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How personal can a blog be?


imagesFirst of all, apologies to all my friends for not writing for a while, I hope you didn’t think I abandoned you.

I didn’t plan to have a largely ‘non-blogging’ September, but it just worked out like that.  Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, or go completely against it.  In my case, most of the things that happened last month had absolutely nothing to do with what I was planning or hoping for…  But enough of that, I’m not going to bore you with my recount of the last 30 days.

I have been thinking recently about the sort of blog I have.  The most obvious description is a ‘personal blog’, I think. After all, I tend to write about my own experiences and observations, so that makes it personal, doesn’t it? I’ve read many other personal blogs – some people write about their day-to-day lives, some about their hobbies , travels,  favourite books or cooking recipes. Quite clearly, all personal stuff.

I thought that was a very clear-cut ‘blog classification’ until I read Angela Wilson’s latest ‘Funny Matters’ blog-post.

Angela writes about her experiences during the time her Mum was battling with cancer, and about her loss.  She discloses her innermost thoughts and emotions while being mostly matter-of-factly about it all, but what comes through is raw emotion and grief.  Angela’s posts are poignant and I must admit I can’t read them at any odd time, they need a right frame of mind and peace and quiet to be appreciated properly.  And so I chose my timings  carefully.

In her latest post, Angela went further than ever in talking about her grief – it turns out she had a few miscarriages after her Mum’s death.  It must have taken a lot of courage to discuss something so private on her blog’s forum and she did it with the same dignity as always.  Now, that is PERSONAL, with a capital ‘P’, and has thrown my orderly view of what’s what in the blogging world into disarray.  If Angela’s blog is personal, what is mine? Do my assorted ramblings deserve to be considered ‘personal’? Do they evoke any deep emotions in the people who read them? I suppose I will never know.

Maybe I should not attempt to aspire to a ‘personal blog’ badge at all, but settle on ‘assorted musings’ instead?  Or, perhaps, I could shift my focus and start writing about something useful?  I haven’t quite decided yet which way I want to go, but if you stay with me, you may start noticing some changes on my blog.

I sincerely hope you are going to hang around for a while, if only to tell me if I am getting things right or wrong.  Afterall, there is no point in writing a blog if no-one wants to read it, don’t you think?

12 thoughts on “How personal can a blog be?

  1. Hi Beata…first of all, I have to say how honoured I am that my blog post sparked this off!!….and I totally get where you’re coming from..but it may help to know that I’m actually on the other end of the scale and have been worrying about being TOO personal in my blog, although I decided in the end that it was more important to me to speak up, and to try and encourage an openness about these issues which maybe isn’t quite there at the moment. Also, don’t forget my blog is very niche and very much in keeping with this uber-personal style…if it wasn’t, there probably wouldn’t be much point. But I don’t think blogs which aren’t as specific need to be like this…in fact, I’m really glad they’re not – it would all be a bit too intense I think! Personally I really like the random musings of your blog. And funnily enough I too (like Alice) get that ‘chat over a coffee’ feel from you…or a magazine style. You really have such a natural warmth in the way that you communicate and share how you’re thinking/feeling, it’s lovely…and in some ways that IS very personal. It is like we’re sitting in your kitchen and you’re chatting away whilst hunting in a cupboard for the biscuits! 😉

    1. Aw, Angela, what a lovely thing to say! Thank you so, so much! I have to think about this virtual coffee/biscuits thing – maybe at least I should try to put some on my banner! 🙂

  2. Good question. I guess I consider my blog a “personal blog” although I’m not sure every post could be considered as such. I mostly just call it a family blog but even that title doesn’t fit some of the time.

    1. Thank you Patricia. I have just popped over to your side and have to say I really like the way it is organised, with dedicated headings on your menu bar for various topics. I wonder whether I could do something similar and just add another section to my blog if I wanted to experiment with a different type of articles, rather than to change focus of the entire blog completely. The thing is, I really like to have a random rant, so wouldn’t want to give up on it 😉

  3. I enjoy the assorted musings. Nothing wrong with that! A lot of what entertains us generally could be considered as assorted musings. Plus the feeling that we have something in common. If I were an 18 year old boy, hooked on motorbikes I probably wouldn’t find your blog interesting, but it’s good to know that someone else is debating pocket money for chores or whatever you’re writing about. Just think about it as a chat over coffee, albeit slightly one sided.

    1. Thank you, Alice, that’s really good to know! I seem to have a bit of a ‘purpose crisis’ at the moment, so your support means a lot. Funny you say ‘a chat over coffee’ – one of the first ideas for my blog was a sort of ‘virtual coffee room’, where people would want to hang out for a chat about all and sundry… The only problem was I didn’t have a clue how to go about it! But the most important thing is you enjoy assorted musings, so hopefully I am doing something right 🙂

  4. The wonderful thing about blogging is you can experiment with what will make you happy. You can have more than one and cover a wide range of topics. Whatever you decide to do make sure you take your readers along for the ride and they will be happy.

    1. Hi Kim, these are were wise words, indeed! It is very true you don’t have to commit to one particular topic for blogging and you can change it if you want to. I suppose it is a bit like with conversations, it would be hard to discuss only one particular type of thing and nothing else! My readers are very important to me, they are my reason for writing, and comments really help in deciding which way to go. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  5. i loved your article, and in fact, was thinking about the same thing over the past couple of days. i am not one to share things easily with others but sometimes i think it would be nice to do so. Also, depending on the nature of the subject, it could be healing for the person blogging. Great question to ponder though.

    1. Thank you Melody, that’s very kind. I do agree – blogging about certain subjects can be very healing, if only because it helps connect with people who have had similar experiences.

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