I realize as I write my first post for this blog that I am about to open up my private life publicly. For our kids who spill their guts out onto Facebook and MySpace, this is no big deal. But for people our age, say….over 30, my having a blog brings up some privacy issues.
Such as the fact that I’ve been blogging by mouth for all these years anyway and I’m not sure that I even have any issues that are still kept private–at least from certain people. You know who you are.
But this goes both ways. As my treasured family and friends–this opens up a can of worms for you too. After all, anything you have confided in me over the past 50 years could possibly be published on the internet. Even anything you haven’t told me could possibly be at risk. Not to mention what I think about those things you haven’t told me.
I could make a case here for my sound judgment and basic integrity.
…..Nah. Not going there.
But here’s the way I look at it.
Right now it’s day one of my blogging career. As I look ahead, and back, and around me right now, I completely believe that my life has more than enough material to keep my blog absolutely riveting every single day. In fact, I suspect my biggest problem could be over-blogging—T.M.I. (too much information).
But playing devil’s advocate. Let’s imagine a miracle happens and my life becomes predictable and serene. At that point, I might want to tap into yours. Since maybe that might not align with your attitude, I thought I’d throw it out there and warn you in advance that you could possibly find yourself featured on this blog. And even though I promise to show you in absolutely the best light, and hope you have a sense of humor about yourself, you might feel a little tiny bit of hesitation about exposing your dirty laundry in public.
I”ll say for the record right now–that I will always expose mine first. In fact sometimes my dirty laundry is not just a figure of speech, since I am not the world’s best housekeeper as everyone knows who has ever set foot in any house or apartment I’ve lived in.
Anyway back to YOUR dirty laundry. I haven’t yet discussed the privacy issue with my nearest and dearest but am planning to do that at the first opportunity. For example, my husband. He has generously given me full permission to disclose anything and everything about him or our life that I choose. Still I think it’s important to protect his privacy–so I am planning to identify him as “V.”
I am also planning to discuss the privacy issue with my two children. Depending on their reactions, I might have to pretend that I do not have any children.
For my friends and acquaintances, your reading this post will hopefully avoid any unintended insult or embarrassment in the future. If you choose to shield your identity from the blogosphere, you have two choices:
A–Let me know immediately and I will disguise you so well that you will not even recognize when you are reading about yourself.
B–Choose to have no further contact with me at all. I will miss you.