Something I’ve struggled with since I started this blog around a year and a half ago, was the question of whether to let in my friends and family from outside the blog-world in on this part of my life. The struggle for me dates back to a time in my life when the internet was just gaining popularity. I may be dating myself here, but we didn’t have a computer until I was around 11 or so, and we didn’t get the internet (AOL in those days) until junior high. I was obviously all for it at the time, but my parents (mother especially) were VERY skeptical of every single thing that could possibly be out there.
Then as the years went on, my opinion of the internet evolved while skepticism still reigned supreme with my family. I remember feeling like I had to hide my MySpace profile (remember: olden days) and then my Facebook profile from anyone who possibly knew me outside of school. Then in college, I started livejournaling – the people who I told about that site (outside of other people out in blog-land) were probably in the single digits!
That paranoia has stayed with me to some degree to this day. It’s kind of funny – the less I know a person in real life, the more likely it will be okay with me if they read the blog. And of course, the exception is D, who knows about Lisa the Vegetarian and is very supportive of it.
There is something kind of nice about having a separation between blog-life and personal-life, isn’t there? It creates a buffer and a sort of safety in knowing that whatever I write will stay here. Sometimes I write about somewhat personal things that I don’t necessarily want everyone in my extended family reading.
Lately though, I’ve been wanting to let other people know that this is something I’ve been doing in my spare time. I’ve put a lot of time and work into this little site, and I want people to see it!
It’s a tough call, and I’d love to hear the opinions of some other bloggers out there.
Do you keep your blog a secret? If not, what made you decide to give your URL to your friends and family?