How do you decide how personal to get in your blog posts? How much do you put out there on the web for anyone in the whole wide world to read? I tend to think the only people that read my blog are my friends, but I know that’s not true. But if I don’t keep that in mind, I tend to write as if I’m communicating only with friends, and there are things I tell friends that I don’t want some guy in Tuscon to know.
I have friends who’ve made some pretty soul-baring posts. Depression, porn, and abuse on the bad side, intimacy with God and family on the good side. Where’s the line?
A few weeks ago I mentioned some things on my blog about our debt, and the next day my wife mentioned that it made her a little uncomfortable that I’d done that. The reason that’s so impressive is that my wife never reads my blog. Only if I specifically ask her to read a post will she go there at all. How then did she find out? My mother-in-law told her.
I knew she read my blog because she often comments. But it didn’t really click that anything I wrote, she would read. Who knows why. But today she posted to my Firefox post wondering what it meant, and it occured to me that there are people who read my blog who aren’t always as deeply in tune with Geekness as me.
So my new litmus test is whether or not my mother-in-law should learn about it on my blog, and whether it would make any sense to her at all.
Hi Kathy! 😉