blogging is weird & other thoughts (+ merry christmas, happy new years)

christmas greeting 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.

merry-christmas

 See ya in 2014.

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P.S. Thanks for all your support about my gestational diabetes diagnosis. I’m feeling so much better & very thankful for that.

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Comments


  1. on January 13, 2014 at 9:41 am said:

    I’m interested to hear your series about blogging. I’m a fairly new blogger, and I don’t have many readers. I’d be interested to hear how you developed your blog, expanded your readership, and found your voice. Thanks and happy belated holidays!

  2. on December 27, 2013 at 9:12 am said:

    I’m excited for the new series – if I think too much about what we do, I feel a little crazy too, but it’s where I’ve met some of my best friends! All passions require a little crazy I think! Happy New Year!

  3. Kristi
    on December 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm said:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy!

  4. on December 20, 2013 at 8:16 am said:

    Blogging is definitely weird! I’ve had all of these exact thoughts before. When my ‘real life’ friends text/talk to me about something in my life that I haven’t told them about yet (but they’ve read about it) I get a little unnerved! It’s just such a blatant reminder that what I put out there about my life is actually read by people. It’s such a ‘duh’ statement, but sometimes I forgot my words don’t just dissipate into the internets.

    Enjoy your break and I hope you and yours have a wonderful Holiday!

    • on December 20, 2013 at 8:26 am said:

      Yes, after awhile it starts to feel oddly Truman-showish & you sort of forget that everything you’re putting out there is available for anyone to see. It is unnerving, as you put it, when somebody mentions something you never told them about, & then remember, oh yes, I did do a post on that I guess they read that. Though, you never want to be so self-absorbed that you assume all your friends & family are reading every post, so I just assume they know nothing & try to keep my blog life separate from our conversations.

      Also hope you enjoy the holidays!

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