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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Truer Words

Last night, I read this post by Amy. The first paragraph really spoke to me.

"Yes. I know I've been rather scan-happy lately. I'd apologize, except that it's actually been refreshing and more than a little necessary to take the occasional break from the Truman-Show-ness of all-super-personal-blogging, all-the-damn-time." from here.
Obviously, I don't have 10% of the readership Amy does, but I think a lot of us who blog likely get caught up in this dilemma. When is too much information too much? Personally, I don't like the idea of blogging for the sake of blogging. I don't have that interesting of a life, and I'm very okay with that. When something comes up that I feel like I can share, I totally will. But mostly, we're just this ordinary family who has the same day nearly every day.

I have crossed my personal line a time or two. For example, I've revealed too much about my feelings toward several of my family members. The things I've said are not things I would not say to them in person, however, I feel bad I would write things about them in public. I wouldn't do that to people I didn't know. (ASIDE --- I'm just not one of those people who gets into celebrity gossip and all that. I can't help but remember that they're real people. /ASIDE)

So, questions to all of you: Do you feel the pressure of "having to write something?" Have you crossed the line with what you've revealed on your blog? How do you keep yourself in check?


Bailey said...

I've kept the fact that I blog a secret from my friends and family but ended up putting my site's address in my FB profile. So now, I sometimes need to remind myself that my mom, dad and friends may see it.

And my husband reads, so while I wanted to post last week that I bought new jeans, I didn't because I didn't want him to know I bought new jeans.

Kristabella said...

Sometimes I write a post just to post. Because I'm a creature of habit and once I get out of the habit, I'll stop completely. And I enjoy blogging, so I want to keep it up.

But I feel pressure a lot of the time to be funny and snarky (since it is in my URL) and when I write something that isn't, it is tough. Until my readers respond and tell me it is OK to write what I feel and I don't have to be funny all the time. Which is nice and reminds me why I blog in the first place.

I don't write about family or work. I WANT to, but they know the URL and even if they never read, I don't want them to one day choose to read it and then I upset them. I also don't want to get fired. :)

AJU5's Mom said...

Very few people I see day to day read my blog (I think it is one and only one right now...). So, I don't have to worry about sharing something about someone and them getting mad or anything! But, i do struggle with what to post and what not to. What do people want to hear? What is just sitting there in space that I don't even care about? If my readers don't find what I write read-worthy and it isn't for memories later, why should I post it? But, determining if I post falls into that category is hard!