I was IMing with bravado111
about this and that last night, when we got to talking about some of my recent posts. I remarked that some of them made me distinctly uncomfortable, for example, the posts on social invisibility
and, more recently, being a parent looking at other people's kids
. The politics posts
can also be difficult, though in a slightly different sense.
I've concluded there's only two things I really won't blog about. One is my daughter's misadventures -- I don't talk about things which will eventually be hurtful for the_child
to read about, or understand that others know. I certainly talk about my
misadventures with her, but I protect her privacy. The second is intimate details of my life -- romance, sex, that sort of thing.
Other than that, I've made just about everything fair game. The most obvious, and more-or-less-official use of this blog, is to talk about my writing process and progress. Lots of natter about cats and the_child
and photography, as well technology, science, general silliness, and recently (and somewhat painfully), politics.
Some of these present particular problems. For example, I agonized a lot before posting word counts. That's turned out well, I think, at least from my perspective. Politics is difficult, because what sound like passionate discourse to one reader is shrill ranting to another. I suppose that's the nature of that game, and I discussed reasons for beginning those posts at the time. Some of the personal stuff is painful. But I'd rather be honest, which has an edge sometimes.
As I said to bravado111
, I've never been a journaller or a diarist in any traditional sense. I seem to require a readership to talk to. LiveJournal has given me the tools to verbose and opinionated in a new venue, but I've never lacked for words or opinions. What it's also given me an audience. Which is you guys.
So thank you. It doesn't matter if you agree with me or find me a flaming idiot. Thanks for dropping by.