My friend Mike Butler posted a thought-provoker about blog self-censorship and choosing topics.
I’ve struggled with that dilemma too.
One one hand, I want my family, friends, and strangers to be able to read my blog without being offended or bored. On the other, I need to express myself freely. I realized early with this blogging venture that I have a habit of putting on personas for each situation. That bugged me since it seemed disingenuous, and it was making me second guess myself. I think I settled on making my blog just For Me (at least as far as topics) — including the tech-geek, the father, the immature Jr. High dork, the business man, the music-fan, the navel-gazing philosopher, etc.
If a subject bores or bothers someone in real life, they have to grit their teeth. Here at least they can ignore me without worrying about my feelings :>
I think my goal is no longer about avoiding boring/scaring people away, but rather trying to attract people by giving each of my facets a balanced representation. For example, Me-the-father hasn’t really posted yet (mostly due to the sheer magnitude of the thoughts I want to distill into a post), so there’s a whole audience I’ve missed so far.
Good food for thought. Thanks Mike.