Monday, April 30th, 2007 at 12:17 pm by EbonyMom
Blogging has been an interest of mine for the last 7 years, and I’ve been regularly blogging for 6 years. My first blogs focused on my life and then pregnancy/infancy of EBoy and included pictures of our daily life, friends, family, and used our full real names. After some internet drama which made me very uneasy (nothing threatening, just finding out people weren’t as genuine as I thought) I stopped that particular blog and pondered on exactly what level of anonymity I would like for my blogging outlet.
The name I chose here is black focused of course- primarily because of the severe lack of african-american parenting sites I was able to find on the web. I blog to connect with other people like me and the relationships I’ve formed over the years have been wonderful. But now I keep toying with the idea of coming out of the blog closet.
You see, no one in my real life (at least that I know of) has any idea about my blog. It’s not like I ever bad mouth anyone here or spread malicious content, but what if for some reason I suddenly decide to need to vent or get real in a way that could leave someone’s feelings hurt? I just can’t seem to make the decision on whether or not to fully open this up or not.
I also mentally toy with the idea of posting names of people I’ve missed from my childhood/growing up. As a military brat I don’t have any connections that go back prior to college (with the exception of a few church friends but none of them went to the same schools). I’d love to hear from old acquaintances mainly because I mentally blocked out that part of my life for so many years just to cope with all of the dark and troubled times I experienced then. Now that I’m finally feeling stronger and healed I actually want to reconnect.
I still haven’t figured out what to do. What level of anonymity do you have on your blog? Does your extended family know about your blog? Do you keep a private journal whether paper or online for those things that you don’t want to share in your public blog space?
Should I come out of the blogging closet?