Tuesday, March 22, 2011

To be or not to be...private

But before I get into the discussion I want to share a photo I took this morning of the bluebonnets that are starting to bloom around here:

Taken with my Canon Rebel, ISO 100, 50mm 1.8 lens in aperture mode
(yay me! no auto on this. LOL)

I posted this comment on someone's blog earlier as I think about whether or not I would want to make my blog private or to censor what I share online.

"I've been blogging for about 2 years or so now and I have worried about the privacy issue. At the same time, it wouldn't really be all that hard to find out anything about me with just a few morsels of info. I believe there are more good people than bad people reading my blog. If someone wanted to do me harm, they wouldn't do it because of what I wrote on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter. If I was someone's target, my online presence would be irrelevant. So I choose to just go about my business, posting as if my readers were 100% friends. You can also see that big name scrappers share a lot of their personal info and family's info on their blog and it hasn't been harmful that we've heard of or they would have stopped. Ali & Stacy use their family's real names."

I decided a long time ago that I like having a public blog. I like putting myself out there to share my scrapbooking and to get feedback and make new friends. I've yet to have a negative experience and even still would not let someone else determine whether I post or not. I have nowhere in my life to have a private thought, I don't worry about my blog.

Whatever decision you make for you blog, I hope that it gives you peace of mind.


Blogger Melissa said...

Beautiful bluebonnet photo. I'll be on on the road the next two Fridays and I'm hoping they'll be blooming along the way.

March 22, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

Beautiful photo! I'm soooooo happy that spring is here. I feel the same way - I love the benefits I get from sharing myself and the stuff I work on with the blogging world. I may think twice sometimes before I hit publish and I may leave out some details, but for the most part I'm public and OK with it! :)

March 22, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

GREAT insight into the go public (or not) debate. I completely agree with the points you've made!

March 22, 2011 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger WendyB said...

Just over from BFS. That's a lovely shot of the bluebells and an interesting post on public or private. I keep dithering between the two lol

March 23, 2011 at 4:24 AM  
Blogger Photographing Mom said...

Love the photo!!!

March 23, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Cheri said...

I use real names on my blog and have been doing so since I first started two and a half years ago. So far - no problems. I also don't have small children - mine are teens. I see points on both sides, but I'm mostly public.

March 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Wish we had some flowers blooming here:) I have a public blog, there are certain things I do not discuss, like my job. I don't have children, so I don't know if I would think differently, probably not. Lots of things for everyone to think about.

March 24, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger beccaf1970 said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your picture of the bluebonnets...I was glad I had a chance to see them up close last week while in Austin...Spring has not sprung yet in the Northeast!

March 27, 2011 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Medley-Rath said...

Thanks for your "public/private" philosophy. I agree wholeheartedly. I think I overthink the issue. Found you through BFS.

March 27, 2011 at 7:56 AM  

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