So in a way, the ability to control your audience is crucial.
I tried to show this on a 3D graph (with an x, y and z axis) but I couldn't figure out anywhere where I could make 3D graphs except by hand. And I'm not smart enough to draw that, so you'll just have to imagine it. It'll be awesome when you do.
For example, my family doesn't know about this blog - and I'd pay anything to make sure they never do - because I feel like if they WERE to find out about it, I really wouldn't be able to write this blog the same way that I do.
I tried to write a second blog (concurrently with this one) that would be available to them. It started out terribly, and ended up with me just sort of copying and pasting boring and watered-down posts from this blog over to that one. In the end, it was a terrible disaster, and I put it on death row. Trying to write to an audience that includes them is about as conducive to creativity as having an open-faced dirty-diaper-sandwich rubbed in your face.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that in an audience controlled environment, I can shoot to write like Michelangelo (the ninja turtle, not the angsty and perpetually filthy painter) would write, whereas otherwise, I'd have to write like I would imagine Leonardo or Donatello would write: boring, melancholy and ultimately depressing and stifling. Also, if you're going to choose a ninja weapon, don't choose a Katana or a Sai. They're dumb weapons. Nun-chucks are where it's at. At least the Shredder had those really cool spikes on his hands.
But I've also considered going to the other extreme: total anonymity. I'm still actually considering that possibility. This way I'd be able to talk about EVERYTHING. The problem, of course, is then I can't talk to anyone about it. Which I love. My wife is probably starting to get annoyed by just how much I talk about you all.
So I guess in the end, my question is: how do you all manage your blog life and your real life? Are they intertwined at all? Do you have any tips/suggestions?