Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends
I’d go for number 3. Things occasionally work their way into my blog (how could they not?) but I keep it harmless, name free and very occasional.
Once upon a time, I featured a post on Freshly Pressed in which the author spoke very frankly about her family and their differences. I assumed that since it had been published it was fair game, and she was thrilled to be chosen…
…until her blog attracted more traffic, including family members who didn’t appreciate the notoriety (or who hadn’t realized she was writing about them at all). She asked to have the post removed, deleted much of her blog’s content, and had to patch up the remnants of some severely strained relationships.
It’s a gnarled question: where do you draw the line on what you share about family and friends in a medium that’s fundamentally about letting readers into your life?
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