I belong to a very large internet group that discusses a specific subject. Many of the members have websites and most of the members have blogs. They have blogs to get their names “out there,” to sell their work, and to get commissions. For the most part, people in THAT type of blog don’t hide who they are. They usually have a sig line on their emails with their blog and website URLs, where you can find specific contact information.
I’m also familiar with a number of FRIEND AND FAMILY blogs, where people post pictures of their kids or where they went on the weekend, as well as some personal reflections. They don’t usually have their real names posted, but there may be contact information.
Then there is THIS type of blog, where people post essays and opinions, for the most part, along with some personal doings. The blogs of THIS type I read have to do with the intersection of faith and life. Many, but not all, of these are anonymous or semi-anonymous. Interesting, isn’t it, that we bloggers of this type want our opinions out there, but don’t use a real name.
Since I’m Lutheran, I did searches for blogs of Lutheran writers. I found that there are at least two listings, The Lutheran Blog directory and Lutheranism 101, which seems to not be an active blog anymore. There is a Lutheran Carnival, or perhaps two of them. There are lots of blogs with Lutheran leanings, but many are not listed on a Lutheran Directory.
So my question is: Who do you tell that you blog? Do you tell friends and family? Church members? Do you prefer to remain anonymous, just waiting to see who stumbles onto your blog? Have people you know stumbled onto your blog? Then what?
Recently I followed a link on a blog and read an entry that reminded me of something that MF said last week. The blog was well written, so I read some more entries. There was a reference to a recreational opportunity that was sort of like a place I know. More reading, then three references in three separate posts that made me realize that this was MF’s blog! MF knows that I read blogs and knows about my other blog, but we’ve never discussed that we both write blogs about faith and life, even though we often discuss faith and life. Obviously, we both want to keep our secret. But this is so strange; it is a bit like seeing someone’s diary. Yet a blogger does put his writings out for the public to read.
Is there proper blog etiquette when someone stumbles on a friend’s blog?