Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Public Or Private?
I mentioned in my post yesterday that I'm considering starting a private blog to write in more detail about my family. I still haven't made that decision, but oddly, the second prompt in Blogging for Scrapbookers is all about public vs. private information and how much we choose to share online.
I try to be careful on this blog about what information I share. I don't discuss where we live, other than it being rural and near Louisville. I don't show photos of children's faces (which can be difficult at times - two years old is not exactly a cooperative age). I try not to talk about days when we struggle or when I'm frustrated with parenting - I don't think it's fair to put that kind of thing out there for my daughter to discover when she's older (although I don't mind scrapbooking it, but that's private). I don't mention when I'll be out of town, and I try to make sure I have posts lined up for when I'm gone. I do use our first names, and the names of some of my friends. I don't think this is a security issue, but I know some people prefer to use nicknames. To each her own definition of security, I suppose.
I would like to use blogging to capture little moments in time, though, both for my scrapbooking and for my memory. Perhaps I will decide not to scrapbook every single moment that I capture, but I'd like to remember it. I know I could use a traditional journal/diary, and I did for years, but at this time blogging is more immediate for me. I didn't even consider, until Shimelle mentioned it, that I can always write those things in draft and then decide not to publish. It's funny that I didn't think of it, considering how many blogging ideas I have in draft at the moment (it's not pretty).
This isn't much different than scrapbooking, actually. Of course, I choose who may view my scrapbooks far more selectively than I choose who views my blog, but there are still times that I don't want to share everything on a page. Perhaps I don't want to hurt someone who may end up seeing the page at some point. Perhaps it's still too personal to reveal. The options are not recording it at all, using hidden journaling or choosing to journal that aspect in a traditional journal rather than a scrapbook. Or sometimes my solution is to have a private scrapbook outside of my Library of Memories where I record more personal stories with revealing journaling.
What's your solution for personal journaling in your scrapbook or with your blog?