Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. ― Oscar Wilde
I hesitate to share my dreams with people. You know, the nocturnal visions.
It’s embarrassing to talk about those dreams, because they show how vulnerable I am. They show what I truly fear, what I think about and do everyday, what I want to have in the next five years, what I don’t like in people, and what my most deplorable thoughts are.
That’s enough about me for one post.
Consider the analogy in the title. Now consider what I’ve said in the above paragraph. I can see some heads nodding: you recall that you have shared some, if not all, of your vulnerabilities on your blog. And hence, blogs are the nights, and posts are the dreams.
You may have written about the day when your kids achieved a goal. Or when the day they ate their first beetroot, after months of cajoling and hiding it in idlis and juices. You may have written about the day when you received some good news. Or the day you learnt how to cook that awesome dish which your entire family loved.
But you may not have written about the day when when you felt your kids were a nuisance. You may not have written about the day when you received some bad news. You may not have reviewed the book which you hated. You may not have added your view to a debate, only because you were afraid of the outcome.
There’s this eternal confusion in your mind: Should I tell the world that my kid doesn’t like to eat ladyfingers and gentlemen’s toes? Should I tell the world that I lost my job? Should I tell the world about my insecurities? Should I tell them about my shortcomings?
Here are a few tips to help you solve the dilemma of: should I post this, or is it too personal to be shared with the world?
- Would you tell your family (or any other close relation) about this? Would you use the exact same words and say it to them, look them in the eye, and ask for their opinion? Would they be happy to read this content, knowing that it was written by you?
- What value will this post add to the blogosphere? Will it help someone who needs to read it? Will it make a difference to someone’s life? Will your experience act like a preventive measure for someone else’s mistakes?
- Will you regret this post one year down the line? Will you regret being so vocal about the issue? Will you feel it was a trivial matter, and wonder why it ever bothered you in the first place?
If the answer to the first two questions is yes and the last one no, then go ahead and hit the publish button. If not, maybe you need to go hunt for a new blog post idea!
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Share some ways that you use to combat the ‘to post or not to post’ dilemma of blogging. Do you follow the same strategy that I’ve mentioned above? Share your thoughts in the comments!