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05 April 2006

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Johanna

Actually, I'm kind of surprised that so many bloggers feel "icky" about certain people reading their "private" blogs. By definition, & in reality, a blog is out there for everyone & anyone to read, although I know you can limit access to a select few if you wish by having password access only & so forth. It just seems funny to me that people would write all this stuff & put it on a blog if they didn't feel perfectly comfortable knowing that it could be perused by ANYONE. Why do it if you're not willing to face that possibility?

Janine

It's funny, but I feel kind of put out that my knitting sister gets around to reading my blog only every other week or so! I realized that I have come to equate reading my blog with being interested in my life. Sad, really.

Judy

My parents are both gone, although my dad would have loved the blogging scene -- he was a classic "early adopter" (we had one of the first microwaves in town, way back when). And while I've told other people in my real life, I don't think anyone except my best friend and my kids actually read it regularly. My daughter reads it to see if I've mentioned her, the little egomaniac, and my son has actually given the URL to some of his friends so they can see what I post with him in it.

I haven't made a secret of my blogging, but when Wendy mentioned her ex-husband, that did kind of give me the creeps. My ex doesn't know about it, and doesn't have internet access anyway right now, so it isn't a problem, but I'd have issues with him reading it. Of course, after 4 weeks of reading about knitting, he'd probably get bored and go away.

Good topic!

Laura

OMG such long long comments I had to quit reading them all. I often regret that my mother knows about my blog - but since it's virtually my only social outlet other than eating at my in-laws for dinner once a week, there's no way I could keep it a secret. What surprises me now is that I keep secrets from my blog readers - so that my family doesn't read about it. The only time I can gripe about my mom is when I comment on other people's blogs and that kinda bugs me. I don't even swear on my own blog because my parents and grandmother read it. So yeah.... keep it hush from your fam so you can keep being yourself. That's an awful truth but it's just life.

Jeanne

Great post - really made me think. I just started my blog last month as a way to journal my progress in knitting, but also to get involved in the online knitting community. My husband and kids know about the blog, but don't visit it. I find that I'm slightly annoyed about that (shouldn't they be slightyly interested?) - but at the same time, its ok. I sent my mother the URL because she is so excited that I'm knitting, but haven't shared it with any of my siblings. I think my blog is a way for me to talk about knitting (and yarn, spinning, etc) - I can't talk about it much to family because they glaze over (or as my sister says "you are just really weird"). I would be ok with family reading it, but not co-workers. I don't really invite co-workers into my personal life so this is just an extension of that.

Snow

I have to blog anonymously lest I get crap from my ex-husband like Wendy mentioned, but my sister (who also blogs but doesn't knit) knows all about me and reads me, even commenting from time to time. Other immediate family members know all about it, but don't really care much or read.

I get completely flustered when blog-reading strangers offer me too much advice about my life. I'm just writing into a void and everyone else is an imaginary person. Until they come spend the weekend and attend SnB with you, and then they're slightly less imaginary, but still surreal.

ann

a wonderful post Cassie - very thought provoking and of course reveals the paradox of public/private. Like most everyone else, I am only moderately pleased with my solution, which was to tell everyone ..... I now envy bloggers who blog anonymously, yet reading the comments, see that that approach has its own sets of dilemas.

Laura J

I tell everyone. Many people (I don't know if it's do with being up here in NH or not) can't get the idea of having online communities and think 'those are not '"real" friends.' In many ways, it's easier to be 'real friends'with the blogging because we can keep in touch with one another's lives without having to remember to call in the right time zone. And I am not all that fond of the phone anyway; reading or writing a blog you do when you want to, and no one is tearing you away from your dinner.

So I met guy at an SCA event who kept telling me how much we had in common and how neat it was to have met me. I gave him my blog address, because I am pretty much who I say I am, and I pretty much say who I am, and he just disappeared leaving a line of red shift behind him. I suspect he realized I will be 50 this year and being a shallow idiot decided not to bother (I do have younger friends I might have introduced him to...) Or he may have felt overwhelmed because I have a vocabulary of over 500 words. I am disappointed, but on the other hand, if he is a weenie I might as well know right away.

And I have a LiveJournal account for ranting which is much more anonymous.

Nanimal

It's funny, but the blog is a way for most of my friends that are far flung to keep tabs on me and keep them closer somehow. So the blog is actually keeping me closer with my non-fiber friends that are far away...

Grace

It's odd. My sister and I read each others' blogs but instinctively know not to mention them to our parents. When I fell ill, I told a few of my friends in meatspace about my blog. I told them that, if I don't post at least weekly, call my husband for news.

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