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February 17, 2007

Split Personalities

I've been thinking about T. Scott's post Trying To Be Complete. Having come of professional age at a time when women, in particular, were advised to keep their personal life strictly segregated from their work, it's counterintuitive for me to bridge the gap between the two. It's not that I mind colleagues at work discovering my personal blog and knowing that they are seeing a different aspect of me, nor do I object to readers of my personal blog connecting to my work life - my "real life" friends know both sides of me, why shouldn't the electronic ones?

So why have two blogs? I've left behind "Dress for Success" and its kin, but this is different. In part, I see it as a courtesy to my friends, with whom I have an ongoing conversation about gardening, native plants, wildlife, conservation, friends, family, and yes, even the weather upon occasion. It's what we have in common, and I don't want to interupt that conversation to discuss my job or the current librarian-centric debate in our profession. The other aspect is that blogs are more than private conversations. Blog posts cross the line between writing for publication and gossiping with a friend, are linked in an ever expanding web of connections, and attract new people with similar interests to the conversation. It's harder to do make and sustain new connections if readers don't know what to expect from your writing.

I don't disagree with Scott's approach for his blog - for one thing, he's a better and more experienced writer than I, and for another, we're different people. I admire his ability to weave together disparate threads and make the whole more interesting than the parts in isolation, but at least for now, I'm comfortable with the split personality of my blog(s).


Posted by janeblum at February 17, 2007 08:42 AM

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