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The Naked Writer

May 10, 2011


How much do you reveal in your writing? How down and out personal do you get?

Maybe you enjoy a public strip-tease. I don’t. I’m quite a private person. But as a blogger, I’ve had to change.

When I started blogging, I tried to write in an objective manner, without letting my life leak into my blog. Well, it didn’t work. People want personal. Readers want to get to know your strengths and weaknesses, your fears, passions, and omissions.

But how much should you reveal?

Do you keep you pants on, or do you bare all?

Let’s look at some examples:

Tina Su gave a blow-by-blow description of her relationship breakup last year. I see that those posts have now been taken off her blog. I’m not surprised! Even if we write about our personal experience of a break-up, we tend to blame our partner in some invidious way. “I feel disempowered!” means “He/she is a bully!”. Or “I just don’t feel listened to”, means “He/she has bad communication skills.”

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