When I began blogging back in 2008, it started as a fun thing! I loved to talk and write and give opinions:). This was a perfect platform for me to say what I wanted to say. It did not need to be very smart or interesting, just something that I felt I wanted to write about. I also wanted to write things about my children, which I would forget as they grew older — especially their cute childhood habits. I felt this was a good way in which they could have fun when all grown up to read about their childhood memories. I think, I would have loved to read something similar about me from my mom who has passed away. There are so many memories that one would love revisiting from the point of view of their parents.
Anyway, so I began blogging. It was a dialogue with myself, which I shared with others. The added benefits along the way were the wonderful friends I made on my blog. My blogger friends, most of whom, I have not met — yet, they enrich my life. They care about me, they agree, they disagree, and I look forward to hearing their stories and their opinions.
All good so far. Yet, there is one major peril of blogging — of being misunderstood. And, even worse, of hurting someone. There are a couple of posts, I remember withdrawing because, in hindsight, I felt that they could be causing unintentional hurt to someone. Another thing that I scaled back on is sharing too many personal incidents. The other day, I read on someone’s blog that never, ever write a blog post because you are mad with someone, or because you feel that your veiled language can fool someone that it is aimed at. I totally agree with that view. Preferably, handle one-on-one any grievances. My husband also holds the same view. And, I am glad that many times, he acts as my best critic giving me sometimes blunt advice, of course, in my best interest.
I like rants too :), as long as they are not personal. And, I don’t think, I ever wrote something to intentionally hurt someone. Yet, that is one major peril of blogging. It hurts me when someone gets hurt unintentionally. I wonder what the other bloggers feel about this! Do they care if someone feels hurt in the bargain of expressing their opinions? Or, do they stick to non-controversial topics?
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