As I am new to this blogging thing, I have been thinking a lot about how to decide what to post, and would love input from more experienced folks.
I’m excited about my new blogging project, and sometimes want to tell everyone I know. But then I imagine someday wanting to vent here about certain people or situations, and that makes me hesitant to tell them. Do I tell my mom? My mother-in-law? A good friend with whom I sometimes clash? But THEN I consider that nothing posted on the internet is really completely private. So maybe I’ll never feel comfortable posting anything that involves venting about anyone. In which case I might as well let them read it. Help! How do you decide who to tell about your blog, and how does that affect what you decide to post?
Then there is the whole question of Tadpole’s reaction to this. I plan to keep this focused on MY experiences of parenthood, rather than on Tad’s own story (which I believe should be his to tell). But the line between the two can get fuzzy. As he gets bigger and has more of his own ideas about things, will he object to having so much of our family life reported on the internet? And then there’s his potential reactions to my thoughts and feelings about parenthood; I know that it is perfectly normal for parents to have days when they are frustrated with parenthood, but does Tad really want to know everything that I think about him? And even if I attempt to keep him from seeing this, it’s hard to predict what search engines or other technology will come along that could make it possible for him to find this blog in the future.
How weird is it that I want other people to read about my innermost thoughts, but that I would prefer that these people be strangers? And isn’t it odd that I would prefer that my blog NOT become popular enough that people who I actually know might read it. This internet thing is strange.