Blogging can be a blessing or a curse


David and I at Victoria Peak, overlooking Hong Kong (2010).


The Giant Panda we saw at Ocean Park, Hong Kong.


We rode this little cable car way up in the sky at Ocean Park, Hong Kong.

In 2010, I went to a local bank in Hawaii and requested foreign currencies (Hong Kong dollars and Japanese yen) for my trip to Hong Kong.  My initial request was made on a Monday.  I was told to pick up the currencies on Friday.  But, when I got there on Friday, the money was not there.  I waited 30 minutes while they phoned the foreign currency department.  I was then told that the money had been delivered to another branch by mistake!

“Come back on Tuesday,” they said.

On Tuesday at around 9:45 a.m., I called the bank to confirm pick-up.  They said the money was not there, yet, but they had left a message at the foreign currency department.  I did not get a call-back until 3:30 p.m., when I was told the currencies would be there the following Friday.

“Why Friday,” I asked.  “Why not tomorrow?”

“Deliveries to this branch are scheduled for Mondays and Fridays,” they said.

Grrrrrrr!!!!  If that is so, why did they not deliver the money yesterday (Monday)???

Well, I wrote about this episode on my blog, and lo and behold, the next day two bank officials called me to apologize.  When I asked the second person how the corporate headquarters of the bank had heard about my plight, she said someone at corporate headquarters had read MY BLOG.

I got my foreign currencies that Friday, and was met at the bank by the manager, who apologized for the inconvenience.  He presented me with a thermos and mug as a consolation prize.

Wow, I was so amazed that this little blog of mine had gotten such immediate results.

However, we do have to be careful of what we write, as sometimes, it can backfire.

For example, if I write a blog post criticizing the U.S. government or the military, I could very well be placed on the terrorist watch list and be prevented from flying out of Hawaii.

No kidding!

Blogging can be a blessing or a curse.  Blog wisely and use it to your advantage.

14 Responses to “Blogging can be a blessing or a curse”

  1. Jan Says:

    Sometimes I think we forget that anybody in the entire world can read our blogs. I am careful what I post about, for sure. 🙂

  2. Hattie Says:

    Well, I’ve been to Cuba and say what I want on my blog, but I haven’t lost my Global Entry status. Behave like you live in a free country or you for sure have lost your freedom.

  3. Gwen Says:

    Hi, just found your blog. I follow quite a few of the same bloggers you do. 🙂

    Glad you have found the good side to blogging….there is so much that is wonderful about it! Recently, I’ve seen the underbelly side though, and had to go ‘underground’ to get away from the trolls. I don’t mind sharing my blog url with you, though:

    Definitely a new follower here, and looking forward to getting to know you!

  4. hmmmmm! Says:

    I commented on this one blog anonymously the lady tracked me down and said such dreadful things I could not believe she was for real..That was it for me on any blogs that are Mommy centric and a pro-conservative Christian wacko jobs…Most people read what they want into anything..I find your blog refreshing and informative, kind and peaceful that is what I enjoy I no longer go to any blogs where the people identify as Christian ultra conservative people who sprout out their beliefs all over their blogs, they do have ulterior motives. Your blog is wonderful wonderful and more wonderful you are peaceful and kind and loving human being..have a wonderful week, aloha to you and your hubs too!

  5. dkzody Says:

    I am guessing you named the bank in your original post? That’s probably how they found your blog, they had someone running analytics on their name. That has only happened once with my blog. Or, only once that I know of and I actually heard from a company.

  6. Olga Says:

    I have a friend who will not even comment on blogs because she is so paranoid about who is reading everything on line. It is something to be aware of, the privacy issues.

  7. Christine Says:

    Yes, we do have to be careful what we say on blogs.

  8. Grannymar Says:

    Once we hit the ‘publish’ button our words become an open letter to the world. But if that button remained unpressed, we would never have the opportunity to make world wide friends.

  9. DA Perrucci Says:

    There is a lot of truth in what you have said Gigi. We never know just who will be reading whatever is posted for open viewing

  10. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    The rules are fairly strict. I have wondered if my old boss ever reads my blog and sees some of my criticisms of him. Probably not.

  11. DeniseinVA Says:

    Yes, we have to be diligent. It took me a while when I first started out to realize that my blog was open for others to see. That first comment was a bit of a shock! But then it opened up a whole new world of friends and that has been an absolute joy.

  12. ohmygoonesssakes! Says:

    I don’t do facebook or myspace at all..One has to be careful of what they type on any blog, you never know who will be reading it..For young people it can be a game changer, people lose their jobs for the stuff they put on any social network sites..I thought most people knew what others read in facebook and myspace it is open to anyone..I keep my mouth shut about my opinions and only send out good and loving thoughts to those I appreciate..aloha!

  13. Linda Starr Says:

    pretty sad we have to be careful what we say, no such thing as freedom of speech any longer except for those that are the exception to the rule, if those who are critical can no longer speak it’s as if the only opinion is that of what is “now allowed” this current state of affairs sounda more like a communist or fascist country than a free democracy we used to be.

  14. Musings Says:

    I actually changed the Blogger settings on my blog so that web crawler wouldn’t be able to find it. My kids were too nervous about my being out in cyberspace. I’ve had friends ask for my link because they lost my address and then couldn’t find it on the web by just looking up Musings. I don’t know how to change the settings on WordPress though.

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