Blogs – How personal should I get in my posts?

8 Jun

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If you’re not a blogger, you might wonder if bloggers have lost their minds! 🙂  After all, we share details of our personal life with total strangers, put ourselves out there to be judged, and candidly share our thoughts on every topic under the sun!

And often our “sharing” or self-disclosure and honesty does help others.  Maybe we write something that strikes a chord with our readers.  But even so, we must still be careful with what we share.  Here are a few thoughts to consider if you wrestle with just how much to share in your blogs.  (And even if you’re not a blogger, we all come in contact with many different people, so the idea of “just how much to share” is still important whether you blog or not.)  🙂

1. Be careful when writing about family and friends.  Often I will share a story about my husband.  When I do, I make sure that it is not something that he would be embarrassed about.  🙂  Even everyday stories can still get strong points across.  We do not have to always try and be so “deep.” 🙂  Sometimes funny stories make more impact than the “serious” ones!

2. Be careful when sharing stories about friends.  If you share too many details, mutual friends might know who you are referring to.  You wouldn’t want anyone to “hint” towards you, so make sure that any stories that you share about people or friends are vague.  Avoid specific details or even “he” and “she.”  That way, you won’t be telling anyone’s personal business, and no one can sue you for using their story without permission.

2. Don’t talk about issues that you aren’t comfortable speaking about in public.  Sure, you may just be a blogger now, but you never know where your writing might take you.  If you are writing about something that makes you blush when speaking about it, stop to think if you’re sharing too much.  Stand behind what you write, or don’t write it at all.  🙂

3. Don’t cast your pearls before swine, (is what the word tells us.)  This means that the deepest longings, desires, and dreams that live in our hearts do not need to be shared with just everyone.  Some dreams are not meant for everyone.  Not everyone has your best interest in mind.  Pray about just how much you should share.  This is not to say that you should be fearful of others reading your thoughts, but that some things are personal, and just between you and God.  No matter how famous you are, the public does not need to know EVERYTHING.  Some things are better left unsaid.  🙂  We have seen too many “Reality TV” marriages end, and part of it I believe is because they shared too much.  Again, do not cast your pearls (deepest dreams) before swine, (or those who may not have your best interest in mind.)

4. Ask God if the personal details are truly neccesary to get your points across.  Bring God with you as you write.  Make sure that your message is one that He wants you to get across.

I hope that these tips help you regardless of whether you’re a blogger or not!  Be blessed!

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4 Responses to “Blogs – How personal should I get in my posts?”

  1. Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm June 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I’m careful but I do get personal, especially with Dave’s battle with cancer and recent death. It has helped people, especially me, and I intend to keep getting personal. I’m also writing an e-book that will help others make intelligent decisions before a spouse dies.

    • lholmes79 June 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      Me too. 🙂 I also get personal so long as it helps people, and if I feel God wants me to. Thanks for stopping by to comment. I will be sure to hop on over and check your blog out too. Keep writing for Jesus and letting Him use you!

  2. Wendy June 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Good sound advise… thank you 😀

    • lholmes79 June 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Thanks for reading! I wrote this for myself too! 🙂 I will hop over to your blog too in a second!

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