Friday, December 05, 2008

What kind of blog is this????

O.K., I just realized I haven't written a post in quite a while.  In fact, I don't know if I've really "written" a post in a VERY long while.   Sure, I've been busy, H's been busy, holidays, school, volunteering, blah blah blah.  I still write.  But I don't  put it on the blog.  Now that I've had this thing for a couple of years, I've decided I really need to decide what it is. 

I started it as an online diary, just a place to write down what was going on in my life.  I never wanted to make money doing it, or get a zillion readers, or any kind of recognition like that.  In fact, it was quite the opposite.  J doesn't want me to put anything out there that identifies us, whatsoever.  At first it was easy.  No names, no identifying photos, just a diary.  That was fine for awhile.  Then I wrote a post about my friend getting bit by a dog in Williamson County.  So one day, she does a search on Google about "dog bites in Williamson County", and she found my blog.  Mentioned it to me.  Now I have to be careful not to write about her, or her daughter (one of my daughter's best friends).  Then, last Thanksgiving, I was writing something while my parents were with me, and my Mom saw my blog.  She spent the rest of the weekend reading every post.  Great.  Now I have to be careful not to write anything that will hurt her feelings, or Dad's.  And it kept happening.  Acquaintances would mention they saw my blog.   And now I wonder who else knows about it. 

Then last year, when I had my Mrs. Robinson crush on Jason Castro, from American Idol, I wrote a few posts about him and suddenly my traffic increased exponentially.   And even though I didn't write this blog to make money, or get recognition, something inside me sparked a little when I saw my traffic go up.  I started checking my stats constantly.  Started writing posts that got more hits.  Recipes, celebrity sightings, etc. 

Now, it's exhausting just trying to figure out what to write that won't identify my family, or hurt anyone's feelings.  I was just surfing around on some of my favorite blogs and noticed that I've been taken off a couple of blogrolls.  I understand why-this blog doesn't really know what it is.  I definitely don't have the energy to have more than one blog...recipes vs. fitness vs. parenting vs. politics, etc. 

If I have any readers left who blog, can you tell me how you get around the whole "writing about your life" without offending your friends and family?

I'm going to keep writing, some things will be safe to publish, others for my eyes only, but I'm really trying to figure out what I want this blog to be.