Salted Caramel has come up with a list of personal blog questions. I feel like my take on how personal I am on blog changes based on what I feel like sharing while I’m writing. Below are my responses to her questions.
1. Do you blog under your own name or do you use a pseudonym?
My real name is Michelle. I don’t feel like I need to use a different name for myself. While writing this, I tried searching for my blog by my name. It didn’t come up. My twitter did and twitter has my blog link. I don’t think anyone will think to search for my other accounts to worry about people I know finding it. If I was worried about people I know finding my blog, I might feel the need to change my name.
2. Do you share personal details like gender, nationality, race or faith?
My blog is focused on mental health. I do sometimes talk about other things too. I talk about my family and relationships. If something big happens, like how I was asked to testify in court, I will blog about it. There are some things I am not comfortable sharing on here.
When I first started blogging, I would share every little detail about my life. This caused me to think about how I could turn my life into a blog. If I went shopping, I thought about what I how to turn what I bought into a blog post. It wasn’t healthy. I had to step away for a while to change my thinking. It helped me put my life and blog separate. Once I found that healthy balance, I was able to determine what parts of my life should be kept private. Thinking about what to blog about, should be kept for when I am writing.
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3. How much of your personality shows through your writing?
My entire personality shows when I write. I choose how to phrase what I am writing based on what I am thinking while writing it. My writing voice would be the same as everyone else if my own personality didn’t show.
4. Do you share personal experiences to illustrate your writing?
I try to do this in every blog post. When I first started blogging, I didn’t do this. My blog posts ended up being word for word of where I found my information. This is never okay to do. I needed a way to find my own voice and have my blog posts be my own. I stared only writing about topics where I can use my personal experiences to make each post my own.