Who are you behind the screen? What do you choose not to share with your readers? I would assume that for most of us, there is a lot that we do not share. It is the world wide web after all. Why would we want to share everything?
Today, I learned a valuable new fact about a fellow blogger. Someone that I’ve “known” for almost a year and read their blog nearly everyday. It was at that moment that I fully realized that they have a life behind the screen. A life that no one knows about, but them. I find that fascinating, because that applies to most of us.
We pick and choose what we will write about. Although there are a few people who write about deeply personal subjects, most of us do not. The majority of posts from bloggers are rather generic, focusing on opinions, day to day activities, humorous events, observations and random thoughts.
What people don’t normally write about are the personal issues that they face. Although it would benefit us emotionally to write about these topics, most of us choose not to.
Why is that? Is it the fear of judgment? Not wanting to gain unneeded attention, or sympathy from readers? Or, is it simply because not everyone needs to know?
As for me, I fall into all of those categories depending on the topic.
How do you decide what you will and will not write about? Do you have a life behind the screen that none of your readers know about?