Friday, February 18, 2011

What Don't You Blog About?


Funny, I've brought this up in bits and pieces. Lots of blogging habits of mine and my blogging friends came out when I posted about Advice For New Bloggers.

After blogging for nearly a year, I've amassed a list of things I don't blog about.

1. Details about my day job (including patients,obviously!)
2. Stuff about my family (ages, names, school, hubbie's work)
3. Plot details of my current WIP (no excerpts, either)
4. Book reviews (I don't have the heart to blog the truth if I don't like certain things. But I'll spill my guts if you email me)
5. Blog tours (most likely thing to change in the future)
6. Politics
7. Religion and Spirituality
8. My BMI
9. My Social Security Number
10. A satisfactory description of the Annoying Orange (see previous post).

You get the picture.

I'm pretty comfortable with this list right now, but who knows. Things could change.

So, what's on your list of things you don't blog about?

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P.S. Numero Dos: This has been a crazy week at home (nothing horrible, just life. Forget wanting 25 hours--this week I needed 30 hours a day). What with the Crusade and the Bernard Pivot Blogfest, I'm head-under-heels behind on visiting blogs, especially the ones belonging to those who've dropped by this week. Forgive me!

70 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

For me it's pretty much just politics and religion. Except I talked a little bit about religion yesterday, so scratch that, I guess.

Sarah said...

Yep--I'll never blog about patients except to mention them as a group in the most general of terms. No specifics about the fam. I do book analysis about novels that cover mental health topics, but not reviews. I think it's important, if your blog is part of your platform, to stay pretty focused. Another great post, Lydia.

Melissa Bradley said...

I won't blog about religion or politics, I try to remain neutral there, oh and I won't do day job details or family details.

I need 30 hours a day this week, too. :)

Candyland said...

I try to shy away from anything super religious and/or political as well. Other than that...well, you've read my blog...I'll say...whatever...comes out:)

Liz Pezzuto said...

Wow. That's pretty much exactly my list.

I try not to get too personal, especially with hot button stuff like politics/religion. And I don't post any details about my WIP (or anything I think might be published someday).

Ted Cross said...

I'll blog about most anything, even though I get feedback from commenters saying they don't particularly feel comfortable with political or religious blogs. I have avoided the religious ones for the most part, as there is nothing really to gain. I also avoid explicit details of my work.

Laura Pauling said...

I'm similar to you. I'll post reviews on books I like and what I can learn from them. But I never post any negative reviews. That stays between me and me. :)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Your list looks pretty much like mine, except I do post reviews of books I like. I'd also add one more to that list - sex. It's one of those things I was raised to believe aren't to be discussed in polite society, so I don't. =o)

The Words Crafter said...

I'll blog about almost anything...and try to be reasonable and subtle when needed.

I never give out details about the day job. Names are made up. Politics-pretty much never-I'm way too cynical. Religion/beliefs-I'm a live and let choose kind of person. When I do make mention of something, I try to do it in a way that indicates it's MY thing. Never in a way to suggest that it should be anyone else's thing. (did that make sense?)

If I'm going to get personal, I put up a warning first, and still....I don't get TOO personal.

Now, I need to go read about the Orange....

Jess said...

I try not to blog about how many rejections I'm getting :) Getting too personal is a no-no for me too, although I'll post the occasional family anecdote.

Megan K. Bickel said...

I try really hard to not blog about bad/sad/upsetting things. Too much of that in the world already. I focus on the positive whenever I can!

Jacqueline Howett said...

Good topic. Yes,its kind of interesting, I have pretty much the same list. Yet I'm always amazed by some bloggers how gutsy or forward they can be about some subjects or it might be their amazing inventiveness. Other times a simple photo will get a lot of comments than a well rehearsed piece.A picture after all, is simpler to comment on.

http://jacquelinehowett.blogspot.com

Carol Kilgore said...

My Do Not Blog About list is a lot like yours. I try to avoid subjects that a stalker-type would love to know or tend to push hot buttons. My goal is to bring a smile in the hurry-hurry blog world.

Happy Friday!

Andrea Mack said...

My list would be pretty much the same as yours. It's interesting, though, because there is a range of what people feel is within their own personal sphere of acceptability. Possible it depends on what you feel is the purpose of your blog.

Misha said...

Hmm...

I don't blog about:

1) Reviews
2) Work.
3) Why other opinions and beliefs are wrong.
4) The same thing for too long.

And that is about the extent of my limitations...

:-)

Angela Felsted said...

Honestly Lydia, I don't know how you kept up before. You're amazing with all that you do. What don't I blog about?

Good question, I've yet to sit down and make a list. Some things you just don't feel comfortable broadcasting to the world.

Maria Zannini said...

Aside from what you listed--excerpts of my work.

I really don't like reading excerpts unless they're used as an example or to teach a lesson.

If anyone really wants to read a sample of mine they can read it at the publisher's site. They make it all fancy and speshul.

Meredith said...

