I have a “real” blog — one I host on my own domain, where I blog about work. I briefly blogged about personal things on it but I received a comment about it one time that made me reconsider the wisdom of doing so. People wanted to read what I had to offer on conversations about technology policy, not my struggles with mood or self-esteem. Despite having interacted with and being aware of many people who tackle those topics in the public eye with their blogs, I’ve always been aware of the tension and ambivalence between two positions on this topic: that the work and personal online presences ought to be, or can be, one and the same; or, that they ought to remain separate but also ought to be public.
It’s taken me a while but I’m realizing that my inability to properly engage with this line of thought is actually a part of the pattern of thinking I’m seeking to overcome at the moment. The mere recognition of this fact is making me feel… a little less constrained, because there is an awful lot I’d like to be able to talk about, publicly and without fear.
One day, perhaps, I’ll put my name to it and not worry about the repercussions to my work life.