How much “I” is tmi?

I’ve always been a private person. I don’t readily spill my guts to random people. I tend to keep tight-lipped about my accomplishments (who likes a braggart?). Even in conversations, I’m more of a listener than a talker. In spite of my tendency towards privacy, I write. And I write on perhaps the most public of forums, the internet. Strange, right?


When I started this blog, I worked hard at keeping my personal life out of my posts. Sure, I would state my opinions about movies, but I tried not to let too much of my daily business (and who am I kidding? That’s usually laundry and dishes) seep into my reviews. Now, years into this endeavor, I’m beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t be breaking down the walls a bit. But how much do I share?


I’m pretty sure I was raised to value privacy. Looking back, I wonder if it was a regional ideal (I’m from a small town in the Midwest) or just part of my family life. When I moved to Los Angeles later in my life, I dealt with a decent amount of culture shock. One thing I had a hard time adjusting to was how open the people I met were. Admittedly, this could be a coincidence (and I’m by no means generalizing all of the SoCal population), but people would tell me their life story within in the first few minutes of meeting me. I’m not talking about merely spilling one’s guts, but a full on purge. I would politely listen, but I would rarely open up as much as the other person had.


However, when reading blogs and articles on the internet, I find myself drawn to those who *do* put themselves out there. I enjoy reading stories about lessons they learned through their experiences and I find the posts with photos to not only be a wealth of information, but a place to see some really interesting photography.


Sometimes I want to post photos or offer up some personal stories, but I suppose–to some extent–I live in fear of the internet. I don’t post my baby’s name on the blog, nor do I post her photo–even though I really want to post an occasional snapshot because I find her so stinkin’ cute! šŸ˜‰ That being said, I want to protect her and her privacy. The same could be said about my relationship with my husband. I offer up my life in my blog and I wonder if I shouldn’t put myself out there more. I understand it would provide more of a connection with readers, but to what end? If I started, would I just start one long, personal purge? I’ve seen Awkward. I know how these things turn out.


I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts on this. How much information is reasonable to be posting on the internet?

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