I was having coffee with a friend recently, the way you do, and mid-way through a story she was sharing she stops and says, “Don’t write about this!”
She was joking (I think) and I of course would not share anyone’s personal story on my blog. But it got me thinking about the way people connect to the blog. There have been several times where I wrote something and someone who knew me in real life assumed I was writing it about them.
“I got your subtle hint,” one of my siblings said to me early in my blogging days.
“What are you talking about?” I asked.
“That blog you wrote yesterday. I know it was meant for me.”
“Um. Actually, it wasn’t,” I responded. “You know I prefer to lecture you in person. But if it spoke to you, I’m happy.”
Another time I heard from a friend that another friend was upset because she thought I was calling her out on something in a blog post. Just like the case with my sibling, I hadn’t given a single thought to that person in writing my blog post.
That post, like all my posts, was for and about me and my thoughts and interests.
I went to a reading by David Sedaris once and remember him saying that the problem with being a writer is everyone in your life is afraid you’re going to write about them or share things they don’t want shared.
I can’t speak for David Sedaris, and I can only wish to be 10% as talented as he is, but for me, writing comes from a variety of sources.
Sometimes someone will say something to me, and it’ll trigger me to explore it more, like the time a woman commented on my friend and I laughing before yoga class.
Sometimes I’ll have a dream and think, why am I dreaming about a commercial jingle from 1978?
If something on the blog speaks to you, it’s likely just a coincidence. Maybe your intuition led you to the message you needed to hear today. Maybe it’s a commonality of human experience.
Whatever the reason, whether you know me or not, if you connect with a post, or if it’s at all helpful or interesting then I’m glad.
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