I was recently sent a survey on Ethics in Blogging. The survey didn't really seem very applicable to this type of blog, but it did get me thinking about the content that I write and the people that read it. Along those lines,I have a question for you folks at the end of this post.
All my life I've been very conscious of the Mike that I present. Group A gets to see Mike A, and Group B gets to see Mike B. In reality there probably hasn't been that great of an observable difference between Mike A and Mike B, but in my mind there was always an important distinction. These days, now that I'm a husband, father, and marginally respectable member of society, there aren't very many distinct versions of me. They're all kind of rolled up into one big bland Mike casserole now. It's palatable, if you're into casseroles.
This blog, however, is a thing that I'm hesitant to share. I told my wife about it, and I've got a couple of good friends who read it, but that's it. Although I'm careful to not write anything that would cause great distress if it was read by the wrong people (and believe me, there are some people in my life who could fill a month of blog posts), I can't say that I'd be pleased if EVERYONE in my life started to read this. Although I'm loath to classify this blog as a secret, I am NOT interested in advertising its presence to the majority of people in my life.
I've tried a few times in my life to keep a diary. I never wrote more than a few entries without becoming disgusted with it. The entries always seemed so forced and I had a hard time writing something that was 100% just for me. I wrestled with the concept of audience with every sentence I wrote.
Blogging freed me from that fight. The idea of writing for myself AND anonymous strangers was just about perfect. I think I'm more comfortable with comedy, self-analysis, and life-documentation that has an audience, than I am with just writing for myself. All the other writing/entertainment I absorb in my life has an audience, so it just seems more natural to write knowing that someone is probably reading this. Hello!
So, here's my question for all of you out there who also write blogs. Who is your audience? Is your blog truly for yourself? Do you share it with your family? Friends? Coworkers?
I'm curious to know.