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Daily Prompt: How much info is too much?

Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends


Here are a few suggestions that the Daily Prompt gave to use before you put yourself and your family out there into public viewing.  It may not be what you say but what someone else shares and comments on after that actually does the damage to the family relationship.

  • What if it were me? If you were reading your closest friend’s blog and saw a similar story about you — perhaps something you hadn’t shared with others yet — how would you feel? (What’s that; your closest friend doesn’t have a blog? Why not?)
  • If I were telling this story to a group of people, would I share these details? Picture the real-life equivalent of your blog readers: you’re at a party talking to a group of people, some you know well, some less so, some not at all. You’re telling the story. Are you okay with those to whom you’re less connected hearing it?
  • Am I talking about children? My children? They’re not in the same position to assert themselves and ask not to be mentioned; that goes double for other people’s children.
  • You’re browsing Facebook and see that someone’s shared the post with less-than-positive commentary; how do you feel? Do any protective instincts kick in? Blogging isn’t just about what you share, but how others run with that. Are you comfortable if someone takes the story and sprints in the other direction?
  • If a prospective employer or partner found the story, would reading it hurt your friend’s chances? This is unlikely, especially since you’re probably not using your friend’s full name with loads of identifying details; the underlying question is whether the story puts your loved one in any kind of compromised position. Whether or not they’re identifiable, it’s probably not ideal.

Lots of stories are fine to tell — the hilarious story about the UPS mixup your cousin told you at Thanksgiving probably doesn’t impact anyone, except maybe the UPS man. In other cases, it’s worth thinking through the what-ifs.

These ideas really sounded like a great foundation to keep peace and with the Holidays coming up and silly things possibly happening around the table perhaps this will stop a war in 2014.

If you are not sure if it will not keep peace in the family, here is my advice to you…

Some things in life are worth biting your lip and keeping it zipped.  Unconventional love does not always mean what we think.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this matter….leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this subject…

Do you agree or do you feel differently and why?

I am listening…

Tammye Honey


Daily Prompt: 180 Degrees In Thought And Action

Daily Prompt: 180 Degrees

by michelle w. on March 14, 2013

Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.

I would have to say that would be my views on marriage and getting married before I met my new hubby.

I had a life that was going well for me and I was comfortable.  I did not date and had no intentions of dating.  It seemed that all my friends who were trying to date that were my age were having a disastrous time of it.

Since we had met through several mutual friends on both ends due to their insistence, we spent a Thanksgiving Weekend together since we were both alone and no one to eat dinner with.

His children were in Illinois with their wife’s family and mine were in Herkimer, NY with their father and his family.  We made lasagna and Turkey dinner and I froze the rest for him in small meals before I left to go back home.

I flew for several years following that weekend to Tennessee to see him since he will not board a plane.  Would I have normally have done that?  Not at all.

I had prayed about meeting him and getting to know him daily regarding whether I should or not and for God to give me a sign if it would be right for me to do. We had corresponded and spoke on the phone for about two years. Just as friends though with no intention of getting together. It was not like I did not learn a lot about him prior to my trip.

I did not tell my children as I did not anticipate it to last.  Since I was brand new to the dating world, I really wanted to take it slow.

He proposed several times and the timing was not quite right for either of us.  Finally the last time it was.

It will be four years in September and we are living proof that trying again is not a bad thing even at our age.

It feels like it was part of God’s plan in my life.  If you had asked me ten years ago if I would be married, I would have thrown a dirty look your way and tactfully have said No Thanks.

It was a change that was good for me and I have grown to know that marriage does and can work.

What was your 180 degree turn around?  Would love to hear.

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