As you can imagine, for a site with such great big teeth, I’ve been having a few teething problems, but things are slowly getting sorted out. Thanks to everyone  for your comments and links. And those of you who have complimented me on the fantastic design of the site, I have to tell you it was all my brother’s doing. His name is Matt Bruce, and if you pay him vast sums of money, he might just be persuaded to design something for you.

In other news, I started back at my day job last week so have been swamped under a pile of lesson plans and new students, and have hardly written anything at all. What I have written is quite a lot of personal stuff about being ill and fucked up, and I’m not sure anyone actually wants to read about that. I am considering how personal I want to get on this blog. I know everyone has a different approach – I haven’t worked out yet what I want mine to be.

Your thoughts? Do you get personal on your blog, or do you keep it strictly business?


5 Replies to “teething”

  1. I can be fairly personal on my blog, or more specifically, I don’t censor myself and have no problem saying whatever I want to. I don’t mind reading about other people and their troubles, I wouldn’t at all mind it if you felt comfortable posting yours for us to read. However. My blog is not attached to my real name and no one I know ‘IRL’ has access to my blog, so I suppose that’s a factor you might have to consider?

  2. Yeah. It’s tricky. Obviously anyone who knows me can find this site – colleagues, students, friends, enemies… Maybe it’s not the wisest thing to bare all. On the other hand, I’d really like to share more personal stuff. It’s cathartic for me to write, and I think people enjoy reading about other people’s struggles. In the nicest way, of course. I’m not saying we’re all horrible voyeurs (although I can be that, too!).

  3. I never get personal on my blog. I post articles only, and these posts get constant hits months after I published them because they get picked by other bloggers or websites that reference articles. The most personal posts I write are about accepted stories. I don’t write “personal” spontaneously because I’m a private person. It’s cultural, and it’s how I am. Besides, the interwebs NEVER forget anything, even if you delete your posts. So, when you publish something, it will always be there, somewhere, somehow, and months or years later you could have regrets… Still, I’ve been thinking of setting up two separate blogs on the same website, one with my usual articles and the other (moderately) about myself, but to do that, I would need a WordPress thingie. I think I could do it with Blogger, too, although Blogger seems less easy to personalise. I should invest time in studying WordPress. Or I should hire Matt, but I’m worried about the “vast sums of money” concept. :O

  4. I sometimes write online about my health problems. It can be a way of improving people’s awareness, reducing stigma and making some readers feel less alone.

    Most of the writing I am doing at the moment is scholarly, and the lines between interpreting cultural texts and reflecting on your own experience can get very blurred sometimes. That means I’m also happy to talk about my personal history, on Twitter and other places, because it opens up new avenues of enquiry.

    However, I am quite candid and upfront off line anyway. I wouldn’t upload anything to my blog that I’d be uncomfortable saying in face to face conversation.

    Looking at my Google Reader, most of the blogs I subscribe to (rather than browse occasionally) have some personal content, whether or not the explicit subject matter is fiction, politics, craft, or any other topic you care to mention. Assuming all the content is polished to the same standard, I think some personal detail can enhance a blog. How much is too much depends on your own comfort levels.

  5. Yeah, I think that I just have to keep blogging and work it out as I go along. I don’t know what sort of a blogger I am until I blog! So, we shall see!

    I do feel that some personal content is appropriate – the blogs I like reading usually contain some personal thoughts and experiences. I particularly like Jay Lake’s blog, and he gets pretty deep into his experience of cancer. On the other hand, there are people who give altogether too much information! And as you say, Gio, the internet is 4 EVA!

    Thanks for the thoughts, everyone.

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