Sunday, July 22, 2012
How Much Should a Blogger Reveal?
I had a conversation the other day with a blogging buddy of mine (my blind date) that didn't last too long because we quickly moved onto other topics since we were in full getting-to-know-you-mode.
Our brief conversation was about honesty. How much do we as bloggers reveal to the audience at large, knowing that on some level someone who reads your blog will probably unfriend you on Facebook (no big deal) or confront you in the produce aisle at the local grocery store (terrifying, especially if you're with your kids) about something you wrote.
I censor myself more rigorously than a 1950's banned books committee. Don't get me wrong--my feelings about the guy who digs through my trash is a pillar of emotional and literary honesty. My feelings about people being fabulous was honest as well. However, I often don't write about the social issues that I believe in, trouble me, and would like to see change.
Part of that is because there are others more eloquent than I who express their ideas with such passion that I don't really see the need. And at the same time...part of me would like to stand on the rooftop and declare my political and social beliefs that would get me shamed right out of my small town Mormon culture. I can't go a day without being invited to a "Mormons for Mitt" BBQ. It was kind of funny when I declined the Facebook invite with the phrase, "I'm a Democrat and a vegetarian...can I still come?"
Hm. I haven't heard back from them yet.
What about you? Do you find yourself censoring what you blog about? Why?