In the last few months, I’ve been trying to be more open in my posts, trying to share parts of my life that I am not always comfortable talking about. While some bloggers choose to show the glossy parts of their life, I want my blog to be messy – a place where other people who are struggling find solace in knowing that they aren’t alone. But while I do want to share about most aspects of my life and also share my thoughts openly about topics, there are some things that I avoid talking about in my posts. The reasons are varied – from not wanting to share stories with an impressionable audience (I do have teens following me) to just not wanting to stir controversy. So I am going to cover them all in this one post and you’ll know why I don’t mention them in other posts.
Things I don’t write about in my blog –
- Smoking– I don’t know if this will come as a shocker but I used to smoke till about 2 years back. I started smoking in B-school out of pressure and peer pressure. At the height of my addiction, I smoked about 2-3 cigs a day. Despite not being hugely addicted, it took me 2 years of trying to finally stop craving a cigarette every time I was low or stressed out. I’m thankful that I kicked the habit before I entered my 30s. I’ve never written about it because I don’t want to influence anyone else into trying out smoking. It is a terrible habit.
- Drugs – I just don’t have anything to write about on this topic.
- Sex – While I don’t think of it as taboo, I am generally averse to explicitly writing about sex. Again, I do worry about the impressionable audience reading my posts and hence, skip this topic altogether even from my dating posts. I do want to do a post around sex advice for young adults, lets’s see if that sees the light of the day. (If you are a young adult, would you be interested in such a post?) It is ironic that I was influenced by Carrie’s column in ‘Sex and the City’ to start this blog.
- Political views – I have very strong views on the political situation in India but I refrain from writing about it since I don’t want to hurt/confront people with opposing views. I also refrain from explicitly talking about the interfering and sometimes infuriating politics of Western countries.
- Religion – I did one post on ‘why I am agnostic’. I won’t write about religious beliefs or religion again in my posts.
What are some topics that you consciously or unconsciously censor out from your blog posts?
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