Monday, November 05, 2007

Blog Share

I have been thinking recently about the things I am not willing to share on my blog. When Laurie spoke in MN on her book tour, she talked a little bit about how people think they know all about her life, when really, she only shares a small part of it online. Maybe that is a bad paraphrase of what she said, but it was something along those lines. She was very gracious about it, but I think I would be a little freaked out if people felt like they were my closest friends, when they only know what I am willing to share online. But I guess my non-blog friends only know what I am willing to share with them, so I don't know that it's much different. My non-blog friends know about certain aspects of my life that blog friends don't, and blog friends probably know a lot more about certain aspects of my life that my non-blog friends don't know about at all.

For example, only non-blog friends know all about some crazy work situations (although I may have actually e-mailed a couple of you about certain aspects of the craziness), but only blog friends know about my love of "Gossip Girl" and the song "Eternal Flame." In fact, most non-blog friends don't even know about the blog at all, so they are missing out on that whole aspect of me.

I am ok with this. Not everyone needs to know everything about me. It is just weird to think that your perceptions are shaped by what I write, and I wonder whether your perceptions match up to who I really am.

NPW wrote today about all this today too, which I thought was interesting, and it gave me an idea. This idea does not really do anything to help you know any more about me. But it would allow me to share a funny story that is related to what I consider a forbidden blog topic (for me). I think it would be interesting to switch blogs for a day and write anonymously on someone else's blog. Here is what I am thinking: anyone who is interested could leave a comment here or send me an e-mail. I will do a random drawing to assign people to a different blog. Then you send an e-mail with your (mostly) anonymous blog post (obviously the blogger I assign you to will know who you are) on November 14th, and the person posts it on November 15th. You could write something funny, something silly, something serious, something confessional- whatever you want. So if you are interested, let me know. If you're not interested, then we will pretend this never happened.

Also, I have a secret non-anonymous guest blog post coming soon, hopefully! And it's not H! I think it is going to be a lot of fun.

24 comments:

Stefanie said...

That is a fabulous idea. In fact, didn't I actually suggest that to you once? (I believe I suggested you could always post about the work craziness on MY blog.) Or maybe I never actually suggested that, but just thought I did. Regardless, I am not trying to take credit for your fabulous idea. I will have to think of something scandalous to post on someone else's blog, but I think I'd like to play.

abbersnail said...

Oh my goodness, I love this idea! I am SO in!!!

Noelle said...

That is a great idea. If you want to write a guest post on my blog, I'm totally in. However, I'm nervous to guest anonymously on someone else's.

It's funny, Birmingham and I just had a little discussion because he wanted to keep his guest post anonymous, and I told him that he couldn't do it, because the whole point was for people to know who was writing my blog while I was internet-less. Then, he did it anyway, because I was all helpless and junk.

3carnations said...

That's an interesting idea...of course YOU would know who was writing each post, so YOU will know all our secrets. Very clever. :)

nancypearlwannabe said...

I would totally do this. As long as someone doesn't mind me airing the crazy on their blog!

-R- said...

3csrnations, you have figured out my evil plan.

lizgwiz said...

I think that sounds fun, if a bit scary. I'm in! (I can see it now, someone will "confess" that I close the blinds and eat meat when nobody's watching. Hee.)

Jenny said...

If I had any secrets left I'd totally do this.

Abby said...

My friends don't even know I blog PLUS I blog under a pseudonym AND I sound like such a mom - I'll let the rest of you have all the fun.

L Sass said...

Sure, I'm in! Sounds like fun, even if it was partly Stefanie's idea.

Paisley said...

This sounds like fun!

I'd like to play, but I have no idea what to write about!

alyndabear said...

I have some stuff I could ramble about anonymously... and I would love to do it elsewhere. Hmm.

KM said...

This sounds like a great idea, and more than once when I've been writing I wish I could do it anonymously, but now I can't think of a single topic.

Lara said...

I would TOTALLY love to do this. COunt me in!

-R- said...

Stefanie, I don't know if we ever talked about this or not. Probably. I think Lara and I talked about this too. Let's call it "a collaboration" instead of "me stealing others' ideas."

Abbersnail, excellent.

Noelle, I am curious why you are nervous about writing on someone else's blog.

NPW, I am sure no one will mind.

Liz, great.

Jenny, it doesn't even have to be a secret. When you see what I am planning to write about, you will realize it is really not a secret at all. Just something I don't want on my blog for certain reasons.

Abby, so every post of yours is secret!

L sass, I am now calling it an uncredited collaboration.

Paisley, you can write about whatever the heck you want to write about.

Alynda, I am not sure from your comment whether you want to participate or not. Let me know.

KM, it doesn't have to be anything very special. Whatever you want!

Lara, yay.

Operation Pink Herring said...

I'd be in for that. I am itching to write about my office and the holiday insanity that goes on here, but I'm too afraid to do it on my own blog, lest I be found out and dooced for being a the office grinch.

Miss Eliza said...

I'd be in for this... I have so amny ideas, it'll be hard to choose!

nabbalicious said...

Is it too late? Because count me in!!

Megan said...

Is it too late? I'm in if there's time.

Lia said...

What an awesome idea!

(I found you through alyndabear.com, who had up an anonymous post today.) I wish I had known earlier; I would have loved to join in.

Katie said...

I saw this on Alynda's blog and if it's not too late I'd love to participate. I've got something on my mind that I really want to let out but I don't have any way of doing it on my blog.

Unnaturally Blonde said...

Gossip Girl is my favorite. I'm hooked! So glad that there is someone else out there to share my Gossip Girl thoughts with now!

Unnaturally Blonde said...

Oh, and I almost forgot! I'm in, if there is still time for me to join the fun!

Jules said...

That is a GREAT idea!!!!