Yes, a blog is a public forum, I am aware. But when I write, I am not too conscious of either the medium or the content. The pen rolls, the ink flows, the words take life. The medium isn’t restrictive. As for the content, the writings are left to the readers’ interpretations. Different people react differently. Fair enough.
As for ‘revealing’ myself to the public, who is this public anyways? Either of two people: those that I know very closely & those that I don’t know at all; a motley crowd of close friends & complete strangers. Friends know me well; at least, I should hope so, by now. So it doesn’t matter how they take what I write. Simply because I know they take it in the right spirit, they understand me & where I come from. As for strangers, they are just that – strangers. So how does it matter what they think? They don’t know me & if they get me wrong, fine.
My blog is an expression of things I have felt & experienced; my life, my moments. Hence, it can only be true & honest (as brutally honest as I can muster courage for at this point in time) & without fear of what people might think. Waise bhi,
Kuch toh log kahenge
Logo ka kaam hai kehna
Chodo bekaar ki baton mein
Beet na jaaye reina
I’m sure my classmates from school & college, my former colleagues, my students & the others who I met along life’s journey & who now may sometimes read my blog, might snigger & say, “Ahh…see there…I told you…” or preen, “I knew it!”. But it’s ok. 33 is a good age to be honest with one self; forum or no forum, public space or private.
Blogging is essentially laying bare one’s life. If it unsettles some people, so be it. Like I said, people who matter understand; those who don’t understand don’t matter!