Blog Like No One’s Reading

I usually hate “chain-letter” emails or Facebook posts.  You know the ones I mean: “Cut and paste/ forward this message to all of your friends because if you don’t you are a heartless b*tch/ you hate puppies/you will be hit by a bus”.  But I received one of those emails today, and here’s what it said, in part:

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly.  As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of  myself. I’ve become my own friend.. I don’t chide myself for eating  that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but  looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be  messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before  they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

It landed in my inbox at a perfect time, because I had already decided that I made a mistake 6 months ago when I started blogging with two different blogs.

When I started blogging, I was really fearful about  mixing personal and business, HR and handicap parking.  I was worried that no one would read what I wrote, because I was either not serious about cutting edge HR, or I was boring those people who don’t give a crap.  So I started two blogs, one for personal musings and one for HR/business.  I wasn’t happy with this format, though. Then I watched this video:

I’m not worried anymore.  Like the quote says, I am old enough not to care. So this is my “new” blog – which just combines what I liked best of both.  HR University is closed; now I’m Just Joan.

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7 thoughts on “Blog Like No One’s Reading”

  1. I found this post especially touching. Tangentially related: as an about-to-graduate law student, I’m bombarded with cautionary tales about the need for discretion in my personal life. Apparently everything I do privately affects how I am perceived as a lawyer… at least as far as my school’s faculty is concerned. Horror stories of firms finding your facebook page and withdrawing an offer abound. We’re told to make sure we keep our personal self and our professional self completely separated, preferably by impenetrable brick wall.

    I think I’d appreciate a firm telling me they were withdrawing an offer because of something I said or did that had absolutely nothing to do with my professional life. It saves me the trouble of having to quit. Who wants to work for someone who expects them to have no life outside the job?

  2. Joan, awesome. I blogged for three years under a pseudonym, and then I blogged a few years under my own name before more than a few dozen people knew that my blog existed. Now I just write because I realize that it’s the only thing I can do, short of Xanax, to calm my anxieties about the world.

    So I applaud this decision.

    Write.
    In one place.
    And write about anything & everything.

    I’m here.

    xo/Laurie

  3. Hi Joan, I missed this when it came out and I like what you’ve done. I think the personal and professional is increasingly merging in this day of social media so it makes sense in many ways.

    Blog like no-one’s reading…..I sure can relate to that. People will tell me in the hallway that they loved my post and I wish they would just put that in the comment section!

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