I have been recently asked by a fellow blogger this fundamental question when it comes to blogging, “How open is too open?” It’s a good question that many people wonder about, especially those writing a blog. I’ve been told and a part of me agrees that revealing everything about you can be dangerous. Blogs can be viewed by anyone in the world. For this reason, my husband and therapist believe that I need to keep my name and my location a secret while I use this blog as a type of therapy.
Well, here is a list of reasons we have come up with as to why:
- Identity theft is a problem.
- Employers and/or future employers can learn too much about you, which is illegal, but its “only illegal if you get caught.”
- Blogs are based off of opinion and you might make the wrong person angry who may stalk, harass, or do something even worse.
- You may unknowingly reveal something to the world that you regret.
- Let’s face it, the world is not a friendly place for people with mental disorders. People are afraid of what they don’t understand. When people are afraid enough, their fear turns to anger and violence, which has led to the school shootings, bullying, and even world wars.
So, how open is too open? You be the judge. I, for one, know from personal experience that the world is not ready to accept people’s differences as much as we would like. I stand behind many organizations like NAMI that try to make the world more accepting. However, I stand behind them right now. Eventually when I get all my ducks in a row, I plan to let the world know “Yes, I’m so and so, and I am bipolar,” but that is to the WORLD. Everyday, I willingly tell those around me, “Hi, I’m so and so. Yes, I am bipolar. Do you have any questions?”
Tell the people in your life when the right moment presents itself, but telling the world everything might lead to more problems for you in the future.
Please comment. What do you think?
Thanks, Duals 🙂