This week, an anonymous blogging friend has been ‘outed’ to her neighbour because said neighbour took in a parcel which had the name of her blog emblazoned on it.
I’ve been blogging in earnest for around four years now and I don’t blog anonymously as you must already know. I do however alway think about what I write.
My mum reads my blog.
As far as I recall, I have only swore once on my blog and I rang my mum and asked her if it was ok.
The way I see it, if my mum is ok with it then it’s ok. Saying that though, she did tell me off for publishing a photo of myself when I had just given birth to Boo because I had too much flesh on show (I had cropped the boob out of the shot but apparently, that wasn’t enough) I did giggle at that.
It has got me thinking though, how much is too much?
We live in a world where anything made public on the Internet will be so forever. It seems like the internet is like some kind of God, the World Wide Web is infinite (and omnipresent-who knew?)
It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword and this can be no truer than for blogging.
There has only been one post that, uncomfortable with it for a while, I have deleted and it was about Boo.
The way I see it, I am big enough to be able to justify and defend myself but my children may not be.
Despite a handful of ‘friends’ not getting in touch with me because they read ‘all about my life’ on my blog, I don’t share everything.
There are parts of my life and every bloggers lives that are, and will remain forever private and, unless you specifically ask or I tell you, you will never know.
I have always been a chatterbox. I over share on a daily basis-especially at supermarket check-outs but, in the words of J-Lo back in the day, I keep it real.
This is the thing with blogging and any form of sharing on social media. It is the truth but it is an edited form of the truth and sometimes, even I airbrush things.
So next time you read my blog and think you know everything there is to know about me, good. I’m glad you think my blog is a friendly place where I can share things with you.
However it won’t be everything. I do, believe it or not, keep some things back. After all, what would my mum say?
So to the poor blogger friend who was outed, I say hold your head high. You write brilliantly and if your neighbour finds out you use the Internet to offload your stresses and worries, more fool her if she should judge you for it.
Even bloggers are human.