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Friday, July 10, 2009

Thank you for sharing

I recently listened to a CraftyPod podcast about crafting for money instead of just passion (CraftyPod #95, thank you Sister Diane, I’m a huge fan).  One of the things mentioned toward the end was how some bloggers are afraid of sharing “personal information”.  I started to think why this is so.  Like most people, when I hear those two words, I think of things like your phone number or ATM number or address.  Things you definitely do not want to get out there.  Things that can specifically identify you like your full name and social security number.  I guess with identity theft on the rise, this is just being smart.  Still, there are other types of “personal information”.  For example, I have a number of moles all over my body.  And if I mentioned certain specific areas of my body that have them, that would be very “personal”.  It’s not like I can be specifically identified by that, tons of people have moles and not all of them are in my family either.  Plus who would hold it against me for having them,  it’s not like someone wouldn’t hire me for having odd birthmarks in weird places.  The point is that sometimes it’s okay to share personal and maybe embarrassing info about ourselves, because it brings us closer to our readers and ourselves.  At least that’s how I interpreted it.  And if anything else, it’s makes for great reading.


  1. I've struggled with this as well. You have to remember that a lot of different people will read your blog over time. If only craft women read my blog, I wouldn't think a thing about talking about what kind of underpants I wear, but my male boss reads my blog (and my co-workers, and probably ex-boyfriends, etc) ... and if I ever have to get a new job, my prospective employers will find my blog when they google me. I don't want any of those people to know about my underpants. Those are the kinds of things I think about ... in addition to being safe and trying to not hand out my exact location and social security number. :)

  2. Good point. Note to self: never discuss my undergarments.

  3. I agree with Alice, too - when I learned that my mother, my partner's mother, and a male former co-worker all read my blog, it made me think a little harder about what I share there. But, there are unlimited numbers of interesting, quirky things about ourselves that we can all share safely.

    Congratulations on your new blog! I look forward to seeing lots more posts!


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