Being careful what I write

In which names are changed to protect the guilty.

Vintage style typewriter for writing

The most difficult part of writing on this blog is not knowing who is going to read it. I know of a few people who do so let me say hello to:

  • My wife
  • My Mum
  • My Wife’s Mum

I don’t know if they read that but a hello anyways. In total I have 173 people I actually know who may read this and one thing I am very careful to do is not say anything that might mean that number decreases. Being quite ranty this makes it very hard.

In the beginning I didn’t really care, there were a lot of complaints about princesses. I would get angry about how I was treated by members of the fairer sex and translate that into some pretty angry blog posts.

Not wanting to directly call these people out I would act in a traditionally British way and be highly passive aggressive over it. Names would not be mentioned, and any situation would be smothered in a layer of allegory. Heartbreak would be rewritten as a tale of Angry Dwarves and names changed to protect the guilty.

The difficulty of the Daily Post topics is that they are often about personal experiences and if you are not comfortable about talking about those who read your blog how do you go about it? Is there anyone who you hope isn’t?

This is why I write in vague tones, if you infer that you are the subject then (in all likelihood) you are but I am never going to make it explicit. This is mainly to avoid the confrontation that comes from having to deal with the fallout. Mrs G has had to deal with this a few times and it can get messy. I would much rather use a semi-fictionalised version of my life to talk about than have to deal with tears and tiaras.

Even when writing about a princess I would hope that they would read it, I would make it clear that I was writing about a subject that may relate to them. I secretly wanted them to see it, to see what I was feeling in a way I could never do face to face. The only problem is I am friends with a lot of people who struggle with metaphor.

There have been times when I have been very careful, like dealing with opticians run by lawyers, and tried to be as vague as possible. There are also a few topics about Nobbers and Bridezillas that I have yet to write even though I haven’t spoken to the protagonists in years.

The one person I know that is genuinely shocked and surprised at the posts they read is perhaps the one person I don’t think should read this blog.


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Author: geekergosum

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2 thoughts on “Being careful what I write”

  1. Fab! One of my aims is to try and fictionalise factual experiences in a convincing enough way as not embarass those closest. In particularly my mother would scold that it’s embarssing to air such rants I write publicly. I worry less for my kids now they’re all grown up but was previously a barrier. To anyone it might embarass I’d say it’s my embarassment not theirs and at least painfully honest! Sometimes it is important to rant and let go. It can be shocking or surprising to read your own rants back later though. πŸ˜€ Love how you’ve used this prompt πŸ™‚

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    1. Glad I’m no the only one to be shocked at their old posts. My wife (who is American) has had a few posts come back to haunt her as it has upset people close to her, and she is much more careful about what she says. I think being a Brit I must be better at her than not saying what I mean.

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