The other day I read something that someone posted about their child that made me feel awkward. She'd written something deeply personal about her son, something quite humiliating and it got me to wondering, how much is too much information on a blog?
As it turns out, not so well. She's in the midst of a divorce and is struggling a great deal personally. It might be a leap to say that it's because of how much she's written about her family but even if it wasn't the reason, she's now put in a situation where she feels exposed and understandably wants privacy. That's something hard to come by when you've basically set up shop in a fish bowl.
I believe that the reason people read blogs (myself included) is for the honesty. I don't want to hear about someone's perfection. Want to really alienate a reader? Tell them how your floors are always sparkling clean! I want to know that I'm not alone. I want to say, "YES! I'm so glad it's not just me." That plus some good writing, a little humor and a good dose of wisdom goes a long way. But how much honesty do you expect from your bloggers in terms of revealing their personal lives? That's a fine line we all have to walk.
I've recently chosen to keep my kids mostly off of my blog. Everyone knows I'm a mom and I feel free to express my experiences as a mom but I don't think it's appropriate to use my kids as blog fodder. This is mostly because my kids are getting to an age where they are getting embarrassed and I don't want to make them feel uncomfortable. When they were younger, I knew they couldn't read it but now that they are all capable, I find it a bit slanderous to talk about them unless I've asked for their permission. My almost 10 year old is going through some serious growing up right now and you have no idea how much I want to talk about that but her experience is not mine to tell.
I can share how I feel about my baby becoming a tween. I can explain how I felt when I showed her how to wash her face with acne scrub for the first time and how I imagined that moment to be how my husband will feel when he teaches our son how to shave. It is a strange mix of pride, angst and sadness when you realize how incredibly fast this whole parenting thing flies by.
I used to post a ton of cute pictures of them and I'm still cool with a few pics from time to time but I'm really trying to be careful with what I say about them so as not to invade their privacy. I have plenty to talk about without resorting to divulging their secrets. Here's my question to you?
What is too much information on a personal blog? Have you ever read something on a blog that made you say, "TMI!"