When I first started this blog I was very open and posted lots of pictures and wrote about whatever I felt like because, quite simply, very few people read it. I never sat down and thought about what my blogging boundaries were going to be, but I definitely should have. Over time I have noticed that I have subconsciously become increasingly more private, and have developed a strict set of rules that I always try to blog by:
(1.) I try to never post pictures of people unless I get their permission first (the only exception to that has been my wedding photos). I know with the rise of Facebook and other social networking sites pictures are posted freely with no concern for those who are in them, but I try to be more courteous. If I had a picture I hated of myself and someone posted it on their blog for all the world to see I would be angry. I have just decided to abide by the golden rule on this one and avoid it.
(2.) I will never, ever blog about work. No stories about work, no disclosing where I work, nothing. It is my personal opinion that you play with fire if you start blogging about your job, even if you don't say anything that is bad. Employers don't look fondly on it and it is not worth the risk. The Internet is far smaller then we think it is.
(3.) I wont write anything mean on this blog about anybody I know in real life. I might say I don't like Angelina Jolie's choice of dress at some award show, but that is about as snarky as it is going to get around here.
(4.) I try to stay away from topics that are too controversial. In the beginning, I wrote a lot about politics, but I have since decided that those opinions are better left around the dinner table and for op ed pieces in the newspaper. This isn't a blog about politics, and quite frankly my opinions on issues change and I don't know if its a smart decision for me to have them immortalized on the Internet for all to see. Also, I have unfollowed many blogs that get too political and get my blood boiling. I don't want anybody to not read my blog because of something as silly as a political disagreement. I would much rather keep things fun, simple, and non-controversial.
(5.) I don't publish or respond to mean comments or emails. I am lucky, because I have received very few since I started this blog, but there are some people who are just cranky and like to take it out on others from behind a computer screen. I have no respect for it, and I have desire to respond to it. I love the positive friendships and connections that come with blogging and there is no need to ruin it by obsessing over nasty comments from people I have never met. Thus, I chose to just ignore them.
(6.) I never use last names. I learned that the hard way when I once googled myself and was shocked when I saw that you could find links to my blog and other websites where I had freely used my name and not even considered the "google" ramifications. I have since cleaned it up but it was something I never even thought about when I started blogging.
It is sometimes hard to abide by these rules because I want to share funny stories or great photos, but I think it is important to have limits and be very careful with what you put out there on the Internet.
I was curious what other rules people follow when it comes to their blog.
Is your blog an open book, or do you censor yourself?