I have a dilemma. One I did not expect at all. Reading through another blog I follow, a familiar face peered back at me from the comments trail. Not someone I know well, but another mother from the little school the boys attend. Now, I don't know if you are aware, but I live in a smallish rural area where everyone says Hi and gossip and tattles flow endlessly. It is the proverbial breeding ground for chinese whispers and rumour.
Of course I followed her profile link to her blog, well I wasn't totally sure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me. I just HAD to check it out. So I did. Reading her posts soon had me giggling out loud, she has a great writing style and is a pleasure to read. Oh, and the art! Wow!
Yes, by now you have worked out, it is her. A Mum I see school-daily, say hello, smile, sometimes chat. We even share a mutual good friend.
To make matters worse (serves me right for snooping), I find we have quite an overlap of followers and blogs we both follow. Now I am wondering has she spotted me? Does she read my blog? How much have I spilled/blogged/vented on here uncensored that she may read and know those involved? I worry I have spilled too much.
But my real problem is this. I really like her blog, in fact I am amazed at how multi-talented this acquaintance is. If it was a stranger I'd be linking and commenting without hesitation, but because I know her... Well, I have chosen to follow anonymously for the first time in my blogging life. I have to ponder on this, it may be too invasive if I approach her, she may not want people irl to know of her blog. I know I have only linked a very select few of my friends myself.
So my question to you all is: How would you feel if you were this blogger and I let you know I had discovered your blog? Would you feel stalked? Freak out?
I have considered if the roles reversed, and honestly do not mind if people contact me. If I wanted to remain faceless and anonymous I would not have posted the content of some of my blogs, nor the photos. I own what I write, just as in life I own what I say.
Oh, and if you are reading this having stumbled over me as I did you, just come and say hello.
I am a Madmother of two wonderful boys, wife to an amazing and tolerant man, daughter to an incredible woman whom we lost Oct 2010.
I have 4 blogs. Meandering is rambling, general, whatever takes my fancy stuff. Woven Words is for my short stories and creative writing, Nimbobulan Dreamings is my kids story. And my latest is Hellion on Wheels: my Roller Derby journey. Feel free to look at or follow all 4 if you wish.
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