Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day six: sins of omission

When you blog, what's off limits? Why?

I personally hate trainwreck blogs - the ones written by overly emotional, filter-less people with lots of time on their hands. So when I'm writing, I try to steer clear of anything that might scream "Pay attention to what a victim I am!"

The truth is, this blog is the glossy version of my life - I have the world's greatest support system offline, and so I don't usually post when I'm struggling. The exception to this rule occurs when there's a shift in my personal life that will affect the narrative I've created here (what up, breakups!). I try to clarify quickly and move on.

So, to answer my own question, drama is off limits here at A Wooden Nickel. I don't think there's any way to appear dignified by blasting your personal life all over the internets. Some people don't have to be dignified, and can make a hell of a lot of money by airing their dirty laundry. I'm quite sure I don't want to be one of those people.


Jamie said...

GREAT PROMPT! You're never whiny, btw. I know what you mean, too. I do bitch about law school but I try not to complain too much about the really small stuff or the really big stuff. Even though this is pretty much all people do in DC blogs.


Anonymous said...

Ohhh Penelope. How does she do it?

Gina Marie said...

@Jamie Haha thanks! It's a hard balance because you also run the risk of being so peppy/optimistic that you don't seem real. (Ahem, Pioneer Woman! Who I know you love but she kinda drives me batty.)

@sara I really don't know. I feel so bad for the farmer. Then I remember he knew exactly what he was getting into, so I think he's just a martyr of sorts. Either way, I'm practically a junkie when it comes to reading her blog. Can't turn away...

J D said...

Penelope makes me blush.