How personal is "too personal"?  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
8/16/2005 6:34 am

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How personal is "too personal"?

I've started keeping a journal. I'd always wanted to to that, but for some reason, I never have before now. I've had a lot on my mind in the past six months or so, and it seemed like the time. Besides, there's something aesthetically pleasing about writing in a little black notebook with my Cross Morph pen. It feels more personal than using the computer. And I like that I can do it anywhere.

I often mine my journal for stuff to write about here. But I was reading my journal today, and all I could think was, "Good Lord, I can't write about that! It's too personal!" I couldn't find anything in my notes I wanted to share.

I used to think my rules for what I would and wouldn't write about here were simple. I wouldn't write anything that would hurt or embarrass anyone. I wouldn't write anything that would give away personal data that would make it easy to identify anyone, including myself. But now I'm wondering if that's enough. I'm wondering if this whole enterprise of writing a blog isn't too personal.

Certainly some people don't mind sharing the most intimate details of their lives. I admire it and even enjoy it sometimes, but I'm not comfortable doing that myself.

How do you determine what's "too personal" to write about here? You don't have to have a blog here to have an opinion on this, but I'm especially interested in hearing from those of you who do have blogs.

CruelKitty 45F
90 posts
8/21/2005 4:48 pm

I'm starting to wonder if I'm getting too personal on my blog. I don't mind most people knowing about it, but there are some people that I have met that I'm not sure I want them to know all this stuff about what and who I do. But then again, considering it's harder for me to share this stuff in person, is it so bad? The worst that can happen is that someone might find out that I'm not always as happy, or innocent as I might portray myself to be...or I could show the opposite. But what it comes down to is...who really cares???

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

8/21/2005 7:48 pm

Thanks for posting, Kitty. I know you write a lot of personal details about yourself in your blog; but at the same time, when I read it, I still feel like there's another person there I don't know. I don't think you can every give yourself away completely doing this. And I know what you mean about it being easier to write about some stuff here than to share it with people in person. In any case, I enjoy your blog; I find it refreshingly honest.

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