I didn’t expect to be blogging so soon after yesterday’s post, but there you go. I just had to introduce you to Sandi Wiseheart’s blog, Wiseheart Knits; and if you aren’t already a fan, I think you’ll become one. This gal’s the real deal, one of two crafting bloggers who are right at the top of my Fan List, not least because she’s a very funny woman whose posts are a pure delight to read.
This particular post is quieter and more reflective than most, and I found it thought-provoking because it addresses an issue that each blogger has to decide for him- or herself: the degree of self-revelation involved. Sandi is a public person, and it’s obvious that she struggles with this issue more than I, an unknown, do.
Still, being a very private person, my choice was to “go public” in relative anonymity. [Hmm, I think I've tucked an oxymoron in there, but you get the idea...] For instance, I’ve titled my blog with a nickname my mother used to call me many years ago, and I don’t refer to my family members by name. For the moment, this is my personal comfort level.
Sandi, however, is right out there on the proverbial limb with her nether regions swaying in the breeze, and she speaks of this in today’s post.
Here are a couple of quick excerpts:
I’m always afraid to admit when I’m overwhelmed by deadlines, because maybe someone will hesitate to offer me work if they think I am too overloaded. Maybe folks will think that I can’t schedule my time. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
The fact is: It is hard to tell the truth when I am worried about what others will think of me afterwards.
It is hard to tell the truth, period; the truth that I am human and have the same human ups and downs as anyone else. I wish this blog could be some shining example of the crafty thoughts of a Great Human Being, but…phooey. There’s only me here, and so me is all you are gonna get on this channel.
Self-revelation is one of the hardest parts of being a public writing figure in our community. My writing is pretty personal, as far as blogs go; but I am a public figure, and a wide range of folks read this blog: editors, writers, designers, friends, family. I choose what to say and what not to say, and I do have some strong boundaries about what goes online and what doesn’t. Yet, even sharing feelings of being overwhelmed by my work seems risky, makes me feel vulnerable.
Check out her blog, why don’t you? Just click on the link above and take a peek at this and a couple of other random posts; you’ll see how delightful and funny and just plain REAL she is. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll like what you read!