special handle on her blog, DearSweetDave -- a moniker that changed when things turned sour. Seems hubby also heard of this internet thing, and had started his own Match.com profile.
One Manhattan mother has even started a weekly podcast called DivorcingDaze.com, which has been going strong for 2 years. Every week she hits the bottle (of wine) and hits record, discussing divorce-related topics with a friend. The difference is, she uses her outlet as an advice column, not as revenge. Her ex thought differently, however, and sued her in a recently-ended case--the court said her podcasts were “ill-advised and do not promote co-parenting,” but they were covered by the First Amendment.