How much is too much

As a personal blogger mostly writing about myself, my biggest dilemma is to decide how much is too much. I often wonder if I am exposing myself too much on the internet. Until recently, I did not even dare to have my photo on this blog. I am certainly not ready to post my family’s photos here. I may, in the future, but for now, I play safe. And I don’t know what’s the harm with sharing personal photos on the blog. I still ponder.

On the other hand, I love writing. Writing well is important to me. I write a lot in my day job about software and technology. I believe no one can practice enough of any skill, let alone writing. So I use this blog to practice a different form of writing.  It is easy for me to write about myself. Which is what I do here.

I could write privately. But I enjoy reading personal blogs of normal people around the world sharing their day-to-day life. I find those personal blogs far more enjoyable to read compared to reading something like latest iPhone or movie reviews or even news. Personal blogs are enlightening and at times inspiring. This, combined with my reluctance to be a passive consumer, makes me blog about myself. Although, deep down I am afraid of making myself vulnerable to judgement.

Okay, Seth Godin is not your ordinary Joe but I found this inspiring quote from his 6000th blog post on his personal blog that he published today:

It doesn’t matter if anyone reads it, buys it, sponsors it or shares it. It matters that you show up.

Seth linked to another great post titled Shut Up, Sit Down, and Type which highlights something I deeply believe:

So whatever the voices or gremlins in our heads are saying, our response is the same: just show up every day and do the work.

And lastly, today’s installment on The Daily Post articulates what I love most about personal blogs:

I am drawn in by their passion, not by their perfection.

All this will get me going for the next 200 posts. 

7 responses to “How much is too much”

  1. WOW! I also love reading about people’s personal every day experiences! And that quote by Seth Godin is so inspirational. I am always so afraid that no one is going to read my posts. Looking forward to reading about your normal every day life 🙂

    1. Glad to know you too like reading everyday stories of people.

      “Always write for yourself”, is the advice I heard from many good writers.

  2. I’ve been wondering the exact same thing too! Its understandable that you’re not sure whether to post family pictures, I’m honestly not sure if I’ll ever post family pictures yet too

    1. It is a tricky decision. I know some bloggers who share their family photos. I think it depends on how comfortable you are about exposing your life on the web. Obviously, everyone’s mileage will vary.

  3. Well, as you know, I’m pretty comfortable with putting my life up on the web. I’m just amazed that it’s interesting enough for anyone to read 🙂

    1. I can’t tell you how inspiring your turning 40 post was, just to quote one example. It spurred me to aspire to be at least half as good when I turn 40.

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