Lately the notion of social openness has been on my mind. A few months ago I attended Ignite DC 6 and while I enjoyed most of the presenters, I was especially touched by the bravery of Heather Coleman as she shared her experience with postpartum psychosis. A few days ago, I came across this blog post and was again struck by the author’s honesty about his personal/financial situation. When I mentioned this to him via Twitter, he replied that he shares the things that he does right, so why not share the things he’s done wrong? Good point, I thought, realizing that I still couldn’t see myself going there. Yet.
I started thinking about the fact that, though I am completely honest with what I say online, there are things that I don’t feel comfortable discussing. At least not right now. I’ve never been much of a “sharer” and while I have written a few emotionally charged posts, for the most part I prefer to keep my feelings, and flaws, to myself. I’m wondering now though, if I am doing a disservice to myself, to my blog, to my readers even, by drawing a line at what I will and will not share. Maybe my experiences will touch/help/teach/inspire someone just as the experiences of others have done for me. What do you think?