There are as many unique blogging styles as there are bloggers. Some blogs are a recounting of life to date or what’s going on in the world, in pretty much chronological order (today I had class then worked, tomorrow, I’m going to a wedding), and if you miss two weeks of reading such a blog, you’ll see an entry that’ll say something like “I decided not to get the dress” or “I know I said I’d do it but I didn’t”, and loyal readers will instantly know which dress is being discussed and what this “it” the blogger is referring to is.
Some blogs are created to bring issues/concerns to light and solicit opinions and encourage discussion. These issues don’t have to be weighty at all; they can be anything from “I hate corn on the cob, what vegetables do you hate?” to “My friend was the victim of fraud, have you or anyone you know experienced this?” to a discussion of politics. If people are commenting and sharing their own opinion, experience or offering advice, the blogger is happy.
Some blogs are for entertainment, and entertainment comes in many forms. Some people enjoy reading about celebrities, others love fashion and beauty, still others enjoy reading anecdotes that make them laugh. These blogs tend to be visited regularly by readers because once the reader has gotten their “fix” they want more of the same, which makes sense: who doesn’t want to repeat a good feeling or experience?
Some blogs are an outlet for the writer’s creativity and range from the sharing of one’s imagination through fictional stories to sharing one’s emotions, real or imagined, through poetry. Others deliberately blur the truth by sharing details of life that are true along with fabrications, mixing and blending the two so artfully that the average reader would be unable to discern the line between truth and fiction.
Some bloggers only share the big stuff, while others only share minor events. Some blog five times a week while others blog when they think of it, even if it’s only once a year. Some favour anonymity while some put their their name and pictures out for the world to see. Most bloggers fit into one or more of these categories.
I’ve recently been thinking about my online presence. I’ve always said that I don’t post anything that I wouldn’t mind my parents discovering about me, and my family gets mentioned in this blog a lot. I sometimes tell them things I’m planning to write about (most of the time they don’t care, though my father especially would rather he never be mentioned). I have wondered recently if I reveal too much about my life on my blog; if someone could easily discover personal information about me if they were feeling
bored out of their minds stalkerish adventurous. When blogs share a lot about the personal life of the blogger, it can lead to readers feeling they know the blogger more intimately than they do. Even if the blogger is posting every day, you can never fully know the person to the degree you think you may. Sure, you will get a good idea of their personality, but if they are someone who only blogs when they’re depressed, you may think they are a very negative person. Likewise if the person is giving thanks to God on a weekly basis for all the good things in her life; you might think she’s never down, grumpy, selfish or gossipy. ;)
Maybe I’m just getting old but suddenly I’m wondering if I should change what I share. What’s your personal blogging philosophy, and how do you decide what you reveal or discuss on your blog?