I love the responses so far. Of course because they are all on MY side though! HA!
And I agree with all of you. AND thank you. Because when I started this blog it was personal. And my business grew from there so I always felt that if I changed things I would lose a piece of my business. And our business is doing well and I’m incredibly happy with it and there is no part of me that wants to change.
But I did move over here because like Rachel said in the comments in the last post, I wasn’t blogging as much personal THERE as I used to HERE. Not because I couldn’t, and not because Kim didn’t want me to, and not because I thought it would hurt our business… mainly just because we got really really busy and almost every day was something business related that needed to be blogged. And in the last few months I felt like a piece of my family’s journey was missing, you know? The every day pieces that used to see light on the blog. The things I blogged for no one but myself.
There just wasn’t room at Fresh Art for that. Especially b/c there are two of us so if we both did that we’d be posting a million times a day! And as all of you noticed, I’m just more into blogging right now than Kim is (who can blame her with seven kids and a super full schedule!) so it was getting very one-sided!
Here I can do what I want and not worry about anything. This here is MY blog, not our business blog and if I only have 5 readers so be it. At the end of it all I will be blogging here so someday I can print this as a record of our life.
I do think there still needs to be SOME personal stuff over at Fresh Art and Kim thinks so too. So we will still post some kid-stuff over there!
This brings me to another semi-related question: How personal is TOO personal for a blog?
Do you guys read MckMama? Her husband is now blogging HERE and is being SUPER CRAZY open about their marriage. And although he’s getting some criticism, I think it’s fantastic. And I think by them opening themselves up so much it might therein help a TON of people.
I, for one, don’t blog much about our marriage b/c C’s students might read this or his fellow teachers or well, his family. And our marriage is private for the most part. But I am REALLY open and honest about myself. Like I was HERE.
And of course it was THAT post that elicited the email from our client/friend.
So was that too personal? I base things on the fact that I got over 20 emails (not to mention the comments) from women relating to what I was talking about, so to me it wasn’t too personal. BUT, what if someone who had NEVER seen our blogsite came over and that was the first thing they saw+read? You know? We have to think that each and every blog post is a potential first impression when you are running a blogsite instead of a website.
So if you are personal on your business blog (or even me, who’s here now but always linked to Fresh Art) do you only write about the GOOD and not the UGLY? So no one comes and thinks, “man, I like her work but who wants to hire a depressed photographer?” Or do you not even worry about people like that because they aren’t the right clients for you anyway? (Of course my thinking is more the latter…)
Just thinking here. And writing.
AND OH MAN IT FEELS GOOD!
Anyway, I’ve never really censored myself. If I’m feeling it I’m blogging it. And besides our marriage almost everything is fair game. Remember the time I told you I had frozen peas on my swollen who-ha when i was preggers with Gray? HA! See? Very little do I hold back!
So let’s see what everyone else thinks… blog ALL OF IT? Just the good? Sugar coat the bad? What do you think?
BTW… I love this! I’m pretending I don’t hear the kids screaming while Chris puts them to bed and instead am sitting around chatting with my girl friends! Thanks for welcoming me back! Seriously, it feels like I just stepped out to hit the restroom and am now back to start chatting again!