The way I see it, there are three major types of bloggers:
- The “Dear Diary” blogger. Shamelessly writes about intensely personal things and doesn’t care that the entire world is reading. Examples: Lissell, damn near everyone with a LiveJournal.
- The “A funny thing happened at work today” blogger. Posts revolve around semi-personal stories, musings, opinions, and occasionally fiction or entertainment for entertainment’s sake. Examples: me, Eilonwy, GreyStork.
- The “Today in the Senate” blogger. Writes about current events, politics, technology, or some other specific subject, rarely if ever discussing anything of a personal nature. Examples: The Old New Thing, Joel on Software, Techdirt.
It’s not uncommon for someone to move up the blogger scale—say, from being a type 1 blogger to being a type 2 blogger—but people rarely go from 3 to 2, and almost never from 2 to 1. There’s probably a good reason for it.
I occasionally have the urge to write about something personal. What stops me is remembering what’s happened when I’ve done that in the past. There’s something to be said for honesty and openness, but it often winds up weirding relationships and biting you in the ass.
The scariest thing in the world is realizing that people I know actually read the crap that I write here.