Saturday, November 15, 2008

How Honest Can You Be?

Having been a failed diarist my entire life, I am not completely confident that I can keep my initial commitment to blog daily.

And that may not be the most optimistic opening post in my blog, but at least it's honest.

I've pondered the question of honesty in blogging. How honest can you be? In a public venue, where anyone can find and read your words, do you dare to speak your mind? Your heart? Reveal the dark corners of mind and soul, no matter what dwells there?

Is a blog a diary? I don't think it is. Diaries are meant for one's own eyes only, at least in the short term, and most probably for the long term. So I suppose the purpose of blogging is to share the less controversial aspects of day-to-day life as a way to keep in touch with friends and family and any strangers who may stumble upon and actually care about anything one has had to say.

I started this blog because so many of my other friends are blogging, many here on Blogger or Blogspot or by whatever name it is currently called. I do enjoy visiting the blogs of people I know. I haven't yet surfed around to read blogs of people I don't know, although I suspect that that could be very interesting.

I guess my personal challenge is whether or not I can truly be open and honest, as a writer, as a woman, here in a blog. Probably not. I would have to create a blog under a pseudonym to really bare all. Hmmm... now there's a thought. If anyone reading this thinks that could make for interesting reading, let me know, and I just might share a link with you. IF I do create a blog under a nom de plume.

This is my first step on the blogging journey here at Blogspot. For previous, sporadic blog posts, you can visit me at\jeanze, but from now on I will focus my blogging attempts here.

Welcome to my blog! The Journey begins!


Danielle Barlow said...

Oooh, I'd like to see the Nom de Plume, I love your writing! Honesty in blogging is an odd thing. I am continually trying to find the balance between giving enough of myself for the picture to be a true one, but keeping back that which is mine alone, and also respecting the privacy of those around me. It's a fine line!

Tessa said...

Jeanne - I've long admired your way with words and how you take life by the short and curlies and give it a sharp TWACK! Despite the inevitable uppity-downs that get flung at all of us, your spirit and strength are admirably indomitable!

It is difficult to strip a life down to its bare bones - and I think probably the really nasty bits, the ones you hardly dare admit to yourself, should be kept to oneself until they are untangled? At least a little. Not's a toughie.

But having said that, I've read some exceptionally articulate and erudite blogs where the writers have pondered 'aloud' about things that have a singular impact on their personal lives. Although, more often than not, these observations are couched in humour, they still have enormous resonance and often make one sit up ramrod straight and think, "Wow! I know EXACTLY what you mean."! And it helps. Enormously.

I've always been pretty upbeat kinda gal (just look at those bright, shiney, happy paintings!), but underneath is a shy, private mouse of a person who I have to kick bloody hard every now and then! I don't think I'll ever write deeply personal things about that mouse, but I do sincerely admire those who do...and who write so well that it helps others to fix a gaping wound.

I'm SO glad you are blogging - it's an interesting an exciting journey - in more ways than you'd believe possible!

Fabric Fotos said...

Jeanne, your journey sounds very interesting...and I'd love to follow along! I've enjoyed knowing you and look forward to getting to know you even better. You've inspired me. Char