The Truth Inside the Lie

Max Dunbar picked up the little bit of discussion we were having here. Interesting stuff, and a reminder, as if we needed one, that is isn’t only parents that may have things they want to say, but wonder if they should say on a blog.

Andy Dickinson, at the Bloggers’ Meetup I co-ran and attended the other day, mentioned that unless you’re very famous, blogs are a safe, almost anonymous place to kick around your ideas. His message – most people aren’t reading your blog. That’s very true – most of us don’t have an audience half as big as we fear or hope for.

But I think Andy didn’t account for the fact that to me, scribbling something on a piece of paper, in my own old-fashioned journal, or even trying to make it into a book, is almost disposable. Just because blogs are free and daily doesn’t mean that they disappear as quickly as we or our audiences forget about them. Even if I delete this blog, it’ll be on a cache or a waybackmachine somewhere.

Eeek! A thought to give you stage fright, if nothing else.

In Max Dunbar’s post, he touches on something I believe in myself: sometimes the most truthful way of saying something is to put it inside the lie of a story. I’m not sure why that should be, but it certainly feels like the safest. And it makes answering the frequent: ‘is your writing autobiographical’ question all the more interesting to answer.

Yes, I say, I make it up. 

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