Quote of the Day: Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten. Neil Gaiman
Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain. Mark Twain
Fear of over-exposure keeps us in the shadows.
Do you call this Shadow Dancing?
Do you fear over-exposure as a blogger? As you’re trying to build your brand, get your name and your work out there, do you feel blocked by the fear of predators and identity theft? How about the use of photos, of yourself, of your family and friends?
I’ve been pondering these things lately, and it is blocking me. I read many, many blogs and get most of my information online. Some people don’t put any personal information or photos on their blogs (Alex Cavanaugh). Others, like me, use my real name and my own photographs. I write about plays that I attend and who accompanies me. I share successes of my children and fun events with friends. My hope is to be a light in this dark world, on and off line.
So, for this month’s posting for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I have a question. How much of ourselves can we safely put out into the world?
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I guess it depends on our goals and purpose for blogging. You are reviewing plays in your hometown, so you can’t hide your location. But you’re also talking about YOU. You are sharing. And that’s good as well.
I don’t put a lot of personal information or any photos on my blog because I promised my wife our life would never be invaded by my author status. However, I do share my goals, my interests, and my faith.
I think some of it comes down to what we are comfortable revealing. And what we can safely reveal.
And I have no idea if I answered your question or not!
Mary–I’ve thought a lot about this. I try to keep it balanced. I use my real name, my photo, and my location. I do talk about some of the things I do. I don’t mention my kids’ names or put photos of them up, but I’m likely overly cautious! I like the way you approach your blog. It always makes me smile. 🙂
I use my real name and photos of myself, but I do avoid putting up photos of my kids. Sometimes I just so badly want to share a photo of my kids, but I’m not comfortable doing so, so I resist. We all just have different ideas on what we’re comfortable with, and I certainly don’t go around thinking anyone else is doing it wrong. Interesting question, though.
Shannon at The Warrior Muse
I’ve pondered this before, as you know. I try to be respectful about what I post, but as a columnist on parenting for four years, my life was “out there” quite a bit. I have used my kids’ names but try to say “my middle child” or “the littlest Salonen” rather than using their names a lot. It is a fine line and very personal. I think it depends on how public you’ve been prior to blogging.
My blog is about me and my writing journey, so I’m comfortable putting pictures of myself there…because eventually you’ll need to recognize me when you attend one of my book signings. 🙂
I have thought about this at length. Moderation is the key..I write about places..and me and daily life which includes my Grands and neighborhood kids..and dogs.
One of the grumpy neighbors asked me not to write about him..so I don’t.
One of my daughter blogs..and has photos of her kids.
I am a real person..sometimes I think those that don’t share have much to hide. BUT there are weirdos out there:)