Last night I was stitching away and watching a House marathon on TV. Andy joined me later in the evening when an episode containing the description of an “avid blogger” came on. This is when Andy said, “This is what happens when you blog, you bleed from your mouth profusely.” I have never bled from my mouth profusely, FYI. The episode centered on a young woman that blogged every single thing that happened in her life. Every fight with her husband, every interaction with her neighbor, everything. She also seemed unable to make any life decisions without writing a post and getting feedback from her readers.
This got me thinking. How much is too much to share with your readers? I know a couple bloggers that have absolutely ZERO filter. So much so that I feel uncomfortable reading some of their posts. But, they have hundreds of people follow these blogs and legitimately care about these blatant overshares.
Like in the episode and in my life, I feel like I relate better to my blog friends that my “real life” friends. Some bloggers I would consider “real life” friends because I know them so well. So well that I may have traveled to Portland without ever having met the person I was going to visit. To a lot of non-bloggers, that’s weird. For us, it’s normal. In this great big internet world, we are able to find people like us. But is that an excuse to bypass real life?
That being said, I will never post about when Andy and I have a fight. I won’t post about family issues. I won’t post about awkward medical situations. I won’t post about religion. I won’t post self depreciating thoughts intended to get sympathy comments. I’m not saying that you can’t, or shouldn’t, I’m just saying I won’t.
What do you think about bloggers oversharing? Is there a line that can be crossed?