I had a dream last night. About blogging. Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you about it. What I will tell you is how the dream made me realize how feel people in my “real life” even know about this space. I think there may be four in total. That’s it. And those four people don’t even visit on a regular basis. Huh.
It’s not that I blog anonymously. I frequently use my real name. A link to my website is the first thing that pops up if I am googled. But I also haven’t gone out of my way to notify anyone, I guess. At first, I just didn’t think anyone would be interested. It was just a place for me to write brief stories about my dog. Other than myself, I didn’t think anyone would care. In fact, out of the four people who know, two of them found it on their own.
Nonetheless, while I use my real name, I admit I do try to keep my blog on the down low. For my blogiversary, I had originally planned to put together some sort of video, a la Joy Tanksley’s wicked musical celebration. But then I realised, if I put it up on YouTube, where I am friends with several real-life people, I would be outed. A certain friend especially would make sure everyone in the world knows. (Kind of like how my embarrassing Susan Garrett video reached the world.) For some reason, I am still not entirely comfortable with that. Don’t ask me why.
I am not ashamed of anything I have said. It’s all true, at the very least. Nor do I think my honesty would hurt anyone. It’s just a dog blog, after all – nothing offensive here. There are reasons I would like prevent the people I work with from finding out. However, even that wouldn’t be the end of the world. I have never once spoken about my job online. I would just rather avoid that sort of attention.
Perhaps, that’s what it is. Maybe I just don’t want to attract any more notice than I already do. Or, and this is an interesting thought, maybe I fear the exact opposite. That if they know, they just wouldn’t care at all.
How about you? Does everyone in your life know about your blog? Do you prefer to stay anonymous? Are you totally comfortable broadcasting your blog to everyone you have ever met? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I am sure you all have a very different perspective.