Self Censorship, is this an unwritten rule when it comes to blogging?
It would be easier if we all blogged anonymously, no photos to put faces to names and no attending conference in case someone works out who we are.
Why do we self-censor? I guess as not to hurt others, or to have our true feelings exposed. The written word is so final, and especially published on the internet, it is essentialy out there forever.
But if we are doing this, are we not being our true selves? I have written some posts where I have not truly expressed my real feelings; I am not saying what I have written is untrue, but I have not put enough emphasis on how much I love or loathe the topic, how happy it can make me, or how angry I feel when things happen.
There are a lot of topics which are taboo, things I will not write about, when in actual fact if I did a lot of mums would say “YES!!!! I agree 100%!” (or maybe 80%, I think I am giving myself a lot of credit here).
There are stories I would love to write about, to vent about, to disclose, to celebrate in, but I can’t due to a fear of basically pissing people off. It is not really a fear, moreso, I do not want to deal with the possible fall out, is it worth the potential grief?
However in saying that, writing; unless you are a superior story teller can be a very unemotive way to communicate.
You write a post, someone will read it one way, someone else will read it another. Both will walk away with different thoughts, different feelings, different assumptions, and both may not think or feel how you thought they would when you wrote it. Make sense?
There are many times I have hovered over the publish button not sure whether to hit it, when that has happened I have deleted, saved the draft or changed the post entirely.
If I am self-censoring, then why am I bothering to be a blogger?
Why don’t I just buy a diary……