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.
For a private person, it is a challenge to walk the personal tightrope in the blogosphere. On the one hand, I like to keep things close to the vest. As I've mentioned before, I am not comfortable in sharing certain personal details and images of ourselves, family or friends on our blog. I do not know at any given moment who might read or view what is posted here and I have no control over what they do with the information. It isn't paranoia or a skeptical nature. It is just a comfort zone that I am happy with.
However, posts that get personal are the ones that I enjoy reading and also sharing. Letting readers see the person behind the blog is far more interesting than a generic informative post without personality. So I share stories from our lives. With filtered details. Enough to give you a taste of who we are without actually telling you who we are.
I'm of the mindset that sharing personal experiences can help build relationships, give others comfort in knowing they aren't the only ones to feel a certain way or have gone through the same situation, and of course, garner trust. But I also subscribe to the school of thought that there is such a thing as Too Much Information. Use that filter, people! Not everyone is your BFF.
It is hard to decide what to share and what to keep to yourself. But the beautiful thing about the blogosphere is that unlike in real life, you can do just that. You can set your own boundaries. But you can still add a personal touch. For example, I have a post up on the group book blog, Quirky Girls Read, that is a tour of my bookshelves. There is a photo from things in our home and some insight into how certain books relate to my life. Personal background without giving away too much of my private life.
It is something I struggle with often. What to keep to myself because it is no one's business, what to keep to myself because it may not be all that interesting to the rest of the world, and what to share because it adds value.
How do you get personal while staying private?