Wednesday, September 4, 2013
First Wednesday of the month means another
edition of Alex J Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers
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Some time ago when I was out gallivanting hither and yon, YVONNE LEWIS at The Written Word of Yvonne Lewis nominated me for the Super Blogger Award. One stipulation is that I have to reveal a secret about myself. Gosh! What secrets do I have left and are any of those things that I'd be revealing here?
Many bloggers stay pretty mum about their private lives and histories. Some go so far as to not even put up pictures of themselves. I've never been that secretive on my blog. Many revelations about Arlee Bird can be found in the pages of my blogs, including my real identity. Is that a good thing?
Typically a published book will have an author bio and promo photo on the cover. Well known authors will answer many personal questions in interviews or reveal personal data in memoir pieces. In this age a fairly quick computer search can turn up many details about a person's life if we plug in the correct basic information.
But secrets? What about secrets? Some things perhaps are meant to stay secret and yet some celebrities (and even not so famous folk) seem to have no qualms with tell all exposés about themselves. Even in my most personal blog posts I might have been going deeper into myself than I should have.
Does anybody really care what I've done or what I think? I'm curious about other people so I enjoy reading those sorts of things. There's always the potential that some delicate bit of information might come back to haunt me. I think of politicians who have had past histories revealed to create big problems for them. Or there are things people have said that become less acceptable down the road when they are revealed in the public airwaves.
I don't plan on running for politics and I doubt whether I would ever become famous enough to have my past become a deterring factor for whatever I might want to do. It's not like I have horrible secrets to hide, but there are certainly things I've done or said that were mistakes or might be misunderstood. And there are those things that I don't have a problem with that might be a hindrance for me in certain circumstances because of what others might think. You just never really know sometimes do you.
Secrets? I guess it's good to be careful about blabbing too much. One of my secrets is that even though I'm always revealing things about myself, I do have a fear (concern?) about telling too much. How much is too much?
Thank you Yvonne for thinking of me for this award. I guess I revealed a secret.
How open are you about your life? Have you ever revealed something that you wish you hadn't? Has your past ever caught up with you to create an uncomfortable situation? Do you have a secret you want to reveal here?