U is for Untold, Unwritten, Unmentionable.
It's all the stories that never make it into the blog. Once I year I meet up with five fellow bloggers who I "met" through our blogs. We have become dear friends and although we only see each other once a year, we are in contact frequently through our blogs and social media. When we first met it was surprising how well we all got along. We knew so much about each other through the words we had written in our blogs. It was like we were old friends.
Here's a picture of my blogging friends at our first meeting on Vashon Island in Washington.
But there was also a lot that I didn't know about them, and that they didn't know about me. When we were together we talked about the things that we don't write about, the things that we don't publish in our blogs, the things that are unmentionable. All of us self-edit on the very public forum of our blogs. Sometimes I don't tell stories because they're not mine to tell and sometimes I don't write because of a perceived potential for backlash...I've lived too long in a small town and know how gossip travels.
Writing in the calm and quiet of my living room it is easy to forget that our blogs have the potential to reach thousands of people. I am sometimes surprised when I am in town and an acquaintance comments to me about one of my recent activities. I forget that local people read my blog.
I long ago realized that I would never face a congressional hearing for a cabinet level job, but that doesn't mean I want ALL my dirty little secrets posted for eternity on the internet! ...and I won't post the secrets of my fellow Vashonistas. Well, unless it's a REALLY good story!
What don't you write about in your blog?