Sharing personal stories online
I try to be very careful about what and how much I share on the Internet. I maintains a blog that pretty much share every detail of my life for seven years. The good thing is, that was at the talents of my college years and my early 20s, when there wasn't too much of any consequence going on in my life, relatively speaking.
Still, these days, I almost wish that I had a form where I could share all of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
In some ways, I feel like I'm trapped in my own head. I have my husband to talk to you, as well as a few close, old friends. The problem is, these people are close enough to me to not be able to look at things completely objectively. They're also enmeshed in some of the situations.
This morning, I was woken up by a stressful business text message. wasn't necessarily bad, but I'll share a little bit of myself when I would bet that dealing with stressful situations that are new to me can make me freeze up sometimes because I'm so afraid of making a mistake. I'm lucky to work in a profession where feelings are king, so I could flat out say that my feelings are feeling a little burdensome right now.
All that said, I wish I had an anonymous online forum where I could just work through some of these things and get the feedback of people who aren't invested in my life. The pitfalls of that are that people on the Internet aren't always polite. I guess that's a mild way of putting it.
I'm not saying that I won't be able to tell me what I want to hear, but being delicate about things and not making assumptions about situations is key when you only know a small fraction of the situation. Not a lot of people tend to abide by the standard, though. It's much easier to judge.
Unfortunately, I was at the end of such harsh criticisms when I went through some family crises last year. I have an online forum where I felt safe to share, but I ended up being ceaselessly criticized. That's increased my wariness of sharing personal things online, especially with regards to my marriage, parenting, or my career, and even more so when I'm just venting.
I'm curious to hear others' perspectives on this. How do you decide how much of your life to share online? Is the Internet somewhere where you return if you needed advice or just to vent?#fopp blogging
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