Mel, the Stirrup Queen, posts a Friday Roundup of blogs she finds most interesting throughout the week. This week’s roundup has prompted two thoughts, one from a comment on her roundup and one on the post about whether or not infertility makes someone a better parent.
First, one of Mel’s commenters makes mention about how open she is with the people in her life concerning her blog. She phrases it something like “coming out of the blog closet.”
Here’s the thing…I have no idea who I know in real life that is reading my blog. I mean, yes, I know certain freinds are, because they are linked to me and they comment. But other than that…I have no idea. My mom knows I have a blog, but I highly doubt she knows what that means (okay, well she does because we saw Julie and Julia together. But accessing a blog? A whole different story). But my dad and stepmom…I don’t know if they know. And I wonder what they would think if they read it. Would they think less of me? More of me? Be angry at me? Wonder if some of the things I’ve said in posts labeled “family” are about them?
How private are you with your blog? I mean, I don’t pull any punches, as you can see if you read past entries and their comments….I piss people off on a regular basis and I know I lose readers at a fairly steady rate. I also know I have some adoptees who read…but I don’t think they comment much because (rightly so) they’re afraid people will follow from here and attack them on their own turf (which is why I secretly read adoptee blogs but don’t comment often).
I don’t link my blog entries to facebook…I think I’m afraid of who will read and be upset with me. Which is stupid, because I write for me and to *maybe* hopefully help a reader or two in their own life journey. But what if I anger someone really important to me? Then again…I’ve probably angered them in real life, so what’s the difference?
What about you – who knows you have a blog?