(blogitating = blog meditating…. well, I try)
One of the things that I did learn for the whole mess a month ago with my blog was how many of my friends also had blogs. But, as they very disdainfully told me, their blogs were PRIVATE. I could hear the censure in their voices, wondering why it never occurred to me to make my own blog private as well. And, you know what? I don’t think it ever crossed my mind that I should do so.
Ever since then I have had this running in the back of my mind. Should I have entries blocked and private? Should I be such a blogtator as to rule who can read what content and when? Should I be so very elitist and only expect a certain hand selected few to read my thoughts, rants, recipes and ramblings?
Then I got to wondering as to which blogology was more vain…
Is it those who post all their stuff for the world to see? They put their words out into the blogiverse and expect people to come and flock to their humble little blog. They are elated when comments come through from strangers, keep track of their numbers to see how much traffic entries make and keep on blogging in the hopes of just being read and heard.
Or is it those who write and keep it private only to a select few? Those who thoughtfully address things only to a certain audience, keep a control on their traffic and only dispense with their addresses to trusted few.
After all this time, I know it’s pretty obvious to which blogosophy I belong to. And, yanno, even after that stupid mess, I’m not sorry. I like the random openness of blogs. I was delighted when MQ found my sleeping sewing machine… when I stalked CB’s failed appletini cupcakes… when TW was hating on meme’s and stalking on Slush… when I lurked all over countless other’s blogs and randomly slapped them onto my blogroll. If our blogs hadn’t been very public, none of this would have happened and my past 4 and a half months of blogging would have been all the poorer.
Why then did I get so much damn flack from so many people about having my humble little blog (one I never plastered the address around for, instead just letting the blog fates do with it as they will) public? I know a few others who had some issues and skirmishes on their own blogs… so I wonder, would having had your blog private made up for whatever little mishap you had? Do you feel like you would have lost on so much more?
Can someone please explain to me the point of a private blog? Does it then become more diary than blog? For that, shouldn’t they just stick to livejournal or some such in order to have a better medium for their expressions?
Or am I being a blogist and not open-minded enough to understand this?