I am stealing a Lizism and I hope she doesn’t mind. In fact, I am hoping she will be so flattered that she will dispense her expert advice on a question I cannot answer.
I have been thinking about (there’s the stolen item) blogging:
There’s not many folks in my area that blog on a regular basis. We are still stuck in myspace (understand I love myspace – but as far as blogging goes, there has to be a time when the training wheels come off.)
Some that do blog view it as literally an online journal. Thanks, but no thanks – I am not putting that stuff online – I may be crazy, but I am not stupid. This is the internet.
A few use it for purely marketing purposes, and it’s okay – not real exciting, but it has a beat and you can dance to it.
Then there are the ones that have it down. Personal and charming, yet informative and professional. That’s the blogger I want to be…then I get asked the question – what do you do when you don’t feel like writing? Worse, what if the only thing you feel like writing comes from a bad day (week, month) and you wouldn’t let anybody read it anyway.
I dunno – haven’t been there yet. Early blog life was myspace – nobody cares how often you blog. This new stage of blogging is different. It is apart of my goal structure. A brick in the idea that I am building.
So what happens when your cat dies, your car won’t start, or your heart breaks? What do you do then? Do you stay the course with a creative (albeit not honest) voice to cover the personal from the professional? Or do you take a hiatus (how long could you do it) in order to protect your privacy and honor your voice? I don’t see the third option (loud and losing it) as a viable one for me. I love to blog and I am fairly transparent, but there are somethings I don’t make public, and I think we all enjoy that bit of privacy – I am certain our friends and family do.