Thursday, March 31, 2011

To share, or not to share?

So, I’ve been thinking about this blog of late, and I have something I want to ask my readers.

I’m rather enjoying doing this blog. I like giving out writing advice that I’ve heard, learned, and used and of sharing my adventures in writing and attempting to get published.

But it occurred to me the other day, I don’t really talk about myself. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, I Should be Writing by Mur Lafferty, and she was talking about blogging. She said that some of the most popular authors that blog, Neil Gaiman, and John Scalzi, for example, share experiences and stories from their personal life on their blogs.

Sure, they talk about writing, too, but not all the time, like I’ve been doing. They discuss things happening with their kids, their wives, family, dogs, cats, whatever. Shows they went to, places they’ve visited, people they’ve talked to. They use their blogs to do more than promote themselves, they’ve used their blogs to share themselves.

So, I thought, maybe I should do the same. I have a wife and kid, and interests outside of writing. Shocking, I know, but there you have it. For example, I like Role Playing Games. Oh, sure, video games like Neverwinter Nights, but what I mean are the tabletop kind, like Dungeons & Dragons. In fact, I’m going to a min-convention of local gamers from a message board I hang out on, where we have two days of RPG’s and board games. This weekend. And I’m excited to go, because its’ always a lot of fun.

My kid is six years old, and the school he is going to is closing down, so my wife and I are looking for a new school to put him in, as well as summer activities, like camp. I could talk about those things from time to time.

My point is, there’s lots of stuff outside of writing I could talk about that would give you, my lovely blog followers whom I love, the chance to actually know me better. And maybe his would be good for me, because the truth is, I don’t often share my life with others, even those I consider friends.

So, what do you think? Should I blog about things happening in my life, as well as the writing stuff? Or just stick with the writing stuff?

Thanks for sticking with me through this and for giving your opinion. I appreciate it. Until tomorrow, when it’s Flash Fiction Friday!


  1. I think I already know way too much about you... 0.0

    I kid, I kid. :) Chat away! That's the great thing about blogging. If someone is not interested in what you are saying, they can just click away from it. Doesn't mean they won't be back next time you post something. :)

  2. I had the same thought a year ago, when I realized my blog had tons of DIY sustainable living stuff, but virtually no info about me. I may have swung too far in the opposite direction now, but the blogs I enjoy the most are those that combine personal and 'professional' info. :)