A few weeks ago, I interviewed Pamela Ashlund of the nonprofit eye blog and she shared some of her thoughts blogging in the nonprofit workplace and how she wrestles with what she should or shouldn't blog. Pamela cautions, "a personal/professional blog is not a place to air your dirty laundry." I agree.
Mari Kurasihi from Global Giving who writes a personal blog at The Beginning of Spring noted in the comments about her struggle with how much to share on her personal blog. She notes that her discomfort revolves around power issues and asks:
" ....if I say something about the way foundations operate--even if I don't single out a foundation in particular--am I jeopardizing our relationships with foundations that fund us? I wonder if my reticence .... is a reflection of the relatively static,asymmetrical power distribution in the nonprofit sector ..."
Well, what do you think?
I wrestle with what I blog or don't blog about, even though I'm an independent. My discomfort (which I'm moving past) was related to the issue of whether to share what you are thinking about outloud versus a finished, perfected, polished article or white paper. If I blog some seemingly random reflection about a topic I'm researching, but haven't pulled together into a organized opus, will that cause people to think I'm scattered, superficial, etc? If I make a typo, or leave out a word in the sentence, will they think I'm stupid or just a crappy proof reader? (I'm dyslexic, the spell checker is my wheel chair ...)
I also struggle with this ... What if I do a lot of research, share it in an informal post. What if someone helps themselves to it and onto to write a more polished article, adds their own thoughts, but doesn't bother to point to my post?
I also struggle with how to add personal flare and maintain professionalism. And, the issue of how much of your personal side do you incorporate into your blogging. Some of that has more to do with this issue.
So, do you struggle with what you blog about for any of the above reasons? How much to share of your opinions? How much to share as a work in progress? How much what you blog about reflects you or your organization? How do you handle it?