I'm also aware that my favourite writers share very little personal information about themselves, letting their stories speak with a clear and independent voice, and although I'm not in the league of anyone's "favourite writer", I do admire the wise and quiet space they keep between themselves and their words, and I think often about best practice when it comes to being a blogging writer.
(There's also the fact that, when I lose followers, if I've kept space between myself and my writing, I can remind myself they merely don't like my style or subject choices, rather than it being a personal rejection!)
Of course, there are many blog-writers who share details of their lives and yet you never really get a sense of intimacy from them - whereas others may write on impersonal subjects but you feel they are laying their heart open for you as they share how they experience the world.
I like to think of my weblog as a compendium or a commonplace book ... and infact I'd prefer to veer even more strongly in that direction ... and yet other times I wonder if I ought to ease my boundaries and write more personally, even though ir goes against my instincts.
If you keep a blog, where do you stand yourself? Do you struggle with privacy while still wanting to share? Do you see your weblog as a place to practice your art, or as a living memoir?
Today's photograph was processed using a Kim Klassen texture.
ps, the wonderful, gracious, and lovely Dawn has begun a new blog. It's very exciting!