How Much is Too Much?

In today’s world of social media, how much is too much when it comes to writing about yourself?  We live in a new found openness where everything is “shared”, “tweeted”, or “liked”  Where everyone and their mom has a Facebook account, well not my mom, but she is subscribed to my blog.  What happened to those days where you weren’t supposed to air your dirty laundry in your front yard?  Now a days, I often find out that friends have gotten engaged or ended a marriage by checking a few boxes in their public profiles.

Now…what about me and this blog?

How much is too much when it comes to writing about me and my family?  I have more than once gotten in trouble by things that I have written either via Facebook status or here on a blog post.  I tend to be ruled by my emotions, and also have a harsh passive aggressive tongue.  However, in contrast, I have also been applauded for my openness and honesty on writing about some very personal and sensitive subjects.  I have started about half a dozen drafts and deleted them in fear that they might be too much.

So…how much is too much?

In a previous blog post entitled, “Blogglng Can Be Like Therapy,” I wrote that I used to think people were crazy to write about themselves in such personal ways on the internet.  Here I am!  I am one of them.  Just today alone, I have already posted five times on Facebook.  Once this blog is published, it will be six times.

Yesterday I was overcome by a combination of utter exhaustion and about one hundred and one emotions all at the same time.  I found myself crying in our car in a popular posh shopping venue.  I sat there for over an hour wallowing in self pity and made my husband take our kids to meet my friends.  I can’t explain what caused  my melt down.  Maybe I’m depressed, maybe I’m under stimulated, maybe I’m lonely, maybe I’m about to start my period.  I suppose it is probably a combination of all of the above.  Maybe I’ll let a professional decide that.

Some people might read this and think, “Wow!  What a whiny  spoiled brat.  She is in a marriage  where many women would probably trade their left lung for.  She gets to spend her day playing with her two kids in a house in the suburbs planning play dates and parties.”

After reading Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habbits of Highly Effective People,” I have decided that I will no longer let the fear of what people think rule what I do.  I am going to write a personal mission statement and then together we will write our family mission statement.  I will write more blogs, work out more for my physical and mental health, read more Braille so I don’t loose a skill I had to fight to learn, and just overall be a better person.

So…was that too much?

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5 thoughts on “How Much is Too Much?

  1. Too much? Absolutely not! I understand the criticism, and where it may come from. It has been more than a few times that I have read on Facebook, mainly, some ridiculous retort during a girl cat fight, or something I wanted to delete for the person who wrote it. Yes, what to put on paper. or in this case on the net. can be a slippery slope. To anyone who has said that you have written too much I ask why? You have never mentioned names. What may be construed as your “dirty laundry” has helped me more than words can say! I suspect I am not alone. If what is written helps others, it is beyond worth any backlash! Being blind is sometimes hell! Being a mom is sometimes grueling! Being a woman is sometimes complicated! Sometimes I wish we could take off the masks of perfection. Life can be hard. This blog is one in a million for it’s brutal honesty, sincerity, and candor. Please keep writing!

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    • Thank you so much for this comment. This is exactly what I needed to hear after writing this blog. You have told me numerous times that my blog has helped you in so many ways, so I can only wonder how many other people I am also helping.

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