Jules has written a post, The Nature of the Blogging Beast, that struck a chord with me.
But, for all our feigned intimacy with the blogs that we read, we’re really only relating to a section of their lives. Blogging is a neatly compartmentalized world. It is life condensed into bite-sized stories which the author crafts from the viewpoint of humor or faith or what have you. They are a snapshot, a glimpse into a life. They are not the embodiment of that life.
Well said, and something that I have had to remind well meaning blogging friends several times.
Yes, I blog about my dogs. No, I don't (often) blog about my family. No, this does NOT mean I love my dogs more than my children. Really. It doesn't. I promise. It just means the dogs don't require or desire privacy but my family does!
Yes, I like Harry Potter. I've had fun with the books on my blog. But, no, I do not think that they are essential reading. I thoroughly enjoy them but my life has not been particularly enriched by them nor do I think your life will be impoverished if you don't read them. They are books--stories--fiction.
Yes, I am Reformed, as in Presbyterian. PCA to be exact. A well meaning friend has suggested--more than once--that I should try to write to a more general Christian audience, so as not to offend anyone or suggest that Reformed theology is correct theology. Friends, I promise you; I am Reformed because I am convinced and convicted that Reformed Theology best reflects the Biblical record. Would you expect me to set aside my deeply held convictions just because "not everybody believes that way?"
And yes, I drink wine. Everytime I mention this in passing on my blog, one or more subscribers unsubscribe. I'm sorry about that, but while I believe that drunkeness is a sin, I don't believe that having a glass of wine with my husband over dinner or on the patio is a sin.
There's a lot more going on in my life than what I chose to blog about. There's a lot more going on in your life than I read on your blog. I am not my blog. Are you? (That is, are you your blog?)