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Blogs are a strange combination of the intimate and the public. Like diaries, they are confessional. Like billboards, they're just sitting out there for anybody to drive past. And chances are, just when you think nobody ever reads your blog, your boss checks in, stops short, and boomaloom: you're fired. Our sympathies are, of course, with (almost) anyone who gets fired because of their blog.

However, our sympathies are not with the idiotic teenager who caused the car crash that killed his friend, lied to police, then blogged about it. If you're going to tell the cops you don't remember anything, maybe writing "It was me who caused it," on the internet isn't the smartest way to go. We'd like to think it was a cry for help, but he went on to delete the confession and say he didn't mean it. He's now pled guilty to DUI manslaughter. If you're going to type the crime, you'll do the time.

Photo by Jacob Botter via Flickr