I would like to apologise for the scarcity of posts lately. To borrow & quote a comment by Lori, I’ve got ‘an immense backlog of draft posts’. Most of these plain simply are not finished, but a good deal are stuck indefinitely in drafts mode due to the ever-present privacy dilemma that is the natural shadow side of blogging.
Written words are empowering but also sort of irreversible; not as perishable as unrecorded spoken words (although they are not perishable either). My blog has increasingly become personal, and the posts always almost end up much more personal than planned, so I always worry about possible over-exposure. I wish there was an app for determining that question!
I also have a huge mind-backlog. I fantasise about ideas when I drive in my car or eat dinner or perform other activities where I don’t have the chance to write. Once I do commence the thoughts-to-words conversion process, however, the ideas don’t seem as audience-ready as expected. The biggest barrier is potential unintended privacy consequences.
Even though this blog is totally anonymous, there are so many descriptions here now that smart people who know me would be able to piece the puzzle together. I don’t really mind when it is about myself, actually (it wouldn’t be a bad thing if people knew me better), but I worry that people close to me could feel exposed here on the wide open Internet, even if just based on their presumptions and imagination about blogging coupled with a few actual details.
Questions to readers who write personal blogs:
- Do you worry about privacy in regard to your posts, and does it hamper your ability to write and publish?
- What are your main privacy concerns?
- Do you have a rule-of-thumb that helps you determine if publishing a post will make you feel over-exposed later on?