I’ve discovered over the past few days that I’ve hurt a few people’s feelings with things I’ve written on the blog.
I really, really hate hurting people’s feelings.
And one of the person’s feelings were hurt completely unwittingly. Perhaps I’ve lost perspective on boundaries? I’ve reread the blog that offended them and I’m still not entirely sure why they were so very upset with me.
I’ve also started worrying that anyone I meet who decides to Google my name will get the willies scared out of them and run a million miles in the opposite direction.
So, I’ve been wondering what to do.
I’ve been blogging every day for three years now. It would feel weird to stop. Sometimes I wonder if I’m capable of stopping.
The blog has become an extension of me. Possibly too much of an extension of me.
It’s over-sharing central.
And people seem to like it that way.
They don’t like it nearly so much when it’s just a recipe or some pretty photos. Although my bar hopping guide to Newcastle was a big hit.
Where to next? Take a deep breath and walk away? Find a new niche for the blog that’s about something other than my (deeply) personal life? Or continue blogging and be damned?
When I fretted to a friend about recent fallout from a blog post, they replied: “Hey, you are a blogger. Bloggers, like all writers, exaggerate their lives for effect. Also writers write about their close family, friends and not-so-friendly contacts. This is where you get stories from.”
But does that make it right?
Now, I’m pretty terrible at taking advice straight off, I get all defensive and prickly. But I do go away and mull it over carefully when I’ve chilled.
Is the blog an asset or a liability? Where do you think HouseGoesGome should go next?
Song of the day: The Clash “Should I stay or should I go?”
I couldn’t find the original clip, so here’s the Ukelele Orchestra version …