This is a three part post about my blogging experience so far. Read the first post: Blogging, Privacy, and Trauma : Why I Blog and the second post: Blogging, Privacy and Trauma : Molested … [Sort of]
Because of what happened, my old blog died slowly. I couldn’t make myself post anything for fear of sharing too much. That I may be putting myself or my family in undesirable and damaging situations. I shied away from blogging and immersed myself in other things. I kept my profiles private and only added friends I actually know … and only those who I could really be “me” without any fears.
After almost a year, I created another blog (this blog: www.shoutingwind.com) because I felt incomplete. Somehow I miss blogging. This blog started out as a nail polish blog. Why? Because that means I would only post photos of my hand and what ever nail polish I have. (I’m sure there’s nothing damaging can be done on photos of hands, yes?)
I enjoyed my nail polish addiction. It gave me an excuse to buy new stuff and blog about it without any panic and uneasiness. I loved it till it became a chore for me (and I also had to stop since I was pregnant). Eventually I couldn’t keep up with the trend and I felt like a loser so I said I’ll just start over again.
Now, today… my fears are back. I question my own privacy rules. By making my blog and other accounts public, I fear that I am over sharing. That I may be putting myself and my family at risk. I asked my blogging friends if they have these fears and they do. I’m glad that what I’m feeling is normal.
But how can I blog/post without over sharing? Where do I draw the line? Where do YOU draw your line?
Here are some tips I got from my friends:
- No mentioning of real names or addresses
- No revealing photos
- Be creative in your photo shoots (no photos of kids/babies facing front, etc)
- Pray that the crazies don’t pick on you
Do you have a similar experience? What are your limits? Let me know in the comments!