Freedom and creativity

As a blogger, I’ve always enjoyed the freedom and creativity that comes with sharing my thoughts and ideas. But lately, I’ve found myself struggling with the added pressure of knowing that colleagues, past and present, are reading my blog.

On one hand, having a built-in audience can be motivating and encourages me to put more effort into my writing. But on the other hand, it also means that I have to be careful about what I say and how I say it.

One of the biggest challenges is the fear of offending or alienating someone I know. I constantly second-guess myself, wondering if a certain phrase or opinion will be taken the wrong way. It’s hard to be authentic and genuine when you’re constantly censoring yourself.

Another difficulty is the pressure to conform to certain expectations. I often wonder if these colleagues or friends are expecting a certain level of professionalism from me and if my more personal or informal writing style will disappoint them.

Overall, knowing that my colleagues and friends are reading my blog definitely adds an extra layer of complexity to the writing process and my creativity. It’s a balance between staying true to myself and my own voice, while also considering the potential reactions of those around me. It’s not always easy, but I believe that the benefits of sharing my thoughts and connecting with others outweigh the challenges.

(Disclaimer – this was written by ChatGPT using the instructions “In no more than 250 words, write a 1st-person blog post about the difficulty of blogging your thoughts when you know your colleagues or friends are reading.”)

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