Blogging and personal life

Writing this blog has been an interesting balance between public and personal life. I think the best blogs are those that decide one way or another. In other words, some focus on thoughts and ideas of a primarily public nature (with a few coming-out-of-the-closet stories), of interest to some portion of the general public. Others focus on the daily happenings of private life — interesting for friends and family, but terribly dull for strangers.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to re-focus this blog away from personal posts. For things of that nature, Facebook seems a more appropriate setting, and if you’re interested in following along, here’s what to do:

  1. If we’re not ‘friends’ on Facebook yet, add me. Don’t be shy.
  2. Go to my Facebook page:
  3. Scroll down until you find the ‘Notes’ box on the left. Click ‘See all’.
  4. Bookmark this page, or use the ‘Subscription’ link at right to add the notes to your RSS reader.

What will this change mean for Southern Live Oak, given that my posts have been sporadic at best, and that many of those have been personal? I don’t yet know. It may be a while before I find the right recipe; on the other hand, this change may give me the focus I need to make the blog work. Either way, I hope you’ll keep following along.


  1. I think blogs are ideal for public thoughts, Facebook (and perhaps Google Buzz etc) for private items.

    In fact, you’ve just reminded me to KEEP it public. There’s a tendency to drift private over time, as SOME readers, through their regular comments, provide the illusion of familiarity and intimacy.

    • …and then take cheap shots at the author of an interesting and harmless post about the process of audio recording? I can’t imagine who would stoop so low.

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