Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
You have heard the term TMI, yes? As in Too Much Information? This is a pet peeve of mine in the blogosphere and I'll tell you why.
There is a person in my office who does not have a social filter. Health issues, love life, kids' struggles, family history - you name it, they spill it. Many of these details are uncomfortable to hear, inappropriate in their timing or just plain boring. But the individual without the filter has a big heart and has everyone's back so I forgive the awkward conversation.
I am convinced that many bloggers have face to face filters but use their blogs to spill everything they hold inside. Which is fine. Your blog, your forum. But honestly, just because I've never met you doesn't mean I want to be the recipient of all that stuff you wouldn't dare tell me in person.
I'm not trying to squash personal release. All I'm saying is that there is a way to share personal struggles, pain, complaints or achievements - and a way to make me run for the hills. Give me a taste, not the whole meal. I don't want to read your diary, your journal or eavesdrop like a fly on the wall. I want to know who you are and why you do what you do, but not all the gory details between the lines. I like a bit of subtlety, not the details of your hammertoe. Ick.
*Sigh* Everyone's filter is different. I understand that. Which is the nice part about TMI on a blog - if it bugs me I can just click away. It would be highly rude of me to walk away from the person in my office who was in mid-sentence of an awkward sharing moment. But in the blogosphere you don't even know I'm there unless I tell you. At least there's that.
What types of sharing do you consider to be TMI in the blogosphere? Have you ever abandoned an otherwise lovely blog because of TMI? Or do you wish bloggers would step out behind that curtain and share MORE information for you to lurk on?