To overshare or not to overshare! That is the blogger’s question.

Today’s guest blogger on the Writer’s Resource Center is … moi!  Check it out by clicking here.  My topic is oversharing AKA TMI (too much information).  In my guest post, I lay out some of my precepts for sharing or not sharing.  However, as I note in a comment to my post, its the context of a blog that may drive the extent to a blogger shares or doesn’t share:

“The trigger for my post was the Emily Gould article that was printed in the Sunday New York Times some weeks ago (click here for the article). I still haven’t fully sorted out my feelings about the extent to which she overshared (and even the idea that she was paid to do so). Some of my favorite essay writers use personal disclosure as a way to draw in readers and also lay bare any biases they might have toward their subject. So part of me really doesn’t want to sanction oversharing in general. It all depends on the context.”

I think this is a topic that has a long life ahead of it.  So how much of yourself do you share in your blog or on your website?

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2 Responses to To overshare or not to overshare! That is the blogger’s question.

  1. Trula says:

    I blog about my marriage, my children, a past anusive relationships…to many people I share too much. I do share quite a bit of myself on my various blogs, but from my perspective there is so much I withhold! I think TMI is a matter of personal viewpoint.

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  2. 1writeway says:

    Trula, thank you for weighing in with your perspective. By itself, oversharing personal information has a negative connotation–oversharing can compromise employment opportunities; alienate friends, family, and coworkers; and ruin relationships. But sharing personal information can help to connect people with similar problems or interests, and it can educate others. I’ve “met” bloggers who write about their struggles with mental illness. but I would describe their blogs as sharing, not oversharing.

    No doubt like yourself, these bloggers are mindful of what they write and the degree to which they share. I think that is the key: to be mindful of what you write. It takes an act of courage to write about one’s mental illness or to reflect on a past abusive relationship. Such writing can inspire others.

    What I consider to be oversharing or TMI are the blogs where the bloggers are not mindful about what they write. They just blurt out whatever they are thinking/feeling at the moment, and then express surprise at the consequences. Also, I think too many people still don’t understand the permanency of internet writing, and that was really the point of my message: to encourage bloggers to be more aware of what they are sending into cyberspace for the world to read.

    Thanks again for commenting.

    Best,
    Marie

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