That's pretty much my list, except I do sometimes review books I loved (positive things to say only). And I can't say I ever really thought about blogging my BMI, but I definitely won't be doing that. :)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I hope that your days get less hectic really fast. I try to be a cyber-host. My aim is to never bore, to try to make each post relevant to the profession of writing, and to always leave a guest with the desire to come back for another chat. Roland

Bathwater said...

I write a personal blog, so I try to keep nothing off limits. That is why I keep a level of anonymity to it.

I do bring up any of my friend personal issues.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I don't like to blog about things unrelated to writing. Nor do I put up excerpts from my previous books or anything from my current one.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Nothing about politics

Religion

Cats

Rejections

Really personal stuff (which includes anything to do with my family with the few odd exceptions)

Plot details or excerpts (with the exception of the two blogfests I participated in this week).

Mostly I stick to photography and writing.

Magan said...

I don't talk about my job, the company I work for, or politics. There are some things that I talk about that have made me loose followers because it is controversial, but normally I try to steer clear of those. (Especially politics...even though it was my major). And I work for a major fortune 500 company, but refuse to say which one...I like my privacy.

I also think putting up excerpts can be a bad thing...especially when you give way too much.

Arlee Bird said...

I try to avoid anything that might alienate a lot of readers, but of course you can't please everyone. Just about anything can be potentially discussed on my blog--I do try to very tactful and tasteful

And I couldn't help myself--I went and watched not 1, but 2, Annoying Orange videos. I did think they were kind of funny, but I would imagine they could get pretty annoying.

By the way, were you aware that April is Water Conservation Month and showers are discouraged. So now you can join A to Z :)

Lee
Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011

Melissa Gill said...

I don't know that I've ever thought of a list of things I won't blog about, but if I did, my list would be similar to yours.

I don't review books, unless I loved them so much that I can't contain myself and I have to spew. If I really liked them, I'll probably be too lazy to write about it, and if I didn't like them, well then I'll keep that to myself.

I do volunteer work at my local zoo, so although my blog is dedicated to writing, I also blog about animals one day a week. I find it adds a little something different, and I love to write about animals.

Jai Joshi said...

My list is pretty much the same although I do blog on spiritual things.

Mostly I just avoid giving out personal details.

Jai

LeishaMaw said...

Hmmm, I hadn't thought of making a list of things I don't blog about, but details about my family is right up there. *Off to make list of don'ts*

Olga said...

I hope that life goes smoothly for you, despite your busy times. I don't really blog about things I don't know. My blogging is spontaneous, but I try my best to use accurate facts.

Erin Cole said...

I agree with most of your list, Lydia; however, I have posted excerpts of my novel - though on other peoples' blogs, and I do give reviews, even the bad books must have some good in them, and that's what I always focus on. But family, politics, and religion are usually the big no-no's. Social security numbers, aah, maybe. : )

Lindsay N. Currie said...

I avoid blogging about my family for the most part, other than minor things that relate to the blog post itself. Other than that, anything that is completely non-writing related is something I try to avoid - especially controversial things! Great post and have a good weekend!!!

Jacqueline Howett said...

I just wanted to add, thank you for downloading my ebook, The Secret Passion of Twins. I really appreciate it.

Christopher said...

I don't blog about work and I don't complain about my personal life. I look at it the same way I look at a first date. I think, would talking about this subject make me seem interesting on a first date or like a self-indulging d****? That's my test.

Old Kitty said...

Please people, don't blog about your social security number details, good grief!! LOL!!!

Erm.. apart from really personal stuff, religion and politics and doing most reviews, I guess it's more what I do blog about really! LOL!! I guess I blog about alot about things that take my fancy!!!

I hope you find time to rest and take things easy over the weekend!! Have a great one! Take care

x

Karen Lange said...

My list is similar. Did a blogfest but will make sure I choose carefully in the future just b/c of the time factor. Good food for thought, been meaning to assess things and see where I want to go with the blog.
Have a great weekend,
Karen

JEM said...

I pretty much stick to that list. Also: totally youtubed the annoying orange. Cracked me up. "Hey, Pear!"

Hannah Kincade said...

I pretty much include all of those things in the list of what I don't blog about. I don't think excerpts do any harm because I don't ever post final drafts or really excerpts that give anything away.

I think blog tours are a great way to meet other bloggers and fellow aspiring writers, so I'm pro blog tours.

Donea Lee said...

I think I'm with a majority here - no religion or politics. I waver on posting snippets of my WiP - like you, though - no plot points or specifics. The fam slips in on occasion. But, probably nothing too personal - I try to keep the focus as broad, diverse, and non-controversial as possible.

Abby Minard said...

Your list is pretty much identical to mine. I won't post pictures of my daugter or use her real name, no politics or religion, no posting of favorite/least favorite agents. And I don't put stuff about my WIP either. I probably never will. I won't do reviews either- I don't want to burden myself with that. I'd host a blog tour if someone asked me.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I write about my life experiences but not too personal things about my family,

Enjoyed the post made good reading.

Yvonne.

Krista said...

