Some of us start blogs with a purpose in mind: to talk about music, to show pictures of food that we’re cooking, to share our knowledge of knitting or child-rearing or celebrity gossip.
Others of us just want to air our dirty laundry.
I’ve been in the blogging/online writing scene for a bit now, and I’ve always clung to one principle: I never blog about my personal life.
I’m not saying that I’ll never share my thoughts, or briefly mention friends or vacation plans positively, but I make a firm principle out of not waxing long-winded about guys I’m dating or specific friends or problems at work. I figure, somehow, something I write will ALWAYS make it back to a person who I’d rather not read about my awkward date with him.
But some people view blogging the opposite way. A lot of people take to Xanga with the intention of blowing off emotional steam, of finding a place to get all of their emotions down on paper (well, screen) and maybe get feedback from readers. Then there’s people like Julia Allison, who have become notorious in the media for typing out every single detail of their lives in excruciating reality, and who often have it backfire in their personal lives.
Although I admit, Julia’s plucky confessions about her love life often make for more interesting reading than my Tweets about concert tickets!
So, my question for you Lovelies is this: do you blog on Xanga or elsewhere about your personal life, or do you keep things surface level? Are there any topics or people you refuse to blog about? Are there people you hope NEVER stumble across your blog?