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.
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