Your list is a good one to live by. I try to not to get too personal on my blog, although my posts vary with my mood and sometimes information will slip in.

jbchicoine said...

I don't blog about all the above, except for my WIP. I do post excerpts occasionally, and at least writing samples. Personally, I like to read what fellow blogging writers have been working on, little samples of their craft. *hint hint*

Krispy said...

My list is pretty similar even though I'm kind of fast and loose with how much I reveal of my Real Life.

I don't really do full on book reviews, but that's mostly due to laziness. I just don't like writing up review-ish type things too often.

Have a great weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Most of what you covered, although I do book reviews now and then. I really try to keep my private life private.

Nas Dean said...

I'm with you on the list. My journey is also not so interesting so far so I don't blog about it. It may change in the future. So mostly I just do author spotlights.

Nas Dean said...

I'm with you on the list. My journey is also not so interesting so far so I don't blog about it. It may change in the future. So mostly I just do author spotlights.

Tanya Reimer said...

Welcome to the crusade.I'm new to blogging, so far I haven't said a heck of a lot.
tanyareimer.blogspot.com

M Pax said...

We have a very similar list.

On Monday I will talk about E. Coli. lol There's a topic I never would have thought would come up.

Trisha said...

Not much personal stuff, and nothing about my day job.

Mei said...

I blog anything but will keep name and pics private, it help keep myself under control... fighting my friend... bipolar!

Kristal Lee said...

I dropped in to say "You've been gifted with the Stylish Blogger Award." Drop by Saturday blog post (http://www.kristalleeromances.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award-thanks-heather.html) to pick it up.

Have a great weekend!
~k

Clara said...

I also don't go about pretty much all the subjects you've mentioned.Hey, we could be blogging twins. : )

Marieke said...

Hm... my job, I think. If only because I know several of my co-workers read my blog! *lol*

Nice to meet you, fellow Crusader! I thought I was following your blog already, but apparently not! :)

Carol Riggs said...

I don't blog about my writing progress, because frankly, people don't care about the minute details, and it's boring. LOL When I first started blogging it was more like that, an online journal. But when I actually got followers (heehee), then I began having actual content. At least I hope that's what I'm doing. ;o)

Beth said...

Much the same as you. First and foremost, most photos and details about my kids. They deserve their privacy, in more ways than one.

Colene Murphy said...

Sooooo what you're saying is...there is no chance I'm getting you SSN? Pft. Later then...

Agree with all those. I have posted an excerpt before but I doubt I will ever do it again. SO see why not too.

projectfraeya said...

Hello fellow crusader.
My do not blog list is very similar to yours, I've added "do not bore people with dance obsession" >.<

Susan Fields said...

The crusade's been great! I finally made my way through the list of blogs today. I think I've followed everyone, but with some blogs it's hard to tell when all you can do is subscribe and with some blogs it's hard to figure out how to do even that.

I don't really have a list of things I don't blog about - more on a case-by-case basis, I guess.

Ciara said...

I know what you mean, Lydia. It's been an insane week. I'm behind on Crusade stuff too. Off to work on that now. :)

Ghenet said...

My list is similar to yours. I don't talk about stuff that's too personal and I don't want to blog about what my WIP is about until I have an agent or book contract.

Rachel Morgan said...

So far I've only written book reviews about books that I have mainly positive things to say about (cos I don't want to say the negative things about the other books when I feel like I should be supporting all writers!)

Hmmm... am wondering who your 700th follower will be!

Alleged Author said...

I totally agree about not posting excerpts. Your bloggie friends are good about not stealing, but you can't guarantee someone wondering by won't snatch a wip out from under you.

Alleged Author said...

I totally agree about not posting excerpts. Your bloggie friends are good about not stealing, but you can't guarantee someone wondering by won't snatch a wip out from under you.

Regina said...

I have moments of randomness where I will blog about what is on my mind at any given moment. I do try to sensor it to a degree.

eeleenlee said...

I avoid ranting and venting on my blog, because it will come back to bite you one day.

Gina Blechman said...

Interesting. I have been debating how much about my story I want to/should blog about. This is making me second guess myself again...

<3 Gina Blechman (fellow crusader)

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Good question. I've gotten a bit gutsier b/c I wrote a memoir. I figure if it is something I'd feel comfortable having published, I can blog about it. I do hold back quite a bit though.

Charli Mac said...

Specific agents, Religion, and politics.

Lisa said...

I generally try not to say anything bad. Like I'll mention my family or my day job, but would never say anything negative about them. I don't blog about poltics at all, but I can't help myself from blogging about religion (in what I hope is an inspirational way).

Alison Miller said...

I have very similar things on my list. Mainly I just try to keep things positive. I'm a school teacher so I somewhat have to watch what I say. :)

New follower and fellow crusader!

Michelle Teacress said...

I agree with you on these, and I'd add bashing to the list (that sort of falls under the book review catagory). However, I do like an occasional religeous/spiritual post because I find it very interesting to learn how other people see the world from that perspective, as well as sharing my own.
Have a great week, Lydia!

 
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