pinned to my holiday board, image from StellarSky
If I think too much about what I’m doing as a blogger, I begin to freak myself out.
This occurred to me the other day, in a startlingly acute fashion, when Joseph & I were having one of those early morning chats, like we do.
“Blogging’s weird, when you think about it.”
“Yes it is. I mean, you’re only just telling the world all about our finances, your health, our relationship, our kids. Anyone can pretty much know everything about us. That’s all.”
Well, when you put it that way…the thought is a little troubling. But we’ve got nothing to hide, which makes Joseph & I okay with sharing so much of our lives with whomever lands in this space.
That said, there ought to be boundaries. And indeed, I don’t, & cannot (for simple logistical purposes, if nothing else), share every detail of our lives (which would be rather boring anyway).
The funny thing is, when I first meet someone, & even friends I’ve made since we’ve moved to Texas, I don’t tell them I have a blog.
Because here’s the thing. As crazy as this sounds, I’m fine with some stranger in Canada reading all about my life, but my neighbor next door, or a friend I’ve just met, well, I don’t want them to be able to look me up at the click of a mouse–whenever they want, & read all about my life without me even knowing it.
Because we’ll be having a real-life, real-time relationship & it’s like I’m handing over my journal & saying, “here, read this–here’s my whole life story.” They have access to all the details of my life (which is weird), while, I on the other hand, know little about them. That’s just…creepy. You’d never do that in real life. Does this make sense?
On that note, I’ve learned a lot about this blogging thing in the past 5 years, & was thinking this next year, perhaps I’ll begin a new series especially for bloggers.
I know most of you aren’t bloggers & could care less about what I’ve learned about blogging, but I was thinking I’d devote a post or two a month to sharing a few tips & tricks & things I’ve learned to help improve the blogging experience & craft. (If you are a blogger, please leave a comment or send an email & let me know of topics/issues you’re interested in knowing more about, if any.)
Until then, I’m taking a break.
A nice long holiday to enjoy my family & friends & all the slow, lovely festive goodness that should happen this time of year.
I’ll be back after the new year (hopefully with a finished ebook or two to share with you, fingers crossed).
Much love dear reader.
Thank you for all your comments, for making this blog what it is.
See ya in 2014.
P.S. Thanks for all your support about my gestational diabetes diagnosis. I’m feeling so much better & very thankful for that.