Censored. Not Me.

Posted February 16, 2011 by Paula in My Life / 0 Comments

Recently, my online life and real life had a head-on collision.

Someone I barely know in real life found my website. And I only know this because he mentioned something that I know he could have only found out from my site.

It was a very strange feeling. I kind of felt like my home had been invaded, and I had been dumb enough leave the key in plain sight. You see, he found my site through Facebook, but I was the one who had accepted his friend request, so I just have myself to blame.

This is a person whose attentions I do not want, nor ever asked for, but because of my website he now has a way to get to know me. This realization was very disconcerting. I mean there are things about my life that I don’t want this person to know. It made me really think about how much I tell about myself on my site and blog.

How much do I really want people to know? And why, when I thought it was just random strangers reading my blog did it never bother me? But someone from real life? Well, it almost made me shut down. All because of one person, who I did not want having any part of my life.

While there are lots of people in my real life that I don’t mind coming here, there are some that I hope never find their way to my corner of the web. I don’t want to censor myself, for fear of who might be reading what. Not that I write a lot of personal content, but for me sharing what I write is personal.

Thankfully, I got stubborn. This was MY site! My home! And I would not let anyone take my enjoyment of it away! I would continue just as I always had, writing what I wanted and not worrying about who would read it.

But, I also took my URL off my Facebook page. And deleted those that weren’t people I really wanted to be a part of my life.

If they still find their way here, okay. But I won’t change or censor myself because of anyone. Would you? Or have you ever? And how did you feel when your online life and real life collided?

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