I realized when I didn’t share the name of our little beach getaway in a recent post that I am holding back sometimes. It brought me to a central question about this whole Postaday2011 blogging enterprise. Am I being honest with you if I don’t share my name, location and names of others in my circle? Or is it sufficient to be writing honestly from the heart what I feel and the specifics aren’t necessary?
Perhaps it’s part of the digital generational divide. I want to create virtual community over shared ideas, life passages and reflections but I don’t want to invade the privacy of others in my sphere who haven’t asked to be public. I’m loving the intimacy and immediacy of blogging and the delighting in the people who visit and comment back. But I’m also protective of my personal core, the separation of church and state so to speak. We can’t all be BFF’s and social media won’t make it so. I’m making friends I’ll most likely never meet in person.
Sometimes I feel like my blog is a diary– except it’s never as personal as one. What I think at one moment in my life, I don’t want to last forever in the digital ether. Unlike the real world, I don’t get to screen my callers or see who is at the door. All are welcome to enter this borderless world.
So, I will continue to struggle with writing honestly every day. What would be the point of this endeavor if it weren’t to find some common truths? But I cannot be perfectly honest online. I am “noblue hair” in this sphere…and hope you will continue to join me on this journey .
What do you think about this blogging conundrum in your own writing?