December 28, 2003

Familial connection

It has come to my attention that my cousins have found my blog. I am now feeling the strain of writing for them as an audience. That is to say, I am not completely free to rant anymore...

But then, I think, isn't this a lesson in growing a thick skin? I think so. If I can take family criticisms, I can take anything.

The thing with family is that they know you--really know you (from baby bowel movement misadventures to the complexities of teenage haircuts)--and there is nothing to change that.

So I am still meeting the world and combatting my past. I love that they have found my blog and have visited. They are discovering a new side to me, and my views. Because, to be honest, I have written things on this blog that have gone against many of my formal views in public--does this make me a hypocrite? Maybe.

But maybe I was hiding those views inside to save myself the grief of a fight with family, and now I feel free. The anonymity of a blog is a wonderful thing, but when you are found and commented upon by family, the writing becomes a test--one that will probably enable me to grow as a writer, not a coward.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at December 28, 2003 7:46 PM

Breathe. That's my advice. Let go of any restrictions you may have placed on yourself, and breathe. This blog is YOUR blog, and don't you forget it. It's not a big deal if not everyone agrees with what you have to say. (Matter of fact, it'd be a horribly boring world if we all DID agree.) So let them read, let them post, let them nag you about your posts--but don't be scared to be yourself. If you're scared to be yourself, then who else can you be?

(Or, if all else fails, don't forget about the "delete comment" feature of MT >:) *evil laughter* mwhahaha!)

Posted by: Karissa at December 28, 2003 9:09 PM

Thanks Karissa. And if things do go badly, I can use that nice "delete comment" function...something I cannot do in reality.

Posted by: Amanda at December 29, 2003 9:13 AM

My family found my blog too, and I don't think you have anything to worry about. I actually have gotten some compliments from them for it too. Don't think of it as added stress and it all works out.

Posted by: Diana at December 30, 2003 9:50 PM
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