A blog post I read yesterday, really got me thinking about blogging. There’s a young girl, back in my home town in Sweden, who runs a small website about her jewellery- and other creations. She wrote about how she and a friend had been having coffee in our, very small, town. When I was younger, I used to know, more or less, everyone in town but it’s not like that any more.
While she was sitting there, in the coffee shop, she saw a woman … she didn’t know her at all, but she recognized her from a blog she reads. She was thinking to herself; «Here I am, looking at you … we don’t know each other from a hole in the wall, but I know everything about you! I know what you had for breakfast, I know what you’ll make for supper and where you’re going on vacation!»
Nothing bad, but still …. a little strange. Many people write these diary style blogs, even though I can’t think of anyone here in my little circle of blogging friends. When blogging first started, I did that too … I really poured my heart out, and it wasn’t just about breakfast and supper! Luckily, I used a screen name and I wrote in English … don’t think anyone in my town caught on to that one and I quickly took it down when it struck me I was being way too personal.
Had I still lived there –knowing how extremely judgemental people can be, and their mindset — I would really have thought more than twice before hitting the publish button, if I’d blogged at all. If so … which I doubt … I would have asked myself many times; «What is it I want these people to know about ME?» In my mind, I can hear the women there, gossiping … «…haven’t you seen?! She has a blaawwgh [pronouncing the word as if it was a disease] … who does she think she IS?!»
No, I would have kept it in English and under a screen name… As things stand now, I don’t get any visitors from Sweden, according to the statistics here in WordPress. Wouldn’t matter if I did, as I don’t write very personal any more.
Mr. Mallard, here above, has nothing to do with blogging … he’s just a happy duck out in Rockwood Park, who wanted to make my acquaintance the other evening, when I went out there to shoot some pictures. He doesn’t mind at all, being blogged about … he’s just thinking it’s really fine weather …for ducks. Now I’m off to have breakfast … yoghurt with flax and OJ 😆 Haven’t planned supper yet, but I’ll keep you updated…